Canon XA-20 High Definition Camcorders
Product Code: XA20
ME 66 Short gun Microphone
Head + K6 Powering Module for Batter/Phantom
The XA20 is a compact, "run-and-gun" HD camcorder with an impressive optical performance from a powerful new Genuine Canon 20x HD Video
Lens with a new 8-Blade Circular Aperture, capable of focusing down to just 23.6 inches (60cm). Other features include a 3.5-inch OLED Touch Panel Display with
the equivalent of 1.23 million dots of resolution, tiltable electronic viewfinder, multiple HD/SD recording rates - including 24p for a "cinematic"
look - together with a choice of industry-standard MP4 (up to 35 Mbps) and AVCHD (up to 28 Mbps) codecs. The high image quality and recording versatility make
the XA20 ideal for independent and documentary filmmaking, as well as event videography and educational institutions.
In addition to reducing horizontal and vertical shaking, five-axis SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization eliminates rolling and other artifacts, for sharper
images no matter how the camcorder is moved. A new automatic correction circuit can substantially reduce image distortion, thereby producing better-looking videos.
A detachable handle offers increased control functionality, with a built-in microphone holder and XLR-format audio inputs. Infrared shooting with little to
zero ambient light offers additional flexibility during, for example, surveillance and wildlife projects; the detachable handle also includes an IR light.
Dual-band, built-in Wi-Fi® technology allows easy FTP file transfer and upload to the internet. And intelligent lithium batteries report remaining power and
battery-wear levels in one-minute increments to the camcorder, thereby taking the guesswork out of battery management.
- Genuine Canon 20x High Definition Optical Zoom Lens
- The XA20 features a Genuine Canon 20x HD Zoom Lens that provides a highly versatile zoom range with 35mm equivalent of 26.8mm–576mm, and
a minimum object distance of just 23.6 inches (60cm). The impressive image quality is enhanced by a new 8-Blade Circular Aperture design, which avoids the
“starburst” effect of point light sources in non-circular aperture designs. Out of focus areas are smoother, more natural and more appealing. An endless-type
focus and zoom control includes user-programmable direction and sensitivity modes. Zoom speed can be set to variable, constant (with 16 levels), Fast, Normal or Slow.
Full HD 1920x1080 Recording Capabilities
Multiple recording modes, resolutions and frame rates make the XA20 Professional Camcorder creatively flexible and adaptable to virtually any
production environment. It can record in Full HD resolution in both MP4 and AVCHD Progressive recording codecs, at multiple bit rates, and even simultaneously.
|28 Mbps (59.94P)
|1920 x 1080
|1920 x 1080
|1920 x 1080
|1440 x 1080
|35 Mbps (59.94P)
|1920 x 1080
|1920 x 1080
|1920 x 1080
|1280 x 720
|640 x 360
*1 In AUTO mode: 59.94i
*2 In AUTO mode: 29.97P only
Simultaneous HD- and Web-version Dual Recording
Dual Recording offers format choices that are useful for various post-capture options. The DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor and dual SD card slots enable
simultaneous recording in AVCHD format and web-ready MP4 format, as well as MP4 and MP4 at different bit rates.
Native 24p Recording
A must for serious filmmaking work, Native 24p matches the frame rate of a traditional film camera, giving the same cadence and temporal motion for "film-like" quality.
Slow- and Fast-Motion Recording
Slow and Fast Motion Modes allow the XA20 to record a different frame rate than the playback frame rate (only in MP4 recording modes), resulting in either a
fast or slow motion effect during playback. Since the camera is recording real frames and modifying the playback rate, there is virtually no quality loss and
maximum image quality is maintained. Fast motion of up to 250% of the original speed and slow motion down to 40% of the original speed are possible.
Built-in Wi-Fi®Technology with FTP Transfer Capability
The XA20 features built-in dual-band (5 GHz/2.4 GHz) Wi-Fi® technology, enabling FTP file transfer to Cloud-based servers for
convenient back ups, or for situations where a relay station, such as a news truck, is unavailable. The dual bands help ensure that data can be sent even in
areas with increased signal interference. It is also possible to connect to compatible networks, wireless hotspots and iOS® mobile devices using the free
Canon Movie Uploader app*, or play back video on the camcorders’ memory cards to Wi-Fi®-enabled TVs and computers.
Wi-Fi® technology also allows remote control of key camcorder controls, such as recording start/stop and zoom (in three different speeds), exposure functions
(white balance, color temperature, iris, shutter speed, gain, exposure and more) and focus settings via a tablet or smartphone. The ability to control the camera
remotely, such as when using a camera crane, improves mobility in various shooting environments.
Superb Image Reproduction
New Full HD 1920x1080 HD CMOS Imaging Sensor
The XA20 Professional Camcorder features a new 1/2.84-inch HD CMOS Image Sensor. The larger sensor area and 2.91 Megapixels
answer the demands of the new, more powerful lens. Both wide-angle and zoom shots deliver wide dynamic range and impressive tonal reproduction. In addition,
the large size of the individual pixels enable a minimum subject illumination of 1.2 lux, making the XA20 excellent for shooting in challenging low-light conditions.
DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor
The DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor featured on the XA20 is a high-speed engine that works in concert with the HD CMOS Image Sensor to
provide images with low noise and great depth. It also powers the new Dynamic Mode of the image stabilization system, which is an electronic correction of
rotational distortion added to Canon’s proven optical system. The increased processing power also enables Dual Recording to two separate SD cards, expanding
output options and allowing convenient data transfer even when out in the field.
3.5-inch OLED Viewscreen with 10,000:1 Contrast Ratio and EVF
The new 3.5-inch, advanced 1,230,000-dot equivalent Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display provides vivid colors, high
contrast, and dramatically improved responsiveness compared to traditional LCD screens. A wide-view angle (over 80 degrees at all angles) aids in composition
versatility, and regular chromaticity adjustments, prompted by the camcorder, ensure correct brightness and faithful color reproduction.
The 0.24-inch tilt-type color electronic viewfinder on the XA20 has approximately 100% field of view, and 1,560,000 dots of resolution help ensure
critical focus adjustment, with peaking applied if necessary. A joystick located to the right of the viewfinder, where the thumb rests, enables control of camera
settings on the viewscreen without having to use touch panel controls.
Dual SD Card Slots, Using Readily Available,
SDHC/SDXC Card compatible
The XA20 is compatible with ubiquitous SDHC and SDXC memory cards, which provide super-high capacity and ultra-fast data transfer.
Intelligent Optical Image Stabilization System with Powered and Dynamic Modes and Auto On/Off
The XA20 offers an advanced optical image stabilization system suited for reducing image blur in a wide variety of
shooting situations. The different image stabilization options can be selected manually, or Intelligent IS can use an automatic detection system to identify
the proper stabilization mode for the situation. Featured on the XA20 and new to Canon Professional Camcorders is Dynamic Mode, which provides electronic
correction of roll and tilt.
Full Manual Control
Custom Key and Dial, Composition Aids, Gain Control, Power Zoom
Ergonomic, Portable Design
Weighing less than three pounds including the detachable handle, battery and lens hood – and less than two pounds without –
the XA20 is ideal for high-action shoots when both speed and mobility are essential, and where keeping a low profile is an added benefit. Though small in
size, this camcorder sacrifices nothing when it comes to professional functionality. It features a new “seesaw” style zoom lever, manual focus/zoom
ring and joystick for easy control, and an electronic viewfinder that can tilt up to 45 degrees for low-angle shooting. It also has five Assign Buttons to help
it fit to your operational needs.
Two Phantom-powered XLR Audio Inputs with Manual Gain Control
A stereo microphone is incorporated into the XA20 Professional Camcorder, as are two XLR audio inputs with +48V phantom power. The
built-in microphone provides exceptional audio in fast-paced situations while the XLR inputs provide connectivity to external microphones and other
professional audio devices. If you choose, the built-in microphone and XLR input can be used simultaneously.
Audio is recorded in 16-bit PCM format at 48 kHz for amazing quality and fidelity. And both the built-in microphone and XLR inputs have the option for
automatic or full manual gain control. To prevent variations in the recorded audio level, the dial can also be locked.
The XA20 also includes a 3.5mm headphone terminal with 16 volume settings for
accurate audio monitoring.
Ultra-compact Form Factor with Detachable Handle
A detachable handle provides the pro shooter with expanded audio performance and added flexibility. Removing the handle allows the camcorder to be made more compact for convenient storage when travelling.
Included on the handle are the following terminals, controls and monitors:
- Two built-in XLR audio input terminals with phantom power
- Accessory shoe (cold)
- External microphone holder
- Manual audio level control
- Zoom control and record start/stop button
- Infrared light
- Tally lamp
High Definition Peaking for Focus Assist
Focus and Exposure Aids
To enhance focusing capability, the XA20 provides Focus Assist. It includes enlargement, which helps in capturing your subject in
razor-sharp focus. It works by providing a 2x magnification of your subject, which is automatically cancelled when you start recording. Also included is
color peaking, which shows the shooting object's focused areas in actual colors.
Assignable Buttons for Custom Shooting
The XA20 is endowed with five assignable buttons so
that the camcorder can be tailored to the specific preferences or needs of the user.
Infrared Shooting Mode for Extreme Low-light Conditions (with built-in IR emitter and diffuser)
Optional Bluetooth Mic with Two-way Intercom-like Capability
Advanced Display Features: Zebra, Color Bars and Test Tone
Either color bars or color bars and test tone can be selected and recorded. The color bars comply with the SMPTE standard. -12 dB, -18 dB or -20 dB can be selected as the test tone.
Enhanced zebra pattern (70% or 100%) indicates ‘blown out’ or high brightness areas to help you set the proper exposure.
The white balance control has six available presets selectable through a variety of day and artificial light conditions (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten,
Fluorescent H, and Fluorescent), as well as two manual white balance settings. Color temperature may also be manually set from 2,000K to 15,000K in 100K increments for more precise adjustment.
|What's in the box
- Lens Hood (with Lens Barrier)
- Battery Pack BP-820
- Microphone Holder Unit / Handle Unit
- Wireless Controller WL-D89
- USB Interface Cable IFC-300PCU
- Stereo Video Cable STV-250N
- Mini-HDMI Cable HTC-100/S
Bundled CD ROMs:
- PIXELA Data Import Utility Disc
- Photo Applications / Audio Disc