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Canon XA15 Compact Full HD Camcorder with SDI, HDMI, and Composite Output

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Canon XA15 Compact Full HD Camcorder with SDI, HDMI, and Composite Output
Key Features
  • Native 1920 x 1080, 1/2.84" CMOS Sensor
  • 20x HD Zoom Lens
  • Canon Digic DV 4 Image Processor
  • Dynamic Image Stabilization
The Canon XA15 Full HD Camcorder is a compact run-and-gun camera that is suitable for ENG, event coverage, and independent and documentary filmmaking. It incorporates SDI, mini-HDMI, and composite outputs. 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.
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Canon XA15 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Canon Native 1920 x 1080 CMOS Sensor
  • 320x Optical Zoom Lens
  • 4Digic DV 4 Image Processor
  • 5Auto Focus
  • 6Advanced Displays
  • 73" OLED Touch Panel View Screen and EVF
  • 8Manual Camera Control
  • 9Audio
  • 10Outputs
  • 11Media Card Slots
  • 12Infrared Shooting Mode
  • 13Wired Connectivity
  • 14Detachable Top Handle
  • 15Additional Features

The Canon XA15 Full HD Camcorder is a compact run-and-gun camera that is suitable for ENG, event coverage, and independent and documentary filmmaking. It incorporates SDI, mini-HDMI, and composite outputs. 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 XA15 features both a 3" 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, two XLR connectors with phantom power, and manual audio level controls.

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 backup copy for archiving and data protection. You can also 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.

Canon Native 1920 x 1080 CMOS Sensor

The XA15 features a 1/2.84-inch HD CMOS Pro Sensor with 2.91MP. The large size of the individual pixels enable a minimum subject illumination of 1.0 lux for shooting in low-light conditions.

20x Optical Zoom Lens

The Canon 20x HD zoom lens provides a zoom range with a 35mm equivalent of 26.8 to 576mm, and features an improved circular iris design providing a more natural look with out-of-focus areas that are smoother and more appealing. 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 sensor to provide images with low noise and rich color depth. 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.

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 XA15 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, -18, or -20 dB.

3" OLED Touch Panel View Screen and EVF

The 3", 1,230,000-dot touch panel view screen enables rapidly moving through and selecting menu settings. 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 XA15 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 six 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 2000 to 15,000K.
  • 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.

Audio

The XA15 features an integrated microphone, and the detachable handle houses two 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 3.5mm headphone jack with 16 volume settings provides for accurate audio monitoring.

Outputs

The XA15 features an SDI output, as well as a mini-HDMI port, and an AV mini terminal for composite video (and audio) via a four-pole 3.5mm mini-jack.

Media Card Slots

Two SD/SDHC/SDXC card slots are built into the camera, allowing for 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 XA15 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.

Wired Connectivity

  • USB: An integrated Hi-Speed mini-USB 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 2.5mm 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, the infrared emitter, and an accessory shoe. You can remove the top handle from the camera to create an even smaller shooting package.

Additional Features

  • Photo capture: The XA15 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 XA15 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 press record.
  • Intelligent battery system: The XA15 is compatible with Canon's Intelligent lithium-ion batteries, which communicate remaining running time (down to the minute) to the user.
  • Language support: The XA15 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.
UPC: 013803290073

Canon XA15 Specs

Imaging
Sensor ResolutionActual: 3.09 Megapixel
Effective: 2.91 Megapixel
Sensor Type1/2.84"-Type CMOS Sensor
Minimum Illumination0.1 Lux
Lens
Focal Length3.7 to 73.4mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 28.8 to 576mm)
Optical Zoom Ratio20x
Maximum Aperturef/1 to 8
Minimum Aperturef/16
Minimum Focus DistanceEntire Zoom Range: 23.6" / 60.0 cm
Macro: 0.4" / 1.0 cm
Filter Size58 mm
Audio Recording4-Channel 16-Bit 48 kHz
IP StreamingNone
Interface
Video I/O1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) TRRS A/V (Composite) Output
1 x BNC (HD-SDI) Output
1 x Mini-HDMI Output
Audio I/O2 x XLR 3-Pin Mic/Line Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Input
Other I/O1 x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini (LANC) Control Input
1 x USB Mini-B
Monitor
Size3.0"
Resolution460,000 Dot
Display TypeArticulating Touchscreen LCD
Environmental
Operating Temperature23 to 113°F / -5 to 45°C
Power Consumption4.9 W
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.2 x 7.1 x 9.1" / 13.21 x 18.03 x 23.11 cm
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.7 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.05 x 10.8 x 8.65"

Canon XA15 Reviews

Great Value

By Daniel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-14

Great Value on a Solid Little Camera

Canon XA15 Compact

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-27

Delivered to me in Ghana. Great camera price, perfect packaging, perfect item, incredible customer service. thank you, B&H for your service.

Good camera for the price point

By Michael
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-28

I have purchased 3 of these for a church and 1 for myself. It is very easy to use and has good picture quality. The max for the SDI output is 1080i which is kind of a drawback.

Great camcorder

By Todd
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-30

Perfect camera for our present and future studio needs. HDMI quality is outstanding for vlogs, podcasts and live-streaming.

Solid

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-29

Picture quality is a must for a professional looking project. I apprehensively bought this model over the XA11 because $500 for an SDI connection is ridiculous. However, sure enough my HDMI cable failed right before service and the volunteers would have scratched their heads if I asked them to use an HDMI to SDI converter. So, SDI saved the day.

Compact easy to use for stream

By Steve
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-25

Added the XA15 to our livestream rig. Easy to setup and use. Battery life is good but having to charge battery in camera is not desirable. We ordered canon accessory charger and spare battery. Image looks good and camera responds well in varying lighting conditions. I would like to see more dedicated controls for things like iris, gain, etc. SDI output was why we went with the camera. Allows for longer cable runs back to the switcher. Compact size, light weight and removable XLR handle make the camera compact and easy to rig on monfrotto arms for static shots. A good choice for my application. Gave it four stars since I had to add the external charger.

Great Quality Camera

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-16

Using the XA15 and XA11 line for church streaming. The SDI output works great for long video cable runs and no externally powered converter necessary.

Versitile camera

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-20

Small enough that easy to use while moving but also great for use in live broadcasts.

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Yes. Output on these cameras is separate/independent of the recording function in the sense of they can work together or separate. Verify the settings are correct for the output vs. the recording resolution you want, however, as they may differ.
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Date published: 2019-08-06
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