Canon XA15 Brief Review



  • Body Style : Professional with viewfinder and handle
  • Weather Sealing : n/a
  • Image Stabilization : Hybrid sensor shift with electronic stabilization
  • Battery : Li-ion rechargeable battery
  • Weight : 2.5 lbs.
  • Autofocus : Hybrid AF, Face Only AF, Manual
  • Still Photos : 2.91 megapixels
  • Ports : Mini-B; High-speed USB; 3.5mm 4-pole mini jack; cold shoe; HDMI mini connector; 3.5mm stereo mini-jacks for Mic, AV headphone; 2.5mm stereo mini jack for remote control;
  • Sensor : 1/2.8" CMOS
  • Aperture : f/1.8-2.8
  • Zoom : 20x optical
  • Resolution and Frame Rate : 1080p at 60 fps
  • Release Date: 2017-01-15
  • Final Grade: 90 4.5 Star Rating: Recommended

The Canon XA15 is an affordable pro camera
The Canon XA15 offers all the ports and design for pro use, but skips the 4K for a more palatable price.
By Admin, Last updated on: 12/20/2017

Pro users that can't afford to go 4K may want to take a look at the new Canon XA15, sporting a mix of pro body and ports but keeping a high definition resolution to avoid pushing the price point.

The XA15 uses a 1/2.84 inch CMOS sensor, which is paired with a 20x optical zoom lens for an excellent amount of flexibility. That lens is also a pretty bright f/1.8-2.8 for getting that creamy background or shooting in low lights. Both a hybrid stabilization system and hybrid autofocus help give the camera enhanced performance.

The design of the XA15 is all pro on the go. The XA15 still uses a handle design, but the camera still weighs under three pounds for comfortable shoulder shooting. The Canon XA15 offers a long list of ports that pros and high-end users are looking for, including a cold shoe for accessories.

While there's no 4K, the Canon XA15 isn't as pricey as Canon's higher resolution models. Those extra ports and that handle design will still run you almost $1,900, however. For similar features, the Canon Vixia HF G21 has the same sensor and lens but without the handle and fewer ports, while the Canon XA11 has the handle but fewer audio ports.


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