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Canon XA25 HD Professional Camcorder


An ultra-compact, entry-level professional HD camcorder with unmatched performance
  • 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

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Exc VAT Price £1,365.00
Inc VAT Price £1,638.00
Cat no. XA25

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The XA25 benefits from a completely new imaging system, which has been engineered to provide outstanding image quality and versatility. A groundbreaking 20x zoom wide-angle lens offers a 26.8-576mm focal range (*1), employing optical technology found in Canon's top-of-the-range XF305 digital camcorder. An enhanced 3-mode Optical Image Stabilizer (IS) system (*2) incorporates a Dynamic OIS mode to further reduce the effects of camera movement during shooting.

The 8-blade circular aperture also provides enhanced 'bokeh', using Canon's unique Electro Magnetic Diaphragm technology - developed for the Canon EF lens range - to ensure beautiful background blur in shots with a shallow depth-of-field.

A newly designed 1/2.84-type 2.91 Megapixel HD CMOS Pro sensor provides outstanding dynamic range and low-light performance. The increased sensor size maximises photosite area, combining with a highly sophisticated image processing system to reduce image noise and increase sensitivity in low light environments.


  • 26.8mm, f/1.8-2.8 lens, 20x zoom, Dynamic OIS.
  • 1/2.84' HD CMOS PRO sensor.
  • 8.77cm (3.5') OLED touch screen.
  • Dual-format recording; DIGIC DV 4.
  • HD-SDI output.
  • 1.56m dot EVF, 45° tilt.
  • Fast/slow motion.
  • Built-in IR lamp.
  • 2x XLR inputs.
  • Built-in WiFi.

  • Detailed Features

    20x zoom wide angle Canon HD Video Lens

    Capture more than ever thanks to the XA25’s stunning new 26.8mm wide angle lens. A 20x zoom gets you closer to the action, while Dynamic Optical Image Stabilisation compensates for shake in 5 directions to provide ultra-steady images. f/1.8 maximum aperture, an 8-blade iris and EDM technology enable beautiful ‘bokeh’ effects.

    1/2.84" HD CMOS Pro sensor

    With an effective pixel count of approximately 2.91 megapixels, the new Canon HD CMOS sensor delivers stunning picture quality – even in low light – as well as outstanding dynamic range and realistic colour reproduction.

    8.77cm (3.5") OLED touchscreen and tiltable EVF

    Despite its compact size, the XA25 provides high-quality monitoring. An OLED touch screen with a 1.23 million dot resolution offers better response times, definition, contrast and colour reproduction than LCD equivalents. A 0.61cm (0.24”) 1.56 million dot EVF can tilt up to 45° to accommodate different shooting positions.

    Dual-Format Recording

    A next-generation DIGIC DV 4 processor expands your options. AVCHD video can be recorded at up to 28Mbps in 1080/50P, whilst for maximum quality a 35Mbps 1080/50P MP4 recording mode is available. Inclusion of two SDXC/SDHC memory card slots allows simultaneous recording¹ of high-quality HD and lower resolution MP4 files for easier file transfer – ideal when a quick turn-around of footage is needed. Fast and slow motion recording options are available in MP4 modes.

    Professional audio and connectivity

    Two XLR terminals provide professional audio inputs, supporting high quality linear PCM recording². An easily accessible HD-SDI port allows connection to industry-standard broadcast equipment such as satellite transmission systems.

    Infrared shooting

    Thanks to the infrared light source built into the handle, this camera can easily be used at night or in low ambient light conditions – ideal for the wildlife videographer.

    Built-in Wi-Fi, GPS compatibility

    Transfer footage wirelessly using an iOS phone or tablet, or via FTP at up to 150 Mbps³. Remotely control camera functions through a Wi-Fi enabled device – no apps required. Location data can be recorded using an optional GPS accessory.

    Compact, lightweight body

    This discreet camera is ideal for shooting in sensitive or confined environments and its lightweight body reduces fatigue during extended periods of hand-held filming.

    ¹Simultaneous recording not available in 1080/50p recording modes
    ²Linear PCM audio available in AVCHD 28Mbps recording mode only
    ³Wireless internet access point required for FTP file transfer.

