Canon XA30 Professional Camcorder

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Canon XA30 Professional Camcorder

Good condition

SKU: 023112000465

Cat no: 38331

  • 1/2.84" HD CMOS Pro Sensor
  • 1920x1080 up to 59.94p
  • 20x Canon Optical Zoom Lens
  • Wide DR Gamma (600%) Mode
  • Highlight Priority Mode
  • 3.5" OLED Touchscreen & EVF
  • 2x XLR Audio Inputs with Manual Controls
  • Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC Media Card Slots
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with FTP Capabilities

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Canon XA30 Professional Camcorder

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  • Good condition
  • Boxed
  • Battery, charger and a manual

Compact and lightweight, exceptionally easy to use
The compact XA30 camcorder boasts a wide dynamic range and is ideal for discretely capturing accurate, professional-quality content for corporate videos, weddings and online use, among other applications – especially in challenging high-contrast lighting conditions.

Compact and lightweight, the XA30 is perfect for news gatherers and journalists who often need to record discreetly whilst on the move but don’t want to compromise on quality. The camera is also exceptionally easy to use, featuring extensive automatic functions, ideal for corporate and education environments.

In addition to the standard gamma recording mode, the XA30 offers Wide DR and Highlight Priority Gamma modes. Wide DR compresses high brightness areas to achieve a wider dynamic range of 600%. This not only helps suppress overexposure, but also produces smooth gradations in highlights and shadows, all while maintaining a finalized look that eliminates the need for post-production processing. The Highlight Priority Mode gives an HDR-like quality to your video by reducing the amount of highlight and mid-tone compression on the gamma curve, which helps to maintain highlight exposure. The mode also enhances brightness and saturation for more faithful color reproduction. A View Assist Mode is available to support this mode, enabling you to more accurately monitor what the final images will look like.

The XA30 features both a 3.5" OLED Touch Panel view screen with a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, and a color electronic viewfinder with 1,560,000 dots of resolution. The camera features full manual control and auto modes for exposure, focus, white balance, gain, and shutter speed. The camera provides professional features such as a pre-record buffer, peaking, zebra bars, color bars, and reference tone. The zoom speed is adjustable with variable, constant (with 16 different speed levels), fast, normal and slow settings. The camera features a detachable top handle with zoom toggle, record start/stop, IR emitter, tally light, accessory shoe, external mic holder and two XLR connectors with phantom power and manual audio level controls. The XA30 includes a built-in headphone jack and a mini-HDMI connector, and outputs composite video and audio via a 3.5mm four pole mini jack.

Two built-in SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slots allow you to record video to available media cards in both slots at the same time. This allows you to create an instant back up copy for archiving and data protection or you can capture high resolution AVCHD or MP4 video files on one card while creating a lower data rate MP4 more suitable for the web on the other card. When using two media cards and the camera is in Relay mode, there is no need to stop shooting to swap out a full media card. When one card becomes full, recording seamlessly switches to the other card. Built-in dual-band Wi-Fi allows you FTP video files directly from the camera, or playback footage from the memory cards to Wi-Fi enabled TVs and Computers. You can also remotely control select camera functions from a smart phone or tablet over Wi-Fi, freeing you from remote cables.

20x zoom wide angle Canon HD video lens
Capture superb quality footage thanks to the XA30’s stunning and versatile 26.8mm¹ wide angle lens. A 20x zoom gets you up close to the action, while Dynamic Optical Image Stabilisation compensates for shake in 5 directions to provide ultra-steady images. f/1.8 maximum aperture, an 8-blade iris and EDM technology enable beautiful ‘bokeh’ effects.

Improved 1/2.84" HD CMOS Pro sensor
The newly developed Canon HD CMOS Pro sensor achieves an effective pixel count of approximately 2.91 megapixels to deliver stunning Full HD picture quality. With increased sensitivity and an improved signal-to-noise ratio, low light images in particular appear cleaner with reduced noise.

Flexible new image settings
Two new picture settings help you achieve even more impressive results. Wide DR mode gives you a 600% dynamic range, resulting in bright images with high contrast that retain detail in both highlight and shadow areas, without the need for post-production. Highlight Priority mode reproduces footage with more natural tones, richer colours and detail particularly in areas of high brightness² perfect for scenes with bright skies and reflective surfaces.

