Canon XA15/XA11

Canon XA15/XA11

A compact, professional Full HD camcorder with a powerful 20x optical zoom and wide dynamic range


Canon XA15/XA11

A compact, professional Full HD camcorder with high optical performance

This compact, lightweight camcorder is small enough to stow away yet agile and powerful to record news events with versatility thanks to a high quality HD CMOS Pro sensor, a superb 20x optical zoom with high zoom ratio and professional interfaces for connectivity into existing workflows.

Technical Specifications

Image Sensor
1/2.84 inch type HD CMOS Pro

RGB Primary Colour filter (Bayer array)

Total Pixels
3.09 megapixels (2208 x 1398)

Effective pixels per sensor
2.91 megapixels (2136 x 1362)

Minimum illumination
Low Light Mode Approx. 0.1 Lx.
Auto Mode (Auto Slow Shutter selected Approx. 1.0Lx

Horizontal Resolution
900 TV lines (External via SDI, XA15)

Zoom ratio
20 x Optical

Focal length
3.67 – 73.4mm (35mm equivalent: 28.8 – 576mm) 1

Minimum focus distance
60cm (throughout zoom range);
10mm ( Wide MACRO setting)

ND filter
Built-in gradation ND filter

Zoom control
Zoom rockers on body and handle;
Selectable manual zoom/focus ring on lens;
Selectable High Speed and Soft Zoom modes available.

Zoom Speed
Zoom Rocker:
Variable speed/Fixed speed (Fast/Normal/Slow, 16 speed level settings available in each mode);
Grip zoom:
Fixed speed (Fast/Normal/Slow, 16 speed level settings available in each mode)
Zoom Ring: As operation speed

Focus control
Manual control via focus ring, automatic (Instant AF, Medium AF, TV AF, Face Detection AF, Face Only AF), Push AF

Iris control
Ring control; Full Auto

Aperture range
f1.8 – f16

Filter diameter

Lens elements/groups

Aperture blades
8 Blade Circular Aperture

Image stabilization system
Dynamic IS and Powered IS, 5 Axis image stabilisation

Digital zoom/Teleconverter
2 x Tele Converter, x400 Digital Zoom

Image Processor

Sampling accuracy
4:2:0 AVCHD/MP4

Bit depth
8 bit

Exposure Control
Exposure metering
Centre-weighted average metering: In the P, Av, Tv, Cinema, Portrait, Sports,
Low Light and IR modes
Segment evaluative metering: Snow, Beach, Sunset, Spotlight, Night modes
No metering: Fireworks; Fixed exposure [1/60 sec. (PAL: 1/50 sec.)],
M (manual exposure);

Exposure control
AUTO mode: Smart 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

Exposure Compensation
± 12 steps, Displayed as EV value; 0 EV – ±3.0 EV

Auto Exposure mode
Full Auto

Push Auto Iris

Gain Control setting
Full Auto/AGC Limit/Manual

Auto Gain Control limit
In manual exposure (P, Av, and Tv modes): 0-24 dB (in 1 dB increments),
In the Cinema mode: 0-18 dB (in 1 dB increments),
In the Wide DR mode: 6-24 dB (in 1 dB increments)

Gain setting
During M (manual) shooting: The gain can be set in 1 dB steps from 0 dB to 24 dB.
In the cinema mode: The gain can be set in 1 dB steps from 0 dB to 18 dB.
When Image Effects is set to “Look” and Wide DR is set, the lowest sensitivity is 6 dB

Control Modes
Full Auto / Manual control (Auto; Speed; Angle; Clear Scan (CS); Slow Shutter (SLS); IR Slow Shutter)

Shutter speed
1/6 to 1/2000 depending on frame rate and operating mode

Clear Scan

Infrared shooting mode
YES (green or white)

Built-in IR lamp
YES, in handle unit

Stored Configurations
Cinema standard, Vivid, Dream, Cool, Sepia, Old Movies, Memory
Wide DR, Highlight Priority

Storage Medium
SD/SDHC memory card

Colour Bars
YES (SMPTE or EBU), with 1KHz Tone (Tone via Audio Menu)

Video storage media
SD Card x 2
Dual Format recording, Double slot (simultaneous) recording and Relay (continuous) recording possible.

SD card Class 4 or higher, Class 6 & 10 recommended for 35Mbps MP4 recording

Recording time
128GB SD Card:MP4: up to 8 Hours (50P @35Mbps)
AVCHD up to 10 hours 10 Minutes (5p @28Mbps)

Recording file format

Recording format
AVCHD: 28/24/17/5Mbps
MP4: 35/24/17/9/3 Mbps;
All modes variable bit rate, 4:2:0 colour sampling

Recording frame rate (PAL model)
28Mbps 50.00P,1920 x 1080, 24/17Mbps 1920 x 1080 50.00i/PF25
5Mbps 1440 x 1080 50i/PF25
35Mbps 1920 x 1080: 50P
24/17Mbps 1920 x 1080:25P
8/4 Mbps 1280 x 720: 25P
3Mbps 640 x 360: 25P

Slow/Fast motion
YES (MP4 recording Only)
50.00P (35 Mbps) x2 17.5 Mbps
25.00P (24 Mbps or 17 Mbps) x0.5, x2, x4, x10, x20, x60, x120, x1200

Interval Record

Frame Record
YES. 2, 6 or 12 frames

Pre Record (cache record)
YES (3 seconds)

Scan Reverse
YES. Vertical/horizontal/both

16-bit 4ch or 2ch (48 kHz) linear PCM

Audio limiter, Auto/manual settings via control dials on handle

Microphone attenuation

Microphone level meter

Photo storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card

Still quality
During video recording: 1920 x 1080 in 1920 x 1080 or 1440 x 1080 mode,
1280 x 720; 1280 x 720 mode
During playback: 1920×1080

White Balance
New white sampling system FAWB. Settings include auto, set 1, set 2, colour temperature
setting and pre-set.

