The XA55 Professional Camcorder offers an outstanding combination of 4K UHD image quality, features and functionality in a compact portable design ideally suited for on-the-go Electronic News Gathering (ENG) and documentary production.
Featuring a 1.0-inch 4K UHD CMOS image sensor and a DiG!C DV 6 Image Processor, the XA55 can record in XF-AVC or MP4 formats to dual SD card slots. The camcorder is capable of recording 4K UHD video at 30p, as well as slow motion recording up to 60fps in Full HD (30 fps in 4K UHD). A 15x optical zoom lens maintains 4K UHD quality throughout the entire zoom range, while the camcorder’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF helps facilitate fast and accurate autofocus.
The camcorder includes an HDMI 2.0 terminal with 4K UHD output support, two XLR terminals with independent audio level control and a 3G-SDI terminal that supports camcorder integration into professional workflows. An adjustable 3.0-inch touch panel LCD monitor and a built-in 0.24-inch electronic viewfinder enhance usability, and the detachable handle helps the XA55 to operate in a variety of shooting situations. Designed to meet the needs of professionals, the XA55 offers a wide range of recording possibilities.
1.0-inch 4K UHD CMOS Image Sensor ?
The XA55 Professional Camcorder features a Canon 1.0-inch 4K UHD CMOS image sensor capable of 4K UHD video capture at 60p and slow motion recording up to 60fps in Full HD (30 fps in 4K UHD), making the XA55 camcorder a strong contender for professional productions, creative fields and more.
High Sensitivity / Low Noise
The XA55 camcorder’s 1.0-inch sensor allows for larger photosites compared to smaller-sized sensors, resulting in improved images with less noise in low-light situations. The larger sensor also exhibits a shallower depth of field at large apertures, providing greater depth of field control and creative options. The camcorder’s DiG!C DV 6 imaging engine further enhances the high sensitivity and low noise performance of the camcorder.
* At 59.94P with Auto Slow Shutter ON and shutter speed at 1/30 sec.
Wide DR Gamma (800%) Support
For natural and realistic-looking image capture that faithfully represents the scene at hand, Wide DR Gamma achieves a wide dynamic range of 800% to produce almost seamless tone gradations, resulting in smooth detail, accurate color and virtually no blown-out highlights.
15x Optical 4K UHD Zoom Lens with 5-Axis Optical Image Stabilization ?
The XA55 Professional Camcorder incorporates a Canon 4K video lens that leverages proprietary Canon optical technologies derived from years of experience in developing Cinema, Broadcast and EF series lenses.
Inspired by the same high level of optical precision used in Canon broadcast and photographic lenses, the Canon XA55 camcorder incorporates a Genuine Canon 15x optical zoom lens that maintains 4K UHD quality throughout the entire zoom range, and offers a focal length range of 25.5 to 382.5mm (35mm film equivalent).
5-Axis Optical Image Stabilization
The XA55 camcorder also incorporates a 5-axis Optical Image Stabilization (IS) system.
The camcorder features three modes of image stabilization: Standard, Dynamic and Powered. In Standard IS mode, the stabilizing angle is made constant independent of the zoom magnification. Dynamic IS mode extends the stabilizing range at the wide end of the focal length, allowing for image stabilization when shooting while walking. Powered IS mode helps facilitate stabilization in the low frequency range at the tele end, and should be used exclusively for fixed-point shooting which does not involve panning.
For enhanced versatility and durability, the lens features a 9-blade iris, producing artistic and beautiful out-of-focus areas or ‘bokeh.’ The 9 blades allow for attractive circular blurring in out-of-focus regions, while the use of an odd number of blades helps reduce flaring of specular highlights.
A compact and independent internal 3-density ND filter, using a turret (circular) mechanism, allows the user to select from three densities (ND 1/4, ND 1/16 and ND 1/64) or turn the feature off if needed. Density can be adjusted using the dedicated external buttons.
Optional Wide and Tele Accessories
The optional Wide Attachment WA-U58 and the Tele Converter TL-U58 accessories expand the creative capabilities of the XA55 camcorder.
