Canon XA15 Camcorder

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  • Canon XA15 Camcorder
  • With 20× optical zoom lens
  • 1/2.84-inch HD CMOS Pro sensor
  • DIGIC DV 4 image processor
  • 3.0-inch OLED touch panel
  • 1560K-dot electronic viewfinder
  • Full HD recording at 50 fps
  • Canon Autofocus System
  • Pre-record buffer
  • Infrared shooting mode
  • LANC support
  • 7.4 VDC battery

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Screen Size:
3" (7.5 cm)
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Viewfinder Type:
Electronic; Color EVF; Size: 0.24" (0.61 cm); Pixel Count: Approximately 1,560,000 dots
Effective Pixels:
2.91 MP
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The Canon XA15 is a professional-level camcorder that has a compact size and high-resolution imaging functions. Ideal for independent and documentary filmmaking, the camcorder has a 20× optical zoom lens with a variable focal length of 3.67–73.4mm. The 1/2.84-inch HD CMOS Pro sensor and the DIGIC DV 4 image processor ensure vibrant colors with minimal noise. You can use the 3.0-inch OLED touch panel and 1560K-dot electronic viewfinder for composing the video or playback. The camcorder offers simultaneous audio recording with the integrated microphone and two XLR inputs. With the two memory card slots, the camcorder provides relay, dual, and double-slot recording with SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards. The camcorder can be controlled from a distance with the LANC control via the built-in 2.5mm stereo mini-jack. Thanks to the intelligent battery system, you get to know the remaining run-time for the camera, which is displayed on the OLED screen.

Optics and Focus

The Canon XA15 has a 20× optical zoom lens integrated into its design, which has a 35mm equivalent zoom range of 26.8–576mm and adjustable aperture of f/1.8 to f/16. The Canon Auto Focus system offers clear videos of the subject from a minimum distance of 0.4 inches on Macro setting. You get the nearest focusing distance of 23.6 inches throughout the zoom range. The 8 iris blades create a rounded bokeh. This camcorder allows you to choose the zoom speed from one of the five settings namely, Variable, Constant, Fast, Normal, and Slow. You can adjust the shutter speed from 1/6th to 1/2000th of a second.

Sensor and Screen

The 1/2.84-inch HD CMOS Pro sensor provides 1.0 lux minimum subject illumination in low-light shooting conditions. With the 3.0-inch OLED touchscreen, you can view the live imagery in 460K-dot resolution, and playback captured videos. The touchscreen can be tilted vertically at 45° to use the camcorder from a high or low angle. Selectable zebra bars are ranging from 70–100% can be referenced for exposure adjustment. The 1560K-dot electronic viewfinder has 100% frame coverage.

Image and Video

The Canon XA15 provides Full HD videos with a maximum bit-rate of 28 Mbps at 50 fps in AVCHD. It also gives the same 1080p results for MP4 format at 50 fps with the highest bit-rate of 35 Mbps. The DIGIC DV 4 image processor suppresses noise when shooting in low-light conditions. Additionally, the processor offers dual video encoding in two different formats simultaneously. The infrared shooting mode makes it possible to shoot in darkness. You can either choose between the standard green-hue or black-and-white screen in the IR mode.

Other Features

The camcorder records audio with its integrated microphone. Also, you can fix mics to the XLR inputs located on the detachable handle. Additional equipment such as an LED panel can be mounted to the top accessory shoe. The two media card slots can be used to record the same video in two different formats and bit rates. You can keep one slot as a primary and use the second for backup. Moreover, the camcorder switches the recording location from the primary to secondary when the first one gets full. A 7.4 VDC battery powers the camcorder.

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Image Sensor
Sensor Type: HD CMOS Pro sensor
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Display & Viewfinder
Screen Size: 3" (7.5 cm)
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Display Type: Capacitive Touch Panel
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Monitor Resolution: Approximately 460,000 dots
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Detailed Specifications
Audio: Linear PCM 4-channel or 2-channel, 16-bit/48 kHz
This is the type of audio recording or speaker on a camera.

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Power Requirements: Battery: 7.4 VDC; Power Supply: 8.4 VDC; Consumption: 4.9 W (approximately)
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Total Pixels: 3.09 MP
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Minimum Illumination: Auto Mode: 1.0 lux (Auto Slow Shutter); Low Light Mode: Approx 0.1 lux
Minimum Illumination:
Minimum illumination indicates the minimum amount of light required to see a ‘useful’ image generated by a camera. It is measured with a light meter and the specification is expressed in lux. When comparing minimum illumination specifications, it is important to know the conditions under which measurements were made, because the specifications vary with parameters such as video levels, shutter speed, gain, and F-number.

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Shutter Speeds: 1/6 to 1/2000 per sec (depending on frame rate and operating mode)
Shutter Speeds:
The amount of time the shutter stay open for exposure. Measured in fractions of seconds.

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Physical Specifications
Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.1 x 9.1" (13.21 x 18.03 x 23.11 cm) (with lens hood, mic holder unit, handle unit)
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Weight: 1.7 lb (750 g)
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Color: Black
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Viewfinder Specifications
Viewfinder Type: Electronic; Color EVF; Size: 0.24" (0.61 cm); Pixel Count: Approximately 1,560,000 dots
Recording Data
Color Space: RGB primary color filter
Color Space:
Digital cameras use additive RGB gamuts to capture color in numerical values. This refers to the options of various color spaces that can be used. The most common are Adobe RGB and sRGB

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Brand: Canon
Camera Attributes
Effective Pixels: 2.91 MP
Image Sensor Size: 1/2.84"
Image Sensor Size:
Refers to the actual physical size of the imaging sensor in the camera. A sensor that has the same dimensions as a 35mm frame of film is considered to be "full" frame. Other smaller sensor sizes are described in terms relative to a "full" sized sensor. (e.g. an APS-C 1.5x crop sensor)

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A/V Details
Recording Media: 2 x SD/SDHC/SDXC
Recording Formats: AVCHD: 28/24/17/5 Mbps; H.264: 35/24/17/9/3 Mbps
Focal Length: 3.67 to 73.4mm; 35mm Equivalent: 28.8 to 576mm (26.8 to 576mm with Wide View Angle)
Focal Length:
The distance between the film and the optical center of the lens when the lens is focused on infinity.

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Lens Specification
Lens Min. Focus Distance: 0.4" (10 mm)
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Lens Filter Size: 58mm
Lens Filter Size:
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Lens Aperture: f/1.8 to f/16
Lens Aperture:
Range of Aperture size

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Optical Zoom: 20x
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Optical Zoom

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In The Box

  • Canon XA15 Camcorder
  • Lens Hood
  • Mic Holder (with Mounting Screw)
  • Handle Unit
  • CA-570 Compact AC Power Adapter
  • BP-820 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (1780mAh)

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