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Canon XA50 UHD 4K30 Camcorder with Dual-Pixel Autofocus

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Canon XA50 UHD 4K30 Camcorder with Dual-Pixel Autofocus
Key Features
  • 8.29MP, 1" CMOS Sensor
  • Up to UHD 4K30 Video Recording
  • Mini-HDMI Output
  • Integrated 15x Optical Zoom Lens
The Canon XA50 Professional UHD 4K Camcorder is a compact, lightweight camera featuring UHD 4K capture, a 1" CMOS sensor, two XLR audio inputs, and one mini-HDMI output which fits right into the ENG category for documentary or journalism-style productions.
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Canon XA50 Overview

The Canon XA50 Professional UHD 4K Camcorder is a compact, lightweight camera featuring UHD 4K capture, a 1" CMOS sensor, two XLR audio inputs, and one mini-HDMI output which fits right into the ENG category for documentary or journalism-style productions.

The XA50's optics include an integrated 15x HD optical zoom and a nine-bladed circular iris for more natural highlights, and wide DR gamma support for low-light recording. The camera's pro-style features include Dual Pixel and Contrast autofocus, fast- and slow-motion recording, full manual control, optical and electronic image stabilization, a 3" touchscreen LCD, user-assignable buttons, infrared mode, and a DIG!C DV 6 image processor with high sensitivity and low noise. The XA50 also has display monitoring features such as zebra, color bars, and test tone and a built-in neutral density filter mechanism offering ND4, ND16, and ND64 options.

The camera records UHD 4K30 and Full HD 1080p60 captured to dual SD card slots, and outputs to a mini-HDMI port. The dual SD card slots allow for automatic switching from one card to another, as well as simultaneous recording to both. The camera can output up to 1920 x 1080p 10-bit 4:2:2 video at 59.94 fps via its mini-HDMI output. On the audio side, the XA50 features up to four channels of LPCM audio with manual/automatic recording levels, two XLR inputs with phantom power, and a 3.5mm stereo mini input. It features a built-in stereo microphone as well as a headphone jack. The camera's functions can also be controlled by the separately available RC-V100 remote control.


  • 8.29MP, 1" CMOS sensor
  • Integrated 15x optical zoom lens
  • 5-axis optical image stabilization
  • Dual-pixel CMOS autofocus feature
  • UHD 4K30 fps, HD 59.97 fps recording
  • Dual XLR, 3.5mm mic/line audio inputs
  • MP4 recording
  • DIG!C DV 6 processor
  • Two SD memory card slots
  • Mini-HDMI output
  • 1/4"-20 tripod mounting thread
UPC: 013803317114

Canon XA50 Specs

Sensor ResolutionActual: 13.4 Megapixel (4268 x 3148)
Effective: 8.29 Megapixel (3840 x 2160)
Sensor Type1"-Type CMOS Sensor
Image StabilizationOptical in Integrated Lens
Built-In ND FilterMechanical Filter Wheel with 2 Stop (1/4), 4 Stop (1/16), 6 Stop (1/64) ND Filters
Minimum Illumination1.7 Lux at 1/30 Shutter Speed
0.1 Lux at 1/2 Shutter Speed
Focal Length8.3 to 124.5mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 25.5 to 382.5mm)
Optical Zoom Ratio15x
Maximum Aperturef/2.8 to 4.5
Minimum Focus DistanceWide: 0.4" / 1.0 cm
Entire Zoom Range: 23.6" / 60.0 cm
Filter Size58 mm
Focus ControlAutofocus
Manual Focus
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Audio RecordingMP4: 2-Channel 16-Bit AAC Audio
MP4: 4-Channel 16-Bit LPCM Audio
XAVC: 4-Channel 24-Bit LPCM Audio
IP StreamingYes
Media/Memory Card SlotDual Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
Video I/O1 x Mini-HDMI (HDMI 2.0) Output
Audio I/O2 x XLR 3-Pin Mic/Line (+48 V Phantom Power) Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
Power I/O1 x Proprietary (8.4 VDC) Input
Other I/O1 x USB Mini-B Output
1 x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini Input
Resolution460,000 Dot
Display TypeArticulating LCD
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C (Recommended)
Storage Temperature23 to 113°F / -5 to 45°C
Operating Humidity85%
Storage Humidity60%
Battery TypeCanon BP-8 Series
Tripod Mounting Thread1/4"-20 Female
Accessory Mount1 x Cold Shoe Mount
Dimensions (W x H x D)8.4 x 4.3 x 3.6" / 21.3 x 10.9 x 9.1 cm (Without Protrusions)
10.4 x 4.9 x 3.6" / 26.4 x 12.4 x 9.1 cm (With Protrusions)
10.4 x 8.5 x 5.5" / 26.4 x 21.6 x 14 cm (With Protrusions)
Packaging Info
Package Weight6.595 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)14.3 x 12.3 x 10.4"

Canon XA50 Reviews

I did not expect to love it this much...

By William
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-09

I'm primarily a wedding shooter, and have been through many cameras, both camcorder and DSLR in the past 20 years, never liking any of them enough to buy a 2nd, and I've owned (and still own) Sony AX 700, Panasonic UX 90, Lumix GH4 and S1, and each has it's good points, but just as many negatives - enough negatives that I'm always looking for something better. I had never been a fan of Canon from my limited use of them over the years, nor was I looking forward to learning new menus systems, needing yet another set of batteries and chargers, and learning yet another set of quirks. The Canon XA50 was it - I waited for months due to back-order issues but I got mine in mid August September it was my go-to camera. The image quality phenomenal, especially in low light which is every wedding shooter's reality. Even in the lowest light, post production brightening does not introduce an unworkable amount of grain and artifacts - something I cannot say about my Sony AX 700. If I had one complaint, it's that battery life could, and should be better...the Panasonics and Sony are way better, as is the accuracy of the status meter. The Canon batteries are too expensive, but the Watson's from B&H due the job at a more reasonable price. I anticipate buying a 2nd one this year.

