Canon New XA55 & XA50 Compact Professional 4K Digital Camcorders

    Combining 4K Superb Image Quality, Compact and Flexible Control

    For Easy Creation of Exceptional Videos

     

    HONG KONG, 12 June 2019 — Canon today introduces the new XA55 & XA50 compact professional 4K digital camcorders that combine professional 4K image quality and flexible operability in a compact and lightweight body. XA55 & XA50 employ a 1-inch 4K UHD CMOS Image Sensor for exceptional high sensitivity and low noise performance. The camcorders are capable of recording 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) video at 25P, as well as 50P in Full HD (1920 x 1080). A 15x optical zoom lens incorporate with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF to facilitate fast and accurate autofocus. The camcorders include two XLR terminals with independent audio level control. XA55 also includes a 3G-SDI output that supports camcorder integration into professional workflows. The compact and highly portable XA55 & XA50 offer the flexibility to use in versatile applications ranging from on-location news coverage, wedding to event shooting and documentary filming.

     

    Support 4K UHD recording for superb image quality

    The new XA55 and XA50 support 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) 25P recording in MP4 and XF-AVC format with up to 160Mbps recording bit rate. It retains the best possible image quality well suited for professional shooting of online videos and corporate videos and suitable for long-duration recording by using SD cards. The camcorders also support Full HD (1920 x 1080) recording at 50P to enable an additional shooting option.

     

    New 1-inch 4K UHD Image Sensor for Higher Sensitivity and Lower Noise Level

    XA55 and XA50 feature a 1-inch 4K UHD CMOS Image Sensor with 8.29-million effective pixels for 4K recording. The enhanced sensitivity and the high algorithm power of DIGIC DV 6 digital image processor, signal-to-noise ratio is improved when compared with its predecessor. Even when shooting with minimum brightness, the camcorders can still deliver highly detailed, sharp and smooth nighttime videos with exceptionally low level of noise. The larger sensor also exhibits a shallower depth of field at large apertures, providing greater depth of field control and creative options.

     

    Built-in Dual Pixel CMOS AF and advanced focusing functions for enhanced focusing performance

    XA55 & XA50 feature a built-in Dual Pixel CMOS AF which makes use of a CMOS sensor with a new structure to perform the functions of both imaging and phase-difference detection autofocus ensuring sharp images even for 4K shooting which demands extreme focusing accuracy. Users can also choose the subject for focusing with tap of the touch screen and an expanded focusing area which covers 80% of image on screen can be selected, it helps to make focusing intuitive. The camcorders also support Face Detection AF function to ensure sharp capture of moving subject.

     

    XA55 & XA50 also feature the upgraded built-in Dual Pixel Focus Guide to bring a more powerful manual focus function. The screen mark can directly indicate the front focus and back focus and allow accurate manual focus to be achieved.

     

    Canon 15x Optical Zoom 4K UHD Video Lens for Expanded Shooting Range

    Both camcorders incorporate Canon 25.5mm wide-angle 15x optical zoom 4K UHD 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 25.5mm to 382.5mm[1] (35mm format equivalent) for more versatile imaging expressions, allowing easy capture of breathtakingly wide open scenes or close-up shots of facial expressions. The optional 0.8x wide converter WA-U58 and 1.5x tele converter TL-U58 accessories expand the creative capabilities of the camcorders.

     

    The inclusion of Super UD (Hi Index Ultra Low Dispersion) lens, the same as found in Canon’s top-of-the-line models, reduces chromatic aberration throughout the zoom range for high resolution and low chromatic aberration images. Utilizing the superior EF lens technology, the camcorders also feature a 9-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. The lens of XA55 & XA50 also features 3 built-in ND filters (1/4, 1/16, 1/64) for selection.

     

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

    XA55 & XA50 are equipped 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.

     

    DIGIC DV 6 digital image processors for enhanced 4K arithmetic processing capacity

    XA55 & XA50 incorporate DIGIC DV 6 digital image processor with enhanced 4K arithmetic processing capacity, capable of depicting fine details faithfully to realize sharp and true-to-life 4K videos in rich gradation. The ultra-fast algorithm power is instrumental in bringing the best out of the camcorder’s functionalities, such as the high 160Mbps recording bit rate and up to 800% wide dynamic range of Wide DR Gamma, for higher levels of image quality and performance to boost the expressive power of 4K videos.

     

    DIGIC DV 6 with drastic improvement in noise reduction realizes a wider ISO range and higher sensitivity shooting. Even in dark environment where it is hard for the human eye to verify the subject, bright, low-noise and detailed shots can be taken by using only the faint ambient light, allowing for greater flexibility for night-time shooting and creation of delicate cinematic mood with dim lighting. DIGIC DV 6 is low in power consumption, enabling the camcorders to capture longer videos.

     

    Wide DR Gamma that Enhances Dynamic Range by 800%

    Furthermore, drawing from technologies employed in Cinema EOS System, the camcorders feature the Wide DR Gamma setting that expands the dynamic range to 800%. It facilitates shooting in scenes with large lighting contrast, minimizing the occurrence of under- and over-exposed areas to maintain seamless and rich gradations from highlights to shadows. Without the need for post-production, the setting helps achieve better dynamic range right from the camcorder and preserve original colors.

     

    Dual SD card slots for diverse recording options

    XA55 & XA50 are equipped with double SD card slots, support 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) 25P and Full HD (1920 x 1080) 50P recording. The double SD card slots support simultaneous video recording for easy instant video backup. It also supports relay recording - a function which automatically switches to the other SD card for continuous recording when one card is full. This flexibility expands the recording capacity.

