Canon New XA40 Compact Professional 4K Digital Camcorder

    Featuring 4K CMOS Sensor and high zoom video lens

    Combining Professional Quality, Shooting Mobility and Flexible Control

    For Easy Creation of Exceptional Videos


    HONG KONG, 15 April 2019 - Canon today introduces the new XA40 compact professional 4K digital camcorder that combines professional image quality and flexible operability in a compact and lightweight body. XA40 employs a 1/2.3-inch 4K CMOS Image Sensor to support 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) video shooting. The incorporation of Canon 29.3mm wide-angle 20x optical zoom 4K video lens, 3D Real-time lens structure and superior image stabilization system guarantee a wide shooting range with sharp and stable images. Built-in enhanced Infrared mode ensures easy nighttime shooting. Coupled with a detachable handle featuring 2 XLR inputs, the compact, highly portable XA40 offers the flexibility to use in versatile applications ranging from on-location news coverage, documentary filming, wedding to event shooting. It is also ideal teaching equipment for movie and multimedia institutes.


    Canon 20x Optical Zoom 4K Video Lens for Expanded Shooting Range

    XA40 incorporates Canon 29.3mm wide-angle 20x optical zoom 4K video lens – a lens created with superior optical technologies from EF lens series with optimal placement of lens elements to achieve wide-angle and powerful zoom performance while maintaining a compact and lightweight design. The lens provides focal range of 29.3mm[1] to 601mm (35mm format equivalent) for more versatile imaging expressions, allowing easy capture of breathtakingly wide open scenes or close-up shots of facial expressions. Offering a large aperture of f/1.8 - f/2.8, this lens can guarantee clear and sharp images even in low-light situations.


    To support the lens’ powerful zoom capability while ensuring image stabilization at the same time, the lens adopts 3D Real-time lens structure that features a single lens group to move freely and respond in real time for both zooming and vibration correction. This can ensure quick, silent and smooth zooming and produce sharp and stable images. Utilizing the superior EF lens technology, XA40 also features an 8-bladed circular aperture for more natural and smoother out-of-focus effect. Points of light from night city skylines can be turned into beautiful, circular blur for easy creation of cinematic bokeh effect.


    4K CMOS Image Sensor for Higher Quality Video Shooting

    ​​​​​​​XA40 features a 1/2.3-inch 4K CMOS Image Sensor. The high algorithm power of DIGIC DV 6 digital image processor brings exceptional 4K UHD videos. Coupled with the high pixel CMOS Image Sensor, highly detailed and sharp Full HD videos can be delivered by over sampling processing. 


    Support 4K UHD Video Recording for Ultimate Image Quality

    The new XA40 supports 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) 25P with up to 150Mbps recording bit rate for MP4 video. It also offers Full HD (1920 x 1080) 50P MP4 video recording. It retains the best possible image quality well suited for professional shooting of videos.


    5-axis Dynamic Image Stabilization System for All-Direction Image Stability

    XA40 is coupled with 5-axis Dynamic Image Stabilization System for effective correction of camcorder movements across 5 axes, including tilt movements along the horizontal, vertical and lateral axis, and up-down or left-right shift movements, high level of image stability is guaranteed in all situations. Furthermore, image distortion can be substantially reduced, ensuring exceptional video performance even shooting with a handheld camcorder while walking.


    3-inch LCD Touch Panel and 1.56 million-dot tiltable Viewfinder for Easy Control

    XA40 incorporates a 3-inch LCD touch panel which utilizes capacitive touch technology as found in smart phones, offering easy control by touching the screen to select focus point, perform auto-tracking, control exposure or adjust various functions settings, bringing dramatically simplified operation.


    When shooting in bright outdoor environment, the camcorder’s 0.24-inch 1.56 million-dot tiltable viewfinder can ensure easy checking of focus and image details for the optimal result. The viewfinder can be tilted up 45° to facilitate shooting in a confined space or from a low angle for improved operability. It also comes with a large-sized eyecup that fits snugly to the face to prevent outside light from entering to ensure viewing comfort.


    Detachable Handle with 2 XLR Inputs for Enhanced Shooting Flexibility and Professional Performance

    XA40 comes with a detachable handle to cater for different shooting needs. With the handle attached, XA40 is able to shoot from any challenging angle for clear and sharp images. Meanwhile, the camcorder remains compact in size when the handle is removed, providing greater operational flexibility and making it easier to carry the camcorder around in a bag for higher mobility.