This is my second XA50

By Jeffrey
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-29

I have been using an XA50 for the past two years for single camera shoots. I will be retiring my two XA30's this year and most of my jobs require a two camera shoot. Looking forward to the clarity in the larger 1 inch sensor. However I wish the camera came with a 20 zoom lens.

The right camcorder for Small church hybrid worship!

By Richard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-01

We use the camera in conjunction with 3 lower quality webcams and it works really well to shoot from the back of the sanctuary and focus in on the pastor who has a tendency to walk around a lot.

My cinema on the go camera

By emberstudios
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-13

As a hybrid shooter turning more toward video I decided to test the camcorder waters and have to say I've been absolutely blown away. This feature packed XA50 produces stunning results and punches way above its price point when compared to the hybrid camera offerings. With the addition of clog 3 and 10 bit 4:2:2 1080p to an external recorder it is an absolute power house. When shooting internally the files are ready to go without the need to create optimized media of any sort. The ease of use of this camera makes it fun to shoot with and lets you focus on getting the shot, and even better for low light I can still get a useable image at nearly max gain with a little bit of noise reduction applied. The form factor is so comfortable I literally take this to and from the studio as my choice walk around camera when filming my non business related content. For interviews, corporate work, event work, and even handheld detail shots, I find the XA50 an absolute joy to use. I will definitely be adding either another one to the arsenal or an XF705 or XF605. Aside from 4k 60 and extra physical controls I feel like this is the perfect package. Highly recommend the XA50.

The perfect camera for the minimalist filmmaker!

By Sarah
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-25

I rented the XA50 for 2 weeks and fell in love with it all over again. Filmed a ton of footage with it and enjoyed the process very much. It's not a perfect camera, but it provides me with everything I need right now all in 1 package. As a minimalist filmmaker, I want to carry as little gear as possible. And with this camera, I rarely need anything else to film run & gun documentary-style footage. It's pretty good for vlogging too!

So good in many areas... regresses in others.

By Matthew
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-02

Pros: This camera packs a punch at this price point. The ease of use of the menu options, physical buttons for ND filter, 4k option, reasonable battery life time (especially when paired with a BP-828). Low light performance is the best I've ever seen. We film a lot of weddings, and most of the time, no lighting is needed at receptions, despite it being rather dark. That's a huge plus for event videographers who wish to be non-obtrustive. It's almost a dream camera. Cons: The image stabilization is terrible. No matter if in standard, dynamic or Powered IS. ANY hand shake or movement, no matter how subtle, will make your footage look like a minor earth quake was happening. The LCD is also terrible. It's hard to see anything on the screen unless you're in a dark environment. Just turning the screen a bit darkens the brightness, causing me to often overexpose my filming. I have a 'fleet' of ten Canon XA-10's. Released in 2011/12, it was the first model in the XA line. We have filmed nearly 1000 events with those cameras now. I'm comparing the XA-50 to the XA-10. The XA-10 is superior, by far, in the image stabilization department. Using the camera under the same circumstances produced no hand shake, something that is unavoidable with the XA-50. The LCD screen is (much) larger, brighter and more vibrant on the XA-10, as well. You can angle that screen anyway you'd like and it will still be just as bright as if you were looking at it straight on. Very easy to see what you're filming, and it even passes the test on a bright day outside, where the XA-50 is virtually impossible to see under the same circumstances. If you're doing tripod work indoors, you'll love the XA-50. For run-and-gun, you'll be disappointed with shaky footage. I find it very disappointing that the Canon XA-10, a camera that's a decade old and the first in the line of the XA models, has a far superior LCD screen and is leaps-and-bounds better in the image stabilization department. You would think as new cameras in the XA line are released, they'd be better than the previous generations of cameras. Not the case here in two critical areas, in my opinion. I find myself going back to the XA-10 for the better image stabilization performance for live events. Although the XA-50 would be great for corporate work from tripods... just not sure it's worth the extra expense for that (as the XA-10 does just as well there, too, less a 4k option). I did research about the image stabilization issue on the Canon forums, and was simply told I'd need to use tripods or find better ways to stabilize the camera. So I'm afraid there's no firmware fix in the offering.

Very nice kit

By Leon
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-03

I looked for the XA50 camera and package deals including the XA50 camera through numerous vendors, including Amazon, eBay, and B&H. In the end, I found the B&H price competitive and to include what is actually useful and necessary to use the camera safely. I do not trust many vendors and found, through many reviews, that even many package deals on Amazon, that many of the items were useless or of poor quality. Also, I think B&H deserves my business because I did use their expertise through the online chat and calling, and their price was competitive. So, I'm happy with the purchasing experience, with the items themselves, and with my confidence in the company and its advice.

This Camera is Fantastic!!

By Joanne
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-02

This has all the bells and whistles at a reasonable price. Footage is crystal clear and it is easy to use right out of the box. This is the best camcorder I have ever had. I plan to shoot a documentary with it. Compact and light weight it is a film makers dream.

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