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

         

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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The jury will not be out long....as there are not enough areas to separate

Does the XA20 or the canon vixia hf g30 have a time lapse mode or an interval recording option.

Unfortunately neither camera will have a Timelapse or Interval function. 

I have recently begun a paranormal investigating group and I have a couple of cheap night vision cameras but I am looking to buy a better one at the moment, what would be a good recommendation for a camcorder with night vision?

Hi Caleb -

I am not sure which cameras you already own.

Consider the new PANASONIC 4K Ultra-HD and HD Camcorders with Night Vision.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions: AskBH@BandH.com

Hi, I have a Canon XA 20 camcorder. I want to buy a compatible extension monitor preferably 7" model. It seems that any monitor I've looked at requires a 'hot shoe', my camcorder has only an accessory shoe. Is there an adaptor available I can fit to my unit to create a 'hot shoe'.  Thanks,   Shaun.

Hi Shaun -

You can use this adapter to mount on -camera hot-shoe type monitors:

Pearstone CSA-II Universal Shoe Adapter for Canon Camcorders with Mini Advanced Shoe

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions: AskBH@BandH.com

Link to Canon camcorder comparison on B&H web site

Hi Andy -

Please see the grid above for comparison among these cameras.

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

  • Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions: AskBH@BandH.com

XA25,XA20 Compare VIXIA G30

Hi Brent -

Please see the grid above for comparison among these cameras.

  • Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions: AskBH@BandH.com

We see these cameras with a handle mounted in the hot shoe, Can u get these by themselfes, and will they be compatible with other cameras

The handle is not sold separately and is made specifically for these camera models.

Question regarding the XA20 and 25 IR function
What is the practical outdoor effective range of the IR ?
Often mention law enforcement and wildlife applications in reviews/descriptions- would the IR work for low altitude air to ground-say 500ft
Also- can you view the IR image without recording? In other words use IR to spot objects in the dark and then record?

I've just ordered the XA-20 from you and wonder if the Canon SM-V1 5.1 channel microphone will work with this camcorder. If not, is there another surround microphone that will work. I've looked at the various shotgun mics but all appear to be either monaural or dual channel.

Thanks much.

Hi Mox -

Our reference in the above aticle reads: 

"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."

We were not referring to the Canon SM-V1 5.1 Channel Surround Microphone

That said I have noticed that Canon recently updated their own SMV-1 webpage description under the "Compatibility" tab to now include the HF G30.

So thanks to you we will now update our own product description!  Thank you for alerting us to this discrepancy.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

Hi,
I have a problem attaching the surround microphone SM-V1 to Canon XA20. The general manual instructs to open the mini advanced shoe slot and attach the microphone. On XA20 this mini advanced shoe is not covered with anything, and attachment of the microphone looks very loose. I've checked the reviews of the SM-V1, where the it survived handling the camera by the microphone. On mine it will not.
Please advise what I'm doing wrong, basically how do I connect SM-V1 and XA20?
Thanks!

Hi. I'm interested in the Canon XA25. I read that it does have LANC control.

Do you know if any of the VariZoom lens control remotes are compatible? I have the VZROCK controller.

Thanks!

What are the timecode specs of the G30, XA20, and XA25?

I have a HFG30 in my shopping cart and ready to push the 'Complete Purchase' button but have one last question. Does adding a 58mm protective filter or ND filter necessitate removal of the lens hood. Can at least one filter be screwed on with the hood in place? Thanks!

Did you ever get the answer to this?  I have a 58mm opteka fisheye lens adapter that I'd like to use with this camera, but I've been hesitant to buy this one until I know it'll work!

A UV filter will fit under the hood, nothing more really. As for adding a fish eye lens you would need to remove the hood.

I'm looking for a non-DSLR camera that can offer the shallow depth-of-field of the XA20 and interval recording as well. Does such a beast exist?

I'm seriously considering the HF G30 but do see the benefits of having the XLR inputs of the XA20 (just won't be used that often). So I was wondering if I got the G30:
1) Would the XA20's handle be available for purchase individually and would it be fully functional when mounted on the HF G30?
2) Is the IR emitter on the handle as well or on the body of the XA20/25?

Thx!

Is the HF-G30 a North-America-only model? Or is it the same camera as the IVIS HF-G20 that's available here in Japan?
Thanks.

I am struggling between the XA20 and going the DSLR route with Panasonic GH3, I've always been a video shooter from my days in broadcast news. This purchase will be used for client work and as much as the XA20 is probably the better choice since I am looking for video, the GH3 offers the interchangeable lens combinations that may improve my creativity. I do however, shoot a lot of basketball and in manufacturing and trade show environments. My concern with any DSLR keeping up with the action in focus & the sweet audio options onboard keeps me headed in the XA 20 direction.

I do have an H4n Zoom for separate audio, but that has its drawbacks compared to the XA20

thoughts?

Does these cameras have time stamp capability?

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).

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!

Few cameras will be able to handle more than two input devices. For 3-4 different mics, you're most likely going to need a mixing board regardless of your camera.  

There are accessories for accepting two 1/8" mics into separate left and right channels for cameras such as the G30. I'm ordering a SR-AX100-OP: Saramonic Universal 2-ch Audio Adapter for that purpose.  It takes two mono signals, allows for individual pot control of each and puts them into the left and right channels of the camera's 1/8" mic input. If you don't need individual level controls, you can simply use a stereo to mono splitter adapter to accept two mono signals into separate left and right channels of the 1/8" mic input.

There are accessories and adapters for connecting balanced XLR mics to unbalanced 1/8" inputs. Somthing like the XLR-BP™ Pro a XLR Audio Adapter. These are not the same as having a camera with native balanced XLR inputs but the do allow for using XLR mics with cameras that do not have XLR inputs.

Native balanced XLR in a camera is the best option but also the most expensive. There are work arounds for using 1/8" unbalanced inputs but they are less elegant.
 

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?

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

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!

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..

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.

I record lots of late night news and use the Canon x10.  Great low light camera and the infra red capabiliteis extend it further.

I've been using the G-30 camcorder for about six months now and it has terrific capabilities in low light situations.  You can go to my Vimeo website to see many examples like the bands in Locke, CA by simply Googling:  GENE BELEY ON VIMEO

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Is there a Control "L" input ?

Is there a Lens Ring for manual Iris (stepless)

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.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

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