    In addition, 2 sets of XLR input terminals and an external microphone holder are built on the handle for attaching different professional sound recording equipment to cater for different shooting venues and needs. XLR inputs support a range of audio types, including an external line input, microphone input and microphone input with phantom power. Both recording from an external microphone and audio line input can be synchronized together for more dramatic sound effects. Volumes for the 2 channel inputs can be adjusted independently for the optimal result. Also, combining the built-in stereo microphone supports 4 channels sound recording for more reliable sound recording performance.


    Infrared Mode with Enhanced Brightness Performance in Low-Light Environment

    XA40 features an improved Infrared mode that enables easy shooting even in ultra low-light environment and is especially useful for nighttime applications such as shooting of breaking news. Utilizing an infrared LED light offers a much wider radiation angle for even distribution throughout the entire image area, more natural looking video recording can be ensured. In addition to the default color of black and white, infrared shooting under green light is also available.


    Dual SD Card Slots for Simultaneous Recording and Relay Recording

    To offer higher recording capacity and provide more flexible recording options for various needs, XA40 features a built-in dual card slots using the popular and reliable SD / SDHC / SDXC memory cards as recording media. The dual card slots support two-way relay recording function which will automatically switch to the other memory card for continuous recording when one card is full. This flexibly expands the recording capacity and is ideal for long time outdoor shooting, allowing for more than 3.5 hours of 4K UHD video recording at 150Mbps recording bit rate with two 128GB SD cards. In addition, simultaneous recording is also supported. This allows easy and instant video backup by recording to both cards in identical format to meet the demands for various applications while contributing to an effective workflow.


    Fast/Slow Motion Recording for More Creative Visual Effects

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​XA40 features fast and slow motion recording functions. It supports up to 0.5x slow motion and 1200x fast motion recording, offering versatile imaging expressions for different stories. Stunning videos showcasing slow-motioned action scenes with added cinematic tension or interesting fast motion effect can be created with ease.


    ​​​​​​​Instant AF and Medium-Speed AF for Razor-Sharp Subjects

    XA40 features Face Detection function, which works together with the ultra-fast Instant AF System to ensure focus and exposure to be stabilized and aligned instantaneously by tracking the faces to improve the accuracy and speed of focusing. Exposure setting will also be adjusted automatically to correct back-lit, over- or under-exposed images, guaranteeing bright and sharp subjects at all times. In addition, XA40 also features Medium-Speed AF function which ensures smooth and natural focusing transition when changing the subjects.


    Canon’s new XA40 compact professional 4K digital camcorder is now available for sale in Hong Kong with suggested retail price of HK$13,300.


    The suggested retail prices of XA40 accessories are as follows:


    Suggested Retail Price

    BP-820 Battery Pack


    BP-828 Battery Pack


    CG-800 Battery Charger


    TL-H58 Tele-converter


    WA-H58 Wide Attachment


    58mm Protect Filter


    RC-V100 Remote Controller



    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​XA40 compact professional 4K digital camcorder

    • 4K UHD (3840x2160) / 25P MP4 format
    • HD (1920x1080) / 50P MP4 format
    • 1/2.3" 4K CMOS sensor
    • Canon 29.3mm wide angle 20x optical zoom 4K lens
    • 3D Real-time lens structure responds in real time for both zooming and image stabilization
    • 5-axis Dynamic Image Stabilization System
    • DIGIC DV 6 digital image processor enhances 4K arithmetic processing capacity
    • 3" LCD touch panel, able to choose focus point with a touch
    • 0.24" 1.56 million-dot tiltable CVF
    • Detachable Handle with 2 XLR Inputs for professional audio recording
    • Infrared shooting function for extreme low light condition
    • Dual SD Card Slots for simultaneous recording and relay recording







    Image Sensor

    Sensor Type

    1/2.3-inch 4K CMOS Sensor

    Effective pixels

    Approx. 8.29 megapixels


    Optical Zoom


    Digital Zoom


    F-number (W-T)


    Focal Length (35mm equivalent)

    Approx. 29.3 - 601 mm [without Dynamic IS]