The Wide Attachment WA-U58 offers a 0.8x wider angle of view that enables users to capture more of a scene, especially when indoors or in tight spaces, to lend better perspective to your video narrative. The Tele Converter TL-U58 provides extended 1.5x longer telephoto range for the XA55 camcorder’s fixed lens, allowing distant subjects to be captured with brilliant clarity.
DiG!C DV 6 Image Processor ?
The XA55 Professional Camcorder incorporates Canon’s DiG!C DV 6 Image Processor, which is integral in providing high image quality, advanced performance and convenient operability. This advanced core technology component provides the image-processing power and speed that enables features such as 4K UHD video acquisition, image stabilization, slow and fast motion recording and precise Dual Pixel CMOS AF.
Dual Pixel CMOS AF ?
The XA55 Professional Camcorder features Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Canon’s exclusively developed high-speed, high-precision autofocus technology. Dual Pixel CMOS AF assists not only with standard shooting, but also with 4K UHD 30p, Full HD 60p and other high-frame rate applications that require crisp frame-by-frame accuracy.
Each pixel in the camcorder’s CMOS sensor is configured with two photodiodes. Two independent image signals can then be detected at each photosite. By implementing phase-difference AF, smooth focusing is accomplished with much higher speed and accuracy than was possible with previous technologies.
4K UHD and Full HD Recording to Dual SD Card Slots with 3G-SDI Output ?
The XA55 Professional Camcorder can record to dual SD card slots in 4K UHD and Full HD resolutions using the MP4 or XF-AVC recording formats. Multiple recording modes, resolutions and frame rates make the XA55 Professional Camcorder creatively flexible and adaptable to a wide range of fields from broadcasting to cinema.
Slow and Fast Motion Recording ?
The XA55 Professional Camcorder supports slow and fast motion recording, and can record in a different frame rate from playback for slow and fast motion effects. Slow motion recording of up to 60 fps (x0.4) in Full HD (30 fps in 4K UHD) is supported, helping to create an emotionally moving and exciting style of video.
Advanced Full HD Image Quality ?
Our Full HD image quality from our XA series camcorder is now even better thanks to Over Sampling HD Processing, which enables Full HD recording by effectively utilizing the outstanding capabilities of the 4K CMOS Sensor.
3.0-inch Touch Panel LCD and 0.24-inch Electronic Viewfinder ?
The XA55 Professional Camcorder features a 3.0-inch Touch Panel LCD and a newly designed 0.24-inch Electronic Viewfinder (EVF). The Touch Panel LCD and EVF provide visual recognition of desired features along with a full array of menu options for controlling camcorder settings. The Touch Panel LCD works with Canon’s exclusive AF technologies for easy monitoring and one-finger tap-focusing during shooting and the EVF offers 45degrees of tilt for more comfortable operation in a variety of positions.
Flexible Audio Inputs with Linear PCM 4-channel Support ?
The XA55 Professional Camcorder offers a variety of ways to record audio: through two XLR terminals, an internal stereo mini-jack mic terminal or from the camcorder’s internal stereo mic. In addition to AAC 2ch audio, the XA55 offers support for high-quality linear PCM 4ch audio. The on-board 4ch audio independent settings let users set recording levels, input sensitivity and limiters for each channel.
RC-V100 Remote Controller Support ?
The XA55 Professional Camcorder is compatible with Canon’s optional RC-V100 Remote Controller, enabling image quality adjustments and other important operations to be set from a distance. The RC-V100 plugs into the XA55 through the remote terminal on the rear panel.
Improved Power Consumption and Recording Times ?
Low power settings offer peace of mind for long recording times. The BP-820 or BP-828 battery allows for over two hours of continuous recording, an improvement over the XF405 model.
Compact and Lightweight Design with Detachable Handle ?
Weighing only 2.1 pounds (main body only), the XA55 Professional Camcorder features a compact and lightweight design, offering excellent mobility, making it especially useful for on-the-go Electronic News Gathering (ENG) and documentary production applications.
In the Box
XA55 Lens Hood (with Lens Barrier) Battery Pack BP-820 Compact Power Adapter CA-570 Handle Unit Mic Holder Wireless Controller (WL-D89)