Canon XA25 Professional HD Camcorder

Canon XA25 Professional HD Camcorder

Canon XA25 Professional HD Camcorder - Refurbished

Used Cat.# RBCXA25 MFR # 8443B016AA
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  • Native 1920 x 1080, 1/2.84" CMOS Sensor
  • 20x HD Zoom Lens
  • Canon Digic DV 4 Image Processor
  • Dynamic Image Stabilization
  • 3.5" OLED Touch Panel View Screen
  • Manual Camera Controls
  • 2 x XLR with Manual/Auto Audio Levels
  • SD/HD-SDI, HDMI, Composite
  • 2 x SD/SDHC/SDXC Media Card Slots
  • Built-in Wi-Fi Connectivity & Control
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Canon 8443B016AA overview

  • 1Description

The Canon XA25 Professional HD Camcorder is a compact "run-and-gun" camera that is suitable for ENG, event coverage, independent and documentary filmmaking. The camera features a 1/2.84", 1920 x 1080 CMOS sensor that captures video at various frame rates up to 59.94p, including a 24p mode for a more cinematic feel. The integrated Canon 20x HD Optical zoom lens has a 35mm equivalent zoom range of 26.8 to 576mm and features an 8-bladed iris to render highlights in a more natural manner.

The final piece in the image chain is Canon's Digic DV 4 Image Processor. This high-speed image-processing engine powers Canon's Dynamic IS (Image Stabilization) mode reducing image distortion over traditional up-down left-right image stabilization by adding correction for camera roll in three axes. The power of the Digic DV 4 allows the camera to simultaneously encode your video to two different codecs and bit rates, allowing you to have web-ready versions of your master footage available as soon as you stop recording.

The XA25 features both a 3.5" OLED Touch Panel view screen with a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, and a color electronic viewfinder with 1,560,000 dots of resolution. The camera features full manual control and auto modes for exposure, focus, white balance, gain, and shutter speed. The camera provides professional features such as a pre-record buffer, peaking, zebra bars, color bars, and reference tone. The zoom speed is adjustable with variable, constant (with 16 different speed levels), fast, normal and slow settings. The camera features a detachable top handle with zoom toggle, record start/stop, IR emitter, tally light, accessory shoe, external mic holder and two XLR connectors with phantom power and manual audio level controls. The XA25 includes a built-in headphone jack and an HDMI mini connector, and outputs composite video and audio via a 3.5 mm four pole mini jack. The XA25 also features a built-in SD/HD-SDI output with embedded audio and time code via a BNC connector.

Two built-in SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slots allow you to record video to available media cards in both slots at the same time. This allows you to create an instant back up copy for archiving and data protection or you can capture high resolution AVCHD or MP4 video files on one card while creating a lower data rate MP4 more suitable for the web on the other card. When using two media cards and the camera is in Relay mode, there is no need to stop shooting to swap out a full media card. When one card becomes full, recording seamlessly switches to the other card. Built-in dual-band Wi-Fi allows you FTP video files directly from the camera, or playback footage from the memory cards to Wi-Fi enabled TVs and Computers. You can also remotely control select camera functions from a smart phone or tablet over Wi-Fi, freeing you from remote cables.

Canon Native 1920 x 1080 CMOS Sensor

The XA25 features a new 1/2.84-inch HD CMOS Image Sensor with 2.91 Mp. The large size of the individual pixels enable a minimum subject illumination of 1.2 lux for shooting in low-light conditions.

20x Optical Zoom Lens

The Canon 20x HD Zoom Lens provides a zoom range with 35mm equivalent of 26.8mm-576mm, and a minimum object distance of just 23.6 inches (60cm). The lens features an eight blade iris design providing a more natural look, out of focus areas are smoother and more appealing. The lens features an endless-type manual focus/zoom ring and the built-in power zoom control includes user-programmable direction and sensitivity modes. Zoom speed can be set to variable, constant (with 16 levels), fast, normal or slow.

Digic DV 4 Image Processor

The DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor works in concert with the HD CMOS Image Sensor to provide images with low noise and rich color depth. It also powers the new Dynamic Mode of the image stabilization system, which is an electronic correction of rotational distortion. The processing power of the Digic DV 4 enables the simultaneous encoding of video to different codecs and bit rates for recording to two separate SD cards at the same time.

