Canon XA20 Compact Full HD Camcorder, 20x Optical Zoom, WiFI, 3.5" Touch LCD, 24p Support

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Canon XA20: Picture 1 regular $1,999.00

About Canon XA20

The Canon XA20 is a compact, "run-and-gun" HD camcorder with an impressive optical performance from a powerful new Genuine Canon 20x HD Video Lens with a new 8-Blade Circular Aperture, capable of focusing down to just 23.6 inches (60cm). Other features include a 3.5-inch OLED Touch Panel Display with the equivalent of 1.23 million dots of resolution, tiltable electronic viewfinder, multiple HD/SD recording rates - including 24p for a "cinematic" look - together with a choice of industry-standard MP4 (up to 35 Mbps) and AVCHD (up to 28 Mbps) codecs. The high image quality and recording versatility make the XA20 ideal for independent and documentary filmmaking, as well as event videography and educational institutions.

In addition to reducing horizontal and vertical shaking, five-axis SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization eliminates rolling and other artifacts, for sharper images no matter how the camcorder is moved. A new automatic correction circuit can substantially reduce image distortion, thereby producing better-looking videos.

A detachable handle offers increased control functionality, with a built-in microphone holder and XLR-format audio inputs. Infrared shooting with little to zero ambient light offers additional flexibility during, for example, surveillance and wildlife projects; the detachable handle also includes an IR light.

Dual-band, built-in Wi-Fi technology allows easy FTP file transfer and upload to the internet. And intelligent lithium batteries report remaining power and battery-wear levels in one-minute increments to the camcorder, thereby taking the guesswork out of battery management.

Canon XA20 Features

  • Genuine Canon 20x High Definition Optical Zoom Lens: provides a highly versatile zoom range with 35mm equivalent of 26.8mm 576mm, and a minimum object distance of just 23.6 inches (60cm). It also avoids the starburst effect of point light sources in non-circular aperture designs. Out of focus areas are smoother, more natural and appealing.
  • Full HD 1920x1080 Recording Capabilities: Multiple recording modes, resolutions and frame rates make the Professional Camcorder creatively flexible and adaptable to virtually any production environment. It can record in Full HD resolution in both MP4 and AVCHD Progressive recording codecs, at multiple bit rates, and even simultaneously.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi Technology with FTP Transfer Capability: enables FTP file transfer to Cloud-based servers for convenient back ups, or for situations where a relay station, such as a news truck, is unavailable.
  • Superb Image Reproduction: the large size of the individual pixels enable a minimum subject illumination of 1.2 lux, making the XA20 excellent for shooting in challenging low-light conditions.
  • 3.5-inch OLED Viewscreen with 10,000:1 Contrast Ratio and EVF: the new 3.5-inch, advanced 1,230,000-dot equivalent Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display provides vivid colors, high contrast, and dramatically improved responsiveness compared to traditional LCD screens.
  • Dual SD Card Slots, Using Readily Available, Consumable Media: the camera is compatible with ubiquitous SDHC and SDXC memory cards, which provide super-high capacity and ultra-fast data transfer.
  • Intelligent Optical Image Stabilization System with Powered and Dynamic Modes and Auto On/Off: the camera offers an advanced optical image stabilization system suited for reducing image blur in a wide variety of shooting situations. Also featured is Dynamic Mode, which provides electronic correction of roll and tilt.
  • Full Manual Control: a Custom Key and Dial feature allows you to assign functions to an easily accessible key and adjust the settings with a control dial.
  • Ergonomic, Portable Design: Weighing less than three pounds including the detachable handle, battery and lens hood and less than two pounds without the camera is ideal for high-action shoots when both speed and mobility are essential, and where keeping a low profile is an added benefit.
  • Two Phantom-powered XLR Audio Inputs with Manual Gain Control: a stereo microphone is incorporated into the Professional Camcorder, as are two XLR audio inputs with +48V phantom power.
  • Ultra-compact Form Factor with Detachable Handle: removing the handle allows the camcorder to be made more compact for convenient storage when travelling.
  • High Definition Peaking for Focus Assist: helps in capturing your subject in razor-sharp focus. It works by providing a 2x magnification of your subject, which is automatically cancelled when you start recording.
  • Assignable Buttons for Custom Shooting: The camera is endowed with five assignable buttons so that the camcorder can be tailored to the specific preferences or needs of the user.
  • Infrared Shooting Mode for Extreme Low-light Conditions (with built-in IR emitter and diffuser): Infrared Mode allowing the capture of video in conditions with little to no ambient light.
  • Optional Bluetooth Mic with Two-way Intercom-like Capability: optional Canon WM-V1 Wireless Microphone available. Bluetooth technology allows high-quality audio to be recorded from up to 164 feet away (50m), making it ideal for events, ceremonies, nature recording and other situations that call for unobtrusive sound.
  • Advanced Display Features: Zebra, Color Bars and Test Tone: either color bars or color bars and test tone can be selected and recorded. The color bars comply with the SMPTE standard. -12 dB, -18 dB or -20 dB can be selected as the test tone.

