For fast, compact, and powerful performance specially suited for on-the-go Electronic News Gathering (ENG) production, corporate videos and higher education, Canon’s XA35 Professional Camcorder offers a remarkable combination of portability, image quality and I/O capability. Its HD/SD-SDI Terminal offers easy connectivity to broadcast vans, workstations and other digital cinema/TV hardware, helping to provide incredibly fast transfer of uncompressed video with timecode and audio embedded for rapid productions. Plus, with a Genuine Canon 20x High Definition Optical Zoom lens and a newly designed HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor with improved low-light performance, the XA35 captures superb Full HD 1920×1080 video. It features two new modes: Wide DR Gamma and Highlight Priority, which help to deliver an expansive range of colors and tones virtually consistent with how they’re seen by the naked eye. A new interval recording option rounds out the XA35’s ability to capture dramatic footage on the fly with fast motion of up to 1200x the original speed. All this makes for a camcorder that helps facilitate speedy, outstanding-quality video capture that can be ideal for broadcast news, sports events, documentaries and other fast-moving recording situations.
Genuine Canon 20x High Definition Optical Zoom Lens
The XA35 Professional Camcorder features a Genuine Canon 20x HD Zoom Lens that provides a highly versatile zoom range with 35mm equivalent of 26.8–576mm, and a minimum object distance of just 23.6 inches (60cm) to help capture newsworthy recordings near and far. The impressive image quality is enhanced by an 8-blade Circular Aperture design, which helps to avoid the “starburst” effect of point light sources in non-circular aperture designs. Out-of-focus areas are smooth, natural and appealing. An endless-type focus and zoom control includes user-programmable direction and sensitivity modes. Zoom speed can be set to either a variable or constant (with 16 levels) speed setting, with Fast, Normal, or Slow zoom speed levels.
New, Advanced HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor with Improved Low-light Performance
New, Advanced HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor
For incredibly sharp and detailed high-definition video recording, the XA35 Professional Camcorder features a reengineered, 1/2.84-inch, 2.91 Megapixel HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor that captures approximately 2136×1362 pixels. Thanks to the sensor’s enhanced sensitivity, the XA35 helps provide vivid, accurate recording through an improved signal-to-noise ratio.
Improved Low-light Performance
Featuring an improved, low-luminance noise rating of +3 dB, the XA35 Professional Camcorder is able to capture clearer, sharper images in lower light, with even better detail.
|Recording Format||Bit Rate||Resolution||Frame Rate|
|AVCHD||28 Mbps (59.94P)||1920 x 1080||59.94P*1|
|24 Mbps||1920 x 1080||59.94Pi/PF29.97/ 23.98P*1|
|17 Mbps||1920 x 1080||59.94Pi/PF29.97/ 23.98P*1|
|5 Mbps||1440 x 1080||59.94Pi/PF29.97/ 23.98P*1|
|MP4||35 Mbps (59.94P)||1920 x 1080||59.94P|
|24 Mbps||1920 x 1080||29.97P/23.98P*2|
|17 Mbps||1920 x 1080||29.97P/23.98P*2|
|4 Mbps||1280 x 720||29.97P/23.98P*2|
|3 Mbps||640 x 360||29.97P/23.98P*2|
*1 In AUTO mode: 59.94i
*2 In AUTO mode: 29.97P only
Simultaneous HD- and Web-version Dual Recording
Dual Recording offers format choices that are useful for various post-capture options. The DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor and dual SD card slots enable simultaneous recording in AVCHD format and web-ready MP4 format, as well as MP4 at different bit rates.
|Main Slot||Secondary Slot (MP4 Recording)|
|Bit Rate (size)||Frame Rate|
|AVCHD||28 Mbps (59.94P)||NOT POSSIBLE|
|24 Mbps (59.94i/PF29.97/23.98P)||→||4 Mbps (1280×720)
3 Mbps (640×360)
|17 Mbps (59.94i/PF29.97/23.98P)|
|5 Mbps (59.94i/PF29.97/23.98P)|
|MP4||35 Mbps (59.94P)||NOT POSSIBLE|
|24 Mbps (29.97P/23.98P)||→||4 Mbps (1280×720)
3 Mbps (640×360)
|17 Mbps (29.97P/23.98P)|
|4 Mbps (29.97P/23.98P)|
|3 Mbps (29.97P/23.98P)||3 Mbps (29.97P/23.98P)|
*1 29.97P recording is performed when the format for the card in the main slot is 59.94i, PF29.97 or 29.97P; 23.98P recording is performed when it is 23.98P.
