Canon XA40 Professional UHD 4K Camera


Main Features:

  • 8.29MP, 1 2/3" CMOS Sensor
  • Up to UHD 4K30 Video Recording
  • Mini-HDMI Output
  • Integrated 20x Optical Zoom Lens
  • Dual XLR and Mic/Line Audio Input
  • Dual SD Relay and Simultaneous Recording
  • DIG!C DV 6 Processor
  • 3" Touchscreen LCD, Tiltable Viewfinder

Model: XA40 (Mini-HDMI)  |  XA50 (Mini-HDMI)  |  XA55 (Mini-HDMI & SDI)

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The Canon XA40 Professional UHD 4K Camera is a compact, lightweight camera featuring UHD 4K capture, a 1 inch 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 Canon XA40 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 DIGiC DV 6 image processor with high sensitivity and low noise. 

The Canon XA40 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 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 XA40 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.


Sensor1/2.3-type CMOS
FilterRGB Primary Colour Filter
Total pixelsApprox. 21.14MP
Effective pixelsApprox. 8.29 MP (3840 x 2160)
Subject illumination rangeApprox. 0.3 lx to 100,000 lx
Minimum illumination (PAL)P Mode: Approx. 4.2 lx (shutter speed 1/25 sec with auto slow shutter On)
Low Light Mode: Approx. 0.3 lx (shutter speed 1/2 sec.)
Zoom ratio20x optical
Focal length (35mm equivalent)Approx. 29.3 - 601mm Standard IS/IS Off
Minimum focus distance10 mm at wide end, 60 cm across entire zooming range
Aperturef/1.8 - 2.8 (AV Priority and Manual Modes)
Aperture blades8 blades
Filter diameter58mm
Image stabilization systemOptical system (lens shift) + electronic stabilization
Dynamic, Standard, Powered, Off
ND filterBuilt-in gradation filter (Auto or Off)
Zoom controlZoom rockers on body and handle;
Selectable manual zoom/focus ring on lens;
Selectable High Speed and Soft Zoom modes available.
Zoom speedVariable (body rocker only) or Constant speed
(body and handle rocker; Fast/Normal/Slow, 16 speed level settings in each)
Focus controlMANUAL: Lens ring and touchscreen point selection
(Magnify and Peaking assist functions), Focus Preset.
AUTOFOCUS: Touchscreen AF point selection, Face
Detection and Tracking, Touch and Track, Face Only AF. (Instant AF, Medium AF, Normal AF)
Focus SystemHybrid AF, Normal AF
Iris controlTouchscreen, Auto
Digital zoom/Teleconverter400x Digital Zoom, 2x Digital Teleconverter
Colour SamplingYCC 4:2:0
Bit depth8-bit
Video storage mediaSD/SDHC/SDXC card (2 card slots)
TypeClass U3 cards recommended
Recording time (64GB Card, approx.)150Mbps: 55 mins / 35Mbps: 240 mins / 17Mbps: 495 mins
Recording file systemFAT32/exFAT
Internal recording format (PAL)MP4: 3840 x 2160 (150Mbps) / 1920 x 1080 (35/17 Mbps)
External recording output (PAL)HDMI output (Camera mode):
UHD recording mode: 1920 x 1080 25.00P YCC4:2:2 8-bit
Full HD recording mode: 1920 x 1080 50.00P/25.00P; 1280 x720 50.00P YCC4:2:2 10-bit
External monitoringHDMI (50.00i)
Recording frame rate (PAL)25.00P (UHD), 50.00P/25.00P (Full HD)
Slow/Fast motion (PAL)3840 x 2160 / 25.00P: x2, x4, x10, x20, x60, x120, x600, x1200
1920 x 1080 / 50.00P: x2, x4, x10, x20, x60, x120, x600, x1200
1920 x 1080 / 25.00P: x0.5
Pre Recording functionYes. 3 seconds
Still photosJPEG up to 3840x2160 (Still image resolution is dependent on the video resolution)
Photo storage mediaSD Card
RecordingMPEG-2 AAC-LC (16-bit 2ch) / LPCM (16-bit 4ch)
Audio controlManual/Auto
Independent 2ch Line/Mic/Mic+48V input;
Independent level control per channel (-∞ to +18dB);
Independent audio limiters (2 ch);
Input mic trimming
Reference tone1KHz, -12dB / -18dB / -20dB / Off
Microphone attenuationAuto/On/Off (20dB)
Microphone level meterYes
