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Canon XA15

Canon XA15



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A compact, professional Full HD camcorder with a powerful 20x optical zoom and wide dynamic range

A compact, professional Full HD camcorder with high optical performance

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 50P 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

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.

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 - 73.4mm (35mm equivalent: 28.8 - 576mm)  
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 stabilisation 
Digital zoom/Teleconverter 2 x Tele Converter, x400 Digital Zoom 
Image Processor  
Type DIGIC DV 4 
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 (50P @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) AVCHD:
28Mbps 50.00P,1920 x 1080, 24/17Mbps 1920 x 1080 50.00i/PF25
5Mbps 1440 x 1080  50i/PF25
35Mbps 1920 x 1080: 50P
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)
50.00P (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.) 
Size and Weights  
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] 
Weight (camera only) XA15: Approx. 750 g (1.7 lb) XA11: Approx. 745 g (1.6 lb) 
Weight (fully equipped) XA15: Approx. 1140 g (2.5 lb)
XA11: Approx. 1135 g (2.5 lb)
Includes lens hood, mic holder unit, handle unit, BP-820, and 1 memory card 
Operating Temperature range Approx. -5 to 45C, 60 (relative humidity)
Approx. 0 to 40C, 85 (relative humidity) 
  All specifications subject to change without notice. 

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