Native 24p Recording
A must for serious documentary work, Native 24p matches the frame rate of a traditional film camera, giving the same cadence and temporal motion for “film-like” quality.
The XA35 Professional Camcorder amplifies convenience with an HD/SD-SDI terminal, whether streaming directly to a broadcast van or connecting to a recorder to make high-quality video recordings for archiving purposes. Designed for professional broadcast use, HD/SD-SDI output provides an uncompressed signal at 1920×1080 resolution with 4:2:2 color sampling and embedded audio and time code.
Video Standard: SMPTE 292M (1080i/720p)
Embedded Audio Standard: SMPTE 299M
Time Code Standard: SMPTE 12M
Video Standard: SMPTE 259M (480i)
Embedded Audio Standard: SMPTE 272M
Time Code Standard: SMPTE 12M
Built-in Wi-Fi® Technology with FTP Transfer Capability
The XA35 Professional Camcorder features built-in dual-band (5 GHz/2.4 GHz) Wi-Fi® technology, enabling FTP file transfer to Cloud-based servers for convenient back ups or for situations where a relay station, such as a news truck, is unavailable. The dual bands help ensure that data can be sent even in areas with increased signal interference. It is also possible to connect to compatible networks, wireless hotspots and compatible iOS® mobile devices using the free Canon Movie Uploader app*, or play back video on the camcorder’s memory cards to Wi-Fi® enabled TVs and computers.
Wi-Fi® technology also allows remote control of key camcorder controls, such as recording start/stop and zoom (in three different speeds), exposure functions (aperture, shutter speed, gain, exposure compensation and more), white balance and focus settings via a compatible tablet or smartphone. The ability to control the camera remotely, such as when using a camera crane, helps improve mobility in various shooting environments.
* This software enables you to upload images to social network sites. Before uploading images, please be aware that image files may contain privacy related information such as people and places. If necessary, please delete such information. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this software. Compatible with iOS version 5/6/7 or later for select devices. MP4 60p and AVCHD recordings are not supported for this function.
Superb Image Reproduction
The XA35 Professional Camcorder represents Canon’s Full HD System, delivering truly excellent image quality and reproduction for most any news-gathering application. With its 20x Optical Zoom HD Video lens, its new HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor and the powerful DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor working together to capture and process the images at hand, the XA35 is positioned to deliver HD video that is nothing short of stunning.
The 3.5-inch, 1.23 million dot equivalent Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display provides vivid colors, high contrast and dramatically improved responsiveness compared to traditional LCD screens. A wide-view angle (over 80° at all angles) aids in composition versatility, and regular chromaticity adjustments, which are prompted by the camcorder, help ensure correct brightness and faithful color reproduction.
The 0.24-inch tilt-type color electronic viewfinder on the XA35 Professional Camcorder has 100% field of view, and 1.56 million dots of resolution help ensure critical focus adjustment, with peaking applied if necessary. A joystick located to the right of the viewfinder, where the thumb rests, enables control of camera settings on the viewscreen without having to use touch panel controls.
