Combining a compact form factor, professional video features, and an HD-SDI output, the Canon XA35 is well-suited for "run-and-gun" ENG productions, event coverage, corporate videos, and other applications that require a compact, broadcast-quality camera. It is equipped with a 20x Canon optical zoom lens with a versatile 35mm equivalent range of 26.8 to 576mm, and features a 1/2.84", HD CMOS Pro sensor with enhanced sensitivity for improved low-light performance over the previous model. To fit into your workflow, the camcorders captures up to 1920x1080 video at 23.98p, 29.97p, 59.94p, and 59.94i frame rates, while also offering Slow and Fast Motion recording modes, as well as an interval recording option to capture fast motion of up to 1200x the original speed.
In addition to the standard gamma recording mode, the XA35 offers Wide DR and Highlight Priority Gamma modes. Wide DR compresses high brightness areas to achieve a wider dynamic range of 600%. This not only helps suppress overexposure, but also produces smooth gradations in highlights and shadows, all while maintaining a finalised look that eliminates the need for post-production processing. The Highlight Priority Mode gives an HDR-like quality to your video by reducing the amount of highlight and mid-tone compression on the gamma curve, which helps to maintain highlight exposure. The mode also enhances brightness and saturation for more faithful color reproduction. A View Assist Mode is available to support this mode, enabling you to more accurately monitor what the final images will look like.
The XA35 features both a 3.5" OLED Touch Panel view screen with a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, and a color electronic viewfinder with 1,560,000 dots of resolution. The camera features full manual control and auto modes for exposure, focus, white balance, gain, and shutter speed. The camera provides professional features such as a pre-record buffer, peaking, zebra bars, color bars, and reference tone. The zoom speed is adjustable with variable, constant (with 16 different speed levels), fast, normal and slow settings. The camera features a detachable top handle with zoom toggle, record start/stop, IR emitter, tally light, accessory shoe, external mic holder and two XLR connectors with phantom power and manual audio level controls. The XA35 includes a built-in headphone jack and a mini-HDMI connector, and outputs composite video and audio via a 3.5mm four pole mini jack. For connecting with professional video equipment, the XA35 also features a SD/HD-SDI output for direct connection to news truck, an SDI switcher, or other professional video equipment. It also enables external recording of uncompressed video signals.
Two built-in SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slots allow you to record video to available media cards in both slots at the same time. This allows you to create an instant back up copy for archiving and data protection or you can capture high resolution AVCHD or MP4 video files on one card while creating a lower data rate MP4 more suitable for the web on the other card. When using two media cards and the camera is in Relay mode, there is no need to stop shooting to swap out a full media card. When one card becomes full, recording seamlessly switches to the other card. Built-in dual-band Wi-Fi allows you FTP video files directly from the camera, or playback footage from the memory cards to Wi-Fi enabled TVs and Computers. You can also remotely control select camera functions from a smart phone or tablet over Wi-Fi, freeing you from remote cables.
HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor
The XA35 features a new 1/2.84-inch HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor that captures approximately 2136x1362 pixels. It features a +3dB improvement in signal-to-noise ratio compared to the previous model, allowing it to camera clearer and sharper images in low light conditions.
20x Canon Optical Zoom Lens
The Canon 20x HD Zoom Lens provides a zoom range with a 35mm equivalent of 26.8 to 576mm, and a minimum object distance of just 23.6". The lens features an eight blade iris design providing a more natural look, out of focus areas are smoother and more appealing. The lens features an endless-type manual focus/zoom ring and the built-in power zoom control includes user-programmable direction and sensitivity modes. Zoom speed can be set to variable, constant (with 16 levels), with fast, normal, or slow speeds.
1920x1080 Video Recording
The XA35 offers multiple recording modes, resolutions, and frames rates, giving you the ability to adapt to a variety of workflows and applications. It can record in Full HD 1920x1080 resolution up to 59.94p in both AVCHD and MP4 recording codecs, at multiple bit rates, and even simultaneously to dual SD cards. For documentary and independent film work, 23.98p frame rates are available.
Slow and Fast Motion and Interval Recording
Slow and Fast Motion Modes allow the XA35 to record a different frame rate than the playback frame rate in MP4 recording modes, for a fast or slow motion effect during playback. Additionally, an interval recording option allows you to record frames at specified intervals, providing time-lapse recording from 2x to 1200x of the original speed.
An HD/SD-SDI output terminal allows the XA35 to connect directly to professional video equipment, such as a news truck for broadcast streaming, an SDI switcher, or external recorder. The HD/SD-SDI output provides an uncompressed signal at 1920x1080 resolution with 4:2:2 color sampling, embedded audio, and time code.
Dual-band Wi-Fi (5 GHz and 2.4 GHz) support is built into the camera, allowing FTP file transfer of MP4 video to Cloud-based servers for convenient backups or situations where a relay station, such as a news truck, is unavailable. It is also possible to connect to compatible networks, wireless hotspots, and compatible iOS mobile devices using the free Canon Movie Uploader app, or play back video on the camcorder's memory cards to Wi-Fi enabled TVs and computers. Wi-Fi also allows remote control of key camcorder controls, such as recording start/stop, zoom, aperture, shutter speed, gain, white balance, and focus via your mobile device.
