Canon XA40

Canon XA40

Ultra-compact, professional palm-sized 4K XA-series camcorder with a 20x optical zoom lens


Canon XA40

Compact and efficient – XA 4K camcorder with UHD resolution and high magnification

The XA40 features a 1/2.3 – type CMOS Sensor along with DIGIC DV6 image processor. With Over Sampling HD processing this results in improved Full HD image quality. The XA40 features a lens with 20x optical zoom with 29.3mm wide angle.

Technical Specifications

Image Sensor
1/2.3-type CMOS

RGB Primary Colour Filter

Total Pixels
Approx. 21.14MP

Effective Pixels
Approx. 8.29 MP (3840 x 2160)

Subject illumination range
Approx. 0.3 lx to 100,000 lx

Minimum illumination (PAL)
P Mode: Approx. 4.2 lx (shutter speed 1/25 sec with auto slow shutter On)
Low Light Mode: Approx. 0.3 lx (shutter speed 1/2 sec.)

Zoom ratio
20x Optical

Focal length (35mm equivalent)
Approx. 29.3 – 601mm Standard IS/IS Off

Minimum focus distance
10 mm at wide end, 60 cm across entire zooming range

f/1.8 – 2.8 (AV Priority and Manual Modes)

Aperture blades
8 blades

Filter diameter

Image stabilization system
Optical system (lens shift) + electronic stabilization
Dynamic, Standard, Powered, Off

ND filter
Built-in gradation filter (Auto or Off)

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
Variable (body rocker only) or Constant speed (body and handle rocker; Fast/Normal/Slow, 16 speed level settings in each)

Focus control
MANUAL: Lens ring and touchscreen point selection (Magnify and Peaking assist functions), Focus Preset.
AUTOFOCUS: Touchscreen AF point selection, Face Detection and Tracking, Touch and Track, Face Only AF.
(Instant AF, Medium AF, Normal AF)

Focus System
Hybrid AF, Normal AF

Iris control
Touchscreen, Auto

Digital zoom/Teleconverter
400x Digital Zoom, 2x Digital Teleconverter

Image Processor

Colour Sampling
YCC 4:2:0

Bit depth

Video storage media
SD / SDHC / SDXC card (2 card slots)

Class U3 cards recommended

Recording time (64GB Card, approx.)
150Mbps: 55 mins / 35Mbps: 240 mins / 17Mbps: 495 mins

Recording file system
FAT32 / exFAT

Internal recording format (PAL)
XF-AVC: 3840×2160 (160 Mbps) / 1920×1080 (45 Mbps)*
MP4: 3840×2160 (150 Mbps) / 1920×1080 (35 / 17 Mbps)

External recording output (PAL)
HDMI output (Camera mode):
UHD recording mode: 1920×1080 25.00P YCC4:2:2 8-bit
Full HD recording mode: 1920×1080 50.00P / 25.00P; 1280×720 50.00P YCC4:2:2 10-bit

External monitoring
HDMI (50.00i)

Recording frame rate (PAL)
25.00P (UHD), 50.00P/50.00i/25.00P (Full HD)*

Slow/Fast motion (PAL)
3840×2160 / 25.00P: x2, x4, x10, x20, x60, x120, x600, x1200
1920×1080 / 50.00P: x2, x4, x10, x20, x60, x120, x600, x1200
1920×1080 / 25.00P: x0.5

Pre Recording function
Yes. 3 seconds

Still photos
JPEG up to 3840×2160
(Still image resolution is dependent on the video resolution)

Photo storage media
SD Card

MPEG-2 AAC-LC (16-bit 2ch) / LPCM (16-bit 4ch)

Audio control
Independent 2ch Line/Mic/Mic+48V input;
Independent level control per channel (-∞ to +18 dB);
Independent audio limiters (2 ch);
Input mic trimming

Reference Tone
1KHz, -12dB / -18dB / -20dB / Off

Microphone attenuation
Auto / On / Off (20dB)

Microphone level meter

Monitoring Panel
Capacitive LCD touch panel

3.0-inch (7.5 cm, approx. 460,000 dots)

Waveform Monitor

Focus Assist
Peaking / Magnify

Selectable Peaking Colour: Red / Blue / Yellow

70% or 100% reference level

Grid (white / grey) and Level (white / grey)

0.24-inch, approx. 1.56 million dots

Correction lens
+2.0 to -5 dioptre

Audio Input
XLR 3-pin jack (x2) with 48V phantom power, Line and Mic options on detachable handle, 3.5mm microphone input jack (Supply Voltage 2.4V DC), Built-in Mic

Headphone output
3.5mm stereo mini jack

HDMI Output
HDMITM mini connector

Mini-B, Hi-Speed USB, PTP class supported

SDI output

Time code
Superimposed on HDMI output signal (Camera Mode only)



AV terminal

DC input
3.4mm jack

Remote Control Terminal
2.5mm mini jack

Exposure metering
Centre-weighted average or segment evaluative (determined by shooting mode)
No metering: Fireworks mode, Fixed exposure (1/50 sec.)