Dual SD Card Slots, Using Readily Available, Consumable Media
The XA35 Professional Camcorder is compatible with universal SDHC and SDXC memory cards, which provide super-high capacity and ultra-fast data transfer.
|28 Mbps||24 Mbps||17 Mbps||5 Mbps|
|8GB||35 min.||40 min.||1 hr.||3 hr.|
|16GB||1 hr.15 min.||1 hr. 25 min.||2 hr. 5 min.||6 hr. 5 min.|
|32GB||2 hr. 30 min.||2 hr. 55 min.||4 hr. 10 min.||12 hr. 15 min.|
|64GB||5 hr. 5 min.||5 hr. 55 min.||8 hr. 20 min.||24 hr. 30 min.|
|128GB||10 hr. 10 min.||11 hr. 55 min.||16 hr. 45 min.||49 hr.|
|35 Mbps||24 Mbps||17 Mbps||4 Mbps||3 Mbps|
|8GB||30 min.||40 min.||1 hr.||4 hr. 20 min.||5 hr. 40 min.|
|16GB||1 hr.||1 hr. 25 min.||2 hr. 5 min.||8 hr. 40 min.||11 hr. 25 min.|
|32GB||2 hr.||2 hr. 55 min.||4 hr. 10 min.||17 hr. 20 min.||22 hr. 55 min.|
|64GB||4 hr.||5 hr. 55 min.||8 hr. 20 min.||34 hr. 45 min.||45 hr. 55 min.|
|128GB||8 hr.||11 hr. 55 min.||16 hr. 45 min.||69 hr. 30 min.||91 hr. 55 min.|
When AVCHD/MP4 recording has continued for 12 hours, it will automatically stop. A variable bit rate is applicable in each case.
Double-slot SD Card Recording for Instant BackupFor safety and convenience, double-slot recording allows you to record simultaneously to each of the two SD memory card slots, providing an instant backup for your footage.
Relay Recording for Continuous, Long-run RecordingWith Relay Recording, the XA35 Professional Camcorder automatically switches video recording from one SD memory card to the other when the first memory card becomes full.
Wide DR Gamma (600%)
For natural and realistic-looking image capture that faithfully represents the scene at hand, the XA35 Professional Camcorder features a Wide DR Gamma mode. By suppressing overexposure in high brightness areas of the composition, this mode helps achieve a wide dynamic range of 600% to produce seamless tone gradations, resulting in smooth detail, accurate color and virtually no blown-out highlights.
Highlight Priority Mode
To capture highly saturated, realistic colors and to convey gradation characteristics as perceived by the eye, the XA35 Professional Camcorder has a new Highlight Priority mode that achieves effects similar to HDR modes in other camcorders. By reducing the mid- to high-brightness compression of the standard gamma mode, the Highlight Priority mode helps to prevent loss of detail in high brightness areas. Designed for display on a bright LCD TV, videos captured in Highlight Priority mode should be shown at a high brightness setting to help ensure accurate portrayal of the effect.
View Assist Function that Supports Highlight Priority Mode
When using the XA35 Professional Camcorder in Highlight Priority mode, the View Assist function increases brightness and medium tone gamma in the camera’s viewfinder or OLED panel. This allows images to be displayed with the brightness and gradation with which they are being recorded or reviewed, helping to ensure the subjects look natural and realistic.
Intelligent Optical Image Stabilization System with Powered and Dynamic Modes and Auto On/Off
The XA35 Professional Camcorder offers a powerful optical image stabilization system suited to help reduce image blur in a wide variety of shooting situations. The different image stabilization options can be selected manually, or Intelligent IS can use an automatic detection system to identify the proper stabilization mode for the situation. Featured on the XA35 is Dynamic Mode, which provides electronic correction of roll and tilt.
Used for image stabilization at the wide end, Dynamic IS builds on translational (up-down/left-right) stabilization, adding roll axis correction, horizontal roll correction and vertical roll correction for five-axis correction. Image distortion is substantially reduced, even when shooting while in motion.
Macro IS corrects angular and shift-type shake in wide-angle shots.
Used for image stabilization in telephoto shooting, Powered IS corrects for low-frequency camcorder shake.
* During Intelligent IS (AUTO mode), Powered IS can be set to ON or OFF.
Full Manual Control
Custom Key and Dial
A Custom Key and Dial feature allows you to assign functions to an easily accessible key and adjust the settings with a control dial. The functions include:
• Tv/Av: Use the dial to adjust shutter speed (Tv mode) or aperture (Av mode), as needed. In this mode the key has no effect.
