New Canon Camcorders: the XA25/XA20 and VIXIA HF G30

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Canon has recently announced three new camcorders. The Canon XA25 and XA20 are ultra-compact, professional camcorders designed for run-and-gun videography and ENG. They feature a 20x zoom lens, built-in Wi-Fi, wireless FTP transfer and dual SD card slots to support a variety of recording modes. The VIXIA HF G30 is a high-end, consumer-level camcorder with dual SDXC card slots, MP4 and AVCHD recording, and Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization.

XA25 and XA20 Camcorders

The XA25 and XA20 camcorders build on the capabilities of the solidly prosumer XA10, adding several features with true professional appeal. These cameras retain a similar, compact form factor but represent a big step forward for the XA series. The lens has a 20x zoom ratio and a 35mm equivalent of 26.8-576mm, which makes it significantly wider and longer than XA10’s built-in lens. Perhaps most notable, the XA25 and XA20 feature built-in Dual Band, 2.4/5 GHz Wi-Fi and wireless FTP file transfer, which allow journalists in the field to upload footage directly to the studio’s server. Camera settings and operation can also be remote-controlled via compatible smart devices.

Both the XA25 and XA20 feature a 2.91MP CMOS sensor and Canon’s DIGIC DV 4 image processor for capturing 1080/60p video in 35 Mbps MP4 and 28 Mbps AVCHD. Users can also record and transmit lower bit rate (3 Mbps) MP4 video. Dual SD memory card slots support simultaneous recording with built-in down-conversion, and relay recording enables prolonged continuous recording times.

The key difference between the XA25 and the XA20 is the XA25’s HD/SD-SDI output. The BNC connector on the XA25 provides a direct connection to a microwave van, satellite uplink or other TV transmission system. This output also enables external recording of the uncompressed HD/SD-SDI signal.

The XA25 and XA20 are also the first Canon video cameras to feature an Organic LED electrostatic touch screen display. This 3.5” OLED display has 1.23-million-dot resolution. Other features include a 1.56-million-dot EVF, Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization with Powered IS, an 8-blade iris, a detachable handle with XLR audio inputs, infrared shooting mode and advanced display features including color peaking, zebra pattern, color bars and test tone.

VIXIA HF G30

The Canon VIXIA HF G30 is a new, high end, consumer-level camcorder that adopts many of the features of the XA25 and XA20. Much like the two new professional models, the G30 has a 2.91MP CMOS sensor, a DIGIC DV 4 image processor and a 20x zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent of 26.8-576mm. The G30 can also record 1080/60p video in 35 Mbps MP4 and 28 Mbps AVCHD. It even has the very same 3.5” OLED touch screen and advanced display features such as zebra and color bars.

The HF G30’s built-in Wi-Fi capabilities enable remote control and wireless sharing. Plus, a free Canon Movie Uploader app for iOS devices allows users to upload their videos to the Web (this function does not support MP4 60p and AVCHD recordings). Other features include Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization with five-axis correction, a Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe and compatibility with the optional WM-V1 Wireless Microphone.

For more information on the HF G30, the XA25 or the XA20 please stop by the B&H SuperStore or contact our sales professionals on the phone at 1-800-606-6969 or online via Live Chat.

