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Ensure videos are shot with stunning quality using this Canon XA50 professional camcorder. The 4K resolution provides crisp images that are easy to view in detail, and wide DR gamma support offers a smooth gradient. This Canon XA50 professional camcorder boasts optical image stabilization to keep even handheld videos steady.
15x optical 4K UHD zoom lens
Inspired by the same high level of optical precision used in Canon broadcast and photographic lenses, the Canon XA50 camcorder incorporates a genuine Canon 15x optical zoom lens that maintains 4K UHD quality throughout the entire zoom range.
3" touch-panel LCD and 0.24" electronic viewfinder (EVF)
Provide visual recognition of desired features along with a full array of menu options for controlling camcorder settings.
The touch-panel LCD works with Canon's exclusive AF technologies for easy monitoring and one-finger tap focusing during shooting, and the EVF offers 45° of tilt for more comfortable operation in a variety of positions.
1" 4K UHD CMOS image sensor
The camcorder features a Canon 1" 4K UHD CMOS image sensor capable of 4K UHD video capture at 60p and slow-motion recording up to 60 fps in Full HD, making it a strong contender for professional productions, creative fields and more.
Wide DR gamma (800%) support
For natural and realistic-looking image capture that faithfully represents the scene at hand, Wide DR gamma achieves a wide dynamic range of 800% to produce almost seamless tone gradations.
Dual Pixel CMOS AF
Assists not only with standard shooting, but also with 4K UHD 30p, Full HD 60p, and other high-frame-rate applications that require crisp frame-by-frame accuracy.
Five-axis optical image stabilization
The XA50 camcorder incorporates a five-axis optical image stabilization (IS) system. It features three modes of image stabilization: standard, dynamic, and powered.
Flexible audio inputs
This camcorder offers a variety of ways to record audio: through two XLR terminals, an internal stereo mini-jack microphone terminal, or from the camcorder's internal stereo microphone.
In addition to AAC 2-channel audio, the XA50 camcorder offers support for high-quality linear PCM 4-channel audio.
Slow- and fast-motion recording
Slow-motion recording of up to 60 fps (x0.4) in Full HD (30 fps in 4K UHD) is supported, helping to create an emotionally moving and exciting style of video.
Dual SD card slots
It can record to dual SD card slots in 4K UHD and Full HD resolutions using the MP4 or XF-AVC recording formats.
Improved power consumption
Low power settings offer peace of mind for long recording times. The included BP-820 battery allows for over two hours of continuous recording.
Compact and lightweight design
Weighing only 2.1 lbs. (main body only), the XA50 professional camcorder features a compact and lightweight design, offering excellent mobility. The detachable handle unit can be quickly and easily attached to the camcorder body without tools.
I’m not filming the next Discovery Cannel series though I think this camera is well suited for the task.
This is the first camcorder I have owned since I had some Panasonic 3CCD consumer camcorder. You can imagine how long ago that was. Anyway, I enjoy photography but I thought I’d try to get onto videography and I don’t believe in going in half way. So, I wanted a serious video camera. That’s what the Canon XA50 is. It’s a camcorder designed for serous work best sided for news and documentaries. This camcorder is probably well suited for cinema.
Having said, that, I really enjoy this camera. It is compact and light. The 1” sensor really helps in low light and the zoom is fantastic. You can get a pretty wide shot or get in really close. The image stabilization is really nice too but I think you’ll want something more serious for real stabilization. The Canon XA50 really gives you a lot of options. For anyone interested in upping their video recording game, the XLR inputs are a must. They provide phantom power, giving you a ton of microphone options. I’m currently using an Audio Technica BP4029 stereo shotgun mic for my recording. It’s a great setup and sounds fantastic. There are optional accessories. I’m also using a wide teleconverter to record marching bands.
In terms of video quality, I find it to be excellent. I got a lot of complements on the professional look of my videos. It limited to 4K at 30fps. I don’t find this limiting but some that want to to 60fps may. It will do 60fps at 1080p. You can also record through HDMI to an external source and that gives you some different color options. 4:2:0 vs 4:2:2. I’m not pro enough to have this make much difference for me.
Out of the box, anyone can pick this up and shoot decent video in full auto mode but as I continue to use it, I'm learning how to use more of the manual settings and up the quality even more. Canon’s colors look really nice and I'm glad I bought this camcorder.
As far as editing videos goes, I recommend DaVinci Resolve. It’s free version is pretty robust and it works well with the videos from the Canon XA50, especially if you shoot XF-AVC over MP4.
This camcorder is expensive but for a dedicated, semiprofessional to professional tool, it’s a good value.
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Great camera. Big improvement over my old cheap camcorder.