TypeCapacitive LCD touch panel
Size3.0-inch (7.5 cm, approx. 460,000 dots)
Waveform MonitorNo
Focus AssistPeaking / Magnify
PeakingSelectable Peaking Colour: Red / Blue / Yellow
Zebra70% or 100% reference level
MarkersGrid (white/grey) and Level (white/grey)
Size0.24-inch, approx. 1.56 million dots
Correction lens+2.0 to -5 dioptre
Audio inputXLR 3-pin jack (x2) with 48V phantom power, Line
and Mic options on detachable handle,
3.5mm microphone input jack (Supply Voltage 2.4V DC), Built-in Mic
Headphone output3.5mm stereo mini jack
HDMI outputHDMITM mini connector
USBMini-B, Hi-Speed USB, PTP class supported
SDI outputNo
Time codeSuperimposed on HDMI output signal (Camera Mode only)
AV terminalNo
DC input3.4mm jack
Remote Control Terminal2.5mm mini jack
Exposure meteringCentre-weighted average or segment evaluative (determined by shooting mode)
No metering: Fireworks mode, Fixed exposure (1/50 sec.)
Exposure compensationHighlight AE, Exposure lock, Auto backlight
compensation, Exposure compensation amount
shown as ±3 when locked (±12 increments) or ±2 in
AUTO (±8 increments).
Exposure LockYes.
Auto Gain Control settingAuto / Manual
Auto Gain Control limit0 - 24dB (1dB increments)
Control modesAuto, P, Tv, Manual
Shutter speed1/6 - 1/2000 sec
(1/2 - 1/500 sec in Low Light mode)
Slow Shutter (SLS)50.00P:
Auto slow shutter On: 1/25 to 1/500 sec.
Auto slow shutter Off: 1/50 to 1/500 sec.
Auto slow shutter On: 1/12.5 to 1/500 sec. (Display is 1/12)
Auto slow shutter Off: 1/25 to 1/500 sec.
Clear ScanNo
PresetDaylight (Approx. 5,600K), Tungsten (Approx. 3,200K)
Manual settingColour Temperature range: 2,000–15,000K
Default value for Set 1 and Set 2: 5,600K
Program AEAUTO Mode
Manual Mode: P, Tv, Av, M (manual exposure), SCN (Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Night, Low
Light, Spotlight, Fireworks)
Infrared shooting modeYes (green or white)
Built-in IR lampYes, in detachable Handle Unit.
Wavelength: 850nm (near-Infrared)
Look settingsStandard (Adjustment: Sharpness, Contrast, Colour Depth)
GPS Information (Optional Accessory)Location (Latitude/Longitude/Altitude), Coordinated
Universal Time (UTC), Satellite reception.
(requires the optional GPS Receiver GP-E2)
Tally lampYes, in detachable Handle Unit
Colour Bars (PAL)Yes. SMPTE or EBU, with 1KHz Tone
Accessory shoeYes (cold shoe)
Assignable buttons5 assignable Buttons: Assignable to (AF/MF) / Face
Only AF / Magnification / BLC Always On / Powered
IS / Auto Acquire WB / WB Priority / IR Light/ Pre REC /
Review Recording / PHOTO / Monitor Channels /
Menu / Off
Custom dialTv / Av / M / AGC Limit / Exposure Compensation / Off
Count-up systemRegen / Rec Run / Free Run / Preset (Non-Drop Frame)
Time Code outVia HDMI out. Superimposed on output, Camera
Mode only
Battery PackCanon Battery Pack BP-820 (supplied), BP-828 (optional)
Power Consumption (recording)UHD/150Mbps: Approx. 4.1W (25.00P)
Continuous Recording Time (approx.)UHD/150Mbps/25.00p: 175 mins (BP-820) / 270 Mins (BP-828)
FHD/35Mbps/50.00p: 175 mins (BP-820) / 270 Mins (BP828)
DimensionsApprox. 109 x 84 x 182 mm (main body only)
Approx. 131 x 180 x 231 mm (Including lens hood, BP-820, mic holder unit, and handle unit)
Weight(camera only) Approx. 730g
Weight(fully equipped) Approx. 1120g
Operating temperature range-5 to +45ºC, 60% relative humidity
0ºC to +40ºC, 85% relative humidity

What's In The Box

Canon XA40 Professional UHD 4K Camcorder
  • CA-570 Compact AC Power Adapter
  • BP-820 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (1780mAh)
  • Lens Hood with Lens Cover
  • Handle
  • Microphone Holder
  • WL-D89 Wireless Controller

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