Product Highlights
  • 2.91MP HD CMOS Pro Sensor
  • HD 1080p up to 60p
  • DIGIC DV4 Image Processor
  • 26.8mm Wide Angle Zoom Lens
  • 5 Axis Image Stabilization
Canon XA11 Video Camcorder Canon XA11 Video Camcorder
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Lightweight, Versatile Run-and-Gun Video Recording

Capture high quality Full HD Video wherever the story takes you.

Lightweight, versatile, ideal for run-and-gun recording, the XA11 captures high quality Full HD video wherever the story takes you. Also equipped with Canon’s 20x optical zoom lens.

Key Features:

  • 26.8mm wide angle zoom lens with fast f/1.8-f/2.8 circular aperture
  • Full HD 1080
  • High performance enabled by DIGIC DV4
  • Great low light performance and sensitivity
  • Circular aperture for beautiful background bokeh
  • 600% dynamic range with no need for post production
  • Efficient and simple workflows using MP4 files at 60P/35Mbps
  • AVCHD progressive recording

This compact, lightweight camcorder is small enough to stow away yet agile and powerful to record news events with versatility thanks to a high quality HD CMOS Pro sensor, a superb 20x optical zoom with high zoom ratio and professional interfaces for connectivity into existing workflows.

  • High optical performance

    A Canon 20x optical zoom lens provides a highly versatile zoom range with the 35mm equivalent of 26.8-576mm. with an improved circular aperture, the XA15/XA11 can record more natural, beautiful images.

  • Stunning Full HD image quality

    With Canon’s HD CMOS Pro Sensor and the powerful DIGIC DV4 Image Processor with improved low-light performance, the XA15/XA11 captures superb Full HD video in 60P at 35Mbps with Wide dynamic range of 600%.
  • Professional recording options

    The XA15/XA11 can record in both AVCHD and MP4 formats, at multiple bit rates, and even simultaneously.
  • Professional interfaces

    The XA15 provides various interfaces including two XLR inputs for high quality audio, headphone jack, optional GPS support, HDMI terminal and an HD-SDI interface* 

    * XA15 only
  • Easy operability and compact design

    With a compact and discrete body, the XA15/XA11 is ideal for high-action shoots when both speed and mobility are essential. It features 3.0-inch touchscreen, 1.56 million dot tiltable EVF and a switchable zoom/focus lens ring.

What's Included

Handle Unit
Lens Hood with Lens Barrier
Compact Power Adaptor
Mic Holder
Battery Pack


Product Specifications


Image Sensor

Sensor 1/2.84 inch type HD CMOS Pro
Filter RGB Primary Colour filter (Bayer array)
Total Pixels 3.09 megapixels (2208 x 1398)
Effective pixels per sensor 2.91 megapixels (2136 x 1362)
Minimum illumination Low Light Mode Approx. 0.1 Lx. 
Auto Mode (Auto Slow Shutter selected Approx. 1.0Lx
Horizontal Resolution 900 TV lines (External via SDI, XA15)


Zoom ratio 20 x Optical
Focal Length 3.67 - 73.4 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28.8 - 576 mm)
Minimum focus distance 60cm (throughout zoom range); 
10mm ( Wide MACRO setting)
ND filter Built-in gradation ND filter
Zoom control Zoom rockers on body and handle; 
Selectable manual zoom/focus ring on lens;
Selectable High Speed and Soft Zoom modes available.
Zoom Speed Zoom Rocker:
Variable speed/Fixed speed (Fast/Normal/Slow, 16 speed level settings available in each mode);
Grip zoom:
Fixed speed (Fast/Normal/Slow, 16 speed level settings available in each mode)
Zoom Ring: As operation speed
Focus control Manual  control via focus ring, automatic (Instant AF, Medium AF, TV AF, Face Detection AF, Face Only AF), Push AF
Iris control Ring control;  Full Auto
Aperture range f1.8 - f16
Filter diameter 58mm
Lens elements/groups 12/10
Aperture blades 8 Blade Circular Aperture
Image stabilization system Dynamic IS and Powered IS, 5 Axis image stabilization
Digital zoom/Teleconverter 2 x Tele Converter, x400 Digital Zoom

