Canon has announced three new 4K capable camcorders: the XA55, XA50, and XA40. These cameras are the first in Canon’s XA series to offer 4K.
All three cameras feature a 1.0” sensor, 4K/30p recording (4:2:0 8-bit) or 1080p Full HD (4:2:2 10-bit) output via SDI/HDMI, five-axis stabilization, dual SD card slots, and Canon’s Dual-Pixel CMOS autofocus system.
The XA55 and XA50 both have a 15x optical zoom with a nine-bladed aperture and a Wide Dynamic Range (DR) Gamma mode to produce smooth tonal gradations. They also include a detachable XLR handle. Both are expected in June 2019 at a price point of $3649.99 for the XA55 and $2949.99 for the XA50.
The XA55 is designed for new reporting and documentary work, and differs from the XA50 with an HD-SDI terminal. The XA50 and XA40 are both targeted more towards the broadcasting crowd.
The XA40 has a 20x optical zoom with an eight-bladed aperture and is expected to be available in April at a price of $2299.99.
Canon also announced firmware updates for the XF705, XF405, XF400, and Vixia GX10.
For more details, consult Canon’s press release.