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Canon XA55

Professional 4K Ultra HD camcorder

Item # 280XA55

This 4K camera is compact, but full of pro-level video features — a great choice for electronic news gathering.

This 4K camera is compact, but full of pro-level video features — a great choice for electronic news gathering.

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About the Canon XA55

A portable, professional 4K camera

Looking for a compact camcorder that delivers professional image quality? Canon's powerful XA55 features a 1-inch image sensor that supports full 4K Ultra HD video recording, offers a 15X optical zoom lens with five-axis image stabilization, and includes some useful accessories that every hard-working cameraperson needs. And you don't have to stop recording to swap out memory cards — dual slots let you keep recording when the first card is full.

A portable, professional 4K camera

Looking for a compact camcorder that delivers professional image quality? Canon's powerful XA55 features a 1-inch image sensor that supports full 4K Ultra HD video recording, offers a 15X optical zoom lens with five-axis image stabilization, and includes some useful accessories that every hard-working cameraperson needs. And you don't have to stop recording to swap out memory cards — dual slots let you keep recording when the first card is full.

Canon XA55 Camcorder

Detailed and natural imaging

The XA55's Wide Dynamic Range Gamma of 800% produces nearly seamless tone gradations for accurate color without overexposing the high-brightness areas. And if you want to be able to shoot at wider apertures without blowing out the shot, you'll appreciate the built-in circular neutral density filter. You can choose from three densities: 1/4, 1/16, or 1/64. It can also be turned off.

The XA55 also has an excellent signal-to-noise ratio which means it can capture more vivid and detailed low-light images. Shooting at night isn't a problem either, thanks to Infrared Mode, which produces evenly illuminated images in little to no ambient light. Plus, the camera's detachable handle includes an infrared emitter so you can record even in total darkness. 

Creative control

The XA55's dual card slots also enable you to record your videos at two different bit rates simultaneously — create smooth, high-bit-rate versions and convenient web-ready files you can share in a hurry. And with Interval Recording, you can record time-lapse videos ranging from .4x slow-motion to 1200x fast-motion.

Is there one feature or mode you use a lot? Five assignable buttons let you tailor the XA55 to your preferences.

Convenient connections

The body of the XA55 has a mini HDMI connector, a mini USB output, and a 3.5mm minijack output that lets you monitor your recordings with a pair of headphones.

The included handle accessory offers dual XLR inputs and individual volume controls for connecting pro-quality microphones. An included microphone holder helps you capture clear sound, even when you don't have a hand free.

This camera has all the same features as the XA50, but it adds a 3G-SDI terminal that lets you transmit uncompressed 1920 x 1080 video with 4:2:2 color sampling and 10-bit color depth, as well as embedded audio and time code. This is perfect for electronic news gathering applications.

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Product highlights:

  • 1-inch 8.29-megapixel CMOS Pro image sensor for vivid, accurate imaging
  • 4K Ultra HD video recording (3840 x 2160)
  • frame rates:
    • 4K UHD: 30 fps, 24 fps
    • 1080p: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps
    • 720p: 60fps
  • wide-angle 15X optical zoom lens
  • 35mm equivalent focal range of 25.5-382.5mm
  • Dual Pixel AF and Contrast AF
  • 3" LCD touchscreen (460,000 dots)
  • 0.24" tiltable LCD viewfinder (1.56 million dots)
  • compression: MPEG-4
  • file format: MP4 or XF-AVC
  • five-axis optical and electronic image stabilization
  • DIGIC DV 6 image processor is fast and powerful
  • built-in stereo microphone
  • dual SD memory card slots enable double-slot and relay recording
    • double-slot recording lets you instantly back up your videos
    • relay recording automatically continues recording on second card when first card is full
    • simultaneous dual recording can capture MP4 format at different bit rates
    • cards not included; sold separately
  • Interval Recording (.4x-1200x) creates fast- or slow-motion time-lapse video
  • infrared mode produces video images that are evenly illuminated in little to no ambient light
    • detachable handle has an infrared emitter for improved imaging even in complete darkness
  • Wide Dynamic Range Gamma of 800% helps prevent overexposure
  • five assignable buttons for custom shooting
  • seesaw-style zoom lever
  • manual focus/zoom ring
  • aperture: f/2.8 - f/4.5
  • internal circular neutral density filter with four options: off, ND 1/4, ND 1/16, ND 1/64
  • nine-blade circular aperture for smoothly defocused backgrounds
Connections and general info:
  • BNC output
    • pro-quality 3G-SDI terminal can transmit uncompressed 1920 x 1080 video with 4:2:2 color sampling and 10-bit color depth
    • audio and timecode can be embedded
  • 3.5mm microphone input
  • 3.5mm headphone jack for audio monitoring
  • 3.5mm composite video output
  • HDMI 2.0 terminal
    • supports 4K UHD 60p video output, which can be connected to a standard external SSD/HDD recorder, enabling conversion to ProRes and DNx formats for efficient editing and storage
  • high-speed mini-USB port
  • 2.5mm mini jack terminal for attaching Canon's optional RC-V100 remote controller (input only)
  • CA-570 power adapter, BP-820 lithium-ion battery pack, lens hood with lens barrier, and WL-D89 wireless controller included
  • included removable handle unit features:
    • dual XLR balanced audio inputs with separate volume controls
    • accessory shoe (cold) and external microphone holder
    • zoom control and record start/stop button
    • infrared light and tally lamp
  • 5-1/2"W x 8-1/2"H x 10-7/16"D (with lens hood, mic holder and handle)
  • weight: 3 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year parts and labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 3668C002
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