Object of Desire: Canon XA35

February 12, 2016

By Greg Scoblete

The versatile XA35 is an HD camera built to accommodate a wide range of video applications, from documentary filmmaking to electronic news gathering, wedding videography and more. It offers a built-in 20x optical zoom lens equivalent to 26.8-576mm on a 35mm camera. You’ll enjoy a maximum aperture of f/1.8-2.8, depending on your focal length. It has optical image stabilization and adjustable zoom speeds that can be variable or constant at one of 16 different user-selectable speed rates. The camera employs a new 1/2.84-inch HD CMOS PRO image sensor with improved signal-to-noise performance when shooting in low light environments. You can record 1920X1080p60 video as well as 1080p24 video to a pair of SD cards. You’ll have a choice of codecs with support for either AVCHD or MP4 with a maximum bit rate of 28Mbps and 35Mbps, respectively. A new Highlight Priority mode helps restore detail to over-exposed portions of a scene. When shooting in Highlight Priority, a View Assist function ensures that the camcorder’s display accurately represents the colors and contrast that you’re recording in camera. You’ll frame your scene through a 3.5-inch OLED touch screen display or a 0.24-inch OLED electronic viewfinder. There’s focus peaking and zebra patterns to aid in composition, full manual control and several customizable buttons for mapping frequently-used functions to the camera’s external controls. The XA35’s built-in Wi-Fi supports FTP file transfers for MP4 format video in addition to wireless remote control from a web browser. On the audio front, there’s a stereo mic plus a pair of XLR inputs with phantom power. The XA35 weighs in at a portable 2.6 pounds with battery and has a removable handle for when you want to slim it down.
PRICE: $2,499