Another compact professional camcorder to be introduced in the market is the Canon XA30 which is ideal for videography, weddings, documentaries and other important events. It is equipped with a 20x Canon zoom lens as well as 1080p video capture at up to 60fps. The XA30 also features WIDE DR and Highlight Priority modes capable of capturing maximum detail even in low light. This compact camcorder also has an HDMI port that enables playback from an external monitor.
Design & Features
The Canon XA30 has a portable body design with a detachable handle, making it lightweight and compact. It also features an integrated 20x Canon zoom lens. A new 1/2.84-inch HD CMOS Pro imaging sensor offers a +3 signal decibel boost and in signal-to-noise ratio that yields clean-looking images even when recording in low light environments. This camcorder also features a Wide DR Gamma which can be found on professional EOS cameras that is capable to compress high brightness for a wider dynamic range of 600%. This feature results to detail smoothness as well as color accuracy. Moreover, it offers smooth gradations to highlights and shadows as well as suppresses overexposure while maintaining a finalized look that can do away with post production processing.
The Highlight Priority Mode, on the other hand, prevents detail loss in areas with high brightness. It also yields HDR-like video quality by reducing highlight and mid tone compressions on the gamma curve. This is great for color reproduction. The 3.5-inch OLED Touch Panel View Screen and has a viewing angle of over 80 degrees while the Color EVF has a 1.56 million dots of resolution that can be tilted for more options for angular shooting and high-quality monitoring. For easier camera control, a joystick is strategically located at the right side of the viewfinder. This makes it possible to change camera setting without having to use the touch panel.
Recording AVCHD video is also possible at up to 28Mbps in 1080/50P as well as MP4 recording. Simultaneous recording can also be accommodated by the two SDXC/SDHC slots for memory cards which can be very useful in recording footages right away. As for recording motions, the camcorder is also capable of both fast and slow motion options in MP4 modes and which can be expandable to support speeds from 2x up to 1200x. Audio features include two XLR terminals for professional connectivity to a news truck and other professional equipment. There is also the standard Dolby Digital and linear PCM; built-in microphone; and 3.5 mm input jack.
The Canon XA30 also boasts of optimal image stabilization (IS) in which more IS modes can be chosen manually for enhancement. User can also opt for Intelligent IS that lets the identification of the right stabilization mode rely on the AX30 itself. There are also 6 White Balance preset settings such as Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent H, Fluorescent, Daylight and Shade. For color temperature, it can be adjusted in increments of 100K, from 2,000 to 15,000K.Sensor sensitivity has been enhanced and a built-in infrared light source has been added to accommodate night shooting and low light conditions.
Apart from being detachable, the top handle also houses the external XLR audio inputs, audio controls, record start/stop button, tally light, infrared emitter, cold shoe and zoom-control rocker. For remotely controlling the XA30 and transferring videos to smart device or iOS phone as well as FTP of up to 150 Mbps, WiFi connectivity is possible. Also, users can invest in a GPS accessory to record location data.
One of the interesting feature of the Canon XA30 is its detachable handle that contributes to its being lightweight and makes it easier for the user to carry the camcorder comfortably even for handheld shooting in an extended period of time. The built-in infrared light source makes shooting even at night possible. This is ideal for professional videographers and photographers who are into documentaries. Another feature is the sensor with higher light sensitivity that offers clear and detailed images and videos with less noise.
The Canon XA30 carries a higher price tag compared to other 4K camcorders with fewer professional controls. Battery life is good but not great, though.
The Canon XA30 is portable and lightweight that allows for mobility. Although its cost is twice as much as other 4K camcorders, it delivers high quality videos and is great for documentaries, weddings, corporate events and other professional applications. For professionals looking for an equipment that can be carried with ease, shoots high quality videos and images even in low-light environments and willing to invest more, the Canon XA30 is the go-to camcorder.