Image Stabilization

The XA25 offers optical image stabilization (IS) useful for reducing image blur in a wide variety of shooting situations. Additional IS modes can be manually selected to enhance the optical image stabilization, or you can select Intelligent IS and allow the camera to identify the appropriate stabilization mode for the situation.

IS Modes
  • Dynamic IS: improves on standard on translational IS (up-down/left-right) stabilization, by adding three additional corrections - roll axis correction (tilting/rocking of the camera forward and back), horizontal roll correction and vertical roll correction for five-axis correction when shooting on the wide end of the lens.
  • Macro IS: corrects angular and shift-type shake in wide-angle shots.
  • Powered IS: corrects for low-frequency camcorder shake when shooting at the long (telephoto) end of the lens

Auto Focus

Canon Auto Focus (AF) features include natural-looking medium-speed, instant, and Face Detection AF, which can significantly reduce the effort required when shooters need to keep a particular face in focus in a jostling crowd or similar situation.

Advanced Displays

Zebra bars selectable between 70 and 100% are available to help you judge exposure.

The features peaking and 2x image magnification as focus aids.

The camera can display and record color bars or color bars with reference tone. The color bars comply with the SMPTE standards. Reference tone levels can be set at -12 dB, -18 dB or -20 dB.

3.5" OLED Touch Panel View Screen and EVF

The 3.5-inch, 1,230,000-dot equivalent Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display provides vivid color and a 10,000:1 contrast ratio. The viewscreen has a viewing angle of over 80 degrees in all directions, which allows you to see a usable image even when you are off angle to the viewscreen. The Color EVF is a 0.24 inch with 1,560,000 dots of resolution, and tilts up to 45° to accommodate different shooting positions.

Manual Camera Control

The XA25 features selectable manual/automatic control on the camera functions, allowing you to choose the best settings for the situation. Functions include: Exposure, Shutter Speed, Iris, Gain, Exposure Lock, AGC Limit.

White Balance features 6 presets (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent H, and Fluorescent), as well as two manual white balance settings. Additionally when specific adjustment of the color temperature is desired, the color temperature may be adjusted in 100K increments from 2,000 to 15,000K.

The cameras body features five user assignable buttons so you can customize the camera to access features without having to enter the menu system.


The XA25 features an integrated mic, and the detachable handle houses 2 XLR Line/Mic level inputs with +48V phantom power for connecting external mics. The detachable handle also houses the manual audio level controls

A built-in 3.5 mm headphone jack with 16 volume settings provides for accurate audio monitoring.


The XA25 features an AV mini terminal for composite video (and audio) via a four pole 3.5 mm mini jack, a mini HDMI out connector which delivers video, audio and allows you the option of superimposing timecode over your video. SD/HD-SDI and timecode is available via the BNC connector on the side of the camera.

Media Card Slots

Two SD/SDHC/SDXC card slots are built into the camera allowing you varied recording options

  • Dual recording: allows you to simultaneously record the same footage to different media cards using different codecs and bit rates
  • Double-slot recording: allows you to record simultaneously to each of the two SD memory card slots, providing an instant backup for your footage
  • Relay recording: the XA25 automatically switches video recording from one memory card to the other when the first memory card becomes full.

Infrared Shooting Mode

Engaging the Infrared (IR) shooting mode, moves the IR Cut filter out of the optical path for shooting in extreme low light conditions. An IR emitter built into the detachable top handle provides an IR source, and the built-in IR diffuser helps prevent IR hot spots on the subject. In IR mode you can select from the traditional green hued IR image or the default setting, which produces a black and white image.

Wi-Fi Connectivity

Dual-band Wi-Fi (5GHz and 2.4GHz) support is built into the camera, allowing FTP file transfer of MP4 video. The camera supports a web browser interface that combined with Wi-Fi support allows you to control key features of the camera, including start/stop recording, zoom (limited to three speeds), exposure functions, and focus using a smart phone or tablet. You can also view and download recorded MP4 footage from the camera on a PC or mobile device. When the camera is in playback mode video files can be uploaded to social media websites via the free Movie Uploader app for iOS devices.

