Canon XA20 Brief Review


REVIEW SUMMARY

Specifications

  • 2.91 Megapixel HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor
  • 20x HD Video Lens (35mm equivalent: 26.8mm-576mm)
  • 8-Blade circular aperture
  • Manual focus ring
  • 1080/60p recording in MP4 (35 Mbps) and AVCHD Progressive (28 Mbps)
  • Native 24p Recording
  • Built-in Wi-Fi®
  • Detachable handle
  • Extra terminals and accessory ports include two built-in XLR audio input terminals with phantom power and manual gain control, an infrared emitter and diffuser light, an accessory shoe (cold), an external microphone holder, and zoom control
  • Infrared shooting mode for extreme low light conditions
  • Focuses as close as 23.6 inches
  • 3.5" touch screen
  • Tilting electronic viewfinder
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Manual modes
  • Release Date: 2013-04-01
  • Final Grade: 89 4.45 Star Rating: Recommended


Canon XA20
Preview of the Canon XA20.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 12/11/2015

Hey! You should know that Canon has released a newer version of this product: the Canon XA30.

Canon's XA20 is an excellent prosumer camcorder with an upgraded 20x zoom lens and eight-blade circular aperture. With manual modes, a five axis image stabilization system, a new automatic correction circuit and options for various microphone and accessory attachments, this camcorder should put out high quality video for its compact size. But, with features like a 3.5 inch touch screen and wi-fi, the XA20 should also be easy (and fun) to use. Overall, the Canon XA20 is an excellent advanced camcorder; however, the short battery life and lack of built-in memory adds significantly to the price since serious users will need the extended battery back and a large SD card.


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