8.77cm (3.5") OLED touchscreen and tiltable EVF
Despite its compact size, the XA30 provides high-quality monitoring. An easy-to-use OLED touch screen with a 1.23 million dot resolution offers faster response times and superior definition, contrast and colour reproduction compared to LCD equivalents. A 0.61cm (0.24”) 1.56 million dot EVF can tilt up to 45° - easily accommodating a range of shooting positions.

Versatile dual-format recording
AVCHD video can be recorded at up to 28Mbps in 1080/50P; while for maximum quality, select the 35Mbps 1080/50P MP4 recording mode. The two SDXC/SDHC memory card slots allow for simultaneous recording³ of high-quality HD and lower resolution MP4 files for easier file transfer – ideal when a quick turn-around of footage is needed. Fast and slow motion recording options with interval recording (x2 to x1200) are available in MP4 modes.

Professional audio
The XA30 features comprehensive audio control. Two XLR terminals provide professional connectivity, while high quality linear PCM and Dolby Digital recording options come as standard.⁴ A built-in microphone and 3.5mm input jack offer extra choice and flexibility.

Infrared shooting
The XA30 can easily be used at night or in low ambient light conditions thanks to the improved sensor sensitivity and bright infrared light source built into the handle – making it ideal for the wildlife videographer.

Built-in Wi-Fi, expandable for GPS
Transfer footage wirelessly using an iOS phone or tablet, or via FTP at up to 150 Mbps⁵. Remotely control camera functions through a Wi-Fi enabled device with no need for separate apps. Location data can be recorded using an optional GPS accessory.

Compact, lightweight body
With its detachable handle, this discreet and highly portable camera is ideal for shooting in sensitive or confined environments. Its lightweight body reduces fatigue during extended periods of hand-held filming.

Key Features:

  • Wide 26.8 mm, f/1.8-2.8 lens, 20x zoom with intelligent 5-axis OIS and Dynamic IS
  • 1/2.84” HD CMOS Pro sensor with improved sensitivity for enhanced low-light performance and lower noise
  • Wide DR mode (600%) and Highlight Priority mode maintain highlight / shadow detail for a more natural image
  • Dual-format recording: Full HD AVCHD (28Mbps) or MP4 (35Mbps) to 2 x SD cards
  • Detachable handle with professional XLR inputs and built-in IR lamp
  • 8.77cm (3.5”) OLED touchscreen for excellent resolution, contrast and XA30 colour reproduction
  • 1.56m dot EVF and 45° tilt for flexible shooting
  • Fast and slow motion (x2 to x1200) with interval recording in MP4 mode
  • Built-in dual band Wi-Fi for remote control, file transfer/upload and browser preview

Product Specification

Sensor 1/2.84 type HD CMOS Pro
System RGB primary colour filter
Total pixels per sensor Approx. 3.09 megapixels
Effective pixels per sensor Approx. 2.91 megapixels (2136 x 1362)
Minimum illumination (PAL Version)
  • Auto: 1.0luxWithAutoSlowShutterselectedLowLight
  • Mode: 0.1lux
Horizontal Resolution 900 TV lines at highest image quality
Zoom ratio 20x
Focal length 26.8 – 576 mm (35 mm equivalent / 28.8 – 576 mm with Dynamic IS on)
Minimum focus distance 60 cm (throughout zoom range); 10 mm (wide angle)
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, Touchscreen OLED (touch Focus, Touch and Track), Focus Preset
Auto: FacePriorityAF/FaceOnlyAF/InstantAF/Medium AF / TV AF
Iris control Custom dial; Touchscreen; Auto
Aperture range f1.8 - f8
Filter diameter 58mm
Lens elements / groups 12 / 10
Aperture blades 8 Blade Circular Aperture
Image stabilization system Optical lens shift system (angle & vector movement detection) + electronic stabilisation;
4 modes: Intelligent (Auto), Dynamic, Standard, Powered
Image Processor
Video storage media Video storage media
Type Type
Recording time Recording time: 128 GB SDXC card
Recording file format AVCHD Progressive (v2.0, high profile);
Recording format AVCHD (all modes variable bit rate, 4:2:0 colour sampling):
  • 920 x 1080: 50p (28 Mbps, linear PCM audio available);
  • 920 x 1080: 50i/PF25 (24 Mbps, 17Mbps);
  • 440 x 1080: 50i/PF25 (5 Mbps)

