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Canon XA15


Compact, professional Full HD camcorder with a powerful 20x optical zoom
  • High optical performance
  • Stunning Full HD image quality
  • Professional recording options
  • Professional interfaces
  • Easy operability and compact design

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Exc VAT Price £1,358.24
Inc VAT Price £1,629.89

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For fast, compact, and powerful performance XA15 offers a remarkable combination of portability, image quality and professional interfaces. With a Canon 20x HD Optical Zoom lens and an HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor with improved low-light performance, the XA15 captures superb Full HD video.

High optical performance
A Canon 20x optical zoom lens provides a highly versatile zoom range with the 35mm equivalent of 26.8-576mm. with an improved circular aperture, the XA15 can record more natural, beautiful images.

Stunning Full HD image quality
With Canon’s HD CMOS Pro Sensor and the powerful DIGIC DV4 Image Processor with improved low-light performance, capture superb Full HD video in 50P at 35Mbps with Wide dynamic range of 600%.

Professional recording options
Record in both AVCHD and MP4 formats, at multiple bit rates, and even simultaneously.

Professional interfaces
The XA15 provides various interfaces including two XLR inputs for high quality audio, headphone jack, optional GPS support, HDMI terminal and an HD-SDI interface*

Easy operability and compact design
With a compact and discrete body, its ideal for high-action shoots when both speed and mobility are essential. It features 3.0-inch touchscreen, 1.56 million dot tiltable EVF and a switchable zoom/focus lens ring

Image Sensor
Sensor1/2.84 inch type HD CMOS Pro
FilterRGB Primary Colour filter (Bayer array)
Total Pixels3.09 megapixels (2208 x 1398)
Effective Pixels per Sensor2.91 megapixels (2136 x 1362)
Minimum IlluminationLow Light Mode Approx. 0.1 Lx.
Auto Mode (Auto Slow Shutter selected Approx. 1.0Lx
Horizontal Resolution900 TV lines (External via SDI, XA15)

Zoom Ratio20 x Optical
Focal Length3.67 - 73.4mm (35mm equivalent: 28.8 - 576mm) *1
Minimum Focus Distance60cm (throughout zoom range);
10mm ( Wide MACRO setting)
ND FilterBuilt-in gradation ND filter
Zoom ControlZoom rockers on body and handle;
Selectable manual zoom/focus ring on lens;
Selectable High Speed and Soft Zoom modes available
Zoom SpeedZoom Rocker:
Variable speed/Fixed speed (Fast/Normal/Slow, 16 speed level settings available in each mode);

Grip zoom:
Fixed speed (Fast/Normal/Slow, 16 speed level settings available in each mode)
Zoom Ring: As operation speed
Focus ControlManual control via focus ring, automatic (Instant AF, Medium AF, TV AF, Face Detection AF, Face Only AF), Push AF
Iris ControlRing control; Full Auto
Aperture Rangef1.8 - f16
Filter Diameter58mm
Lens Elements / Groups12 / 10
Aperture Blades8 Blade Circular Aperture
Image Stabilization SystemDynamic IS and Powered IS, 5 Axis image stabilisation
Digital Zoom / Teleconverter2 x Tele Converter, x400 Digital Zoom

Image Processor
Sampling Accuracy4:2:0 AVCHD/MP4
Bit Depth8 bit

Exposure Control
Exposure MeteringCentre-weighted average metering: In the P, Av, Tv, Cinema, Portrait, Sports, Low Light and IR modes

Segment evaluative metering: Snow, Beach, Sunset, Spotlight, Night modes No metering: Fireworks; Fixed exposure [1/60 sec. (PAL: 1/50 sec.)], M (manual exposure);
Exposure ControlAUTO mode: Smart Auto,
Manual mode: P, Tv, Av, M (manual exposure), SCN (Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach,
Sunset, Night, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks)
Cinema mode: P, Tv, Av, M
Exposure Compensation± 12 steps, Displayed as EV value; 0 EV - ±3.0 EV
Auto Exposure ModeFull Auto
Push Auto IrisNo
Gain Control SettingFull Auto/AGC Limit/Manual
Auto Gain Control LimitIn manual exposure (P, Av, and Tv modes): 0-24 dB (in 1 dB increments),
In the Cinema mode: 0-18 dB (in 1 dB increments),
In the Wide DR mode: 6-24 dB (in 1 dB increments)
Gain SettingDuring M (manual) shooting: The gain can be set in 1 dB steps from 0 dB to 24 dB.
In the cinema mode: The gain can be set in 1 dB steps from 0 dB to 18 dB.
When Image Effects is set to “Look” and Wide DR is set, the lowest sensitivity is 6 dB

Control ModesFull Auto / Manual control (Auto; Speed; Angle; Clear Scan (CS); Slow Shutter (SLS); IR Slow Shutter)
Shutter Speed1/6 to 1/2000 depending on frame rate and operating mode
Clear ScanNo

Infrared Shooting ModeYES (green or white)
Built-in IR LampYES, in handle unit

Video Storage MediaSD Card x 2
Dual Format recording, Double slot (simultaneous) recording and Relay (continuous) recording possible
TypeSD card Class 4 or higher, Class 6 & 10 recommended for 35Mbps MP4 recording
Recording Time128GB SD Card:MP4: up to 8 Hours (50P @35Mbps)
AVCHD up to 10 hours 10 Minutes (5p @28Mbps)
Recording File FormatMPEG-4/AVC/H.264
Recording FormatAVCHD: 28/24/17/5Mbps
MP4: 35/24/17/9/3 Mbps;
All modes variable bit rate, 4:2:0 colour sampling
Recording Frame Rate (PAL Model)AVCHD:
28Mbps 50.00P,1920 x 1080, 24/17Mbps 1920 x 1080 50.00i/PF25
5Mbps 1440 x 1080 50i/PF25