Wide DR Gamma (600%)
Wide DR Gamma, an option found on Canon's professional CINEMA EOS cameras, compresses high brightness areas to achieve a wider dynamic range of 600%. By suppressing overexposure in high brightness areas of the composition, this mode helps achieve a wide dynamic range of 600% to produce seamless tone gradations, resulting in smooth detail, accurate color, and helps suppress overexposure and blown-out highlights.
Highlight Priority Mode
The Highlight Priority Mode is a gamma setting that gives an HDR-like quality to your video. By reducing the mid- to high-brightness compression of the standard gamma mode, the Highlight Priority mode helps to prevent loss of detail in high brightness areas. Designed for display on a bright LCD TV, videos captured in Highlight Priority mode should be shown at a high brightness setting to help ensure accurate portrayal of the effect.
Video Assist Function
To support the Highlight Priority Mode, the camcorder has a View Assist function that increases brightness and medium tone gamma in the camera's viewfinder or OLED panel. This allows images to be displayed with the brightness and gradation with which they are being recorded or reviewed, helping to ensure the subjects look natural and realistic.
3.5" OLED Touch Panel View Screen and 0.24" EVF
The 3.5-inch, 1,230,000-dot equivalent OLED display provides vivid color and a 10,000:1 contrast ratio. The screen has a viewing angle of over 80 degrees in all directions, which allows you to see a usable image even when viewing at extreme angles. The Color EVF is a 0.24 inch with 1,560,000 dots of resolution, and tilts up to 45° to accommodate different shooting positions. A joystick located to the right of the viewfinder, where the thumb rests, enables control of camera settings without having to use touch panel controls.
The XA35 offers optical image stabilisation (IS) useful for reducing image blur in a wide variety of shooting situations. Additional IS modes can be manually selected to enhance the optical image stabilisation, or you can select Intelligent IS and allow the camera to identify the appropriate stabilisation mode for the situation.
Image Sensor Size1/2.84" CMOS Sensor
Color Filter SystemRGB primary color filter
Total PixelsApprox. 3.09 Megapixels (2208 x 1398)
Effective PixelsApprox. 2.91 Megapixels (2136 x 1362)
Minimum IlluminationAuto Mode: Approx. 1.2 lux (shutter speed 1/30 sec. and with auto slow shutter on)
Focusing SystemHybrid AF (TTL-video signal detection system and external phase difference metering system): Instant AF, Medium AF, Normal AF (TTL-video signal selection system), Face Only AF, Manual Focus
Exposure ModesAuto Mode: Auto
Manual Mode: P, Tv, Av, M (Manual exposure), SCN (Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Night, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks)
Cinema Mode: P, Tv, Av, M
Shutter Speed1/2000 sec. (maximum)
Image StabilizationOptical system (lens shift) and electronic stabilization
White BalanceAuto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H
Supported Video Formats / CodecsAVCHD, MPEG4
Resolutions and Frame RatesAVCHD
1920 x 1080 / 59.94p (28, 17 Mbps)
1920 x 1080 / 59.94i, 29.97psf, 23.98p (24, 17 Mbps)
1440 x 1080 / 59.94i, 29.97psf, 23.98p (5 Mbps)
1920 x 1080 / 59.94p (35 Mbps)
1920 x 1080 / 29.97p, 23.98p (24, 17 Mbps)
1280 x 720 / 29.97p, 23.98p (4 Mbps)
640 x 360 / 29.97p, 23.98p (3 Mbps)
Slow and Fast Motion Recording1x to 2.5x (59.94p, 35 Mbps playback; 17.5 max. recording bit rate)
0.5x to 1200x (29.97p, 24/17 Mbps playback; 48 Mbps max. recording bit rate)
0.4x to 1x (23.98p, 24/17 Mbps playback; 60 Mbps max. recording bit rate)
Maximum Recording TimeWith 64 GB card:
35 Mbps: 30 min.
28 Mbps: 35 min.
24 Mbps: 40 min.
17 Mbps: 1 hr.
5 Mbps: 3 hr.
4 Mbps: 4 hr. 20 min.
3 Mbps: 5 hr. 40 min.
Viewfinder0.24-inch, TFT color LCD (Approx. 1.56 million dots)
Touchscreen3.5-inch OLED, capacitive touch panel (Approx. 1.23 million dots)
Media Card Slots2 x SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB TerminalUSB 2.0 (Mini-B), output only
SDI OutputHD/SD-SDI (4:2:2 color sampling) (Genlock function not available)
A/V Output3.5 mm 4-pole mini-jack (video/audio output only)
Headphone Output3.5 mm stereo mini-jack
Remote Control Input2.5 mm stereo mini-jack
Accessory ShoeCold shoe
Operating TemperatureOperation: Approx. 23 to 113°F / -5 to 45°C, 60% relative humidity (operation)
Performance: Approx. 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C, 85% relative humidity (performance)
Dimensions4.3 x 3.3 x 7.2" / 10.9 x 8.4 x 18.2 cm (not including lens hood, grip belt, microphone holder and handle unit)
WeightApprox. 1.7 lb / 0.77 kg (includes grip belt)