MP4 (all modes variable bit rate, 4:2:0 colour sampling):

  • 1920 x 1080: 50p (35 Mbps);
  • 1920 x 1080: 25P (24 Mbps, 17 Mbps);
  • 1280 x 720: 25P (4 Mbps);
  • 640 x 360: 25P (3 Mbps)
Slow/Fast motion YES (MP4 HD mode only, x0.5/x2/x4/x10/x20/x60/x120/x1200
Interval Record No
Frame Record No
Pre Record (cache record) Yes (3 Seconds)
Scan Reverse No
HD->SD conversion No
Internal Data Transfer Movie & Stills: Yes (Card to Card)
Photo storage media SDXC / SDHC / SD Memory Card
Still quality During video recording or playback: 1920 x 1080 / 1280 x 720 / 640 x 360
Monitoring Panel
Type Capacitive Organic LED
Size 8.77 cm (3.5"), 100% view
Dots 1.23 million-dot equivalent
Touch Screen Yes. Touch and Drag operations supported
Image quality adjustments Brightness, backlight, OLED colour balance
Adjustable Yes (270 degree rotation about horizontal axis)
Waveform Monitor No
Focus Assist Peaking; Magnifying
Peaking Yes
Zebra Yes (70% or 100% reference level)
Markers ON / OFF (Level, Grid)
Size 0.61 cm (0.24"), 100% view
Dots 1.56 million dots equivalent
Adjustable Yes (tiltable to 45 degrees)
Correction lens + 2.0 to - 5.5 diopter
Audio in XLR inputs with 48V phantom power (x2), 3.5 mm microphone input jack
Headphone output 3.5 mm stereo jack
Video monitor output No
HDMI YES (HDMI mini connector, output only,
IEEE 1394 (Firewire) No
USB Yes (Mini-B, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, output only)
HD/SD-SDI output No
Time code Yes (Superimposed on HDMI Output signal)
Genlock No
Component out No
AV terminal 3.5 mm mini jack (output only for video and audio)
DC input Yes
Remote Control Terminal 2.5 mm mini jack
Colour Bars Yes (SMPTE or EBU), with 1KHz Tone
Tally lamp Yes, in detachable handle
Accessory shoe Yes (Cold Shoe)
Custom key Yes (5 assignable buttons; select from 22 functions)
Custom Dial Yes (Shutter Priority (Tv), Aperture Priority (Av), Manual Exposure, exposure compensation, AGC limit)
Shooting Functions
Exposure metering Centre-weighted average or segment evaluative (determined by shooting mode);
  • No metering: Fireworks mode, Fixed exposure (1/50 sec.)
Exposure compensation -3 to +3 EV (12 steps); Backlight Correction available (Auto or always on)
Auto Exposure mode Smart Auto, Face Detection AE; Manual control via Touch Exposure and Exposure Compensation functions.
Push Auto Iris Yes (via touchscreen)
Exposure Lock Yes. Touch Exposure available
Auto Gain Control setting Auto / Manual
Auto Gain Control limit 0 to 24dB, 1dB increments (0 to 18dB in Cinema Mode)
Gain setting 0 to 24dB, 1dB increments (0 to 18dB in Cinema Mode)
Shutter Speed
Control Modes Full Auto / Manual control (touchscreen LCD or control dial)
Shutter speed 1/6 to 1/2000 (depending on Scene Mode and frame rate)
Slow Shutter (SLS) Yes. Auto On or Off
Clear Scan No
Infrared shooting mode Yes (green or white)
Built-in IR lamp Yes, in detachable handle
3D Shooting Assist
OIS Axis shift No
Focal Length Guide No
Shooting Modes
Smart AUTO Yes
Program AE AUTO;
  • M mode: P, Tv, Av, M (manual exposure)
  • SCN: (Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Night, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks);
  • Cinema mode: P, Tv, Av, M
Image Looks settings Standard, Highlight Priority, Wide DR
Cinema Features Cinema-Look Filter (9 options, including customisable 'Cinema Standard')
Image Effects Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness, Colour Depth
Wi-Fi & GPS Specifications
Wireless LAN standards IEEE 802.11b/g/n/a(2.4GHz or 5GHz band)
Supported Wi-Fi Functions Remote Operation; Movie Uploader (YouTube and Facebook)3; Playback (in browser); Media Server; FTP File Transfer
Supported Browser for Remote Operation Internet Explorer 8 or later, Safari (iOS), Safari (MacOS), Android standard browser
Remote Operation Control Features Aperture, Focus, WB, shutter Speed, Gain, Exposure Compensation, Shooting Mode, Slot select, Start / Stop Recording
Live view image Resolution Camera setting mode: 680 x 383; Simplified setting: 284 x 160
Authentication Systems Open / WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK
Encryption WEP64, WEP128, TKIP, AES
GPS Information (Optional Accessory) Latitude / Longitude / Elevation, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)
White Balance
Auto Yes
Preset 6: Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten (incandescent lamps or halogen bulbs), Fluorescent H (3-wavelength type fluorescent), Fluorescent (white fluorescent)
Manual setting Set 1, Set 2, Colour Temperature (2,000–15,000 K, 100K steps)
Time Code
Countup system Regen / Rec Run / Free Run / Preset (Non-Drop Frame)
Start value setting “00:00:00:00”, Set / Reset selectable
  • AVCHD: Linear PCM4 (2ch, 16 bit, 48 kHz) or Dolby Digital (AC-3 2ch, 48kHz)
  • MP4: MPEG-2 AAC LC (2 ch)
Control Audio controls include:
  • Independent 2ch Line/Mic/Mic+48V input;
  • Independent level control per channel (-∞ to +18 dB);
  • Independent audio limiters (2 ch);
  • Input mic trimming
Microphone attenuation Auto / On / Off (20dB)
Microphone level meter Yes
Wind Screen Yes
Zoom Microphone Yes
Backup power supply Lithium coin battery (built-in)
Power Consumption Max Approx. 5.0W5 (AVCHD) / 5.1W (MP4)5
Continuous Recording Time
  • Supplied BP-820: Approx. 145 minutes
  • Optional BP-828: Approx. 220 minutes
  • Approx. 109 x 84 x 182 mm (main body only)
  • Approx. 131 x 180 x 231 mm (fully equipped)
Detachable handle Yes
Weight (camera only) Approx. 765 g
Weight (fully equipped) Approx. 1155 g
Operating Temperature range
  • -5 to +45C, 60% relative humidity
  • 0C to +40C, 80% relative humidity

