Compact 4K pro camcorder: Canon XA45 is finally available in EMEA

By Amirtha P S, Trainee Reporter
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Japanese multinational optical products company Canon has launched its professional camcorder XA45 in the EMEA region in regards to the growing market for 4K content across multiple genres like corporate, education, house of worship and documentary and film making. 

The 20x optical zoom professional camcorder is equipped with a 1⁄2.3 inch-type CMOS sensor which can record in 4K UHD or Full HD XF-AVC[1] and MP4 codecs giving users creative flexibility. 

The entrance of XA45 into the market is following the launch of XA40 in 2019, with the addition of a 3G-SDI output terminal, allowing users to connect to broadcast standard equipment like the live streaming encoders.

Compact and powerful

Cannon’s XA45 which weighs nearly 730g (body only) is a highly compact 4K UHD camcorder. Even though it is small in size, the combination of a 4K UHD 1/2.3-inch type CMOS sensor and DIGIC DV6 image processor delivers sharp 4K UHD images and incredible Full HD images meeting the rising demand for quality content.

Compared to the XA15 and XA11, with the XA45 users can get the professional recording format of XF-AVC which offers integration into professional workflows with additional metadata that gives enhanced creative ability in the post-production stage. 

The camcorder supports 4K UHD XF-AVC or Full HD[2] with a maximum bit rate of 160 Mbps at 25.00P and 45 Mbps when capturing Full HD. While camcorders like the 4K-capable XA45 help futureproof user content in line with the rising demand for 4K content, Full HD is still widely used. In Full HD mode, the XA45 offers 25.00P, 50.00P and 50.00i.

For those that require a faster turnaround without compromising the quality, the XA45 can also record 4K/UHD footage to SD cards using the MP4 CODEC.

Streaming set-up companion

With the outbreak of the pandemic, 2020 witnessed a surge in live streaming across various sectors. With the 3G-SDI output, the XA45 addresses the challenges of live streaming. However, with the choice of both SDI and HDMI outputs, the XA45 easily integrates into multiple live streaming set-ups.

Optical excellence

Equipped with a high-quality 20x optical zoom lens the XA45 has an impressive zoom ratio for a small camcorder, starting with a 35mm equivalent focal length range of 29.3mm at its widest up to 601mm telephoto and it can be further enhanced using the camcorder’s built-in 2x extender. 

With an optional digital zoom range of up to 400x, users can capture images from a long distance that may otherwise be impossible. When image stabilization is required the XA45 features 3 powerful IS modes, Standard IS, Dynamic IS and Powered IS to ensure images remain shake-free in all conditions.

In December 2020, Canon launched a firmware update for its camcorder range, including the XF405 / XF400, XA40 / XA45, XA55 / XA50 and both the LEGRIA HF G60 and HF G50. The update affirmed the XA45 supports Custom Picture, a feature that adjusts image settings such as sharpness, saturation, skin detail and noise reduction, giving users enhanced creative flexibility to suit their filming needs.

Versatile audio options

Cannon’s XA45 also supports professional audio recording. The removable handle/grip contains two standard 3-pin XLR connectors for external microphones, supporting two or four-channel audio recording. Further, it has a line, mic and 48V Phantom inputs and an on-board stereo microphone is available as a standard 3.5mm Stereo Jack plug which can supply power to an external microphone.

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