    Image Sensor
    Sensor1/2.84 type HD CMOS Pro
    SystemBayer pattern filter
    Total pixels per sensorApprox. 3.09 megapixels
    Effective pixels per sensorApprox. 2.91 megapixels (2136 x 1362)
    Minimum illuminationAuto: 1.0 lux
    Slow Shutter: 0.1 lux
    Horizontal Resolution1000 TV lines or more (Full HD recording)

    Zoom ratio20x
    Focal length26.8 - 576mm (35mm equivalent / 28.8-576mm with Dynamic IS on)
    Minimum focus distance60cm (throughout zoom range);
    10mm (wide angle)
    ND filterBuilt-in gradation filter (Auto or Off)
    Zoom controlZoom rockers on body and handle;
    Selectable manual zoom/focus ring on lens;
    Selectable High Speed and Soft Zoom modes available
    Zoom speedVariable (body rocker only) or Constant speed (body and handle rocker; Fast / Normal / Slow, 16 speed level settings in each)
    Focus controlMANUAL: 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 controlCustom dial; Touchscreen; Auto
    Aperture rangef1.8 - f8
    Filter diameter58mm
    Lens elements / groups12 / 10
    Aperture blades8 Blade Circular Aperture
    Image stabilization systemOptical lens shift system (angle & vector movement detection) + electronic stabilisation;
    4 modes: Intelligent (Auto), Dynamic, Standard, Powered
    Digital zoomUp to 400x;
    Built-in 2x Digital Teleconverter (cannot be used with Digital Zoom)

    Image Processor
    TypeDIGIC DV 4

    Video storage mediaSDXC/SDHC/SD memory card (2 card slots);
    Dual Format recording, Double slot (simultaneous) recording and Relay (continuous) recording possible.¹
    TypeClass 6 (or higher) cards recommended for 1080/50P recording;
    Class 4 (or higher) cards recommended for other Full HD recording
    Recording time128GB SDXC card:
    10hrs 10mins (AVCHD max. quality)¹
    8hrs 00mins (MP4 max. quality)¹
    91hrs 55mins (MP4 lowest quality)¹
    Recording file formatAVCHD Progressive (v2.0, high profile);
    Recording formatAVCHD (all modes variable bit rate, 4:2:0 colour sampling):
    1920x1080: 50p (28Mbps, linear PCM audio available);
    1920x1080: 50i/PF25 (24Mbps, 17Mbps);
    1440x1080: 50i/PF25 (5Mbps)
    MP4 (all modes variable bit rate, 4:2:0 colour sampling):
    1920x1080: 50p (35Mbps);
    1920x1080: 25P (24Mbps, 17Mbps);
    1280x720: 25P (4Mbps);
    640x360: 25P (3Mbps)
    Slow/Fast motionYES (MP4 HD mode only, 2x fast motion, 0.5x slow motion)
    Interval RecordNo
    Frame RecordNo
    Pre Record (cache record)YES (3 seconds)
    Scan ReverseNo
    HD->SD conversionYES (AVCHD to MP4)
    Internal Data TransferMOVIE & STILLS: Yes (card to card)
    Photo storage mediaSDXC/SDHC/SD memory card
    Still qualityDuring video recording or playback: 1920 x 1080/1280 x 720/640 x 360

    Monitoring Panel
    TypeCapacitive Organic LED
    Size8.8cm (3.5"), 100% view
    Dots1.23 million-dot equivalent
    Image quality adjustmentsBrightness, backlight, OLED colour balance
    AdjustableYES (270 degree rotation about horizontal axis)
    Waveform MonitorNo
    Focus AssistPeaking; Magnifying
    ZebraYES (70% or 100% reference level)
    MarkersON/OFF (Level, Grid)

    Size0.61cm (0.24"), 100% view
    Dots1.56 million dots equivalent
    AdjustableYES (tiltable to 45 degrees)
    Correction lens+ 2.0 to -5.5 diopter

    Inputs / Outputs
    Audio inXLR inputs with 48V phantom power (x2), 3.5mm microphone input jack
    Headphone output3.5mm stereo jack
    Video monitor outputNo
    HDMIYES (HDMI™ mini connector, output only, 1080/50p output possible)
    IEEE 1394 (Firewire)No
    USBYES (Mini-B, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, output only)
    HD/SD-SDI outputYES (576i, 720P or 1080i, output only, embedded audio and time code)
    Time codeYES (Embedded in SDI output; superimposed on HDMI Output signal)
    Component outNo
    AV terminal3.5mm mini jack (output only for video and audio)
    DC inputYes
    Remote Control Terminal2.5mm mini jack
    Colour BarsYES (SMPTE or EBU), with 1KHz Tone

    Tally lampYES, in detachable handle
    Accessory shoeYES (cold shoe)
    Custom keyYES (5 assignable buttons; select from 22 functions)
    Custom DialYES (Shutter Priority (Tv), Aperture Priority (Av), Manual Exposure, exposure compensation, AGC limit)

