Continuing a tradition of quality professional video in a smaller package, Canon has released the XA35, an update to the XA line. The Canon XA35 gets a redesigned sensor than its predecessor, which allows for better footage in low light. While the resolution is the same, the camcorder offers a +3dB improvement over the previous model's low light performance.
Also added to the 2015 version is two additional modes for handling challenging lighting scenarios. The Wide DR mode stretches out the dynamic range, or range of light captured, which helps keep the brightest areas from becoming overexposed. The new Highlight Priority Mode works to capture more contrast in challenging scenes.
The Canon XA35 is quite similar to the XA30, released at the same time. So what's the difference between the XA30 and the XA35? The key difference is that the XA35 is designed for use with a news truck and other external recording equipment through the HD/SD-SDI output port. The XA35, with the use of external equipment, can also record uncompressed footage. Otherwise, elements like the resolution and zoom range remain the same. The XA35 is priced for about $500 more.
The Canon XA35 is a good option for professionals that need portability and an HD/SD-SDI port (otherwise, look at the XA30). The XA35 is expected out on Dec. 30, 2015.