  XA25 XA20 VIXIA HF G30
Television System NTSC NTSC NTSC
Video Recording System MPEG4-AVC / H.264 MPEG4-AVC / H.264 AVCHD (complies with Ver. 2.0)/MPEG-4
Image Sensor 1/2.84" HD CMOS Pro, RGB Primary Color Filter 1/2.84" CMOS, RGB Primary Color Filter 1/2.84" HD CMOS Pro, RGB Primary Color Filter
Total Pixels Approx. 3.09 MP (2208 x 1398) Approx. 3.09 MP (2208 x 1398) Approx. 3.09 MP (2208 x 1398)
Effective Pixels Approx. 2.91 MP (2136 x 1362) Approx. 2.91 MP (2136 x 1362) Approx. 2.91 MP (2136 x 1362)
Lens Zoom Ratio: 20x Optical / 400x Digital
Focal Length: 3.67–73.4mm
35mm Equivalent (without Dynamic IS): 26.8–576 mm
35mm Equivalent (with Dynamic IS): 28.8–576 mm
Zoom Speed: variable/constant (16 levels: fast, normal or slow)
Max. Aperture: f/1.8–2.8
Zoom Ratio: 20x Optical / 400x Digital
Focal Length: 3.67–73.4mm
35mm Equivalent (without Dynamic IS): 26.8–576 mm
35mm Equivalent (with Dynamic IS): 28.8–576 mm
Zoom Speed: variable/constant (16 levels: fast, normal or slow)
Max. Aperture: f/1.8–2.8
Zoom Ratio: 20x Optical / 400x Digital
Focal Length: 3.67–73.4mm
35mm Equivalent (without Dynamic IS): 26.8–576 mm
35mm Equivalent (with Dynamic IS): 28.8–576 mm
Zoom Speed: variable/constant (16 levels: fast, normal or slow)
Max. Aperture: f/1.8–2.8
Focusing System Hybrid AF (TTL-video detection system and external phase difference metering system): Instant AF, Medium AF; Normal AF (TTL-video detection system); Face Priority AF; Face Only AF; Manual Focus Hybrid AF (TTL-video detection system and external phase difference metering system): Instant AF, Medium AF; Normal AF (TTL-video detection system); Face Priority AF; Face Only AF; Manual Focus Hybrid AF (TTL-video detection system and external phase difference metering system): Instant AF, Medium AF; Normal AF (TTL-video detection system); Face Priority AF; Face Only AF; Manual Focus
Manual Exposure Available Available Available
Shooting Mode Smart Auto, P, Tv, Av, M (Manual exposure), SCN (Portrait, Sports, Night, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks)
Cinema Mode: P, Tv, Av, M
Smart Auto, P, Tv, Av, M (Manual exposure), SCN (Portrait, Sports, Night, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks)
Cinema Mode: P, Tv, Av, M
Smart Auto, P, Tv, Av, M (Manual exposure), SCN (Portrait, Sports, Night, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks)
Cinema Mode: P, Tv, Av, M
Max Shutter Speed Movie: 1/2000 sec. Movie: 1/2000 sec. Movie: 1/2000 sec.
Minimum Focusing Distance 20 mm (wide end), 60 cm (across the entire zooming range) 20 mm (wide end), 60 cm (across the entire zooming range) 20 mm (wide end), 60 cm (across the entire zooming range)
White Balance Auto, Set 1, Set 2, Color Temperature (2,000K to 15,000K in 100K increments), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H Auto, Set 1, Set 2, Color Temperature (2,000K to 15,000K in 100K increments), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H Auto, Set 1, Set 2, Color Temperature (2,000K to 15,000K in 100K increments), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H
Frame Rate AVCHD: 1080 at 59.94p, 59.94i, PF29.97, 23.98p
MP4: 1080 at 59.94p, 29.97p, 23.98p; 720 and 360 at 29.97p, 23.98p
AVCHD: 1080 at 59.94p, 59.94i, PF29.97, 23.98p
MP4: 1080 at 59.94p, 29.97p, 23.98p; 720 and 360 at 29.97p, 23.98p
AVCHD: 1080 at 59.94p, 59.94i, PF29.97, 23.98p
MP4: 1080 at 59.94p, 29.97p, 23.98p; 720 and 360 at 29.97p, 23.98p
