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Canon XA25 & XA20: compact camcorders with pro-spec HD Video

Canon XA25 & XA20: compact camcorders with pro-spec HD Video

The XA25 and XA20 camcorders combine a powerful, all-new imaging system with dual-format recording, professional audio and WiFi connectivity in a versatile, yet highly compact package that fits neatly in the palm of a hand. A 20x zoom wide-angle lens offers a 26.8-576mm focal length range, employing optical technology first found in Canon’s top-of-the-range XF305 digital camcorder, while a newly designed 1/2.84-type 2.91 Megapixel HD CMOS Pro sensor provides outstanding dynamic range and low-light performance.

Who are they for?

A range of advanced shooting features and connectivity options make these cameras ideal for either professional or amateur use, and are suitable for shooting everything from news and documentaries to weddings. Features such as the ability to record in two different formats, AVCHD or MP4, at different bit rates on two separate SD cards will, in particular, appeal to news gathering teams for broadcast and web-based content.

The mobility, small size and control options make the XA25 and XA20 ideal for documentary production whilst the infrared shooting mode is perfect for applications such as wildlife shooting or reality TV. The additional HD-SDI output connection on the XA25 makes it especially attractive for broadcast use.

The compact form factor, 20x optical zoom and ease-of-use will suit police forces and other organisations, which often need to record discreetly whilst on the move, whose operators may not be experts. The GPS compatibility also makes the XA25 and XA20 supremely practical for those who need to know exactly when and where their footage was shot.

The XA25 and XA20 camcorders also provide an ideal solution for wedding videographers, thanks to their small size and high image quality. The simultaneous recording feature – providing instant back-up – will also appeal to users in this field.

Key features

  • 26.8mm, f/1.8-2.8 lens, 20x zoom, Dynamic OIS.
  • 1/2.84” HD CMOS PRO sensor.
  • 8.77cm (3.5”) OLED touchscreen.
  • Dual-format recording; DIGIC DV 4.
  • HD-SDI output (XA25 only).
  • 1.56m dot EVF, 45° tilt.
  • Fast/slow motion.
  • Built-in IR lamp.
  • 2x XLR inputs.
  • Built-in WiFi.

Superbly flexible Canon HD Video Lens

Filmmakers can capture more than ever thanks to the stunning new 26.8mm wide-angle lens on the XA25 and XA20 models. A 20x zoom gets you closer to the action, while Dynamic Optical Image Stabilisation compensates for shake in five directions to provide ultra-steady images. An f/1.8 maximum aperture, 8-blade iris and EDM technology enable beautiful ‘bokeh’ effects.

Advanced Canon HD Video System for outstanding performance

A newly designed 1/2.84-type 2.91 Megapixel HD CMOS Pro sensor provides outstanding dynamic range and low-light performance. The increased sensor size maximises the photosite area, combining a highly sophisticated image processing system to reduce image noise and increase sensitivity in low light environments.

Quality monitoring with OLED touchscreen and tiltable EVF

The compact XA25 and XA20 cameras provide high-quality monitoring. An 8.77cm (3.5”) OLED touchscreen with a 1.23 million-dot resolution offers better response times, definition, contrast and colour reproduction than LCD equivalents. A 0.61cm (0.24”) 1.56 million dot EVF can tilt up to 45° to accommodate different shooting positions.

Dual-format recording to SD cards

The new DIGIC DV 4 processor in the XA25 and XA20 cameras expands your options. AVCHD video can be recorded at up to 28Mbps in 1080/50P, whilst for maximum quality a 35Mbps 1080/50P MP4 recording mode is available. Inclusion of two SDXC/SDHC memory card slots allows simultaneous recording (*1) of high-quality HD and lower resolution MP4 files for easier file transfer – ideal when a quick turn-around of footage is needed. Fast and slow motion recording options are available in MP4 modes.

Recording capacity varies according to the size of the SD card, but recording on a 32Gb card in AVCHD will give approx. two hours and 30 minutes recording time, while filming in MP4 will give approx. two hours recording time. Class 4 or better SDHC/SDXC cards are required for Full HD recording at 24Mbps.

Compact and easy-to-handle

Slightly larger than the XA10, the XA25 and XA20 camcorders are still small enough to appeal to users who require a discreet camera for filming in sensitive or confined environments while still producing high quality video images. The XA25 and XA20 feature the same removable handle concept launched with the XA10 camcorder. Easily attached or removed to suit the shooting situation, the top-mounted handle houses a range of additional controls, including XLR inputs for capturing professional quality audio from external microphones.