• Manual exposure: When manual control is selected, the dial can adjust aperture, shutter speed or gain. Select items to adjust, such as aperture or other settings, with the key.
• Exposure Lock can be set on or off as can the AGC Limit.
With the Level Marker feature, it’s easy to keep the camcorder level for more accurate framing. The Grid Marker provides a reference grid in your viewfinder. Depending on the background color of your shot, you can choose between two different colors (white or gray) for better viewing contrast.
Gain may be manually set from 0 dB to 24 dB in 1 dB increments. Additionally, Auto Gain Control Limit allows you to set the maximum gain limit for the image sensor’s sensitivity. With this function, brightness and noise can be balanced as required, and image quality can be maximized in low-light situations.
Power zoom is available in Variable and Constant settings in 3 modes: Fast (approx. 1.9–60 seconds), Normal (approx. 2.5–180 seconds) and Slow (approx. 4.0–285 seconds). To provide added control, there are 16 predefined steps in Constant mode.
Ergonomic, Portable Design
Weighing less than three pounds including the detachable handle, battery and lens hood – and less than two pounds without – the XA35 Professional Camcorder is ideal for high-action shoots when both speed and mobility are essential, and where keeping a low profile is an added benefit. Though small in size, this camcorder sacrifices nothing when it comes to professional functionality. It features a “seesaw” style zoom lever, manual focus/zoom ring and joystick for easy control and an electronic viewfinder that can tilt up to 45° for low-angle shooting. It also has five Assign Buttons to help it fit to your operational needs.
Two Phantom-powered XLR Audio Inputs with Manual Gain Control
A stereo microphone is incorporated into the XA35 Professional Camcorder, as are two XLR audio inputs with +48 V phantom power. The built-in microphone provides outstanding audio in fast-paced situations while the XLR inputs provide connectivity to external microphones and other professional audio devices. If you choose, the built-in microphone and XLR input can be used simultaneously.
Audio is recorded in 16-bit PCM format at 48 kHz for amazing quality and fidelity. And both the built-in microphone and XLR inputs have the option for automatic or full manual gain control. To prevent variations in the recorded audio level, the dial can also be locked.
The XA35 also includes a 3.5mm headphone terminal with 16 volume settings for accurate audio monitoring.
Ultra Compact with Detachable Handle
A detachable handle provides the user with expanded audio performance and added flexibility. Removing the handle allows the camcorder to be made more compact for convenient storage when travelling. Included on the handle are the following terminals, controls and monitors:
• Two built-in XLR audio input terminals with phantom power
• Accessory shoe (cold)
• External microphone holder
• Manual audio level control
• Zoom control and record start/stop button
• Infrared light
• Tally lamp
High Definition Peaking for Focus Assist
To enhance focusing capability, the XA35 Professional Camcorder provides Focus Assist. It includes enlargement, which helps in capturing your subject in razor-sharp focus. It works by providing a 2x magnification of your subject, which is automatically cancelled when you start recording. Also included is color peaking, which shows the shooting object’s focused areas in actual colors.
Assignable Buttons for Custom Shooting
The XA35 Professional Camcorder is equipped with five assignable buttons so that the camcorder can be tailored to the specific preferences or needs of the user.
Button 1 is preset as AF/MF.
Button 2 is preset as Pre REC.
Button 3 has no preset.
Button 4 has no preset.
Button 5 is preset as Rec Review.
Infrared Shooting Mode for Extreme Low-light Conditions (with built-in IR emitter and diffuser)
The XA35 Professional Camcorder features an Infrared Mode allowing the capture of video in conditions with little to no ambient light. Improved from the XA25 and XA20, it can shoot at brightness levels that are approximately 1.4 times more sensitive, and allows low-light capture by removing the infrared cutoff filter from the optical path. Its specially designed lens coating allows the infrared light to pass through to the image sensor. Additionally, the detachable handle of the XA35 features an infrared emitter with a diffuser to shoot appealing infrared imagery even in complete darkness. For evening camera crews or nature documentary makers, the benefits of a compact, high performance camcorder for shooting in such conditions are obvious. Without the need to add lights, the shooter can save time on set-up, or blend into the background to reduce their chance of being seen by the subject. Also, the XA35 gives the option of recording in white or green mode.
