Canon XA15 Compact Full HD Camcorder with SDI HDMI and Composite Output

Brand:Canon
Product Code:XA15
  • £1,554.00

  • Ex Tax: £1,295.00

Product Highlights

  • Native 1920 x 1080, 1/2.84" CMOS Sensor
  • 20x HD Zoom Lens
  • Canon Digic DV 4 Image Processor
  • Dynamic Image Stabilization
  • 3" OLED Touch Panel View Screen
  • Manual Camera Controls
  • 2 x XLR with Manual/Auto Audio Levels
  • SDI, Mini-HDMI, Composite Outputs
  • 2 x SD/SDHC/SDXC Media Card Slots

Canon Native 1920 x 1080 CMOS Sensor
The XA15 features a 1/2.84-inch HD CMOS Pro Sensor with 2.91MP. The large size of the individual pixels enable a minimum subject illumination of 1.0 lux for shooting in low-light conditions.
20x Optical Zoom Lens
The Canon 20x HD zoom lens provides a zoom range with a 35mm equivalent of 26.8 to 576mm, and features an improved circular iris design providing a more natural look with out-of-focus areas that are smoother and more appealing. Zoom speed can be set to variable, constant (with 16 levels), fast, normal, or slow.
Digic DV 4 Image Processor
The DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor works in concert with the sensor to provide images with low noise and rich color depth. The processing power of the Digic DV 4 enables the simultaneous encoding of video to different codecs and bit rates for recording to two separate SD cards at the same time.
Auto Focus
Canon Auto Focus (AF) features include natural-looking medium speed, instant, and face detection AF, which can significantly reduce the effort required when shooters need to keep a particular face in focus in a jostling crowd or similar situation.
Advanced Displays
  • Zebra bars selectable between 70 and 100% are available to help you judge exposure.
  • The XA15 features peaking and 2x image magnification as focus aids.
  • The camera can display and record color bars or color bars with reference tone. The color bars comply with the SMPTE standards. Reference tone levels can be set at -12, -18, or -20 dB.
3" OLED Touch Panel View Screen and EVF
The 3", 1,230,000-dot touch panel view screen enables rapidly moving through and selecting menu settings. The Color EVF is a 0.24 inch with 1,560,000 dots of resolution, and tilts up to 45° to accommodate different shooting positions.
Manual Camera Control
  • The XA15 features selectable manual/automatic control on the camera functions, allowing you to choose the best settings for the situation. Functions include: Exposure, Shutter Speed, Iris, Gain, Exposure Lock, AGC Limit.
  • White Balance features six presets (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent H, and Fluorescent), as well as two manual white balance settings. Additionally, when specific adjustment of the color temperature is desired, the color temperature may be adjusted in 100K increments from 2000 to 15,000K.
  • The camera's body features five user assignable buttons so you can customize the camera to access features without having to enter the menu system.
Audio
The XA15 features an integrated microphone, and the detachable handle houses two XLR Line/Mic level inputs with +48V phantom power for connecting external mics. The detachable handle also houses the manual audio level controls. A built-in 3.5mm headphone jack with 16 volume settings provides for accurate audio monitoring.
Outputs
The XA15 features an SDI output, as well as a mini-HDMI port, and an AV mini terminal for composite video (and audio) via a four-pole 3.5mm mini-jack.
Media Card Slots
Two SD/SDHC/SDXC card slots are built into the camera, allowing for varied recording options:
  • Dual recording: Allows you to simultaneously record the same footage to different media cards using different codecs and bit rates.
  • Double-slot recording: Allows you to record simultaneously to each of the two SD memory card slots, providing an instant backup for your footage.
  • Relay recording: The XA15 automatically switches video recording from one memory card to the other when the first memory card becomes full.
Infrared Shooting Mode
Engaging the Infrared (IR) shooting mode moves the IR Cut filter out of the optical path for shooting in extreme low-light conditions. An IR emitter built into the detachable top handle provides an IR source, and the built-in IR diffuser helps prevent IR hot spots on the subject. In IR mode, you can select from the traditional green hued IR image or the default setting, which produces a black and white image.
Wired Connectivity
  • USB: An integrated Hi-Speed USB (mini-B) port allows you to download footage from the memory cards. This port is for output only.
  • Remote control port: The camera features a built-in 2.5mm stereo mini-jack for LANC control.
Detachable Top Handle
The detachable top handle contains the audio controls and external XLR audio inputs, as well as a tally light, the infrared emitter, and an accessory shoe. You can remove the top handle from the camera to create an even smaller shooting package.
Additional Features
  • Photo capture: The XA15 offers the ability to capture 1920 x 1080 still images. Photos may be captured to an SD memory card during recording, as well as "frame-grabbed" during playback.
  • Pre-record: The XA15 continuously buffers approximately three seconds of video in memory. When you begin recording the contents of the buffer memory are added allowing you to capture footage before you press record.
  • Intelligent battery system: The XA15 is compatible with Canon's Intelligent lithium-ion batteries, which communicate remaining running time (down to the minute) to the user.
  • Language support: The XA15 supports 27 languages: Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Hungarian, Malay, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Finnish, Swedish, Turkish, Russian, Ukrainian, Arabic, Farsi, Thai, Chinese (simplified characters), Chinese (traditional characters), Korean, and Japanese.