Canon XA20 Specifications

High Definition
Television System
Video Recording System
MPEG4-AVC / H.264
Audio Recording System
Linear PCM (2ch) / Dolby Digital (5.1ch when SM-V1 is used)
Feature supported only in the 28 Mbps/23.98 Mbps recording mode; resolution: 16 bits
Image Sensor
1/2.84-inch CMOS, RGB Primary Color Filter
Total Pixels
Approx. 3.09 Megapixels (2208 x 1398)
Effective Pixels
Approx. 2.91 Megapixels (2136 x 1362)
Zoom Ratio
20x Optical / 400x Digital
Focal Length
3.67-73.4mm (35mm equivalent: 26.8-576mm without Dynamic IS; 28.8-576mm with Dynamic IS)
Zoom Speed
Variable speed / Constant speed (16 levels); Fast, Normal or Slow
Max. F/Stop
Focusing System
Hybrid AF (TTL-video detection system and external phase difference metering system): Instant AF, Medium AF; Normal AF (TTL-video detection system); Face Priority AF; Face Only AF; Manual Focus
Manual Exposure
Programmed AE
Smart Auto, P, Tv, Av, M (Manual exposure), SCN (Portrait, Sports, Night, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks) Cinema Mode: P, Tv, Av, M
Max Shutter Speed
Movie: 1/2000 sec.
Minimum Focusing Distance
20mm (wide end) / 60cm (across the entire zooming range)
White Balance
Auto, Set 1, Set 2, Color Temperature (2,000K to 15,000K in 100K increments), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H
Frame Rate
AVCHD - 1080: 59.94P / 59.94i / PF29.97 / 23.98P
MP4 - 1080: 59.94P / 29.97P / 23.98P; 720 and 360: 29.97P / 23.98P
Minimum Illumination
1.2 lux
Low Light Mode: Approx. 0.1 lux (shutter speed 1/2 sec.)
Genlock Terminal
Not available
HD/SD-SDI Terminal
Not available
Image Stabilization
Dynamic SuperRange Optical System (Lens shift), Standard SuperRange Optical System (Lens shift), and electronic stabilization Following modes are available: Intelligent IS (AUTO mode), Dynamic IS, Powered IS, Macro IS, Tripod Mode IS Modes other than Intelligent IS: Standard IS, IS Off
Filter Diameter
0.24-inch, TFT Widescreen color LCD (Equivalent to approx. 1.56 million dots; approx. 100% field of view)
LCD Screen
3.5-inch OLED, Capacitive Touch Panel (Approx. 1.23 million dots)
Recording Media
2 SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slots
USB Terminal
mini-B receptacle and Hi-Speed USB supported (output only)
Video Terminal
Composite: A/V terminal 3.5mm mini-jack, output only
Audio Terminal
XLR 3-pin jack (2ch), MIC/LINE switch possible (input only)
Accessory Shoe
Cold Shoe
HDMI Terminal
HDMI OUT mini connector
Microphone Terminal
3.5mm stereo mini-jack
AV Mini Terminal/Headphone Terminal
3.5mm 4-pole mini-jack (video/audio output only)
Headphone Terminal
3.5mm stereo mini-jack
Remote Control Terminal
2.5mm stereo mini jack (input only)
Maximum Recording Time AVCHD 64GB Card
28 Mbps: 5 hrs 5 min
24 Mbps: 5 hrs 55 min
17 Mbps: 8 hrs 20 min
5 Mbps: 24 hrs 30 min
Maximum Recording Time MP4 64GB Card
Spec Value: 35 Mbps: 4 hrs 0 min
24 Mbps: 5 hrs 55 min
17 Mbps: 8 hrs 20 min
4 Mbps: 34 hrs 45 min
3 Mbps: 45 hrs 55min
Operating Temperature Range
23° to 113°F (-5° to 45°C) 60% relative humidity (operation) / 32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C) 85% relative humidity (performance)
Power Supply (rated)
7.4 V DC (battery pack), 8.4 V DC (DC IN)
Dimensions (WxHxD)
4.3 x 3.3 x 7.2 in. / 109 x 84 x 182mm (Not including lens hood, grip belt, microphone holder and handle unit)
Approx. 1.7 lb. / 765g (includes grip belt)
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Canon XA20 Reviews

Reviewed by 2 customers

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Quality upgrade but missing features


from LA  -  Pro Videographer

I own a G10 and have used the XA10 and have been waiting for an upgrade for a while. I just bought the XA20 and at first glance the footage is much nicer than the old versions of the Vixia. Flying to a job I was going to, I went through the manual to see what new features I had to learn. The multitude of frame rates was a bit confusing as some only shoot in MP4. Now for me getting the exposure right is paramount (I see so much blown out footage around) so I tried to find the waveform monitor (histogram) that was with the zebra settings on both the other cameras. On the XA20 it wasn't there, so I thought it must be a great new feature of the custom buttons, so you can flip it on and off with out having to delve into the menu each time. But no, Canon have seen fit to remove it !!!!! Really they have removed such an important feature and now all you have are zebras to get the correct exposure. Also they have a handy reply button, great no more switching to the media mode and back to camera mode, each time to view your last take. Well Canon saw fit to just show the last 3secs of it. So its as near as useless, if like me you leave editing handles, when someone has walked through frame or after a pan, etc, there is nothing going on in the last 3 secs of the clip and the camera is even showing you that view in camera mode. Why would you design a reply that doesn't show the whole or at least the last 10-15secs of a clip? Over all the size is great and its nice to remove the handle and the quality is good. But for the lack of WFM/histogram I had to take it back. It was the only way (especially when shooting in bright sun) to get the right exposure. Canon have why take away Pro features???

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Canon XA 20


from San Marcos, California  -  Pro Videographer

It's a good small camera, with nearly all of the features a full sized pro camera has.


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