The Canon XA55 is a compact high-end 4K video camera with a large 1-inch CMOS image sensor, ultra-fast dual pixel AF, image stabilisation system, a 24.5mm equivalent wide-angle field of view as well as a 3-inch touch LCD screen. It is one of the most capable professional camcorders Canon have released with 4:2:2 10-bit Full HD output, XF-AVC codec, built-in ND filters, as well as dual XLR inputs with +48V phantom power.
Image quality is key, which is why the XA55 has a large 1-inch CMOS image sensor capable of capturing super crisp 4K resolution video footage. The ultra-high resolution 4K video footage can be recorded at a frame rate of 25p with a hefty 150Mbps bitrate that ensures a super fine level of detail.
Boasting an impressive 15x optical zoom, the XA55 has a 35mm equivalent focal range from a nice wide 25.5mm to an impressive 382.50mm telephoto zoom. The lens itself has a 9-bladed iris that uses the same technology as Canon’s popular EF lens series to renders out of focus areas with a stunning natural bokeh.
Even when shooting in Full HD the XA55 captures 4K footage so it can oversample the higher resolution to produce a sharper image than traditional high definition video. This oversamples 1920x1080 footage can be recorded with a 170-Mbps bitrate at a frame rate up to 50p.
The XA50 incorporates Dual Pixel CMOS AF for fast and accurate autofocusing in approximately 80% (vertically and horizontally) of the sensor. Face detection AF and Touch tracking operation enable seamless focus control for intuitive operation. A Dual Pixel Focus Guide provides a graphical interface to aid manual focusing.
The XA50 supports multi-format recording capabilities including XF-AVC and MP4. It records XF-AVC 4K UHD 160Mbps up to 25P, plus Full HD 45Mbps at 50P/50i/25P. It is also possible to record MP4 4K 150Mbps at 25P and Full HD 35Mbps at 50P/25P. Slow and Fast motion recording are also possible in 4K/Full HD up to 1200x.
Powerful functionality includes an Infrared mode – allowing users to capture video in conditions with little to no ambient light – and simultaneous backup and relay recording with dual SD card slots.
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|Image Sensor||1-Chip 1" CMOS Sensor|
|Sensor Resolution||4268 x 3148 (13.4 MP)|
|Effective Sensor Resolution||3840 x 2160 (8.29 MP)|
|Minimum Illumination||1.7 lux at 1/30 Shutter Speed|
|0.1 lux at 1/2 Shutter Speed|
|White Balance Range||2000 to 15,000K|
|Focal Length||8.3 to 124.5mm|
|35mm Equivalent Focal Length||25.5 to 382.5mm|
|Optical Zoom Ratio||15x|
|Maximum Aperture||f/2.8 to 4.5|
|Minimum Focusing Distance||Wide: 0.4" / 1.0 cm|
|Entire Zoom Range: 23.6" / 60.0 cm|
|Filter Size||58 mm|
|Shutter Speed||1/1 to 1/2000 sec|
|Built-In ND Filter||Mechanical Filter Wheel with 2 Stop (1/4), 4 Stop (1/16), 6 Stop (1/64) ND Filters|
|Built-In Microphone Type||Stereo|
|Recording Media||2 x SD (Unspecified Type) UHS-I Card Slots|
|H.264/MP4:||3840 x 2160p at 23.98/24/29.97/30 fps (150 Mb/s)|
|1920 x 1080p at 23.98/24/29.97/30/59.94/60 fps (17 to 35 Mb/s)|
|1280 x 720p at 59.94/60 fps (8 Mb/s)|
|XF-AVC 4:2:0 8-Bit:||3840 x 2160p at 23.98/24/29.97/30 fps|
|1920 x 1080p at 23.98/24/29.97/30/59.94/60 fps|
|Audio Recording||MP4: 2-Channel 16-Bit AAC Audio|
|MP4: 4-Channel 16-Bit LPCM Audio|
|XAVC: 4-Channel 24-Bit LPCM Audio|
|Video Connectors||1 x Mini-HDMI (HDMI 2.0) Output|
|1 x BNC (3G-SDI) Output|
|Audio Connectors||2 x 3-Pin XLR Mic/Line Level (+48 V Phantom Power) Input|
|1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Stereo Headphone Input|
|1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Stereo Mic Level Input|
|Other I/O||1 x USB Mini-B|
|1 x 2.5 mm|
|Screen Resolution||460,000 Dots|
|EVF Display Type||LCD|
|EVF Resolution||1,560,000 Dots|
|Battery Type||Canon BP-8 Series|
|Power Connectors||1 x Proprietary (8.4 VDC) Input|
|Operating Temperature||0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)|
|Storage Temperature||-5 to 45°C (23 to 113°F)|
|Accessory Mount||1 x Cold Shoe Mount|
|Dimensions||21.34 x 10.92 x 9.14 cm / 7.2 x 4.3 x 3.6" (Without Protrusions)|
|26.42 x 12.45 x 9.14 cm / 10.4 x 4.9 x 3.6" (With Protrusions)|
|Weight||953 g (2.1 lb)|