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Four New Canon XA Professional Camcorders Feature 4K 30p High-Quality Recording

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XA55, XA50, XA45 and XA40 Camcorders Deliver Crisp 4K Imagery in Compact Bodies at Affordable Price Points

MELVILLE, NY, April 2, 2019 – Meeting videographer needs for a variety of applications, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced four new additions to the lineup of XA Series professional camcorders, the XA55, XA50, XA45 and XA40. These four camcorders are the first in the series to feature 4K 30p recording. They also include a detachable XLR handle and the XA55 and XA45 each feature an HD-SDI terminal. In addition, the company has announced the Canon VIXIA HF G60 4K UHD camcorder, a budget-friendly, compact-and-lightweight camcorder.

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“Often spending their days and nights working in fast-paced environments, videographers need a camcorder that is affordable, reliable, and delivers great images,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “These new camcorders meet the needs of a variety of users, including those capturing news, shooting influential documentaries, educating young filmmakers or developing content for their companies.”

All of the camcorders feature Canon’s five-axis Intelligent Optical Image Stabilization system, providing users with powerful image stabilization via a Dynamic mode, which helps reduce image distortion, even when shooting while moving. The ergonomically designed and highly portable camcorders have a three-inch LCD touch panel screen and user-friendly, tilting, high-resolution Electronic View Finder (EVF).

The XA55 and XA45 are excellent options for news reporting and documentary shooting, while the XA50 and XA40 are geared more towards broadcasting schools, government agencies and corporate-video production companies. The affordable VIXIA HF G60 caters to advanced amateur videographers who need a 4K UHD camcorder to shoot a wedding or a student film project.

The XA55 and XA50 camcorders both feature a 1.0-inch sensor, nine-bladed circular aperture and Dual-Pixel CMOS AF with a 15x (25.5-382.5mm) genuine wide-angle Canon optical zoom lens. For natural and realistic life-like imagery the XA55 and XA50 camcorders feature a Wide Dynamic Range (DR) Gamma mode. This lowers the barrier for focusing, especially when shooting in 4K, which requires strict focus accuracy. By suppressing overexposure in high- brightness areas of the composition, this mode helps achieve a wide dynamic range of 800 percent to help produce seamless tone gradations, resulting in smooth detail, accurate color and virtually no blown-out highlights. The camera’s Dual Pixel Focus Guide takes advantage of Dual Pixel CMOS AF data to display focus-assist information on the screen. The camcorders also record 4K UHD/30p (4:2:0 8 bit) and 1080p Full HD (4:2:2 10 bit) via SDI/HDMI Output in XF-AVC and MP4 format to dual-card SD card slots with dual and relay recording.

The XA45 and XA40 camcorders both feature a 1.0-inch sensor, eight-bladed circular aperture with the ability to record 4K UHD/30p (4:2:0 8 bit) and 1080p Full HD (4:2:2 10 bit) via SDI/HDMI Output) in MP4 or XF-AVC format to dual-card SD card slots with dual and relay recording. To help provide enhanced image quality over its predecessor, over sample HD processing can be utilized with information obtained from the 4K 1/2.3-inch sensor and the DIGIC DV 6 image processor. Both camcorders boast a 20x (29.3-601mm) genuine wide-angle Canon optical zoom lens.

The Canon VIXIA HF G60 4K UHD camcorder is packed with many of the same great features found in the XA55 and XA50, like a nine-bladed circular aperture, Dual Pixel Focus Guide and Wide DR, but with the budget- conscious user in mind. The affordable camcorder is an ideal tool for young videographers taking their first steps in the craft and will be sure to please due to its compact-and-lightweight form factor in addition to ease of use.

Additionally, Canon today announced firmware updates for the XF705, XF405/XF400 and VIXIA GX10 camcorders. New features by model include:

  • XF705: Firmware Version 1.0.1.1 now features improved zoom response when using the zoom ring or zoom rocker, improved focus following speed during zooming, and improved image quality of interlaced recording.
  • XF405/XF400: Firmware Version 1.0.3.0 now features IP streaming, the ability to set custom white balance, support for the reset function that resets the clip number when the reel number is set and improved image quality of interlaced recording.
  • XF405 only: Firmware Version 1.0.3.0 now features 3G-SDI mapping at level A and level B.
  • VIXIA GX10: Firmware Version 1.0.3.0 now features the ability to set custom white balance.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon XA55, XA50 and VIXIA HF G60 are scheduled to be available in June 2019 for estimated retail prices of $2699.00, $2199.00 and $1699.00, respectively. The XA45 and XA40 4K UHD video camcorders are all scheduled to be available in April 2019 for estimated retail prices of $2199.00 and $1699.00, respectively*. For more information, please visit, usa.canon.com.

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Koemans

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i was hoping for these to be around 1200~1600. This is way WAAAY to overpriced. another HUGE let down by canon. when rumors surfaced about new camcorders a few weeks ago, i was excited because i really am looking for a new camcorder with 4k. Now it is time to look for other brands. Even the blackmagic pocket cinema 4k looks good now. Goodbye canon, it was a good 12 years.
 

ethanz

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i was hoping for these to be around 1200~1600. This is way WAAAY to overpriced. another HUGE let down by canon. when rumors surfaced about new camcorders a few weeks ago, i was excited because i really am looking for a new camcorder with 4k. Now it is time to look for other brands. Even the blackmagic pocket cinema 4k looks good now. Goodbye canon, it was a good 12 years.

