Canon XA55 Professional UHD 4K Camcorder


Main Features:

  • 8.29MP, 1" CMOS Sensor
  • Up to UHD 4K30 Video Recording
  • Mini-HDMI and 3G-SDI Outputs
  • Integrated 15x Optical Zoom Lens
  • Dual XLR and Mic/Line Audio Input
  • 5-Axis Optical Image Stabilization
  • Dual SD Relay and Simultaneous Recording
  • DIG!C DV 6 Processor
  • 3" Touchscreen LCD, Tiltable Viewfinder
Model: XA40 (1/2.3" Mini-HDMI)  |  XA50 (1" Mini-HDMI)  |  XA55 (1" Mini-HDMI & SDI)

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The Canon XA55 Professional UHD 4K Camera is a compact, lightweight camera featuring UHD 4K capture, a 1" 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 Canon 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.

1.0-type CMOS sensor:

Large CMOS sensor for beautiful Bokeh with high sensitivity and low noise. The camera also benefits from enhanced Full HD image quality with Over Sampling HD processing, whilst the Wide DR setting allows a wide dynamic range to be captured.

High quality 4K 15x zoom lens:

Optimise the quality of your images with an ultra-wide 25.5mm 4K 15x optical zoom with Super HD lens elements to minimise chromatic aberrations. There is an advanced 5-axis image stabilization to cope with filming on the move or when shooting handheld.

Fast and precise Dual Pixel CMOS AF:

The XA50 incorporates Dual Pixel CMOS AF for fast and accurate autofocusing in approximately 80% (vertically and horizontally) of the sensor. Face detection AF and Touch tracking operation enable seamless focus control for intuitive operation. A Dual Pixel Focus Guide provides a graphical interface to aid manual focusing.

XF-AVC and MP4 recording to SD cards:

The XA50 supports multi-format recording capabilities including XF-AVC and MP4. It records XF-AVC 4K UHD 160Mbps up to 25P, plus Full HD 45Mbps at 50P/50i/25P. It is also possible to record MP4 4K 150Mbps at 25P and Full HD 35Mbps at 50P/25P. Slow and Fast motion recording are also possible in 4K/Full HD up to 1200x.

Compact and lightweight with professional functions:

Powerful functionality includes an Infrared mode – allowing users to capture video in conditions with little to no ambient light – and simultaneous backup and relay recording with dual SD card slots. Other features include professional audio support with two XLR terminals and 4-channel linear PCM, and low power consumption for an extended battery life.


