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Canon XA20 entry-level Professional Camcorder

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Product Highlights
  • 26.8mm, f/1.8-2.8 lens, 20x zoom, Dynamic OIS
  • 1/2.84 HD CMOS Pro
  • 8.77cm (3.5) OLED touchscreen
  • Dual-format recording; DIGIC DV 4
  • 1.56m dot EVF, 45 tilt
  • Fast/slow motion
  • Built-in IR lamp
  • 2x XLR inputs
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
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The Canon XA20 is a ultra-compact, entry-level professional camcorder with unmatched performance. The XA20 camcorder combines outstanding image quality with dual-format recording in a compact form factor, making it ideal for all sorts of professional content creation.

20x zoom wide angle Canon HD Video Lens

Capture more than ever thanks to the XA20’s stunning new 26.8mm wide angle lens. A 20x zoom gets you closer to the action, while Dynamic Optical Image Stabilisation compensates for shake in 5 directions to provide ultra-steady images. f/1.8 maximum aperture, an 8-blade iris and EDM technology enable beautiful ‘bokeh’ effects.

1/2.84” HD CMOS Pro sensor

With an effective pixel count of approximately 2.91 megapixels, the new Canon HD CMOS sensor delivers stunning picture quality – even in low light – as well as outstanding dynamic range and realistic colour reproduction.

8.77cm (3.5”) OLED touchscreen and tiltable EVF

Despite its compact size, the XA20 provides high-quality monitoring. An OLED touch screen 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

A next-generation DIGIC DV 4 processor 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 recording¹ 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.

Professional audio

XA20 features comprehensive audio control. Two XLR inputs provide professional connectivity, whilst linear PCM and Dolby Digital recording options are available². A built-in microphone and 3.5mm input jack are also available.

Infrared shooting

Thanks to the infrared light source built into the handle, this camera can easily be used at night or in low ambient light conditions – ideal for the wildlife videographer.

Built-in Wi-Fi, GPS compatibility

Transfer footage wirelessly via an iOS phone or tablet, or via FTP at up to 150 Mbps³. Remotely control camera functions through a Wi-Fi enabled device – no apps required. Location data can be recorded using an optional GPS accessory.

Compact, lightweight body

This discreet camera is ideal for shooting in sensitive or confined environments and its lightweight body reduces fatigue during extended periods of hand-held filming.

CAMERA

Image Sensor
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)
Lens
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
Image Processor
Type DIGIC DV 4

RECORDING

Video storage media SDXC/SDHC/SD memory card (2 card slots);
Dual Format recording, Double slot (simultaneous) recording and Relay (continuous) recording possible.
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)
8hrs 00mins (MP4 max. quality)
91hrs 55mins (MP4 lowest quality)
Recording file format AVCHD Progressive (v2.0, high profile);
MP4
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

SYSTEM

Monitoring Panel
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)
EVF
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
Inputs/Outputs
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
Misc
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
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)
Shutter speed
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
Infrared shooting mode YES (green or white)
Built-in IR lamp YES, in detachable handle
3D Shooting Assist
OIS Axis Shift NO
Focal Length Guide NO
Shooting Modes
Smart AUTO YES
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
Wi-Fi & GPS Specifications
Wireless LAN standards IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz band) / IEEE 802.11a/n (5GHz band)
Supported Wi-Fi Functions Remote Operation; Movie Uploader (YouTube and Facebook); 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)
White balance
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 (2,00015,000 K, 100K steps)
Time code
Countup system Regen/Rec Run/Free Run/Preset (Non-Drop Frame)
Start value setting 00:00:00:00, Set/Reset selectable
Audio
Recording AVCHD: Linear PCM (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)

ACCESSORIES

Battery
Backup power supply Lithium coin battery (built-in)
Power Consumption 4.9W (AVCHD) / 4.8W (MP4)
Continuous Recording Time Supplied BP-820: Approx. 145 minutes
Optional BP-828: Approx. 220 minutes

MISCELLANEOUS

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 -5C to +45C, 60% relative humidity
Video storage media 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 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 5Ghz not available in Qatar
Supported Wi-Fi Functions iOS devices only, excludes MP4 1080/50P mode
Recording AVCHD 1080/50P mode only
Power Consumption 28Mbps / 35Mbps recording, normal EVF brightness
Continuous Recording Time 28Mbps / 35Mbps recording, normal EVF brightness
  • All specifications are subject to change without notice

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Canon XA20 entry-level Professional Camcorder
 
4.3

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Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Zoom range/performance (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Documentaries (3)
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    4.0

    Canon XA 20

    By DM

    from VIC

    About Me Pro Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • Travel

      Comments about Canon XA20 entry-level Professional Camcorder:

      XA 20 Replaced my EX 1 and holds up.
      Pro Audio and optimal video quality in a compact design - great.

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      4.0

      Unlock creativity with this Pro Equip

      By Rob

      from Perth, WA

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • 50p At 1080
      • Compact Size For Specs
      • Connect A Lanc Remote
      • Easy to add accessories
      • Easy to Use
      • Good Audio Conn Options
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Top Handle For Stability
      • Zoom range/performance

      Cons

      • Buggy Wifi Control
      • Ir Recvr Next To Screen

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • HD Shooting
      • Home Movies
      • Travel

      Comments about Canon XA20 entry-level Professional Camcorder:

      Really good to have the top handle for this camera. Makes for nice stable shots -- partic when chaing the kids around the backyard. Nice and easy to get creative low angle shots.
      Great HD footage in such a compact unit.
      With connection and attachment options for Mic's and other audio attachments, this is a camera that you can justify buying the good accessories for.

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      5.0

      Really nice and smooth Video!!

      By stevo

      from Albany, WA

      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Audio Port
      • Easy to Use
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Mic Port And 2 Xlr Ports
      • View finder
      • Zoom range/performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Documentaries
        • HD Shooting
        • Home Movies
        • Movies/Short Films
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Canon XA20 entry-level Professional Camcorder:

        i Use this product to produce high quality YouTube videos and Wedding Videos. The quality is outstanding and the 60fps @ 35mbps data trans MP4 recording is just awesome! i would recommend this fine piece of equipment to any high end consumer/videographer. Thanks

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          Hi, can I use this camcorder to film in Standard Def, as my editing programs are of an older nature. I wish to edit and put onto standard DVDs. Not sure my computer will handle the large files of HD. Thanks
          Asked on 13/6/2014 by Pee J from Victoria

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            YES Lowest resolution is 1280x720: 25P (4Mbps); 640x360: 25P (3Mbps). the files can be convertered in MP4. You will still need to convert to DVD either way.

            Answered on 14/6/2014 by Michael from Videoguys
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          Hi, is this a PAL camera or NTSC? I can't see that specified anywhere in your product listing. Thanks
          Asked on 15/7/2013 by Deb

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            All our cameras are PAL. They all come for Canon Australia.

            Answered on 15/7/2013 by Michael from Videoguys
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          Hi, does the Canon XA20 have the same Touch & Track function of the XA10? Thanks.
          Asked on 14/6/2013 by Billy from Capalaba, Qld.

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        Canon XA20 entry-level Professional Camcorder
        • 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

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         Canon XA20 entry-level Professional Camcorder
        Sandisk Extreme Pro 64GB 95MB/s SDXC UHS-I Memory Card
        Price: $232.00
        Inc GST
        Will usually dispatch within 2 - 3 days
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        Sony ECMVG1 Electret Condenser Microphone
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        Inc GST
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