Six presets: [Daylight: approx. 5,400K], [Shade: approx. 8,000 – 8,500K],
[Cloudy: approx. 6,500K], [Tungsten (incandescent or halogen bulb): approx. 3,100K],
[Fluorescent H (3-wavelength fluorescent): approx. 7,000K],
[Fluorescent (white fluorescent): 5,000K]

Colour temperature
The colour temperature (Kelvin) setting ranges from 2,000K to 15,000K (in 100K steps).
WB cannot be selected in the SCN or AUTO mode. Auto adjustment range: 2,800K – 8,000K

Time code
Count up system
Regen, RecRun, Free Run, External, Hold

Start value setting
“00:00:00:00”, Set/Reset selectable

Capacitive Touch Panel

3.0-inch (7.5 cm)

Approx. 460,000 dots

Image quality adjustments


Wave Form Monitor

Focus Assist
Peaking; Magnifying; Edge Monitor (using waveform display)

Yes. Colour selectable

Yes. 70% or 100%

On/Off ; Level (White/Grey), and Grid (White/Grey)

Electronic View Finder (EVF)
0.24-inch (0.61 cm),

approx. 1.56 million dots,

Vertical tilt, up to 45°

Field of View Coverage

Correction lens
+ 2.0 to -5 dioptre

Audio in
x2 XLR Input on Handle Unit. Line, Mic or 48V Phantom Power), 3.5mm microphone input jack

Headphone output
3.5mm stereo jack


YES (Mini-B, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, output only)

HD/SD-SDI output
YES, BNC, output only, Video, embedded audio and time code. (XA15 Only)


AV terminal
3.5mm mini jack (output only for video and audio)

DC input

Remote Control Terminal

Other Features
Tally lamp
YES in Handle Unit

Accessory shoe
YES (cold shoe)

Custom Button Assignment
YES 5 Assignable Buttons. Select from: Powered IS / BLC Always On / Face Only AF / Video Snapshot / WB Priority / Pre Rec / IR Light / Audio Output CH / [AF/MF] /Rec Review / Rec.Programs / BLC Always On / White balance / AGC Limit / Focus / Exposure / Audio Scene / Mic level / Zoom / Image Stabilizer / Image Effects / [Off]

Custom Dial
Yes. Tv/Av/Manual exposure/AGC Limit/Exposure/Off

Wireless LAN standards

Supported Wi-Fi Functions

Supported Browser for Remote Operation

Remote Operation Control Features

Live view image Resolution

Authentication Systems


GPS Information (Optional Accessory)
Real-time display of Latitude, Longitude, Elevation, UTC and Satellite Reception

Lens hood with barrier, Mic holder unit (w/ screw), Handle unit (HDU-1), Compact power adapter (CA-570), AC cord , Battery Pack BP-820

Canon Battery Pack BP-820 (supplied)/BP-828,Canon Compact Power Adapter CA-570 (supplied with XA15/XA11)
Canon Battery Charger CG-800E, Canon High speed HDMI cable HTC-100, Canon High speed HDMI cable HTC-100/ High speed HDMI cable HTC-100/S, Canon Stereo Video Cable STV-250N,Canon Interface Cable IFC-300PCU/S / IFC-400PCU, Canon Tele Converter TL-H58, Canon Wide Attachment WA-H58,
Canon Soft Carrying Case SC-1000, SC-2000, Canon Wrist Strap WS-20, Canon Shoulder Strap SS-600/650, Canon PROTECT Filter 58 mm, Canon ND4-L Filter 58 mm, Canon ND8-L Filter 58 mm, Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2
Canon Battery Video Light VL-10Li/VL-10LiII
Canon Battery Pack BP-900 series (for VL-10Li/VL-10LiII)
Canon Compact Power Adapter CA-910/920/930 (charges BP-900 series battery packs)
Canon Car Battery Adapter CB-910/920 (for charging the BP-900 series)

Power Consumption
Max 4.9W (Approx.) MP4 recording, 35Mbps

BP-820(supplied)BP-828 (Optional)

Continuous Recording Time
MP4 recording, 35Mbps: 145 Minutes (BP-820); 220 Minutes (BP-828)(approx.)

Size and Weights
Approx. 131 x 180 x 231 mm (approx. 5.2 x 7.1 x 9.1 in.)
[Including lens hood, mic holder unit, and handle unit]

Weight (camera only)
XA15: Approx. 750 g (1.7 lb) XA11: Approx. 745 g (1.6 lb)

Weight (fully equipped)
XA15: Approx. 1140 g (2.5 lb)
XA11: Approx. 1135 g (2.5 lb)
Includes lens hood, mic holder unit, handle unit, BP-820, and 1 memory card

Operating Temperature range
Approx. -5 to 45°C, 60% (relative humidity)
Approx. 0 to 40°C, 85% (relative humidity)