Wired Connectivity

An integrated Hi-Speed USB (mini-B) port allows you to download footage from the memory cards, this port is for output only.

Remote Control Port
The camera features a built-in 2.5 mm stereo mini jack for LANC control.

Detachable Top Handle

The detachable top handle contains the audio controls and external XLR audio inputs, as well as a tally light and the infrared emitter and accessory shoe. You can remove the top handle from the camera to create an even smaller shooting package.


The XA25 is compatible with the optional Canon WM-V1 Wireless Bluetooth Microphone. This feature allows high-quality audio to be recorded from up to 164 feet away (50m), making it ideal for events, ceremonies, nature recording and other situations that call for unobtrusive sound recording. With optional earphones attached, the WM-V1 Wireless Microphone can also be used as a two-way intercom.

Additional Features

Photo capture: The XA25 offers the ability to capture 1920 x 1080 still images. Photos may be captured to an SD memory card during recording, as well as "frame grabbed" during playback.

Pre-record: The XA25 continuously buffers approximately three seconds of video in memory. When you begin recording the contents of the buffer memory are added allowing you to capture footage before you pressed record.

Intelligent battery system: The XA25 is compatible with Canon's Intelligent Lithium-ion batteries, which communicate remaining running time (down to the minute) to the user.

Language support: The XA25 supports 27 languages: Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Hungarian, Malay, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Finnish, Swedish, Turkish, Russian, Ukrainian, Arabic, Farsi, Thai, Chinese (simplified characters), Chinese (traditional characters), Korean and Japanese.
In the Box
Canon XA25 Professional HD Camcorder
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Cap
  • Eye Cup
  • BP-820 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
  • Detachable Top Handle with Screws
  • Microphone Holder with Screws
  • WL-D89 Wireless Controller
  • CR2025 Lithium Battery
  • CA-570 Compact AC Power Adapter
  • Ferrite Core
  • AC Cable A
  • Stereo Video Cable
  • Interface Cable Set
  • High Speed HDMI Cable
  • Software CD
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Canon 8443B016AA specs

    Image Device 1/2.84" CMOS Sensor
    Resolution: 1920 x 1080
    Total Pixels: 3.09 Mp
    Effective Pixels: 2.91 Mp
    RGB Primary Color Filter
    Compatible with NTSC
    Lens Zoom Range: 20x Optical/ 400x Digital
    Max Aperture: 1.8 - 2.8 Focal Length: 3.67 to 73.4mm
    35mm Equivalent: 26.8 to 576mm (28.8 to 576mm with Dynamic IS)
    Minimum Focus Wide: 0.8" (20 mm)
    Minimum Focus Throughout Zoom Range: 23.6" (60 cm) Filter Rings Size: 58 mm Zoom Speed Settings: Variable, Constant (16 levels), Fast, Normal, Slow
    Minimum Illumination Nominal: 1.2 lux
    Low Light Mode: Approx 0.1 lux (shutter speed at 0.5 sec)
    OLED Viewscreen 3.5"
    Touch Panel
    Pixel Count: Approximately 1,230,000 dots
    Viewfinder 0.24" Color EVF
    Pixel Count: Approximately 1,560,000 dots
    Media Card Slots 2 x SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Codec / Format Support MPEG4
    1080: 59.94p, 29.97p, 23.98p 720/360: 29.97p, 23.98p

    1080: 59.94p, 59.94i, PF29.97, 23.98p

    Note: PF29.97 is Canon's designation for 29.97p video in a 59.94i stream
    Bit Rates MPEG4
    35 Mb/s: 1920 x 1080 @ 59.94p
    24 Mb/s: 1920 x 1080 @ 29.97p,23.98p
    17 Mb/s: 1920 x 1080 @ 29.97p,23.98p
    4 Mb/s: 1280 x 720 @ 29.97p,23.98p
    3 Mb/s: 640 x 360 @ 29.97p,23.98p