 

bsbeamer

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i was hoping for these to be around 1200~1600. This is way WAAAY to overpriced. another HUGE let down by canon. when rumors surfaced about new camcorders a few weeks ago, i was excited because i really am looking for a new camcorder with 4k. Now it is time to look for other brands. Even the blackmagic pocket cinema 4k looks good now. Goodbye canon, it was a good 12 years.
If you were looking at the BMD Pocket Cinema 4K and ANY of the past Canon XA lines as the same sort of product, you are extremely mistaken. They are two completely different types of products for two completely different markets. The Canon XA line is/was basically compact ENG, think of the BMD URSA with a built-in lens and much smaller.

4K is just one factor in image quality. The XA line is simply the wrong tool for the majority of people on these forums.
 

tmroper

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i was hoping for these to be around 1200~1600. This is way WAAAY to overpriced. another HUGE let down by canon. when rumors surfaced about new camcorders a few weeks ago, i was excited because i really am looking for a new camcorder with 4k. Now it is time to look for other brands. Even the blackmagic pocket cinema 4k looks good now. Goodbye canon, it was a good 12 years.
I hear ya. I paid $5 for a cappocino yesterday, and thought, enough is enough. I'm going back to just drinking water! Prices are out of control today.
 

Trey T

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The XA 50 w/ 1" sensor is very attractive @ $2200. Their XF line w/ 1" sensor is about $7K. I don't believe Panasonic is competing in this segment. Sony has their own line-up w/ E-Mount and aps-c sensor.

Overall, I think Canon is aiming at a particular users where Panasonic and Sony may have not captured yet.
 

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The XA 50 w/ 1" sensor is very attractive @ $2200. Their XF line w/ 1" sensor is about $7K. I don't believe Panasonic is competing in this segment. Sony has their own line-up w/ E-Mount and aps-c sensor.
Actually XF400 is a better deal here, I guess. It is currently about $2500 with 60P 4K (150 Mb/s) internal recording, better codec, same Digic 6 and 25.5 to 382.5mm equivalent zoom. Of course, for those who want 4K 60P.
 
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The XA 50 w/ 1" sensor is very attractive @ $2200. Their XF line w/ 1" sensor is about $7K. I don't believe Panasonic is competing in this segment. Sony has their own line-up w/ E-Mount and aps-c sensor.

Overall, I think Canon is aiming at a particular users where Panasonic and Sony may have not captured yet.
Panasonic has the AG-CX350 which some compare to the XF705 because it also has HEVC/H.265 capability.
 

EduPortas

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The XA40 seems like a clear winner from Canon.

For me, it's irrelevant if you get 4K with either 24p, 30p or 60p.
The important thing is you get some flavor of 4K.

The crucial bit of technology is the XLR setup.

There is no comparable product from either Sony or Panny. With Sony, it's either
the AX53 or AX33, but you have to buy the additional XLR module for a prosumer setup,
with all the added problems that brings. Or you jump to the NX80 which is more expensive.

With Panny, you have to jump to a UX90 which is a much bigger camera. Their consumer
camcorders that do have 4k do not allow for a OEM XLR solution.

The only comparable product comes from JVC in the HM170, but that's a bit old now.

A think the XA40 is solid. A good, yet pricey product, that comes with the standard Canon tax.

I'm not worried about not having DPAF because the sensor is so small.
 
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Normalnorm

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These cameras are aimed solidly at the ENG market and those applications where users are minimally trained and uninterested in the finer points of video.
As such they are good value and will be snapped up by small broadcasters, small companies, non-profits, schools and the like. The idea of an interchangeable lens is horrifying to these customers as it represents additional cost, complexity and potential for loss, theft and breakage.
I bet that in like for like applications the vast majority of viewers will never see a difference in output.
 

Mt Spokane Photography

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I still have a consumer grade Sony DV Camcorder that I bought several years ago for over $1300. It had a tiny sensor and was/is totally inferior. It does still work, but only my son has used it in recent years so the battery may be shot. I think that the XA series costs less in 2019 dollars than that camcorder did. It was the top of the line consumer camcorder at the time.
 

crazyrunner33

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This is a camera for long form video formats where reliability and quick turnaround are the priority, it's not aimed at content creators in the social media and marketing departments.

What type of content are you creating and for what medium? Perhaps we can help steer you to a better camera for your needs.

i was hoping for these to be around 1200~1600. This is way WAAAY to overpriced. another HUGE let down by canon. when rumors surfaced about new camcorders a few weeks ago, i was excited because i really am looking for a new camcorder with 4k. Now it is time to look for other brands. Even the blackmagic pocket cinema 4k looks good now. Goodbye canon, it was a good 12 years.
 

Tugela

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These are basically crippled XF400 cameras, lol. Way to go Canon, your "new" stuff is a step backwards, lol. Why would anyone buy one of these when they can get an XF400 for a little bit more?
 
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LDS

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Why would anyone buy one of these when they can get an XF400 for a little bit more?
People who have to fit them into a given budget and have it approved, people buying many of them so savings sum up, people for whom the added complexity is not a plus but a disadvantage (risks of operator mistakes, more things that could break) when you know you'll never use it, etc.
 

Etienne

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Translations: "Canon releases four more copies of the 18-month-old XF400, crippled and stripped of features."

There appears to be nothing new about these camcorders, but the opposite, at a small cost savings.