Canon XA35 Brief Review



  • 2.91 Megapixel 1/2.84” 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)
  • Frame rates of 24, 30 or 60 fps
  • 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
  • Interval recording
  • Wide dynamic range recording mode
  • Highlight Priority Gamma Mode
  • Focuses as close as 23.6 inches
  • 3.5" touch screen
  • HD/SD-SDI Port
  • Uncompressed recording (with external equipment)
  • Tilting electronic viewfinder
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Manual modes
  • Dual SD card slots
  • Release Date: 2015-12-30
  • Final Grade: 92 4.6 Star Rating: Recommended

Canon XA35 gets a nice makeover
Canon's popular compact professional camcorder sees some nice improvements.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 2/16/2016

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.

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    Frederic Hore

    Though the article states the SDI output was intended for remote news truck applications, it can also be used on a larger, battery-powered monitor for quality control and image review, or when a client is at a shoot. I've done this successfully with some Sony cams with the same SDI output feature. Cheers! Frederic Hore, Montréal, Canada

    Reply over 3 years ago
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      Hillary Grigonis

      Thanks for the tip!

      Reply about 3 years ago

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