Ultra-compact, professional palm-sized 4K XA-series camcorder with a 20x optical zoom lens

  • 4K UHD / 25P
  • High quality Full HD
  • Infrared mode
  • Linear PCM
  • Wide-angle zoom 29.3 - 601mm
  • 5-Axis IS
  • 3.0-inch touch screen
  • Dual card slots

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XA40 Canon - 1.0-type CMOS sensor compact 4K cam-corder with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, 15x optical zoom lens and 3G-SDI

Compact and efficient – XA 4K camcorder with UHD resolution and high magnification

The XA40 features a 1/2.3 - type CMOS Sensor along with DIGIC DV6 image processor. With Over Sampling HD processing this results in improved Full HD image quality. The XA40 features a lens with 20x optical zoom with 29.3mm wide angle.

Ultra-compact professional 4K UHD camcorder

The combination of a 4K 1/2.3 - type CMOS sensor and DIGIC DV6 image processor delivers high quality 4K UHD images, and superior Full HD images thanks to Over Sampling HD processing. Recordings in MP4 UHD 150Mbps at 25P and Full HD 35Mbps/17Mbps at 50P/25P are supported.

4K 20x optical zoom lens with wide angle

Capture the images you need with 20x Optical zoom with wide angle starting from 29.3mm. Consistency of imaging is ensured by a powerful 5-axis image stabilisation, whilst 3D realtime lens group structure support wide-angle zoom operation.

Infrared recording capability

The XA40 includes an Infrared Mode, allowing users to capture video in conditions with little to no ambient light. There is the option of recording in white or green mode.

Slow and Fast Motion recording

Work the way your project demands with continuous recording available in Slow and Fast motion modes in both UHD and Full HD, with a maximum speed of 1200x.

Lightweight and compact with professional features

The XA40 weighs less than 1.2kg with a 3.0-inch LCD touch screen provides intuitive control. The highly portable camcorder also support linear PCM 4-channel audio, with built-in stereo mic and two XLR terminals. Additionally, two SD memory card slots are provided for simultaneous or relay recording.

Canon XA40

Specifications XA40

Image Sensor

1/2.3-type CMOS

RGB Primary Colour Filter

Total Pixels
Approx. 21.14 MP

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

Subject illumination range
Approx. 0.3 lx to 100,000 lx

Minimum illumination (PAL)
P Mode: Approx. 4.2 lx (shutter speed 1/25 sec. with auto slow shutter On)
Low Light Mode: Approx. 0.3 lx (shutter speed 1/2 sec.)


Zoom ratio
20x optical

Focal length (35mm equivalent)
Approx. 29.3-601mm Standard IS/IS Off

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

f/1.8 -2.8 (AV Priority and Manual Modes)

Aperture blades
8 blades

Filter diameter

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

ND filter
Built-in gradation filter (Auto of Off)

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

Zoom Speed
Variable (body rocker only) or Constant speed (body rocker, 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
Hybrid AF, Normal AF

Iris control
Touchscreen, Auto

Digital zoom/Teleconverter
400x Digital Zoom, 2x Digital Teleconverter

Image Processor


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.)
150Mbps: 55 mins / 35Mbps: 240 mins / 17Mbps: 495 mins

Recording file system

Internal recording format (PAL)
MP4: 3840 x 2160 (150Mbps) / 1920 x 1080 (35/17 Mbps)

External recording output (PAL)
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

External monitoring
HDMI (50.00i)

Recording frame rate (PAL)
25.00P (UHD), 50.00P/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 3840x2160
(Still image resolution is dependent on the video resolution)

Photo storage media
SD Card


MPEG-2 AAC-LC (16-bit 2ch) / LPCM (16-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
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
HDMI mini connector

Mini-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
0 - 24dB (1dB 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)

Infrared shooting mode
Yes (green or white)

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

Looks settings
(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 (AF/MF) / Face Only AF / Magnification / Focus Guide / BLC Always On / Powered IS / Auto Acquire WB / WB Priority / IR Light / Pre REC / Review Recording / PHOTO / Monitor Channel / Menu / Off

Custom Dial
Tv/ Av / M / AGC Limit / Exposure Compensation / Off

Time code

Countup system
Regen / Rec Run / Free Run / Preset (Non-Drop Frame)

Time Code out
Via HDMI out. Superimposed on output, Camera Mode only


Battery Pack
Canon Battery Pack BP-820 (supplied), BP-828 (optional)

Power Consumption (recording)
UHD/150Mbps: Approx. 4.1W (25.00P)

Continuous Recording Time (approx.)
UHD/150Mbps/25.00p: 175 mins (BP-820) / 270 mins (BP-828)
FHD/35Mbps/50.00p: 175 mins (BP-820) / 270 mins (BP-828)

Size and Weights

Approx. 109 x 84 x 182 mm (main body only)
Approx. 131 x 180 x 231 mm
(Including lens hood, BP-820, mic holder unit, and handle unit)

Weight (camera only)
Approx. 730g

Weight (fully equipped)
Approx. 1120g

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

  • XA40 Camcorder
  • HDU-1 Handle Unit
  • CA-570 Compact Power Adapter
  • BP-820 Battery Pack
  • Lens Hood with Lens Barrier
  • Mic Holder

Included in the box

Recording Support SD Cards
Warranty 2
Sensor 4K 1/2' MonoMOS
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Ultra-compact, professional palm-sized 4K XA-series camcorder with a 20x optical zoom lens 4K UHD / 25P High quality Full HD Infrared mode Linear PCM Wide-angle zoom 29.3 - 601mm 5-Axis IS 3.0-inch touch screen Dual card slots

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