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Canon XA45 Professional UHD 4K Camcorder

BH #CAXA45 • MFR #3665C002
Canon XA45 Professional UHD 4K Camcorder
Key Features
  • 8.29MP, 1/2.3" CMOS Sensor
  • Up to UHD 4K30 Video Recording
  • Mini-HDMI and 3G-SDI Outputs
  • Integrated 20x Optical Zoom Lens
The Canon XA45 Professional UHD 4K Camcorder is a compact, lightweight camera featuring UHD 4K capture, a 1/2.3" CMOS sensor, two XLR audio inputs, and one mini-HDMI, and one BNC 3G-SDI output which fits right into the ENG category for documentary or journalism-style productions.
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Canon XA45 Overview

The Canon XA45 Professional UHD 4K Camcorder is a compact, lightweight camera featuring UHD 4K capture, a 1/2.3" CMOS sensor, two XLR audio inputs, and one mini-HDMI, and one BNC 3G-SDI output which fits right into the ENG category for documentary or journalism-style productions.

The XA45's optics include an integrated 20x HD optical zoom and an eight-bladed circular iris for more natural highlights. The camera's pro-style features include Hybrid, Normal, Face Only, Manual Focus, Instant, and Canon's Medium 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 XA45 also has display monitoring features such as zebra, color bars, and test tone.

The camera records UHD 4K30 and Full HD 1080p60 captured to dual SD card slots, and outputs to mini-HDMI and 3G-SDI ports. 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 and 3G-SDI outputs. On the audio side, the XA45 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.


  • 8.29MP, 1/2.3" CMOS sensor
  • Integrated 20x optical zoom lens
  • Optical and electronic image stabilization
  • 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 and 3G-SDI outputs
  • 1/4"-20 tripod mounting thread
UPC: 013803317077

Canon XA45 Specs

Sensor ResolutionActual: 21.14 Megapixel (5352 x 3950)
Effective: 8.92 Megapixel (3840 x 2160)
Sensor Type1/2.3"-Type CMOS Sensor
Image StabilizationOptical in Integrated Lens
Gain0 to 24 dB (Native)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio3 dB
Minimum Illumination5 Lux at 1/30 Shutter Speed
0.3 Lux at 1/2 Shutter Speed
Focal Length3.6 to 73.4mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 29.3 to 601mm)
Optical Zoom Ratio20x
Maximum Aperturef/1.8 to 2.8
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
IP StreamingYes
Media/Memory Card SlotDual Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
Video I/O1 x Mini-HDMI (HDMI 2.0) Output
1 x BNC (3G-SDI) 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
1 x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini
Resolution460,000 Dot
Display TypeArticulating Touchscreen 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)7.2 x 4.3 x 3.3" / 18.3 x 10.9 x 8.4 cm (Without Protrusions)
9.1 x 4.5 x 3.3" / 23.1 x 11.4 x 8.4 cm (With Protrusions)
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.62 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11 x 11 x 8.11"

Canon XA45 Reviews

A True Pro camera with a lot of Bang for the Buck

By Robin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-18

This lens is wonderful (29mm to 600mm) are you kidding me? Stick two 1T cards in it and have 2T of media on board. Study the manual and make it do its tricks for you. Auto focus in very good and it's light and easy to carry. Great value....I love it! Robin Hood Brians -- Robin Hood Studios

Best camera in the house

By Douglas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-09

Best camera in the house was what my boss said to me after we used it during our Christmas Musical. Camera was in the back of our tabernacle, house lights were off, stage lighting was used for the musical. Clear, sharp, colorful. Just need to convince my bosses boss to get a second camera.


By Rev. Barry L.
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-08

Light weight, easy to control. Works perfect for us

Great Camera

By Elvin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-09

Im in love with this camera. Does everything i need it to do and does it with quality and class. Best camera iv ever owned

Good Compact Camera with Good Features

By Alan
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-22

I got this camera to output SDI feeds for events. So far the image quality is fantastic, and I am amazed at how many features are condensed in this at the price point. The only problem I had if you're in a similar use case as me who wants a camcorder to output 1080p59.94 via SDI, it does it, but rather than do it from the output menu you must specify the RECORDING settings to the correct frame rate.

Better than what I expected.

By Oldmayor cameraman
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-15

It is going to make an excellent replacement for the cameras I have now.

It's smarter than I am!

By Stan
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-11

So far, so good. Still learning how to use all the features. Video quality is excellent, decent audio from the internal microphones. Very impressed with time lapse features (although I would like slo-mo to have a few more options.) All in all, another reason I'm a Canon guy.

Best Event Camera

By Richard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-08

I own 5 of these. I do live events almost exclusively and find them ideal for events of all types. These cameras seem designed for live event video production. Their small size, large zoom range and ability to shoot in low light venues have sold me on them as the best choice for this type of videography. I use the SDI outputs to feed a Blackmagic ATEM Pro 4K switcher and usually stream 1080p. For me, it's a killer combination with these cams.

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