Sensor1.0-type CMOS
FilterRGB Primary Colour Filter
Total pixelsApprox. 13.4 MP
Effective pixels per sensorApprox. 8.29 MP (3840 x2160)
Subject illumination rangeApprox. 0.1 lx to 100,000 lx
Minimum illumination (PAL)P Mode: Approx. 1.4 lx (shutter speed 1/25 sec., 50.00P; with auto slow shutter On)
Low Light Mode: Approx. 0.1 lx (shutter speed 1/2 sec.)
Zoom ratio15x optical
Focal length (35mm equivalent)Approx. 25.5 to 382.5 mm Standard IS/IS Off
Minimum focus distance10 mm at wide end, 60 cm across entire zooming range
Aperturef/2.8 - f/11 (AV Priority and Manual Modes)
Aperture blades9 blades
Filter diameter58mm
Image stabilization systemOptical system (lens shift) + electronic stabilization
Dynamic, Standard, Powered, Off
ND filter3 densities: turret switched, motor-driven.
ND 1/4, ND 1/16, and ND 1/64.
Zoom controlZoom rockers on body and handle;
Selectable manual zoom/focus ring on lens;
Wireless controller;
Selectable High Speed mode available.
Zoom speedVariable (body rocker only) or Constant speed (body
rocker, handle rocker and wireless controller;
Fast/Normal/Slow, 16 speed level settings in each)
Focus controlMANUAL: Lens ring and touchscreen point selection (Focus Guide and Peaking assist functions),
Focus Preset.
AUTOFOCUS: Touchscreen AF point selection, Face
Detection and Tracking, Face Only AF. (Continuous AF, AF-Boosted MF, AF Speed, AF
Response, AF Frame size)
Focus SystemDual Pixel CMOS AF, Contrast AF
Iris controlTouchscreen, Auto
Digital zoom/Teleconverter300x Digital Zoom, 2x Digital Teleconverter
Dynamic range800% in Wide DR mode
Colour samplinYCC 4:2:0
Bit depth8-bit
Video storage mediaSD/SDHC/SDXC card (2 card slots)
TypeClass U3 cards recommended
Recording time (64GB Card, approx.)MP4: 150Mbps: 55 mins / 35Mbps: 220 mins
XF-AVC: 160 Mbps: 50 mins / 45 Mbps: 185 mins
Recording file systemFAT32/exFAT
Internal recording format (PAL)XF-AVC: 3840 x 2160 (160Mbps) / 1920 x1080 (45 Mbps)
MP4: 3840 x 2160 (150Mbps) / 1920 x 1080 (35/17 Mbps)
External recording output (PAL)SDI / 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 monitoringSDI / HDMI (50.00i)
Recording frame rate (PAL)MP4: 25.00P (UHD), 50.00P/25.00P (Full HD)
XF-AVC: 25.00P (UHD), 50.00P/50.00i/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 storagemedia SD Card
RecordingMP4: MPEG-2 AAC-LC (16-bit 2ch) / LPCM (16-bit 4ch)
XF-AVC: LPCM (24-bit 4ch)
Audio controlManual or Auto
Independent 2ch Line/Mic/Mic+48V input;
Independent level control per channel (-∞ to +18 dB);
Independent audio limiters (2 ch);
Input mic trimming
Reference tone1KHz, -12dB / -18dB / -20dB / Off
Microphone attenuationOn/Off (20dB)
Microphone level meterYes
TypeCapacitive LCD touch panel
Size3.0-inch (7.5 cm, approx. 460,000 dots)
Waveform MonitorNo
Focus AssistDual Pixel Focus Guide / Peaking / Magnify
PeakingSelectable Peaking Colour: Red / Blue / Yellow
Zebra70% or 100% reference level
Markers Grid (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
USBMin-B, Hi-Speed USB, PTP class supported
SDI outputXA55: 3G-SDI with BNC Connector
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 or ±2 in AUTO (±8 increments).
Exposure LockYes.
Auto Gain Control settingAuto / Manual
Auto Gain Control limitWide DR Mode selected: 9 - 38dB
(1 dB increments) Wide DR Mode Off: 0 -38 dB
(1 dB increments)
Control modesAuto, P, Tv, Manual
Shutter speed (PAL)1/6 - 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, Neutral, Wide DR, Monochrome
(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 / Focus Guide / BLC Always
On / Powered IS / Auto Acquire WB / WB Priority / IR
Light / Pre REC / Review Recording / PHOTO /
Monitor Channel / Menu / Off
Custom dialAv / Tv / 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/160Mbps)/25.00P:
XA55: Approx. 5W
Continuous Recording Time (approx.)UHD/(150Mbps/160Mbps)/25.00p:
XA55: 145 mins (BP-820) / 220 Mins (BP-828)
XA55: 135 mins (BP-820) / 210 Mins (BP-828)
DimensionsApprox. 109 x 91 x 214 mm (main body only)
Approx. 140 x 216 x 265 mm (Including hood, BP-820, mic holder, and handle unit)
Weight(camera only) XA55: Approx. 970g
Weight(fully equipped) XA55: Approx. 1445g (Including hood, BP-820, mic holder, handle unit and a memory card)
Operating temperature rangeApprox. 0 to 40 °C, 85 % (relative humidity)
Approx. -5 to 45 °C, 60 % (relative humidity)

What's In The Box

Canon XA55 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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