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The XA20 is a compact, "run-and-gun" HD camcorder with an impressive optical performance from a powerful new Genuine Canon 20x HD Video Lens with a new 8-Blade Circular Aperture, capable of focusing down to just 23.6 inches (60cm). Other features include a 3.5-inch OLED Touch Panel Display with the equivalent of 1.23 million dots of resolution, tiltable electronic viewfinder, multiple HD/SD recording rates - including 24p for a "cinematic" look - together with a choice of industry-standard MP4 (up to 35 Mbps) and AVCHD (up to 28 Mbps) codecs. The high image quality and recording versatility make the XA20 ideal for independent and documentary filmmaking, as well as event videography and educational institutions.
In addition to reducing horizontal and vertical shaking, five-axis SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization eliminates rolling and other artifacts, for sharper images no matter how the camcorder is moved. A new automatic correction circuit can substantially reduce image distortion, thereby producing better-looking videos.
A detachable handle offers increased control functionality, with a built-in microphone holder and XLR-format audio inputs. Infrared shooting with little to zero ambient light offers additional flexibility during, for example, surveillance and wildlife projects; the detachable handle also includes an IR light.
Dual-band, built-in Wi-Fi® technology allows easy FTP file transfer and upload to the internet. And intelligent lithium batteries report remaining power and battery-wear levels in one-minute increments to the camcorder, thereby taking the guesswork out of battery management.
The XA20 features a Genuine Canon 20x HD Zoom Lens that provides a highly versatile zoom range with 35mm equivalent of 26.8mm–576mm, and a minimum object distance of just 23.6 inches (60cm). The impressive image quality is enhanced by a new 8-Blade Circular Aperture design, which avoids the “starburst” effect of point light sources in non-circular aperture designs. Out of focus areas are smoother, more natural and more appealing. An endless-type focus and zoom control includes user-programmable direction and sensitivity modes. Zoom speed can be set to variable, constant (with 16 levels), Fast, Normal or Slow.
Multiple recording modes, resolutions and frame rates make the XA20 Professional Camcorder creatively flexible and adaptable to virtually any production environment. It can record in Full HD resolution in both MP4 and AVCHD Progressive recording codecs, at multiple bit rates, and even simultaneously.
|Recording Format||Bit Rate||Resolution||Frame Rate|
|AVCHD||28 Mbps (59.94P)||1920 x 1080||59.94P*1|
|24 Mbps||1920 x 1080||59.94i/PF29.97/ 23.98P*1|
|17 Mbps||1920 x 1080||59.94i/PF29.97/ 23.98P*1|
|5 Mbps||1440 x 1080||59.94i/PF29.97/ 23.98P*1|
|MP4||35 Mbps (59.94P)||1920 x 1080||59.94P|
|24 Mbps||1920 x 1080||29.97P/23.98P*2|
|17 Mbps||1920 x 1080||29.97P/23.98P*2|
|4 Mbps||1280 x 720||29.97P/23.98P*2|
|3 Mbps||640 x 360||29.97P/23.98P*2|
*1 In AUTO mode: 59.94i
*2 In AUTO mode: 29.97P only
Simultaneous HD- and Web-version Dual Recording
Dual Recording offers format choices that are useful for various post-capture options. The DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor and dual SD card slots enable simultaneous recording in AVCHD format and web-ready MP4 format, as well as MP4 and MP4 at different bit rates.
|Main Slot||Secondary Slot (MP4 Recording)|
|Bit Rate (size)||Frame Rate|
|AVCHD||28 Mbps (59.94P)||NOT POSSIBLE|
|24 Mbps (59.94i/PF29.97/23.98P)||→||4 Mbps (1280x720)
3 Mbps (640x360)
|29.97P / 23.98P*1|
|17 Mbps (59.94i/PF29.97/23.98P)|
|5 Mbps (59.94i/PF29.97/23.98P)|
|MP4||35 Mbps (59.94P)||NOT POSSIBLE|
|24 Mbps (29.97P/23.98P)||→||4 Mbps (1280x720)
3 Mbps (640x360)
|29.97P / 23.98P*1|
|17 Mbps (29.97P/23.98P)|
|4 Mbps (29.97P/23.98P)|
|3 Mbps (29.97P/23.98P)||3 Mbps (29.97P/23.98P)|
*129.97P recording is performed when the format for the card in the main slot is 59.94i, PF29.97 or 29.97P; 23.98P recording is performed when it is 23.98P.
Native 24p Recording
A must for serious filmmaking work, Native 24p matches the frame rate of a traditional film camera, giving the same cadence and temporal motion for "film-like" quality.
Slow- and Fast-Motion Recording
Slow and Fast Motion Modes allow the XA20 to record a different frame rate than the playback frame rate (only in MP4 recording modes), resulting in either a fast or slow motion effect during playback. Since the camera is recording real frames and modifying the playback rate, there is virtually no quality loss and maximum image quality is maintained. Fast motion of up to 250% of the original speed and slow motion down to 40% of the original speed are possible.
|Playback Frame Rate|
|1920 x 1080|
|59.94P (35 Mbps)||29.97P (24 Mbps/17 Mbps)||23.98P (24 Mbps/17 Mbps)|
|Recorded Frame Rate||23.98P||250%||125%||100%|
The XA20 features built-in dual-band (5 GHz/2.4 GHz) Wi-Fi® technology, enabling FTP file transfer to Cloud-based servers for convenient back ups, or for situations where a relay station, such as a news truck, is unavailable. The dual bands help ensure that data can be sent even in areas with increased signal interference. It is also possible to connect to compatible networks, wireless hotspots and iOS® mobile devices using the free Canon Movie Uploader app*, or play back video on the camcorders’ memory cards to Wi-Fi®-enabled TVs and computers.
Wi-Fi® technology also allows remote control of key camcorder controls, such as recording start/stop and zoom (in three different speeds), exposure functions (white balance, color temperature, iris, shutter speed, gain, exposure and more) and focus settings via a tablet or smartphone. The ability to control the camera remotely, such as when using a camera crane, improves mobility in various shooting environments.
* This software enables you to upload images to social network sites. Before uploading images, please be aware that image files may contain privacy related information such as people and places. If necessary, please delete such information. Canon does not