Enhanced Infrared shooting options

The removable handle for the XA25 and XA20 also integrates an IR lamp to enhance the shooting capabilities of the infrared mode – ideal for recording low light recording of night-time documentaries or nocturnal wildlife.

The XA25 and XA20 models utilise a new, diffused infrared LED which is approximately three times brighter than the infrared light found in the XA10 camcorder. This LED light features a wide radiation angle which provides brightness throughout the entire image area, resulting in more natural looking video recordings.

Professional audio functions

Audio functions are a crucial consideration for professional users, who value good audio quality as highly as good picture quality. The XA25 and XA20 both offer professional XLR audio connections and control on the detachable handle. Sensitivity can be set for Line, Mic or Mic with 48V phantom power. Level control can be operated manually or automatically with locking to prevent accidental change.

Advanced interfaces and studio connectivity

The XA25 and XA20 offer an advanced selection of interfaces, with physical inputs conveniently grouped together and designed to keep connections in place during handheld use; these include integrated HDMI, microphone, USB and headphone terminals. In addition, the XA25 camera offers an HD-SDI output – offering the high capacity, uncompressed connectivity that’s useful for many broadcast applications.

Built-in WiFi connectivity

The XA25 and XA20 also feature newly-integrated dual band WiFi support (2.4GHz and 5GHz), providing a range of capabilities for use during or after shooting, for example remote control, wireless FTP file transfer and direct upload to the web using Canon’s Movie Uploader app (available for iOS devices only).

GPS compatibility

The XA25 and XA20 are compatible with the optional GP-E2 GPS accessory. This accessory allows GPS data to be captured with video footage, providing an accurate record of where footage was captured. Data recorded includes Latitude, Longitude, Elevation and Coordinated Universal time (UTC).

(*1) Simultaneous recording not available in 1080/50p recording modes.

20x Canon HD Video lens

The XA25 and XA20 feature a new Canon 20x zoom lens (26.8-576mm range) and a new Optical Image Stabilisation system, which includes Dynamic IS. A beautiful ‘bokeh’ effect can be delivered thanks to a new, 8-blade circular aperture that uses Canon’s unique Electro Magnetic Diaphragm technology – developed for the company’s EF lens range – to ensure beautiful background blur in shots with a shallow depth of field. This new lens also includes Hi-UD glass elements, using technology originally developed for high-end broadcast TV lens and previously only found in Canon’s XF300-series camcorders.

Zoom or focus can be adjusted via a switchable ring at the front of the camera lens. Additionally, a new zoom rocker integrated into the camera body is ideal for shooting when handheld or tripod mounted, offering the fine control and convenience typically found on larger professional cameras.

New 1/2.84-type HD CMOS Pro Sensor

Canon develops and manufactures its own CMOS sensors for HD camcorders and the XA25 and XA20 cameras feature a newly developed 1/2.84-type HD CMOS Pro sensor with an effective pixel count of approximately 2.91 Megapixels. The sensor measures 2136x1362 pixels and improves the performance of the IS system while a new LSI (Large Scale Integration) chip improves signal-to-noise ratio and increased low-light sensitivity.

DIGIC DV 4 Processor

The DIGIC DV 4 processor in the XA25 and XA20 models is the latest development of Canon’s powerful processors for video cameras, replacing the previous DIGIC DV III. The outstanding processing capability provided by a DIGIC DV 4 processor provides enhanced image reproduction, supplementing the strengths of the DIGIC DV family – such as smooth gradation and faithful colour reproduction – with support for recording at higher data rates. The sensor and processor work together to eliminate more camera shake, augmenting a highly effective Optical IS system with electronic stabilisation that detects and compensates for movement in a larger number of directions.

