Canon XA15 Professional Videocamera

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A compact, professional Full HD camcorder with a powerful 20x optical zoom and wide dynamic range
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A compact, professional Full HD camcorder with high optical performance

This compact, lightweight camcorder is small enough to stow away yet agile and powerful to record news events with versatility thanks to a high quality HD CMOS Pro sensor, a superb 20x optical zoom with high zoom ratio and professional interfaces for connectivity into existing workflows.


Canon XA15 & XA11



Technical Specs

Specifications in detail

Image Sensor


1/2.84 inch type HD CMOS Pro


RGB Primary Colour filter (Bayer array)

Total Pixels

3.09 megapixels (2208 x 1398)

Effective pixels per sensor

2.91 megapixels (2136 x 1362)

Minimum illumination

Low Light Mode Approx. 0.1 Lx.
Auto Mode (Auto Slow Shutter selected Approx. 1.0Lx

Horizontal Resolution

900 TV lines (External via SDI, XA15)


Zoom ratio

20 x Optical

Focal Length

3.67 – 73.4mm (35mm equivalent: 28.8 – 576mm) 1

Minimum focus distance

60cm (throughout zoom range);
10mm ( Wide MACRO setting)

ND filter

Built-in gradation ND filter

Zoom control

Zoom rockers on body and handle;
Selectable manual zoom/focus ring on lens;
Selectable High Speed and Soft Zoom modes available.

Zoom Speed

Zoom 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 control

Manual  control via focus ring, automatic (Instant AF, Medium AF, TV AF, Face Detection AF, Face Only AF), Push AF

Iris control

Ring control;  Full Auto

Aperture range

f1.8 – f16

Filter diameter


Lens elements/groups


Aperture blades

8 Blade Circular Aperture

Image stabilization system

Dynamic IS and Powered IS, 5 Axis image stabilisation

Digital zoom/Teleconverter

2 x Tele Converter, x400 Digital Zoom

Image Processor



Sampling accuracy

4:2:0 AVCHD/MP4

Bit depth

8 bit

Exposure Control

Exposure metering

Centre-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 control

AUTO 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 mode

Full Auto

Push Auto Iris


Gain Control setting

Full Auto/AGC Limit/Manual

Auto Gain Control limit

In 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 setting

During 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 Modes

Full Auto / Manual control (Auto; Speed; Angle; Clear Scan (CS); Slow Shutter (SLS); IR Slow Shutter)

Shutter speed

1/6  to 1/2000 depending on frame rate and operating mode

Clear Scan



Infrared shooting mode

YES (green or white)

Built-in IR lamp

YES, in handle unit


Stored Configurations

Cinema standard,  Vivid, Dream, Cool, Sepia, Old Movies, Memory
Wide DR, Highlight Priority

Storage Medium

SD/SDHC memory card

Colour Bars

YES (SMPTE or EBU), with 1KHz Tone (Tone via Audio Menu)


Video storage media

SD Card x 2
Dual Format recording, Double slot (simultaneous) recording and Relay (continuous) recording possible.


SD card Class 4 or higher, Class 6 & 10 recommended for 35Mbps MP4 recording

Recording time

128GB SD Card:MP4: up to 8 Hours (50P @35Mbps)
AVCHD  up to 10 hours 10 Minutes (5p @28Mbps)

Recording file format


Recording format

AVCHD: 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)

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 motion

YES (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 Record


Frame Record

YES.  2, 6 or 12 frames

Pre Record (cache record)

YES (3 seconds)

Scan Reverse

YES.  Vertical/horizontal/both



16-bit 4ch or 2ch (48 kHz) linear PCM


Audio limiter, Auto/manual settings via control dials on handle

Microphone attenuation


Microphone level meter


Photo storage media

SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card

Still quality

During video recording: 1920 x 1080 in 1920 x 1080 or 1440 x 1080 mode,
1280 x 720; 1280 x 720 mode
During playback:  1920×1080

White Balance


New white sampling system FAWB. Settings include auto, set 1, set 2, colour temperature
setting and pre-set.