Minimum Illumination 1.2 lux (0.1 lux in Low Light Mode with 1/2 sec. shutter speed) 1.2 lux (0.1 lux in Low Light Mode with 1/2 sec. shutter speed) 1.2 lux
Image Stabilization Dynamic SuperRange Optical System (Lens shift), Standard SuperRange Optical System (Lens shift), and electronic stabilization Dynamic SuperRange Optical System (Lens shift), Standard SuperRange Optical System (Lens shift), and electronic stabilization Dynamic SuperRange Optical System (Lens shift), Standard SuperRange Optical System (Lens shift), and electronic stabilization
Filter Diameter 58mm 58mm 58mm
Viewfinder 0.24-inch, TFT Widescreen color LCD (Approx. 1.56 million dots; approx. 100% field of view) 0.24-inch, TFT Widescreen color LCD (Approx. 1.56 million dots; approx. 100% field of view) 0.24-inch, TFT Widescreen color LCD (Approx. 1.56 million dots; approx. 100% field of view)
Display 3.5-inch OLED, Capacitive Touch Panel (Approx. 1.23 million dots) 3.5-inch OLED, Capacitive Touch Panel (Approx. 1.23 million dots) 3.5-inch OLED, Capacitive Touch Panel (Approx. 1.23 million dots)
Recording Media 2 SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slots 2 SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slots 2 SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slots
HD/SD-SDI Terminal BNC (output only) with embedded audio and time code  N/A N/A
USB Terminal mini-B receptacle and Hi-Speed USB supported (output only) mini-B receptacle and Hi-Speed USB supported (output only) Hi-Speed USB supported (output only)
Video Output Composite: A/V terminal 3.5mm mini-jack Composite: A/V terminal 3.5mm mini-jack Composite
Audio Input XLR 3-pin jack (2ch), MIC/LINE switch possible (input only) XLR 3-pin jack (2ch), MIC/LINE switch possible (input only) Not Specified by the Mfr.
Audio AVCHD Satisfied: Dolby Digital 2 Channel (AC3); 5.1 Channel (with optional Canon SM-V1 5.1-Channel Surround Microphone) AVCHD Satisfied: Dolby Digital 2 Channel (AC3); 5.1 Channel (with optional Canon SM-V1 5.1-Channel Surround Microphone) AVCHD Satisfied: Dolby Digital 2 Channel (AC3); 5.1 Channel (with optional Canon SM-V1 5.1-Channel Surround Microphone)
Accessory Shoe Cold Shoe Cold Shoe Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe
HDMI Terminal HDMI mini connector (output only)  HDMI mini connector (output only)  HDMI mini connector (output only) 
Microphone Terminal 3.5mm stereo mini jack  3.5mm stereo mini jack  3.5mm stereo mini jack 
AV Output 3.5mm 4-pole mini jack 3.5mm 4-pole mini jack 3.5mm 4-pole mini jack
Headphone Terminal 3.5mm stereo mini jack 3.5mm stereo mini jack 3.5mm stereo mini jack
Operating Temperature 23 ~ 113° F (-5 ~ 45° C) 60% relative humidity - 32 ~ 104° F (0 ~ 40° C) 85% relative humidity (performance) 23 ~ 113° F (-5 ~ 45° C) 60% relative humidity - 32 ~ 104° F (0 ~ 40° C) 85% relative humidity (performance) 23 ~ 113° F (-5 ~ 45° C) 60% relative humidity - 32 ~ 104° F (0 ~ 40° C) 85% relative humidity (performance)
Dimensions 4.3 x 3.3 x 7.2" (109 x 84 x 182 mm) not including lens hood, grip belt, microphone holder and handle unit 4.3 x 3.3 x 7.2" (109 x 84 x 182 mm) not including lens hood, grip belt, microphone holder and handle unit 4.3 x 3.3 x 7.2" (109 x 84 x 182 mm) not including lens hood
4.5 x 3.3 x 9.1" (115 x 84 x 231 mm) including lens hood
Weight  Approx. 1.7 lb (770 g) including grip belt Approx. 1.7 lb (765 g) including grip belt Approx. 1.7 lb (765 g) including grip belt
Approx. 2.0 lb (900 g) including BP-820, memory card (x1) and lens hood