Connectivity to Various Inputs and Outputs
Not only does the XA35 Professional Camcorder provide the user with incredible control over the image, it also provides immense creative freedom when it comes to inputs and outputs, including:
• HD/SD-SDI Output (see dedicated section for more details)
• HDMI Output (HDMI mini connector, time code can be superimposed)
• Composite Video Output (3.5mm)
• USB Hi-Speed Terminal
• (2) XLR Audio Input (when handle is attached) (See audio section for more details)
• Microphone Input (3.5mm) (See audio section for more details)
• Headphone Jack (3.5mm) (See audio section for more details)
• Remote Control Terminal (compatible with LANC protocol)
• Accessory Shoe (when handle is attached)
Optional Bluetooth Mic with Two-way Intercom-like Capability
The XA35 Professional Camcorder is compatible with the optional Canon WM-V1 Wireless Microphone. Bluetooth technology allows high-quality audio to be recorded from up to 164 feet away (50m), making it ideal for interviews, nature recording and other situations that call for unobtrusive sound recording. With earphones attached, the WM-V1 Wireless Microphone can also be used as a two-way intercom, enabling more creative control, such as discreetly providing an on-camera subject with direction.
Advanced Display Features: Zebra, Color Bars and Test Tone
The white balance control has six available presets selectable through a variety of day and artificial light conditions (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H and Tungsten), as well as two manual white balance settings. Color temperature may also be manually set from 2,000K to 15,000K in 100K increments for more precise adjustment.
Impressive Slow and Fast Motion, including Interval Recording from 2x to 1200x
Slow and Fast Motion Modes allow the XA35 Professional Camcorder to record a different frame rate than the playback frame rate (only in MP4 recording modes), for a fast or slow motion effect during playback. Since the camera is recording real frames and modifying the playback rate, there is virtually no quality loss and maximum image quality is maintained. Additionally, interval recording allows the user to record frames at specified intervals, providing time-lapse recording of up to 1200x and slow motion down to 0.4x of the original speed.
|Playback Frame Rate (Bit Rate)|
|59.94P (35 Mbps)||29.97P
(24 Mbps/17 Mbps)
(24 Mbps/17 Mbps)
|Highest Recording Bit Rate||17.5 Mbps||48 Mbps
(at the 0.5x speed)
(at the 0.4x speed)
Standard Definition or High Definition
Power Supply (rated)
Video Recording system
Audio Recording system
* 28 Mbps/24 Mbps video recording modes only; 16-bit resolution
Focal Length: 3.67–73.4mm (35mm equivalent: 26.8-576mm with Standard IS/IS Off, 28.8-576mm with Dynamic IS)
Zoom Speed:Variable speed / Constant speed (16 levels); Fast, Normal or Slow
Max. F/Stop: f/1.8-2.8
Instant AF, Medium AF, Normal AF (TTL-video signal selection system), Face Only AF, Manual Focus
Manual Mode: P, Tv, Av, M (Manual exposure), SCN (Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Night, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks)
Cinema Mode: P, Tv, Av, M
Max Shutter Speed
Minimum Focusing Distance
MP4 – 1080: 59.94P / 29.97P / 23.98P; 720 and 360: 29.97P / 23.98P
Low Light Mode: Approx. 0.1 lux (shutter speed 1/2 sec.)
Dynamic IS Powered IS* Macro IS Tripod Mode * During Intelligent IS (Auto Mode), Powered IS can be set to On or Off.
IS Modes other than Intelligent IS:
Standard IS IS Off
AV Mini Terminal/Headphone Terminal
Remote Control Terminal
Operating Temperature range
Approx. 0 – 40°C, 85% relative humidity (performance)