Six 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 temperature

The 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 system

Regen, RecRun, Free Run, External, Hold

Start value setting

“00:00:00:00”, Set/Reset selectable



Capacitive Touch Panel


3.0-inch (7.5 cm)


Approx. 460,000 dots

Image quality adjustments




Wave Form Monitor


Focus Assist

Peaking; Magnifying; Edge Monitor (using  waveform display)


Yes. Colour selectable


Yes. 70% or 100%


On/Off ; Level (White/Grey), and Grid (White/Grey)

Electronic View Finder (EVF)


0.24-inch (0.61 cm),


approx. 1.56 million dots,


Vertical tilt, up to 45°

Field of View Coverage


Correction lens

+ 2.0 to -5 dioptre


Audio in

x2 XLR Input on Handle Unit. Line, Mic or 48V Phantom Power), 3.5mm microphone input jack

Headphone output

3.5mm stereo jack




YES (Mini-B, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, output only)

HD/SD-SDI output

YES, BNC, output only, Video, embedded audio and time code. (XA15 Only)



AV terminal

3.5mm mini jack (output only for video and audio)

DC input


Remote Control Terminal


Other Features

Tally lamp

YES in Handle Unit

Accessory shoe

YES (cold shoe)

Custom Button Assignment

YES 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 Dial

Yes. Tv/Av/Manual exposure/AGC Limit/Exposure/Off

Wireless LAN standards


Supported Wi-Fi Functions


Supported Browser for Remote Operation


Remote Operation Control Features


Live view image Resolution


Authentication Systems




GPS Information (Optional Accessory)

Real-time display of Latitude, Longitude, Elevation, UTC and Satellite Reception



Lens hood with barrier, Mic holder unit (w/ screw), Handle unit (HDU-1), Compact power adapter (CA-570), AC cord , Battery Pack BP-820


Canon Battery Pack BP-820 (supplied)/BP-828,Canon Compact Power Adapter CA-570 (supplied with XA15/XA11)
Canon Battery Charger CG-800E, Canon High speed HDMI cable HTC-100, Canon High speed HDMI cable HTC-100/ High speed HDMI cable HTC-100/S, Canon Stereo Video Cable STV-250N,Canon Interface Cable IFC-300PCU/S / IFC-400PCU, Canon Tele Converter TL-H58, Canon Wide Attachment WA-H58,
Canon Soft Carrying Case SC-1000, SC-2000, Canon Wrist Strap WS-20, Canon Shoulder Strap SS-600/650, Canon PROTECT Filter 58 mm, Canon ND4-L Filter 58 mm, Canon ND8-L Filter 58 mm, Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2
Canon Battery Video Light VL-10Li/VL-10LiII
Canon Battery Pack BP-900 series (for VL-10Li/VL-10LiII)
Canon Compact Power Adapter CA-910/920/930 (charges BP-900 series battery packs)
Canon Car Battery Adapter CB-910/920 (for charging the BP-900 series)


Power Consumption

Max 4.9W (Approx.) MP4 recording, 35Mbps


BP-820(supplied)BP-828 (Optional)

Continuous Recording Time

MP4 recording, 35Mbps: 145 Minutes (BP-820); 220 Minutes (BP-828)(approx.)

Size and Weights


Approx. 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)

XA15: Approx. 750 g (1.7 lb) XA11: Approx. 745 g (1.6 lb)

Weight (fully equipped)

XA15: Approx. 1140 g (2.5 lb)
XA11: Approx. 1135 g (2.5 lb)
Includes lens hood, mic holder unit, handle unit, BP-820, and 1 memory card

Operating Temperature range

Approx. -5 to 45°C, 60% (relative humidity)
Approx. 0 to 40°C, 85% (relative humidity)

All specifications subject to change without notice.

  1. 26.8mm – 576mm when wide view angle option selected.

In The Box

XA15 & XA11 WITB

What’s in the box

  • XA15/XA11
  • Handle Unit HDU-1
  • Lens Hood with Lens Barrier
  • Compact Power Adaptor CA-570
  • Mic Holder
  • Battery Pack BP-820


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