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We had been set to purchase the JVC 150 series or possibly the 600 series cameras until today. The Canon offers some interesting advantages, primarily size + portability over the JVC600 series, and a good focal length range. The only unfortunate thing is that they won't be generally available until June, and we need to start shooting this documentary in May. The HD-SDI output may be great for connecting to a satellite uplink but its only outputting 4.2.0 not 4.2.2. so I don't really see much advantage to that in terms of an external recorder.

I've been using the Canon XA10 since it first came out the Canon XA25 is on my list to buy this year. I'm a HUGE fan of the XA10 as it's a work horse and is a powerful little professional camera. It'll be worth the wait.

The AX10 is an incredible camera and it looks as if Canon has improved on it with the AX25. I'm going to hold off until I see the working results and opinions from those who get it first before I upgrade. The AX10 is working well for me now and I don't even pick up the on XL2 anymore. I hate tapes.

That's the one spec that no-one seems to know - whether SDI output is 4:2:2 or 4:2:0 (8 or 10 bit)?
The upcoming Samurai Blade will be a nice addition as an external recorder!

Canon has not advertised the specs for the HD-SDI output yet. More information may be available through them closer to delivery of the camera.

Can't you ask Canon to at least tell you as a major distributor of their products the truth about the specs is it 4:2:2 or not? Frankly a professional filmmaker will not be able to use a a 4:2:0 camera these days so it should not be called a Professional camera. don't you think the Panasonic HPX 250 is a much better camera for the Price? I would Rather pay the extra $s and at least get a camera i can use for real work like news or Documentary footage.

Hi Talal -

These Canon cameras record and output to a 4:2:0 color space.  I believe that they represent tremendous value, great technology, and amazing performance as well. Like any tool, "one size does not fit all" and the most appropriate "tool" based on application and budget will determine choices. The Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2 HD Handheld Camcorder does offer  the 10-bit 4:2:2 processing you desire but its substantially higher price tag defies comparison with these more entry level pro cameras.

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You are incorrect - at least about the output it seems. These cameras output to the HD-SDI at 4:2:2 according to their website (Click the HD/SD-SDI Output link)

I'm likely showing some ignorance here, but if it can output 4:2:2 as the Canon specs say, shouldn't it also be recording in 4:2:2?

Hi Zetau -

I stand corrected from my May 24th posting:

It is recording in 4:2:0 which is what AVCHD/H.264 can handle. but it will output 4:2:2 via the HD-SDI output port.

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Price?

Hi Terry -

Please click on the hyper-linked product models below to be taken to our webpages where pricing is published for these new camcorders:

XA25

XA20

VIXIA HF G30

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Can anyone help explain the differences in the "Minimum Illumination" between the G30 and the others? I'm not sure how much better the other cameras will perform in low lighting situations. The G30 only mentions 1.2 lux but the others have a more descriptive list of details.

Hi Chris -

The low-light performance is essentially the same for these three cameras. They all employ the same 2.91MP CMOS sensor and Canon’s DIGIC DV 4 image processor. We did not mean to confuse the issue in our above article.

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Is there a Control "L" input ?

Is there a Lens Ring for manual Iris (stepless)

Hello Wilson -

The Canon XA25 and XA20 do not have separate lens rings to control the iris manually.  What they do offer are multi-function dials that allows manual adjustment of the aperture.  The HF G30 adjusts from the menu only. All three cameras feature LANC control inputs.

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Yes, there is a 2.5mm LANC on right side of bady labeled REMOTE.
Do a Google search for the model you like and LANC.
example: Vivia HF G30 LANC.

According to what I've read there is a manual focus ring.

Hi, I have a Vixia HV30 and before that I had an Optura 50 (both purchased in B&H), so as you can see I am a fan of Canon camcorders, but I have a couple of questions:
First, the eternal problem with the camcorders that I own is their low light performance. Now in the specifications, having added the data of 0.1 lux minimum lux in "low light" conditions is almost a joke, because to achieve that minimum is necessary to record with the shutter at 1/2, which is virtually unacceptable unless your target is a statue and you are using a tripod to record it. Furthermore, does not specify which conditions are necessary (shutter and aperture) to assert that 1.2 lux minimum illumination standard conditions... As I see, if the CMOS size is similar to my Vixia's 2.96 Mp, then the problem remains in this 3 models. Could someone confirm or denied this?

Second, in the pictures of the XA25 and XA20 models 2 input sound sources availables are shown ... but in the camcorder specification there is just one mini jack line or mic in... so, where are the two inputs? Does the microphone holder has 2 XLR inputs?

Thanks for your prompt response,

Marcelo

The XA20 and XA25 will be a step up in low light sensitivity from the older Vixia models due to using Canon's newer CMOS sensor technology which uses less but larger pixels in order to heighten sensitivity in low light areas.
As for the audio question, the mic holder adds 2 XLR inputs to the camera.

When you say it's a "step up" in low light performance from the Canon Vixia HV30/40 (I currently own both) - how much of a step up exactly? Twice as good in low light? Three times as good in low light?

Another question... is the touch screen as sensitive and capable as the touch screen on Canon's T4i? I've been enjoying that more than I thought I would.

Thanks!

Hi DebG -

These new have cameras have not been subjected to any side by side testing with older camcorders that were built with Canon's earlier DIGIC II sensors. These new camcorders feature Canon's latest imaging sensor - the DIGIC DV 4 -  which offers discernibly better low-light and overall performance.  Although Canon isn't saying just how much better it is  - it does offer images that "pop" and look sharper and brighter with less "noise" and "grain" under less than optimal lighting circumstances. Seeing is believing in this case.