     

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

    The new camcorders incorporate 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

    XA55 & XA50 come with a detachable handle to cater for different shooting needs. With the handle attached, the camcorders are able to shoot from any challenging angle for clear and sharp images. Meanwhile, the camcorders remain 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. Dual channel recording to serve as a backup is also supported for more reliable sound recording performance.

     

    Industry-Standard Input/ Output Connectivity – Fully Compatible with Broadcast Equipment

    Apart from its high shooting specification, XA55 & XA50 also feature HDMI 2.0 output terminal. XA55 further provides the 3G-SDI (embedded audio and time code) output. It can transmit directly the YCC 422 10-bit 1920 x 1080/ 50P video to post-production tools used in broadcasting industry for further editing in great convenience. 

     

    Infrared Mode with Enhanced Brightness Performance in Low-Light Environment

    Featuring an improved Infrared mode, the camcorders enable 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.

     

    Canon’s new XA55 & XA50 compact professional 4K digital camcorders are now available for sale in Hong Kong with suggested retail price of HK$19,700 & HK$17,100 respectively.

     

    The suggested retail prices of XA55 & XA50 accessories are as follows:

    Item

    Suggested Retail Price

    58mm Protect Filter

    HK$200

    WA-U58 Wide-attachment

    HK$3,900

    TL-U58 Tele-converter

    HK$3,900

    BP-820 Battery Pack

    HK$880

    BP-828 Battery Pack

    HK$1,200

    CG-800E Battery Charger

    HK$600

    RC-V100 Remote Controller

    HK$19,900

    XA55 / XA50 compact professional 4K digital camcorder

    • 4K UHD (3840x2160) / 25P XF-AVC or MP4 format at maximum 160Mbps recording bit rate
    • HD (1920x1080) / 50P XF-AVC or MP4 format
    • 1" 8.29-megapixel CMOS sensor provides low noise and high sensitivity
    • Built-in Dual Pixel CMOS AF supports continuous AF function, able to select focus area within 80% of image on screen
    • Canon 25.5mm wide angle 15x optical zoom 4K lens with Super UD lens to ensure low chromatic aberration
    • Built-in 3-density (1/4, 1/16, 1/64) ND filter
    • 5-axis Dynamic Image Stabilization System
    • Wide DR Gamma achieves a wide dynamic range of 800%
    • 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
    • 3G-SDI output terminal (Applicable to XA55 only)

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    Specification

    System

    Image Sensor

    Sensor Type

    1-inch CMOS Sensor

    Resolution

    Effective Pixels: Approx. 8.29 megapixels (3840 x 2160)

    Lens

    Optical Zoom

    15x

    F-number (W-T)

    F2.8-4.5

    Focal Length (35mm equivalent)

    Approx. 25.5382.5 mm

     

    Lens Configuration

    18 elements in 14 groups (2 aspheric elements)

    Aperture

    Auto / Manual

    Minimum Focusing Distance

    60 cm; 1 cm at full wide angle

    Focusing System

    MF/AF (AF / Face Detection / Touch Focus)

    AF mode: Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Contrast AF

    Filter Diameter

    58mm

    Minimum Illumination

    0.1 lx (Low Light mode, shutter speed 1/2 sec)

    1.4 lx (Programmed AE mode, Auto slow shutter On)

    Image Stabilizer

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

    Microphone

    Stereo electret condenser microphone

    White Balance

    Auto white balance, Custom white balance (2 settings), User-defined color temperature (2000-15000K) or Preset white balance settings (Daylight, Tungsten)

    Shutter Speed

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

    Recording System

    Recording System

    Movies

    MP4 / XF-AVC

    Video compression: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

    Audio compression: 
    MPEG
    4 AAC-LC (2 ch) / LPCM (4ch), 16-bit, 48kHz

    Photos

    Image compression: JPEG

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

    Recording Mode

    MP4

    150Mbps: 3840 x 2160 (25P)

    35Mbps: 1920 x 1080 (50P/ 25P)

    17Mbps: 1920 x 1080 (50P/ 25P)

    XF-AVC

    160Mbps: 3840 x 2160 (25P)

    45Mbps: 1920 x 1080 (50P / 50i / 25P)

    Recording Media

    SD, SDHC or SDXC memory card (not included), dual SD card slots

    Maximum Recording Time

    32 GB SD Card (not included)

    MP4

    150Mbps: 25 mins

    35Mbps: 115 mins

    17Mbps: 245 mins

    XF-AVC

    160Mbps: 25 mins

    45Mbps: 90 mins

    ViewFinder and Monitor

    LCD

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

    Viewfinder

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

    Terminals

    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, support Phantom Power +48V

    Sensitivity

    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)

    Sensitivity

    For microphone input: -65 dBV / 1.5 kΩ

    Microphone attenuator: 20 dB

    Headphone Terminal

    φ3.5 mm stereo minijack

    Remote Terminal

    φ2.5mm stereo minijack (input only)

    3G-SDI (XA55 only)

    BNC, output only

    Power / Others

    Power supply (rated)

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

    Power consumption

    XA55

    5.0 W (3840 x 2160, 150Mbps mode, AF on, LCD normal brightness)

    XA50

    4.8 W (3840 x 2160, 150Mbps mode, AF on, LCD normal brightness)

    Temperature

    Performance Temperature

    0 - 40°C

    Dimensions

    [W x H x D]

    Approx. 109 x 91 x 214 mm (excluding lens hood and handle unit)

    Approx. 140 x 216 x 265 mm (includes lens hood and handle unit)

    Weight

    XA55

    Approx. 970g (Body only)

    Approx. 1445g (Includes lens hood, microphone holder unit, handle unit, BP-820, and SD card x1)

    XA50

    Approx. 960g (Body only)

    Approx. 1435g (Includes lens hood, microphone holder unit, handle unit, BP-820, and SD card x1)

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

             

     


    [1] When Dynamic Mode is off

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