Design & Features
The Canon XA11 combines both power and portability in one package. It’s the one you want to hold when filming a chaotic environment or a serene event. Armed with an HD CMOS Pro image sensor, a DIGIC 4 image processor, and a 20x high-definition optical zoom lens, the XA11 can deliver high-quality HD content.
Viewing, Handling, & Controls
Like a lot of modern camcorders these days, the XA11 also features a 3.5” OLED touch panel view screen. It also has a color electronic viewfinder with a 1,560,000-dot resolution.
The XA11 provides users with full manual control and auto modes for features such as exposure, focus, gain, shutter speed, and white balance. Since this is a camera targeted at an advanced audience, it comes with several professional features such as color bars, peaking, pre-record buffer, and reference tone.
The camera features adjustable zoom settings, with options such as constant, fast, normal, slow, and variable. The detachable top portion features a range of controls including an IR emitter, tally light, accessory shoe, external mic holder, record start/stop, manual audio level controls, two XLR connectors with phantom power, and a zoom toggle.
Image & Video
The XA11’s 1/2.84”, 1920×1080 CMOS sensor is capable of recording video at different frame rates up to 59.94p. For a more cinematic feel, you can set the camera to record in 24p.
Zooming in and out of a scene is common in run-and-gun work and the 20x optical zoom with an equivalent zoom range of 26.8 to 576mm, allows you to capture wide shots and tighter ones with ease while still maintaining great quality.
Stability is also an issue when shooting handheld in most run-and-gun situations. Thanks to a pretty powerful DIGIC DV 4 image processor that powers the camera’s Dynamic Image Stabilization mode, image distortion across all axes won’t be such an issue.
Another advantage of having a powerful image processor is the capability to record video using two different codecs and bit rates. With this, it’s possible to have a copy of the master video but also have a web-ready version that you can easily share.
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