Sensor 1/2.84 type HD CMOS Pro
System Bayer pattern filter
Total pixels per sensor Approx. 3.09 megapixels
Effective pixels per sensor Approx. 2.91 megapixels (2136 x 1362)
Minimum illumination Auto: 1.0 lux
Slow Shutter: 0.1 lux
Horizontal Resolution 1000 TV lines or more (Full HD recording)
Zoom ratio 20x
Focal length 26.8 - 576mm (35mm equivalent / 28.8-576mm with Dynamic IS on)
Minimum focus distance 60cm (throughout zoom range);
10mm (wide angle)
ND filter Built-in gradation filter (Auto or Off)
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 Variable (body rocker only) or Constant speed (body and handle rocker; Fast/Normal/Slow, 16 speed level settings in each)
Focus control MANUAL: Lens ring, Touchscreen OLED (touch Focus, Touch and Track), Focus Preset
AUTO: Face Priority AF / Face Only AF / Instant AF / Medium AF / TV AF
Iris control Custom dial; Touchscreen; Auto
Aperture range f1.8 - f8
Filter diameter 58mm
Lens elements/groups 12/10
Aperture blades 8 Blade Circular Aperture
Image stabilization system Optical lens shift system (angle vector movement detection) + electronic stabilisation;
4 modes: Intelligent (Auto), Dynamic, Standard, Powered
Digital zoom Up to 400x;
Built-in 2x Digital Teleconverter (cannot be used with Digital Zoom
Video storage media SDXC/SDHC/SD memory card (2 card slots);
Dual Format recording, Double slot (simultaneous) recording and Relay (continuous) recording possible.¹
Type Class 6 (or higher) cards recommended for 1080/50P recording;
Class 4 (or higher) cards recommended for other Full HD recording
Recording time 128GB SDXC card:
10hrs 10mins (AVCHD max. quality)¹
8hrs 00mins (MP4 max. quality)¹
91hrs 55mins (MP4 lowest quality)¹
Recording file format AVCHD Progressive (v2.0, high profile);
Recording format AVCHD (all modes variable bit rate, 4:2:0 colour sampling):
1920x1080: 50p (28Mbps, linear PCM audio available);
1920x1080: 50i/PF25 (24Mbps, 17Mbps);
1440x1080: 50i/PF25 (5Mbps)
MP4 (all modes variable bit rate, 4:2:0 colour sampling):
1920x1080: 50p (35Mbps);
1920x1080: 25P (24Mbps, 17Mbps);
1280x720: 25P (4Mbps);
640x360: 25P (3Mbps)
Slow/Fast motion YES (MP4 HD mode only, 2x fast motion, 0.5x slow motion)
Interval Record NO
Frame Record NO
Pre Record (cache record) YES (3 seconds)
Scan Reverse NO
HD->SD conversion YES (AVCHD to MP4)
Internal Data Transfer MOVIE STILLS: Yes (card to card)
Photo storage media SDXC/SDHC/SD memory card
Still quality During video recording or playback: 1920 x 1080/1280 x 720/640 x 360
Type Capacitive Organic LED
Size 8.8cm (3.5"), 100% view
Dots 1.23 million-dot equivalent
Image quality adjustments Brightness, backlight, OLED colour balance
Adjustable YES (270 degree rotation about horizontal axis)
Waveform Monitor NO
Focus Assist Peaking; Magnifying
Peaking YES
Zebra YES (70% or 100% reference level)
Markers ON/OFF (Level, Grid)
Size 0.61cm (0.24"), 100% view
Dots 1.56 million dots equivalent
Adjustable YES (tiltable to 45 degrees)
Correction lens + 2.0 to -5.5 diopter
Audio in XLR inputs with 48V phantom power (x2), 3.5mm microphone input jack
Headphone output 3.5mm stereo jack
Video monitor output NO
HDMI YES (HDMI™ mini connector, output only, 1080/50p output possible)
IEEE 1394 (Firewire) NO
USB YES (Mini-B, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, output only)
HD/SD-SDI output NO
Time code YES (Superimposed on HDMI Output signal)
Genlock NO
Component out NO
AV terminal 3.5mm mini jack (output only for video and audio)
DC input YES
Remote Control Terminal 2.5mm mini jack
Colour Bars YES (SMPTE or EBU), with 1KHz Tone
Tally lamp YES, in detachable handle
Accessory shoe YES (cold shoe)
Custom key YES (5 assignable buttons; select from 22 functions)
Custom Dial YES (Shutter Priority (Tv), Aperture Priority (Av), Manual Exposure, exposure compensation, AGC limit)
Shooting functions
Exposure metering Centre-weighted average or segment evaluative (determined by shooting mode);
Exposure compensation -3 to +3 EV (12 steps);
Backlight Correction available (Auto or always on)
Auto Exposure mode Smart Auto, Face Detection AE;
Manual control via Touch Exposure and Exposure Compensation functions.
Push Auto Iris YES (via touchscreen)
Auto Gain Control setting Auto / Manual
Auto Gain Control limit 0 to 24dB, 1dB increments (0 to 18dB in Cinema Mode)
Gain setting 0 to 24dB, 1dB increments (0 to 18dB in Cinema Mode)
