Canon Announces Three 4K Camcorders

  By Kaitlyn Kerr


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.



Kaitlyn is a craft beer enthusiast and self-labelled film nerd. Suitably, she is one of the hosts of Calgary's Beers & Cameras meetup group. She also drinks too much coffee and wants to see too many places. When not helping coordinate events or exploring whatever city, town, or backroad she can, she also works as a freelance photographer and assistant.