    28 Mb/s: 1920 x 1080 @ 59.94p
    24 Mb/s: 1920 x 1080 @ 59.94i/p, PF29.97, 23.98p
    17 Mb/s: 1920 x 1080 @ 59.94i/p, PF29.97, 23.98p
    5 Mb/s: 1920 x 1080 @ 59.94i/p, PF29.97, 23.98p
    Maximum Recording Time MPEG4
    • 8Gb: 30 minutes @ 35 Mb/s, 40 minutes @ 24 Mb/s, 60 minutes @ 17 Mb/s, 260 minutes @ 4 Mb/s, 340 minutes @ 3 Mb/s
    • 128Gb: 8 hours @ 35 Mb/s, 11 hours 55 minutes @24 Mb/s, 16 hours 45 min @ 17 Mb/s, 69 hours 30 min @ 4 Mb/s, 91 hours 55 min @ 3 Mb/s

    • 8Gb: 35 minutes @ 28 Mb/s, 40 minutes @ 24 Mb/s, 60 minutes @ 17 Mb/s, 3 hours @ 5 Mb/s
    • 128Gb: 10 hours 10 minutes @ 28 Mb/s, 11 hours 55 minutes @ 24 Mb/s, 16 hours 45 minutes @ 17 Mb/s, 49 hours @ 5 Mb/s
    Shutter Speed Max: 1/2000 sec
    Inputs/Outputs Input
    2 x XLR 3-pin female: audio in MIC/LINE (on handgrip accessory)
    1 x 3.5mm stereo mini-jack
    1 x 2.5 stereo mini-jack (remote control input)

    1 x BNC: SDI
    1 x 3.5mm 4-pole mini-jack: A/V terminal (composite video, audio)
    1 x USB 2.0: mini-B (output only)
    1 x HDMI mini
    1 x built-in speaker
    Audio Linear PCM (2 Channel): when recording in AVCHD 28 Mb/s @ 23.98
    Dolby Digital
    Dolby Digital 5.1 when using Optional SM-V1
    Power Requirements Battery: 7.4V DC
    Power Supply: 8.4V DC
    Operating Temperature Operation: 23 to 113°F (-5 to 45°C)
    Performance: 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.3 x 3.3 7.2" (10.9 x 8.4 x 18.3 cm)
    Weight 1.7 lb (770 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.6 x 9.3 x 5.9"

