Canon XA55/XA50

Canon XA55/XA50

A 1.0-type CMOS sensor compact 4K cam-corder with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, 15x optical zoom lens and 3G-SDI (XA55 only)


Canon XA55/XA50

Feature-packed 4K filming

The highly compact and lightweight XA55 / XA50 offers high quality 4K UHD image with beneficial features such as Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Canon 15x optical zoom lens and advanced Full HD image quality driven by utilising outstanding Over Sampling HD Processing.

Technical Specifications

Image Sensor
1.0-type CMOS

RGB Primary Colour Filter

Total Pixels
Approx. 13.4 MP

Effective pixels per sensor
Approx. 8.29 MP (3840 x2160)

Subject illumination range
Approx. 0.1 lx to 100,000 lx

Minimum illumination (PAL)
P Mode: Approx. 1.4 lx (shutter speed 1/25 sec., 50.00P; with auto slow shutter On)
Low Light Mode: Approx. 0.1 lx (shutter speed 1/2 sec.)

Zoom ratio
15x optical

Focal length (35mm equivalent)
Approx. 25.5 to 382.5 mm Standard IS/IS Off

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

f/2.8 – f/11 (AV Priority and Manual Modes)

Aperture blades
9 blades

Filter diameter

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

ND filter
3 densities: turret switched, motor-driven.
ND 1/4, ND 1/16, and ND 1/64.

Zoom control
Zoom rockers on body and handle;
Selectable manual zoom/focus ring on lens;
Wireless controller;
Selectable High Speed mode available.

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

Focus control
MANUAL: Lens ring and touchscreen point selection (Focus Guide and Peaking assist functions), Focus Preset.
AUTOFOCUS: Touchscreen AF point selection, Face Detection and Tracking, Face Only AF.
(Continuous AF, AF-Boosted MF, AF Speed, AF Response, AF Frame size)

Focus System
Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Contrast AF

Iris control
Touchscreen, Auto

Digital zoom/Teleconverter
300x Digital Zoom, 2x Digital Teleconverter

Image Processor

Dynamic Range
800% in Wide DR mode

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.)
MP4: 150Mbps: 55 mins / 35Mbps: 220 mins
XF-AVC: 160 Mbps: 50 mins / 45 Mbps: 185 mins

Recording file system

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

External recording output (PAL)
SDI* / HDMI output (Camera mode)
UHD recording mode: 1920 x 1080 25.00P YCC4:2:2 8-bit
Full HD recording mode: 1920 x 1080 50.00P/25.00P; 1280 x720 50.00P YCC4:2:2 10-bit
* SDI output with XA55 only

External monitoring
SDI* / HDMI (50.00i)
* SDI output with XA55 only

Recording frame rate (PAL)
MP4: 25.00P (UHD), 50.00P/25.00P (Full HD)
XF-AVC: 25.00P (UHD), 50.00P/50.00i/25.00P (Full HD)

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

MP4: MPEG-2 AAC-LC (16-bit 2ch) / LPCM (16-bit 4ch)
XF-AVC: LPCM (24-bit 4ch)

Audio control
Manual or Auto
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
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
Dual Pixel Focus Guide / 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

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

SDI output
XA55: 3G-SDI with BNC connector
XA50: No

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 or ±2 in AUTO (±8 increments).

Exposure Lock

Auto Gain Control setting
Auto / Manual

Auto Gain Control limit
Wide DR Mode selected: 9 – 38dB (1 dB increments)
Wide DR Mode Off: 0 -38 dB (1 dB increments)

Shutter Speed
Control Modes
Auto, P, Tv, Manual

Shutter speed (PAL)
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 Menu
CP Files:*
C1: Normal / C2:Wide DR / C3: Canon Log3
C4: EOS Std. / C5: USER05 /C6: USER06

Gamma / Colour Space:
BT.709 Wide DR / BT.709
Canon Log 3 / BT.709
EOS Std. / BT.709
BT.709 Normal / BT.709
BT.709 Standard / BT.709

Colour Matrix:
Neutral / Production Camera / EOS Std. / Video

Infrared shooting mode
Yes (green or white)

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

Look settings
Standard, Neutral, Wide DR, Monochrome
(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 Tele converter / AF / MF/ AF Frame / Face Only AF / Magnification / Peaking / Push Auto Iris / Zebra 70% / Zebra 100% / Focus Guide / BLC Always On / Powered IS / White Balance / Set WB / WB Priority / IR Light / Pre REC / Slow and Fast Motion / Review Recording / Photo / Monitor Channel / Marker / Menu / Custom Picture / Off

Custom Dial
Av / Tv / 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-3, Wireless Controller WL-D89, Lithium battery (CR2025), Compact Power Adapter CA-570, Battery Pack BP-820, AC Cable, Lens Cap

Optional (Includes items not currently on sale)
Canon Battery Pack BP-820/BP-828
Canon AC Adapter CA-570 (included with camera )
Canon Battery Charger CG-800/CG-800E
Canon HDMI cable HTC-100/HTS-100S
Canon Wireless Controller WL-D89
Canon Tele Converter TL-U58
Canon Wide Attachment WA-U58
Canon Soft Carrying Case SC-1000/SC-2000
Canon Wrist Strap WS-20
Canon Shoulder Strap SS-600/SS-650
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 CA910/920/930 (charges BP-900 series battery packs)
Canon Car Battery Adapter CB-910/920 (for charging the 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 / 160Mbps) / 25.00P:
XA55: Approx. 5W
XA50: Approx. 4.8W

Continuous Recording Time (approx.)

UHD: (150Mbps / 160Mbps) 25.00p
XA55: 145 mins (BP-820) / 220 Mins (BP-828)
XA50: 150 mins (BP-820) / 230 Mins (BP-828)

FHD: (35Mbps / 45Mbps) 50.00p
XA55: 135 mins (BP-820) / 210 Mins (BP-828)
XA50: 140 mins (BP-820) / 215 Mins (BP-828)

Size and Weight
Approx. 109 x 91 x 214 mm (main body only)
Approx. 140 x 216 x 265 mm
(Including lens hood, BP-820, mic holder unit, and handle unit)

Weight (camera only)
XA55: Approx. 970g
XA50: Approx. 960g

Weight (fully equipped)
XA55: Approx. 1445g
XA50: Approx. 1435g
(Including lens hood, BP-820, mic holder unit, handle unit and one memory card)

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