    Approx. 30.6 - 612 mm [with Dynamic IS]

    Lens Configuration

    12 elements in 10 groups (double-sided aspheric elements)


    Auto / Manual

    Minimum Focusing Distance

    60 cm; 1 cm at full wide angle

    Focusing System

    MF/AF (Instant AF / Medium-speed AF)

    Filter Diameter


    Minimum Illumination

    0.3 lx ([Low Light] recording program, 1/2 shutter speed)

    4.2 lx ([Programmed AE] recording program, Auto slow shutter [On])

    Image Stabilizer

    Intelligent OIS (Optical-Shift Image Stabilizer/ 5-axis image stabilization in Dynamic Mode)


    Stereo electret condenser microphone

    White Balance

    Auto white balance, Custom white balance (2 settings), User-defined color temperature or Preset white balance settings: Daylight, Tungsten

    Shutter Speed

    Auto / Manual; 1/6 to 1/2000 sec.

    Recording System

    Recording Systems


    Video compression: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

    Audio compression: 
    MPEG-2 LPCM (4 ch) / MPEG-2 AAC-LC (2 ch)


    Image compression: JPEG

    DCF (Design rule for Camera File system), compatible with Exif(*1) Ver. 2.3

    Recording Mode

    3840 x 2160

    150Mbps - 25.00P

    1920 x 1080

    35Mbps - 50.00P / 25.00P
    17Mbps - 50.00P / 25.00P

    Recording Media

    SD, SDHC (SD High Capacity) or SDXC (SD eXtended Capacity) memory card (not included)

    Maximum Recording Time

    128 GB SD Card (not included)

    150Mbps – 110 mins

    35Mbps – 485 mins

    17Mbps – 995 mins

    ViewFinder and Monitor


    3-inch approx. 0.46 million dots; capacitive touch panel


    0.24-inch type approx. 1.56 million dots; Tilt operations enabled


    USB Terminal

    mini-B, USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed USB); output only

    HDMI OUT Terminal

    HDMI mini connector; output only

    XLR Terminal

    XLR jack, 2 sets (balanced)


    For microphone input: -60 dBu / 600 Ω

    For line input: 4 dBu / 10 kΩ

    Microphone attenuator: 20 dB

    MIC Terminal

    φ3.5 mm stereo minijack (unbalanced)


    For microphone input: -65 dBV / 1.5 kΩ or above

    Microphone attenuator: 20 dB

    Headphone Terminal

    φ3.5 mm stereo minijack

    Remote Terminal

    φ2.5mm stereo minijack (input only)

    Power / Others

    Power supply (rated)

    7.4 V DC (battery pack), 8.4 V DC (compact power adapter)

    Power consumption

    4.1 W (150mbps mode, AF on, LCD normal brightness)

    Battery Time

    Battery BP-820 (1780mAh)

    Battery BP-828 (2670mAh)

    150Mbps: 100mins
    35Mbps: 115mins

    150Mbps: 150mins
    35Mbps: 170mins


    Performance Temperature

    0 - 40°C


    [W x H x D]

    Approx. 109 x 84 x 182 mm (Body only)

    Approx. 131 x 180 x 231 mm (includes lens hood and handle unit)


    Approx. 730g (Body only)

    Approx. 1,120g (Includes lens hood, handle unit, BP-820, and SD card x1)

    * All data is based on Canon’s standard testing methods. Subject to change without notice.




    About Canon Hongkong Company Limited

    Canon Inc. (TSE:7751 / NYSE:CAJ) was founded in 1937 in Japan. Its predecessor, Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory, produced Japan's first 35 mm focal-plane-shutter camera “Kwanon” in 1934. Canon Inc. eventually expanded into the photocopying and printing industries, launching Japan's first plain-paper copier NP-1100 in 1970 and the world's first inkjet printer BJ-80 in 1985. Through the years, Canon Inc. has acquired in-depth experience in digital imaging product manufacturing, and research and development. It is a leader in the development of innovative products and holds the most technology patents in the imaging industry. Canon Inc. also makes a significant contribution to the promotion of photography. Today, Canon Inc. has a strong global presence and is one of the most important market players in the imaging, office and industrial product categories. As of 31 December 2018, Canon's global revenue was US$35.6 billion.


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    [1] When Dynamic Mode is off