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Really Canon? 4:2:ZERO? in 2013? Why even have SDI out then? You're protecting the way overpriced XF line.. (already 2-3 yr old XF cameras with limited zoom and below average low light performance?) If i were Canon I would do an immediate 4:2:2 upgrade in the XA25 at least and pray BlackMagic doesn't come out with a ENG fixed lens 25X 4:2:2 4K consumer video camera for half the price.

I bought my XA10 from BH and have been very happy with the camera and looking forward to XA25. My questins:
-Is XA10 now discontinued camera?
XA10 has 64G built-in memory. I cannot see on the specs of XA20/XA25 any built-in memory for recording.
-My XA10 has a night vision. I cannot see on these camera specs about the night vision. It comes real handy for certain nature related work I do.
-Is there a time-lapse recording mode? XA10 really missed that feature.
-Is there a slow motion recording mode and how versatile it is?
Finally are there any XA-line competitive line from Sony that may have been announced or rumors?

Thanks B&H

Hi -

The venerable Canon XA10 Professional Camcorder is still available. The cutting-edge Sony HXR-NX30 Palm Size NXCAM HD Camcorder with Projector is a handheld, excellently built HD camcorder that's capable of capturing AVCHD video in Full HD 1080p at 60 fps, as well as high-quality digital still images. It's equipped with 96GB of internal flash memory, an LED video light and NightShot capabilities. It also supports all AVCHD recording formats at 28 Mbps. It is a good comparable to the Canon XA10.

Neither the XA25 or the XA20 feature embedded flash memory.  Recording media is not included. A memory card is required to record your footage. 

IR recording is featured on both cameras. They offer an Infrared Mode allowing the capture of video in conditions with little to no ambient light. It does so by removing the infrared cutoff filter from the optical path. Its specially designed lens coating allows the infrared light to pass through to the image sensor. Plus, the power of the infrared light is enhanced by 2.7 times compared to that of the XA10 camcorder. Additionally, the detachable handle of the XA20 features an infrared emitter with a diffuser to shoot pleasing infrared imagery even in complete darkness. For nature videographers or law enforcement users, the benefits of a compact, high performance camcorder for shooting in such conditions are obvious. Without the need to add lights, the shooter may remain hidden from subjects. Also, the XA20 gives the option of recording in green or white light mode.

   Slow and Fast Motion  Recording Modes allow the XA20 and XA25 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.

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Is there any feature or capability that I would be giving up by getting an XA20 instead of the G30? The hotshot mount maybe? Not sure. and it's hard to tell from the comparison charts I have seen.

You should not be giving up any features going for the XA20. You will be adding features such as the 2 independent XLR inputs. The XA20 still has the shoe mount both on the camera body and one on the mic holder.

So does the xa20 have the Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe like the G30? It seems that some of tha canon accessories use this connection. Not sure how important this is. I understand that the cold shoe(s) on the xa20 can be use with possibly more capable accessories.

I think maybe the XA20 doesn't have the storytelling features?

Again, these are non-pro features but I would just like to understand all of the differences between the XA20 and G30. I understand that the basic image/lens/sensor features are identical but the XA20 adds XLA audio inputs and infrared sensitivity. Plus th3e nifty handle.

Anything else? The comparison charts are very difficult to interpret because they don't list the same catagory items.

Hi -

The  Canon XA20 Professional HD Camcorder employs a standard size cold shoe to accomodate most 3rd party accessories. it does not offer a "story creator" feature.  The addition of the XLR inputs is a very significant addition for professional quality sound as is its 20x zoom lens.  These two features alone are worth the "price of admission", so to speak. In addition - the XA20's new 3.5-inch, advanced 1,230,000-dot equivalent Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display provides vivid colors, high contrast, and dramatically improved responsiveness compared to traditional LCD screens. A wide-view angle (over 80 degrees at all angles) aids in composition versatility, and regular chromaticity adjustments, prompted by the camcorder, ensure correct brightness and faithful color reproduction. And if that wasn't enough: 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.

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Do these, or any other of the Canon WiFi cameras have the ability to do simple editing in the camera? I'm looking to shoot news footage and I'd like to be able to edit it down to 2 minutes or less before transferring the video out by WiFi. Can I send the file directly to a cloud service like Box or YouSendIt?

These do not offer in camera editing that I have seen in the advertised details (I also have not seen others with both features). The cameras do allow for transfer via FTP to a web server though. From what I can find you cannot transfer direct to Box or Yousendit as those are more peer to peer based. As more information becomes available when the cameras ship that could be a possibility though.

