NAB 2019: Canon Adds New Pro Camcorders To XA Series

Canon has announced that it has added four new XA series of professional camcorders: XA55, XA50, XA45 and XA40. According to Canon, these are the first in the XA series to feature 4K 30p recording. All the models also include both optical and electronic image stabilization, a 3.0-inch touch LCD, an electronic viewfinder and two memory-card slots, which can be very handy.

The XA55 and XA50 camcorders each come with a 1.0-inch sensor, which should allow for better performance in low-light and improved signal-to-noise ratio as well as enhanced control of depth of field. The camcorders ship with additional powerful features, including:  

The Canon XA50
  • Dual-Pixel CMOS AF with Face Detection AF
  • a nine-bladed circular aperture
  • a 15x (25.5-382.5mm) genuine wide-angle Canon optical zoom lens
  • a Wide Dynamic Range (DR) Gamma mode
  • 2 XLR terminals with independent audio levels
  • 4K UHD/30p (4:2:0 8 bit) and 1080p Full HD (4:2:2 10 bit) via SDI/HDMI Output in XF-AVC

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The main difference between the XA55 and the XA50 is that the XA55 has a SDI terminal for streaming or for sending footage to a video monitor or recorder.

The Canon XA40

The XA45 and XA40 camcorders each come with a 1/2.84-inch CMOS sensor and can 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. These camcorders have other powerful features, including:  

  • Face Detection AF
  • an eight-bladed circular aperture
  • a 20x (29.3-601mm) genuine wide-angle Canon optical zoom lens.

Like the XA55 and XA50, the only difference between the XA40 and the XA45 is that the XA45 has a SDI terminal as well.

According to Canon, the XA45 and XA40 4K UHD video camcorders are scheduled to be available in April 2019 for estimated retail prices of $2199 and $1699, respectively. The XA55 and XA50 are scheduled to be available in June 2019 for estimated retail prices of $2699 and $2199, respectively*.

The Canon XA45

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For more details, see press release below:

FOUR NEW CANON XA PROFESSIONAL CAMCORDERS FEATURE 4K 30p HIGH-QUALITY RECORDING

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

 

For more details, see press release below:

 

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.

 

“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 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 an 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 1/2.84-inch sensor and the DIGIC DV 6 image processor. Both camcorders boast a 20x (29.3-601mm) genuine wide-angle Canon optical zoom lens.

 

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 retails prices of $2199.00 and $1699.00, respectively**. For more information, please visit, usa.canon.com.

 

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean markets. With approximately $36 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2018 and was named one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2019. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visitingwww.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA. 

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*Specifications and availability are subject to change without notice.  Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

 

 

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