    Canon 8443B016AA reviews

    XA25 Professional HD Camcorder is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 27.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extraordinary-It's A Keeper! Got the XA25 as a backup cam, but, this cam can step right on up to the front of the class. July 4th, I shot the Macy's Fireworks from Weehawken, NJ. The image quality looked every bit as good to me as some of the more expensive pro cams. Although, still learning this camcorder, right out of the gate, it was a performer. The audio is excellent, zoom is sharp, flesh tones and color very authentic to how you see it. The body is small, but feels very solid. Just my opinion, but, for those who do media work this is a must to add to your inventory. Still learning the camcorder settings, but, to date, all I can say is, this cam is a keeper for me.
    Date published: 2013-07-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for streaming and EFP We use the XA25 for its ability to capture video in a non-live streaming format for corporate events. After the event the mp4 video is stream-ready for VOD delivery on a website. As a bonus, the XA25 has great quality for field production projects, using the SDI out to the Blackmagic Shuttle2 recorder. The Shuttle2 gives us ProRes 422 1080i. When we start shooting live streaming event in the future, this WiFi features on the XA25 will come in real handy. What I like best on this camera is the touch screen menu system. By far the easiest menu board to navigate, and it is fast. We bought the kit with carry bag and 64 GB SD cards. I would also recommend a second back up battery. The other great feature is the zoom speed adjustments.
    Date published: 2014-10-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Wow! Wow! I am simply blown away by the features and quality of this camera. I do corporate audio/video production and just used this camera to record a keynote session. The camera was right about 70' from the presenter on stage and was able to get a great waist up shot. Recording two individual streams on SD cards at the same time is wonderful.I had considered the Sony NX30, but the Canon had a better lens and removable media so you're not tying up the camera while downloading footage. I may also use this camera for IMAG since it has HDSDI out (provided the delay isn't too bad). The manual is very easy to reference also. My only gripe (if I have to have one) is that the camera is too small.
    Date published: 2013-08-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Camcorder For Local Events. I have been using the Canon XA25 Professional HD Camcorder to capture local events. The camera is a very high quality unit, feels solid and performs great. Although packaged in a small chassis, it has a respectable feature set. My only concern when using the camera is nose weight (especially after adding a shotgun mic and any additional attachments). Perhaps an additional rear accessory shoe located on the top handle would have provided some options for quickly balancing the camera. Overall, I am very pleased with the camcorder.
    Date published: 2014-05-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not be happier 6 months later We use this camera for a church service, we are capturing the Video HD on the memory cards, we are also broadcasting via the SDI-HD output to another location 300' away. We also use it for gerenal video needs and it has been outstanding and extreemly reliable. we distribute the video on Youtube and this has been perfect. We are using a wireless mic input which has been best but can use the mounted mic in a pinch.
    Date published: 2014-12-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Audio Output Quirk I have been very pleased with the quality of the camera. The overall construction appears to be quite sturdy, and the flexibility that multiple zoom rockers affords is a welcome relief from my previous camera. However, I have found one small quirk that I think would be useful to highlight. The camera allows you to mix the 2 audio inputs to output as either a stereo mix, Ch1/Ch1, Ch2/Ch2 or All/All... but ONLY when mixing to your headphones or the downgraded AV OUT. On occasion I do simple, one camera + 2 mic livestream events using a LiveStream Broadcaster, and would very much prefer to have it mix dual mono, rather than stereo. While the Broadcaster does give you some options, it does not offer dual mono - just to double one channel or the default stereo mix. Why Canon does not offer this option to the HDMI or HD-SDI output, I have no idea. Certainly a small quirk, but for me, a very inconvenient one.
    Date published: 2015-09-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Cam...DIdn't get the extras! :( I ordered this Camera from B&H about a month and a half ago, and was disappointed to see it offered now with some very useful extras, that I could use now! But that of course takes nothing away from how good this Camera is! Unquestionably the best one sensor camera on the market and outperforms some 3 sensor cams that I have used in the past. One of the biggest gripes I have had with Pro cameras is not having auto focus. This made for much more strenuous shoots over long periods, having to ride the focus ring. The XA25 has the best Auto Focus system I have ever used. And the image quality is simply outstanding. The more I use the Camera, the more I am able to quickly access manual controls quickly getting the right exposure, focus lock and depth of field. And the abiltiy to hook the Camera up to a dual handle tripod equiped with lanc control makes for some silky smooth pans and tilts during interview style shooting. Color is rich and low light shooitng is much better than you would expect from a one sensor camera. So are there in drawbacks, sure?! There is significant vignetting when zoomed out full in daylight shooting. And the Microphone opening on the XLR attachment is a bit to large, as most mics will need some taping to fit. The dual use focus/zoom ring could be twice a wide as it is a bit narrow to to use witout shaking the camera. Bokeh is very good, but just a bit murky compared to 3 chip and full frame DSLR's. These are minor quirks as the XA25 is really a well thought out piece of equipment whose size is just about perfect! The touch screen is very nice and is just about as responsive as an iPad. Understanding how to navigate the Menu will take some getting used to, but its well worth the effort. The XA25 will soon be the Camera that makes those looking to buy a DSLR for video, think twice. With outstanding Image Stabilization, Auto Focus, Exposure, dual card recording, absolutely wonderful slow motion mode shooting capabilities, this Camera is feature rich. I discovered that when shooting handheld, I can activate the on screen zoom controls, and use my thumb on my left hand and effortlessly zoom at variable speeds, keeping my right hand dedicarted to keeping the camera steady. No one has talked about this, but this is a very cool feature that is very useful when you need it. To sum it all up....Canon's XA25 represents one of the best Camcorders ever built under 4 Grand!
    Date published: 2013-12-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilled Solid, feature-filled, easy to maneuver physically and control-wise. Couldn't be happier. Best thing, though, is not in any advertisement. I am a left-handed, seasoned, female small-handed user. I anticipated the light weight, but I handle the camera ergonomically unconventionally. When not using the handle or a tripod, I place my right hand under the camera, thumb up through grip, with a shoulder strap for backup. Using the LED screen, I can readily use my dominant (left) hand for everything else. For me this is natural and efficient.
    Date published: 2016-05-02
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