Image Processor

Sampling accuracy 4:2:0 AVCHD/MP4
Bit depth 8 bit

Exposure Control

Exposure metering Centre-weighted average metering: In the P, Av, Tv, Cinema, Portrait, Sports,
Low Light and IR modes
Segment evaluative metering: Snow, Beach, Sunset, Spotlight, Night modes
No metering: Fireworks; Fixed exposure [1/60 sec. (PAL: 1/50 sec.)],
M (manual exposure);
Exposure control AUTO mode: Smart Auto,
Manual mode: P, Tv, Av, M (manual exposure), SCN (Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach,
Sunset, Night, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks)
Cinema mode: P, Tv, Av, M
Exposure Compensation ± 12 steps, Displayed as EV value; 0  EV -  ±3.0 EV
Auto Exposure mode Full Auto
Push Auto Iris No
Gain Control setting Full Auto/AGC Limit/Manual
Auto Gain Control limit In manual exposure (P, Av, and Tv modes): 0-24 dB (in 1 dB increments),
In the Cinema mode: 0-18 dB (in 1 dB increments),
In the Wide DR mode: 6-24 dB (in 1 dB increments)
Gain setting During M (manual) shooting: The gain can be set in 1 dB steps from 0 dB to 24 dB.
In the cinema mode: The gain can be set in 1 dB steps from 0 dB to 18 dB.
When Image Effects is set to “Look” and Wide DR is set, the lowest sensitivity is 6 dB


Control Modes Full Auto / Manual control (Auto; Speed; Angle; Clear Scan (CS); Slow Shutter (SLS); IR Slow Shutter)
Shutter speed 1/6  to 1/2000 depending on frame rate and operating mode
Clear Scan No 


Infrared shooting mode Yes (green or white)
Built-in IR lamp Yes, in handle unit


Stored Configurations Cinema standard, Vivid, Dream, Cool, Sepia, Old Movies, Memory
Wide DR, Highlight Priority
Storage Medium SD/SDHC memory card
Colour Bars Yes (SMPTE or EBU), with 1KHz Tone (Tone via Audio Menu)


Video storage media SD Card x 2
Dual Format recording, Double slot (simultaneous) recording and Relay (continuous) recording possible.
Type SD card Class 4 or higher, Class 6 & 10 recommended for 35Mbps MP4 recording
Recording time 128GB SD Card:MP4: up to 8 Hours (60P @35Mbps)
AVCHD up to 10 hours 10 Minutes (5p @28Mbps)
Recording file format MPEG-4/AVC/H.264
Recording format AVCHD: 28/24/17/5Mbps
MP4: 35/24/17/9/3 Mbps;
All modes variable bit rate, 4:2:0 colour sampling
Recording frame rate
(PAL model)
28Mbps 60.00P,1920 x 1080, 24/17Mbps 1920 x 1080 60.00i/PF25
5Mbps 1440 x 1080 50i/PF25
35Mbps 1920 x 1080: 60P
24/17Mbps 1920 x 1080:25P
8/4 Mbps 1280 x 720: 25P
3Mbps 640 x 360: 25P
Slow/Fast motion YES (MP4 recording Only)
60.00P (35 Mbps) x2 17.5 Mbps
25.00P (24 Mbps or 17 Mbps) x0.5, x2, x4, x10, x20, x60, x120, x1200
Interval Record No 
Frame Record Yes.  2, 6 or 12 frames
Pre Record (cache record) Yes (3 seconds)
Scan Reverse Yes.  Vertical/horizontal/both


Recording 16-bit 4ch or 2ch (48 kHz) linear PCM
Control Audio limiter, Auto/manual settings via control dials on handle
Microphone attenuation Yes
Microphone level meter Yes
Photo storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
Still quality During video recording: 1920 x 1080 in 1920 x 1080 or 1440 x 1080 mode,
1280 x 720; 1280 x 720 mode
During playback: 1920x1080

White Balance

Auto New white sampling system FAWB. Settings include auto, set 1, set 2, colour temperature
setting and pre-set.
Preset Six presets: [Daylight: approx. 5,400K], [Shade: approx. 8,000 - 8,500K],
[Cloudy: approx. 6,500K], [Tungsten (incandescent or halogen bulb): approx. 3,100K],
[Fluorescent H (3-wavelength fluorescent): approx. 7,000K],
[Fluorescent (white fluorescent): 5,000K]
Colour temperature The colour temperature (Kelvin) setting ranges from 2,000K to 15,000K (in 100K steps).
WB cannot be selected in the SCN or AUTO mode. Auto adjustment range: 2,800K - 8,000K