35Mbps 1920 x 1080: 50P
24/17Mbps 1920 x 1080:25P
8/4 Mbps 1280 x 720: 25P
3Mbps 640 x 360: 25P
Slow/Fast MotionYES (MP4 recording Only)
50.00P (35 Mbps) x2 17.5 Mbps
25.00P (24 Mbps or 17 Mbps) x0.5, x2, x4, x10, x20, x60, x120, x1200
Interval RecordNo
Frame RecordYES. 2, 6 or 12 frames
Pre Record (Cache Record)YES (3 seconds)
Scan ReverseYES. Vertical/horizontal/both

Recording16-bit 4ch or 2ch (48 kHz) linear PCM
ControlAudio limiter, Auto/manual settings via control dials on handle
Microphone Attenuation
Microphone Level MeterYes
Photo Storage MediaSD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
Still QualityDuring video recording: 1920 x 1080 in 1920 x 1080 or 1440 x 1080 mode,
1280 x 720; 1280 x 720 mode
During playback: 1920x1080

White Balance
AutoNew white sampling system FAWB. Settings include auto, set 1, set 2, colour temperature
setting and pre-set
PresetSix presets: [Daylight: approx. 5,400K], [Shade: approx. 8,000 - 8,500K],
[Cloudy: approx. 6,500K], [Tungsten (incandescent or halogen bulb): approx. 3,100K],
[Fluorescent H (3-wavelength fluorescent): approx. 7,000K],
[Fluorescent (white fluorescent): 5,000K]
Colour TemperatureThe colour temperature (Kelvin) setting ranges from 2,000K to 15,000K (in 100K steps).
WB cannot be selected in the SCN or AUTO mode. Auto adjustment range: 2,800K - 8,000K

Time Code
Countup SystemRegen, RecRun, Free Run, External, Hold
Start Value Setting“00:00:00:00”, Set/Reset selectable

TypeCapacitive Touch Panel
Size3.0-inch (7.5 cm)
DotsApprox. 460,000 dots
Image Quality AdjustmentsBrightness
Wave Form MonitorNo
Focus AssistPeaking; Magnifying; Edge Monitor (using waveform display)
PeakingYes. Colour selectable
ZebraYes. 70% or 100%
MarkersOn/Off ; Level (White/Grey), and Grid (White/Grey)

Electronic View Finder (EVF)
Size0.24-inch (0.61 cm),
Dotsapprox. 1.56 million dots,
AdjustableVertical tilt, up to 45°
Field of View Coverage100%
Correction Lens+ 2.0 to -5 dioptre

Audio Inx2 XLR Input on Handle Unit. Line, Mic or 48V Phantom Power), 3.5mm microphone input jack
Headphone Output3.5mm stereo jack
USBYES (Mini-B, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, output only)
HD/SD-SDI outputYES, BNC, output only, Video, embedded audio and time code. (XA15 Only)
AV Terminal3.5mm mini jack (output only for video and audio)
DC InputYes
Remote Control TerminalNo

Other Features
Tally LampYES in Handle Unit
Accessory ShoeYES (cold shoe)
Custom Button AssignmentYES 5 Assignable Buttons. Select from: Powered IS / BLC Always On / Face Only AF / Video Snapshot / WB Priority / Pre Rec / IR Light / Audio Output CH / [AF/MF] /Rec Review / Rec.Programs / BLC Always On / White balance / AGC Limit / Focus / Exposure / Audio Scene / Mic level / Zoom / Image Stabilizer / Image Effects / [Off]
Custom DialYes. Tv/Av/Manual exposure/AGC Limit/Exposure/Off
Wireless LAN StandardsNone
Supported Wi-Fi FunctionsNone
Supported Browser for Remote OperationNone
Remote Operation Control FeaturesNone
Live view image ResolutionNone
Authentication SystemsNone
GPS Information (Optional Accessory)Real-time display of Latitude, Longitude, Elevation, UTC and Satellite Reception

Power ConsumptionMax 4.9W (Approx.) MP4 recording, 35Mbps
BatteryBP-820(supplied)BP-828 (Optional)
Continuous Recording TimeMP4 recording, 35Mbps: 145 Minutes (BP-820); 220 Minutes (BP-828)(approx.)

Size and Weights
DimensionsApprox. 131 x 180 x 231 mm (approx. 5.2 x 7.1 x 9.1 in.)
[Including lens hood, mic holder unit, and handle unit]
Weight (camera only)Approx. 750 g (1.7 lb)
Weight (fully equipped)Approx. 1140 g (2.5 lb)
Includes lens hood, mic holder unit, handle unit, BP-820, and 1 memory card
Operating Temperature RangeApprox. -5 to 45°C, 60% (relative humidity)
Approx. 0 to 40°C, 85% (relative humidity)

All specifications subject to change without notice.
26.8mm - 576mm when wide view angle option selected.
Lens hood with barrier
Mic holder unit (w/ screw)
Handle unit (HDU-1)
Compact power adapter (CA-570)
AC cord
Battery Pack BP-820