Canon XA25 HD Camcorder PAL

by Canon
Canon XA25 HD Camcorder PAL
The Canon XA25 is a compact handheld HD camcorder with a 20x HD lens and HD-SDI output.

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
HD-SDI output
1.56m dot EVF, 45o tilt
Fast/slow motion
Built-in IR lamp
2x XLR inputs
Built-in Wi-Fi


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)


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


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):
1920 x 1080 : 50p (28Mbps, linear PCM audio available);
1920 x 1080 : 50i/PF25 (24Mbps, 17Mbps);
1440 x 1080 : 50i/PF25 (5Mbps)
MP4 (all modes variable bit rate, 4:2:0 colour sampling):
1920 x 1080 : 50p (35Mbps);
1920 x 1080 : 25P (24Mbps, 17Mbps);
1280 x 720 : 25P (4Mbps);
640 x 360 : 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

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)


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 : YES (576i, 720P or 1080i, output only, embedded audio and time code)
Time code : YES (Embedded in SDI output; 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
3D Shooting Assist - OIS Axis Shift : NO, Focal Length Guide : NO
Shooting Modes - Smart AUTO : YES

Program AE -
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)
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 (2,000-15,000 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 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)

In the Box

Lens hood with integrated lens cap
Remote control
Microphone holder
Top handle
BP-820 battery
Mains power lead
Mains power adaptor/battery charger
HDMI lead
USB lead
AV lead
Canon XA25 manual


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