Time code

Countup system Regen, RecRun, Free Run, External, Hold
Start value setting “00:00:00:00”, Set/Reset selectable


Type Capacitive Touch Panel
Size 3.0-inch (7.5 cm)
Dots Approx. 460,000 dots
Image quality adjustments Brightness
Adjustable Yes 
Wave Form Monitor No
Focus Assist Peaking; Magnifying; Edge Monitor (using  waveform display) 
Peaking Yes. Colour selectable
Zebra Yes. 70% or 100%
Markers On/Off ; Level (White/Grey), and Grid (White/Grey)

Electronic View Finder (EVF)

Size 0.24-inch (0.61 cm)
Dots Approx. 1.56 million dots
Adjustable Vertical tilt, up to 45°
Field of View Coverage 100%
Correction lens + 2.0 to -5 dioptre


Audio in x2 XLR Input on Handle Unit. Line, Mic or 48V Phantom Power), 3.5mm microphone input jack
Headphone output 3.5mm stereo jack
USB Yes (Mini-B, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, output only)
HD/SD-SDI output Yes, BNC, output only, Video, embedded audio and time code. (XA15 Only)
AV terminal 3.5mm mini jack (output only for video and audio)
DC input Yes
Remote Control Terminal No

Other Features

Tally lamp Yes in Handle Unit
Accessory shoe Yes (cold shoe)
Custom Button Assignment YES 5 Assignable Buttons. Select from: Powered IS / BLC Always On / Face Only AF / Video Snapshot / WB Priority / Pre Rec / IR Light / Audio Output CH / [AF/MF] /Rec Review / Rec.Programs / BLC Always On / White balance / AGC Limit / Focus / Exposure / Audio Scene / Mic level / Zoom / Image Stabilizer / Image Effects / [Off]
Custom Dial Yes. Tv/Av/Manual exposure/AGC Limit/Exposure/Off
Wireless LAN standards None
Supported Wi-Fi Functions None
Supported Browser for Remote Operation None
Remote Operation Control Features None
Live view image Resolution None
Authentication Systems None
Encryption None
GPS Information (Optional Accessory) Real-time display of Latitude, Longitude, Elevation, UTC and Satellite Reception


Supplied Lens hood with barrier, Mic holder unit (w/ screw), Handle unit (HDU-1), Compact power adapter (CA-570), AC cord , Battery Pack BP-820
Optional Canon Battery Pack BP-820 (supplied)/BP-828,Canon Compact Power Adapter CA-570 (supplied with XA15/XA11)
Canon Battery Charger CG-800E, Canon High speed HDMI cable HTC-100, Canon High speed HDMI cable HTC-100/ High speed HDMI cable HTC-100/S, Canon Stereo Video Cable STV-250N,Canon Interface Cable IFC-300PCU/S / IFC-400PCU, Canon Tele Converter TL-H58, Canon Wide Attachment WA-H58,
Canon Soft Carrying Case SC-1000, SC-2000, Canon Wrist Strap WS-20, Canon Shoulder Strap SS-600/650, Canon PROTECT Filter 58 mm, Canon ND4-L Filter 58 mm, Canon ND8-L Filter 58 mm, Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2
Canon Battery Video Light VL-10Li/VL-10LiII
Canon Battery Pack BP-900 series (for VL-10Li/VL-10LiII)
Canon Compact Power Adapter CA-910/920/930 (charges BP-900 series battery packs)
Canon Car Battery Adapter CB-910/920 (for charging the BP-900 series)


Power Consumption Max 4.9W (Approx.) MP4 recording, 35Mbps
Battery BP-820(supplied)BP-828 (Optional)
Continuous Recording Time MP4 recording, 35Mbps: 145 Minutes (BP-820); 220 Minutes (BP-828)(approx.)

Physical Specs

Dimensions Approx. 131 x 180 x 231 mm (approx. 5.2 x 7.1 x 9.1 in.)
[Including lens hood, mic holder unit, and handle unit]

(camera only)
XA15: Approx. 750 g (1.7 lb) XA11: Approx. 745 g (1.6 lbs)

(fully equipped)
XA15: Approx. 1140 g (2.5 lbs)
XA11: Approx. 1135 g (2.5 lbs)

Includes lens hood, mic holder unit, handle unit, BP-820, and 1 memory card

Operating Temperature range Approx. -5 to 45°C, 60% (relative humidity)
Approx. 0 to 40°C, 85% (relative humidity)

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