Canon's European CPS programme is a completely free service that offers Canon professional photo and video users exclusive access to a range of benefits. These include access to CPS support at major events; a priority repair service; and local CPS support in selected European countries. Free back-up equipment loans during repair periods are also available, depending on the level of your CPS membership. Information about CPS is now available in 12 languages — to find out more please select your CPS territory/language from the drop down menu above.

The service operates on a three-tier basis to provide a programme that’s accessible, responsive and tailor-made to the needs of professional photographers. The appropriate level of CPS membership will be automatically assigned to you depending on the number of qualifying bodies and lenses that you registered with CPS.

For CPS Video membership videographers must own one qualifying Canon professional camcorder. For a full list of qualifying CPS Photo and CPS Video products please visit the link ‘view qualifying products’ here.

The countries that currently offer the European CPS programme are: Austria, Belgium, Croatia (Silver membership only), Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania (Silver membership only), Russia, Slovenia (Silver membership only), South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey (Silver membership only), the United Arab Emirates (Silver membership only), UK and the Ukraine (Silver membership only).

Professional photographers and videographers can also register for CPS membership in the following 23 countries: Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, and Slovakia. Although CPS repairs and loans are not available in these 23 countries all registered CPS members from these countries can take advantage of CPS repair and loan benefits when they travel to the 27 countries (named in the paragraph above) that do offer these services.

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