  • Canon XA15 Compact Full HD Camcorder
  • Handle Unit HDU-1
  • Lens Hood with Lens Barrier
  • Compact Power Adaptor CA-570
  • Mic Holder
  • Battery Pack BP-820
Image Sensor
Sensor1/2.84 inch type HD CMOS Pro
FilterRGB Primary Colour filter (Bayer array)
Total pixels3.09 megapixels (2208 x 1398)
Effective pixels per sensor2.91 megapixels (2136 x 1362)
Minimum illumination"Low Light Mode Approx. 0.1 Lx. Auto Mode (Auto Slow Shutter selected Approx. 1.0Lx"
Horizontal Resolution (External via SDI, XA15)900 TV lines
Lens
Zoom Ratio20 x Optical
Focal length3.67 - 73.4mm (35mm equivalent: 28.8 - 576mm)¹
Minimum focus distance"60cm (throughout zoom range); 10mm ( Wide MACRO setting)"
ND FilterBuilt-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 controlRing control; Full Auto
Aperture rangef1.8 - f16
Filter diameter58mm
Lens elements/groups12/10
Aperture blades8 Blade Circular Aperture
Image stabilization systemDynamic IS and Powered IS, 5 Axis image stabilisation
Digital zoom/Teleconverter2 x Tele Converter, x400 Digital Zoom
Image Processor
TypeDIGIC DV 4
Sampling accuracy4:2:0 AVCHD/MP4
Bit depth8 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 Options"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 modeFull Auto
Push Auto IrisNo
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"
Shutter
Control ModesFull Auto / Manual control (Auto; Speed; Angle; Clear Scan (CS); Slow Shutter (SLS); IR Slow Shutter)
Shutter speed1/6 to 1/2000 depending on frame rate and operating mode
Clear ScanNo
Infra-Red
Infared shooting modeYES (green or white)
Built-in IR LampYES, in handle unit
Storage
Stored Configurations" Cinema standard, Vivid, Dream, Cool, Sepia, Old Movies, Memory Wide DR, Highlight Priority"
Storage MediumSD/SDHC memory card
Colour BarsYES (SMPTE or EBU), with 1KHz Tone (Tone via Audio Menu)
Recording
Video storage media"SD Card x 2 
Dual Format recording, Double slot (simultaneous) recording and Relay (continuous) recording possible."
TypeSD 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 formatMPEG-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)"AVCHD: 28Mbps 50.00P,1920 x 1080, 24/17Mbps 1920 x 1080 50.00i/PF25 5Mbps 1440 x 1080 50i/PF25 MP4: 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 RecordNo
Frame RecordYES. 2, 6 or 12 frames
Pre Record (cache record)YES (3 seconds)
Scan ReverseYES. Vertical/horizontal/both
Audio
Recording16-bit 4ch or 2ch (48 kHz) linear PCM
ControlAudio limiter, Auto/manual settings via control dials on handle
Microphone attenuationYES
Microphone level meterYES
Photo storage mediaSD/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."
Pre-set"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 Setting"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"
Timecode
Count up systemRegen, RecRun, Free Run, External, Hold
Start value setting“00:00:00:00”, Set/Reset selectable
Panel
TypeCapacitive Touch Panel
Size3.0-inch (7.5 cm)
DotsApprox. 460,000 dots
Image quality adjustmentsBrightness
AdjustableYes
Waveform MonitorNo
Focus Assist