    Exposure meteringCentre-weighted average or segment evaluative (determined by shooting mode);
    No metering: Fireworks mode, Fixed exposure (1/50 sec.)
    Exposure compensation-3 to +3 EV (12 steps);
    Backlight Correction available (Auto or always on)
    Auto Exposure modeSmart Auto, Face Detection AE;
    Manual control via Touch Exposure and Exposure Compensation functions.
    Push Auto IrisYes (via touchscreen)
    Exposure LockYes
    Auto Gain Control settingAuto / Manual
    Auto Gain Control limit0 to 24dB, 1dB increments (0 to 18dB in Cinema Mode)
    Gain setting0 to 24dB, 1dB increments (0 to 18dB in Cinema Mode)

    Shutter speed
    Control ModesFull Auto / Manual control (touchscreen LCD or control dial)
    Shutter speed1/6 to 1/2000 (depending on Screen Mode and frame rate)
    Clear ScanNo

    Infrared shooting modeYES (green or white)
    Built-in IR lampYES, in detachable handle

    3D Shooting Assist
    OIS Axis ShiftNo
    Focal Length GuideNo

    Shooting Modes
    Smart AUTOYes
    Program AEAUTO;
    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 FeaturesCinema-Look Filter (9 options, including customisable 'Cinema Standard')
    Image EffectsBrightness, Contrast, Sharpness, Colour Depth

    Wi-Fi & GPS Specifications
    Wireless LAN standardsIEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz band) / IEEE 802.11a/n (5GHz band)¹
    Supported Wi-Fi FunctionsRemote Operation; Movie Uploader (YouTube and Facebook)²; Playback (in browser); Media Server; FTP File Transfer
    Supported Browser for Remote OperationInternet Explorer 8 or later, Safari (iOS), Safari (MacOS), Android standard browser
    Remote Operation Control FeaturesAperture, Focus, WB, shutter Speed, Gain, Exposure Compensation, Shooting Mode, Slot select, Start/Stop Recording
    Live view image ResolutionCamera setting mode: 680 x 383; Simplified setting: 284 x 160
    Authentication SystemsOpen/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
    EncryptionWEP64, WEP128, TKIP, AES
    GPS Information (Optional Accessory)Latitude/Longtitude/Elevation, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

    White Balance
    Preset6: Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten (incandescent lamps or halogen bulbs), Fluorescent H (3-wavelength type fluorescent), Fluorescent (white fluorescent)
    Manual settingSet 1, Set 2, Colour Temperature (2,000–15,000 K, 100K steps)

    Time code
    Countup systemRegen/Rec Run/Free Run/Preset (Non-Drop Frame)
    Start value setting"00:00:00:00", Set / Reset selectable

    RecordingAVCHD: Linear PCM¹ (2ch, 16 bit, 48 kHz) or Dolby Digital (AC-3 2ch, 48kHz)
    MP4: MPEG-2 AAC LC (2 ch)
    ControlAudio controls include: Independent level control per channel (-8 to +18 dB);
    Independent audio limiters (2 ch);
    Input mic trimming
    Microphone attenuationAuto/On/Off (20dB)
    Microphone level meterYes
    Zoom MicrophoneYES (customisable frequency response and directivity)

    Backup power supplyLithium coin battery (built-in)
    Power Consumption4.9W¹ (AVCHD) / 4.8W (MP4)¹
    Continuous Recording TimeSupplied BP-820: Approx. 145 minutes¹
    Optional BP-828: Approx. 220 minutes¹

    DimensionsApprox. 109 x 84 x 182 mm (main body only)
    Approx. 131 x 180 x 231 mm (fully equipped)
    Detachable handleYes
    Weight (camera only)Approx. 770 g
    Weight (fully equipped)Approx. 1160 g
    Operating Temperature range-5ºC to +45ºC, 60% relative humidity

    Video storage media:

    ¹ After 12 hours of continuous recording, camcorder will stop recording and restart automatically. Simultaneous / Dual Format recording not available in 1080 / 50p modes.

    Recording time:

    ¹ After 12 hours of continuous recording, camcorder will stop recording and restart automatically. Simultaneous / Dual Format recording not available in 1080 / 50p modes.

    Wireless LAN standards:

    ¹ 5Ghz not available in Qatar

    Supported Wi-Fi Functions:

    ² iOS devices only,excludes MP4 1080 / 50p mode


    ¹ AVCHD 1080 / 50p mode only

    Power Consumption:

    ¹ 28Mbps / 35Mbps recording, normal EVF brightness

    Continuous Recording Time:

    ¹ 28Mbps / 35Mbps recording, normal EVF brightness.
  • Lens hood
  • WL-D89 Wireless controller
  • CA-570 Compact power adapter
  • BP-808 battery pack
  • Stereo video cable and interface cable set
  • Component cable CTC-100/S
  • Stylus pen
  • PIXELA transfer utility software disc
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