Exposure Compensation
Highlight AE, Exposure lock, Auto backlight compensation, Exposure compensation amount shown as ±3 when locked (±12 increments) or ±2 in AUTO (±8 increments).

Exposure Lock

Auto Gain Control setting
Auto / Manual

Auto Gain Control limit
0 – 24dB (1dB increments)

Shutter Speed
Control Modes
Auto, P, Tv, Manual

Shutter speed
1/6 – 1/2000 sec
(1/2 – 1/500 sec in Low Light mode)

Slow Shutter (SLS)
Auto slow shutter On: 1/25 to 1/500 sec.
Auto slow shutter Off: 1/50 to 1/500 sec.

Auto slow shutter On: 1/12.5* to 1/500 sec. (*Display is 1/12)
Auto slow shutter Off: 1/25 to 1/500 sec.

Clear Scan

White Balance

Daylight (Approx. 5,600K), Tungsten (Approx. 3,200K)

Manual setting
Colour Temperature range: 2,000–15,000K
Default value for Set 1 and Set 2: 5,600K

Shooting Modes
Program AE
Manual Mode: P, Tv, Av, M (manual exposure), SCN (Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Night, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks)

Custom Picture
C1: Normal / C2: USER 02 / C3: USER 03
C4: USER 04 / C5: USER 05 / C6: USER 06

Gamma / Colour Space: BT.709 Normal / BT.709

Colour Matrix: Neutral / Video

Infrared shooting mode
Yes (green or white)

Built-in IR lamp
Yes, in detachable Handle Unit.
Wavelength: 850nm (near-Infrared)

Look settings
Standard (Adjustment: Sharpness, Contrast, Colour Depth)

Wi-Fi & GPS Specifications

GPS Information (Optional Accessory)
Location (Latitude/Longitude/Altitude), Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), Satellite reception.
(requires the optional GPS Receiver GP-E2)

Tally lamp
Yes, in detachable Handle Unit

Colour Bars (PAL)
Yes. SMPTE or EBU, with 1KHz Tone

Accessory shoe
Yes (cold shoe)

Assignable Buttons
5 assignable Buttons, assignable to: Digital TeleConverter / AF / MF / Face Only AF / Magnification / Peaking/ Push Auto Iris / Zebra 70% / Zebra 100% / BLC Always On / Powered IS / White Balance / Set white Balance / WB Priority / IR Light / Pre REC / Slow and Fast Motion / Review Recording / Photo / Marker / Monitor Channels / Menu / Custom Picture / Off

Custom Dial
Tv / Av / M / AGC Limit / Exposure Compensation / Off

Time code
Count-up system
Regen / Rec Run / Free Run / Preset (Non-Drop Frame)

Time Code out
Via HDMI out. Superimposed on output, Camera Mode only

Lens hood with barrier, Mic holder unit, Handle Unit HDU-1, Battery Pack BP-820, Compact Power Adapter CA-570, AC Cable, Ferrite core, Lens Cap

Optional (Includes items not currently on sale)
Canon Battery Pack BP-820/BP-828
Canon Compact Power Adapter CA-570 (included with camera)
Canon Battery Charger CG-800E/CG-800
Canon HDMI cable HTC-100/HTC-100S
Canon Tele Converter TL-H58
Canon Wide Attachment WA-H58
Canon Soft Carrying Case SC-1000/SC-2000
Canon Shoulder Strap SS-600/SS-650, Wrist Strap WS-20
Canon PROTECT Filter 58mm
Canon ND4-L Filter 58mm
Canon ND8-L Filter 58mm
Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2
Canon Remote Controller RC-V100
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 (for charging BP-900 series)
Canon Interface Cable IFC-300PCU/S / IFC-400PCU

Battery Pack
Canon Battery Pack BP-820 (supplied), BP-828 (optional)

Power Consumption (recording)
UHD / 150Mbps: Approx. 4.1W (25.00P)

Continuous Recording Time (approx.)
UHD / 150Mbps / 25.00p: 175 mins (BP-820) / 270 Mins (BP-828)

FHD / 35Mbps / 50.00p: 175 mins (BP-820) / 270 Mins (BP-828)

Size and Weight
Approx. 109 x 84 x 182 mm (main body only)
Approx. 131 x 180 x 231 mm
(Including lens hood, BP-820, mic holder unit, and handle unit)

Weight (camera only)
Approx. 730g

Weight (fully equipped)
Approx. 1120g

Operating Temperature range
-5 to +45ºC, 60% relative humidity
0ºC to +40ºC, 85% relative humidity