What comparable camera would you recommend that is good in low-light situations? I'm shooting mostly music and dance performances, where the light is generally low, and I cannot be on the stage.

Thanks...

For great low light performance I would recommend a 3 chip camera. The Sony HDRAX2000H would be a great option or if you need a camera under $3000. The Panasonic HMC150 would also be a good option.

Can you also comment regarding the battery life for these cams when operating?

Canon has not listed run times for the new batteries that I can find yet. Judging by the specs I would say the BP820 would be around 1.5-2 hours and the BP828 about 3 hours possibly. When the cameras are released in June there will be a more concrete run time as people start using the camera..

is the main difference between the XA-20 and the HF30 the handle with the 2 XLR inputs then?

It seems like a $500 difference in price for the pro audio inputs, but I'm wondering if it's worth it if I aready have a low-noise preamp like JuicedLink? Does the XA-20's XLR handle have some kind of low-noise preamp built into it or is it not necessary with these models (unlike the Canon Vixia HV20/30/40 series.)

Getting anxious for the mid-June release...

Thanks!

Hi DebG -

That's correct. The XLR inputs on the XA-20 incorporate high-quality, low-noise  mic pre-amps.  Of course, you could use a Juiced Link or Beachtek adapter on the HF G30 but it would not be nearly as compact, streamlined or convenient as the all in one XA-20.

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Would it be possible to screw on an ND filter and if so can you still use the hood?

Hi Bob -

Yes. This camera will accept standard 58mm ND filters while the bayonet mounted lens hood is attached.

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My primary camera is a Canon XF300. I am considering the XA20 as a backup. The question about interval recording was not answered so I am assuming it does not have that capability. I haven't found anything about custom profiles so I can match the cameras more closely. Does it have any user/custom buttons?

Hi Docmkr -

The camera's body features five user assignable buttons so you can customize the camera to access features without having to enter the menu system. This camera does not offer interval recording functions. 

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I like the sound of the new Canon camcorders. I think the G30 can do most of what I'm hoping for but I'm concerned about the audio recording capabilities. Is there any way of recording with multiple mics or using XLR inputs? Ideally, I'd like to be able to record 3 or 4 person interviews with each person wearing a lav mic. Is this possible with the G30 or the XA20?
Thanks!

Hi Brookes -

You will need a mixer to connect more than two mics to the XA20 via XLR. The HFG-30 only offers a mini 1/8" stereo input so an adapter would be needed for use with XLR microphones.

The Rolls MX422 is a bare-bones 4-channel professional field mixer designed for Electronic Field Production (EFP), Electronic News Gathering (ENG), video, and more. The mixer includes a feature set that meets the demands of the professional field audio engineer while remaining at a modest price point. The MX422 features 4 balanced XLR inputs that are capable of accepting line level or microphone signal. The stereo XLR outputs feature a -30dB pad switch for feeding low impedance inputs. 48 Volt phantom power is individually switched on all channels. Additional features include a low-cut filter switch for minimizing low frequency noise and a built-in limiter for controlling noise cause by excessive levels.

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When looking for lav mics I did find dual channel receivers which allow 2 people to be mic'd at the same time. I ended up buying the Azden 325UPR. This is good for anyone who has a mini input (the 325 UPR also has XLR outputs) as the receiver does the work and then inputs it into the camera. I think for any more than two people you would need a mixer as BH recommended. Great job guys, I love the customer support here!

I'm using the HF G10 and love it, although would like the XLR inputs and extra wide lens and am thinking of upgrading. How much better (if at all) is the image quality with the XA 20? With manual settings, is it possible to get shallow depth of field? (I also shoot with a 60D for B roll).

The image quality of the XA20 should be a bit better since it has a slightly bit bigger sensor and improved processing. If you shoot with the XA20’s longer mm of 73mm, you will get a shallower depth of field then with the G10 which only has as its maximum mm 42.mm.

very helpful reply, thanks - currently considering Panasonic GH3 vs Canon xa 20

Does these cameras have time stamp capability?

Hi Kerrick -

Yes, they all have this feature that may be manually selected or de-selected.

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Where is the time/date displayed on the screen when selected? Is it stacked to the left or right, across the bottom or in a different location? Thanks

The Time Date Stamp appears on the lower right.

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