Control Modes Full Auto / Manual control (touchscreen LCD or control dial)
Shutter speed 1/6 to 1/2000 (depending on Scene Mode and frame rate)
Clear Scan NO
Infrared shooting mode YES (green or white)
Built-in IR lamp YES, in detachable handle
OIS Axis Shift NO
Focal Length Guide NO
Program AE AUTO;
M mode: P, Tv, Av, M (manual exposure), SCN (Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Night, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks);
Cinema mode: P, Tv, Av, M
Cinema Features Cinema-Look Filter (9 options, including customisable 'Cinema Standard')
Image Effects Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness, Colour Depth
Wireless LAN standards IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz band) / IEEE 802.11a/n (5GHz band)¹
Supported Wi-Fi Functions Remote Operation; Movie Uploader (YouTube and Facebook)²; Playback (in browser); Media Server; FTP File Transfer
Supported Browser for Remote Operation Internet Explorer 8 or later, Safari (iOS), Safari (MacOS), Android standard browser
Remote Operation Control Features Aperture, Focus, WB, shutter Speed, Gain, Exposure Compensation, Shooting Mode, Slot select, Start/Stop Recording
Live view image Resolution Camera setting mode: 680 x 383; Simplified setting: 284 x 160
Authentication Systems Open/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
Encryption WEP64, WEP128, TKIP, AES
GPS Information (Optional Accessory) Latitude/Longtitude/Elevation, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)
Auto YES
Preset 6: Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten (incandescent lamps or halogen bulbs), Fluorescent H (3-wavelength type fluorescent), Fluorescent (white fluorescent)
Manual setting Set 1, Set 2, Colour Temperature (2,000-15,000 K, 100K steps)
Countup system Regen/Rec Run/Free Run/Preset (Non-Drop Frame)
Start value setting “00:00:00:00”, Set/Reset selectable
Recording AVCHD: Linear PCM¹ (2ch, 16 bit, 48 kHz) or Dolby Digital (AC-3 2ch, 48kHz)
MP4: MPEG-2 AAC LC (2 ch)
Control Audio controls include:
Independent 2ch Line/Mic/Mic+48V input;
Independent level control per channel (-∞ to +18 dB);
Independent audio limiters (2 ch);
Input mic trimming
Microphone attenuation Auto/On/Off (20dB)
Microphone level meter YES
Zoom Microphone YES (customisable frequency response and directivity)
Supplied Lens hood with barrier, Mic holder unit, Handle unit (HDU-1), Wireless Controller (WL-D89), Battery Pack BP-820, High Speed HDMI Cable (HTC100/S), Compact Power unit CA-570, AC Cable, Interface Cable (IFC-300PCU/S), Stereo Video Cable (STV-250N), Data Import Utility Ver2.0
Optional Canon Battery Pack BP-820/BP-828
Canon Compact Power Adapter CA-570,
Canon Battery Charger CG-800E/CG-800B,
Canon HDMI cable HTC-100,
Canon Stereo Video Cable STV-250N,
Canon Tele Converter TL-H58,
Canon Wide Attachment WA-H58,
Canon Wireless Microphone WM-V1,
Canon Soft Carrying Case SC-2000,
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 (Model A/B only),
Canon Battery Pack BP-900 series (for VL-10Li/VL-10LiII),
Canon Compact Power Adapter CA-910/920/930 (for charging BP-900 series)
Backup power supply Lithium coin battery (built-in)
Power Consumption 4.9W¹ (AVCHD) / 4.8W (MP4)¹
Continuous Recording Time Supplied BP-820: Approx. 145 minutes¹
Optional BP-828: Approx. 220 minutes¹
Dimensions Approx. 109 x 84 x 182 mm (main body only)
Approx. 131 x 180 x 231 mm (fully equipped)
Detachable handle YES
Weight (camera only) Approx. 765 g
Weight (fully equipped) Approx. 1155 g
Operating Temperature range -5ºC to +45ºC, 60% relative humidity
Video storage media ¹ After 12 hours of continuous recording, camcorder will stop recording and re-start automatically. Simultaneous/Dual Format recording not available in 1080/50P modes.
Recording time ¹ After 12 hours of continuous recording, camcorder will stop recording and re-start automatically. Simultaneous/Dual Format recording not available in 1080/50P modes.
Wireless LAN standards ¹ 5Ghz not available in Qatar
Supported Wi-Fi Functions ² iOS devices only, excludes MP4 1080/50P mode
Recording ¹ AVCHD 1080/50P mode only
Power Consumption ¹ 28Mbps / 35Mbps recording, normal EVF brightness
Continuous Recording Time ¹ 28Mbps / 35Mbps recording, normal EVF brightness
All specifications are subject to change without notice

Technical product specifications are currently unavailable.