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Canon XA25 Camcorder

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reviewed.com Editor's Choice
3.09MP 1/2.84 1.2kg Jun 2013
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An Ultra-compact, Entry-level Professional Camcorder With Unmatched Performance The XA25 camcorder combines outstanding image quality with dual-format recording and HD-SDI output in a compact form... More
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28 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The writer at Reviewed.com concluded that this video camera was exceptional and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

Canon Has Excellent Reviews for Its Video Cameras

On average Canon small sensor size camcorders have excellent reviews as do all camcorders produced by Canon.

Easy to Use

One person who reviewed this camcorder reckoned that it was easy to handle. Expert review site Reviewed.com said in their review of the Canon XA25 “It has loads of controls, top-notch handling”.

Good Size

One person wrote in their reviews that the product was compact. Expert website Reviewed.com mentioned in their review of this camcorder “Impressive performance—all in a compact, unassuming package”.

Robust

One Canon XA25 owner said in their reviews that it was well made. Expert review site Videomaker.com said in their review of the Canon XA25 “The XA25 is built to run-n-gun with the best of them” .

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar type and age to it.

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Quite Large Screen Size

At 3.5 inches, the Canon XA25 has a quite large screen size compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec. The screen sizes of similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the XA25 range from 1.4" to 4.3", and the average screen size is 2.9".

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 3.5" screen size video cameras currently available including the XA20[pl_1557028_price], or the XA10[pl_1476816_price] both from Canon or the Sony HXR-NX3[plb_2169464_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Canon XA25 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the XA25.

We compared all the other camcorders with an HDMI port to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price], the JVC GZ-EX515[plb_1876080_price], and the Panasonic HDC-SD80[plb_153715_price] is also worth considering.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Canon XA25 is Full HD, as are most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other Full HD camcorders currently available including the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price], the JVC GZ-EX515[plb_1876080_price], or the Panasonic HDC-SD80[plb_153715_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Canon XA25 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the XA25 also have an image stabiliser.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Legria HF G25[pl_1490851_price] both from Canon or the Sharp HC-V130[plb_2224109_price].

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1/2.84" Optical Sensor Size

The Canon XA25 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/2.84". That's 1% more optical sensor size than a 1/2.88" video camera, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. Across all camcorders of a similar age and spec to the XA25 the worst optical sensor size is 2/3" and the best is 1/1.3".

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Two Memory Card Slots

The Canon XA25 has more memory card slots than most of the small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the XA25. Most of the video cameras that were released more than two years ago only have one memory card slot, however this video camera has two memory card slots.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Canon XA25 supports a better memory card type than most camcorders of this age and type. This Canon camcorder supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most video cameras that were released more than two years ago support an SD memory card. In addition, this video camera supports an SDHC memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type across all video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the XA25.

A MicroSD (Transflash) memory card is the worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of video camera.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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OLED Display

This camcorder has an OLED display, which is typical of many similar spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years. OLED displays provide a better image with higher contrast ratio than LCD displays.

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Very High Display Resolution

When compared to other similar spec video cameras that came out more than two years ago that we have assessed the display resolution of, the Canon XA25's display resolution of 1,230,000 pixel is one of the highest. The display resolutions of video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the XA25 range from 1.2 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels.

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium battery, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Has Eight Scene Modes

The Canon XA25 has a greater number of scene modes than most camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it. This Canon video camera has an Spotlight scene mode, which is the most commonly found scene mode found on small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the XA25. The scene modes "Beach", "Fireworks", "Night", "Portrait", "Snow", "Sports" and "Sunset" are also found on this video camera.

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Fairly High Maximum Aperture Value

The Canon XA25 has a quite high maximum aperture value (8) compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type. Small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the XA25 have maximum aperture values of between 1.8 and 22.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the XA25, the Canon XA25 has a built-in display.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with a built-in display and we think the Sony DCR-PJ5[plb_64907_price], the L-Link LL-CAM-123[plb_1997574_price], and the Panasonic HDC-SD80[plb_153715_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080p|576i|720p video mode, which is the most frequently found video mode on small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Has Five White Balance Modes

The Canon XA25 has a greater number of white balance modes than most small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on camcorders of a similar spec and age to the XA25. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Fluorescent", "Fluorescent H" and "Tungsten" are also found on this camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 640 x 360|1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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± 3EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

The Canon XA25 has a ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction which is better than the ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction found on most comparable spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

This video camera's light exposure correction (± 3EV (1/3EV step)) is actually the best light exposure correction across all camcorders of this age and type.

The worst light exposure correction amongst similar types of video camera is ± 2EV (1/3EV step).

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Very High Movie Megapixel Count

The Canon XA25 has a very high movie megapixel count (2.91 megapixels) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the XA25. Across all the camcorders of this age and spec the movie megapixel counts range from 0.41MP to 3MP.

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Fairly High Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 2.91 megapixels, the Canon XA25 has one of the higher megapixel counts amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. Across all the small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago the megapixel counts range from 1.1MP to 10MP, and the average megapixel count is 2.4MP.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

At only 0.1 lux, the Canon XA25 has a fairly small minimum illumination compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago. Across all the small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the XA25 the minimum illumination range from 0.1lx to 7lx.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

With a minimum focal length of only 10 millimeters, the Canon XA25 has one of the shortest minimum focal lengths amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. Across all the comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the XA25 the minimum focal lengths range from 10mm to 44mm, and the average minimum focal length is 33mm.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

This camcorder supports a still image resolution of 1920 x 1080|1280 x 720|640 x 360, which is the most commonly supported still image resolution on similar spec video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most camcorders of a comparable type and age to the XA25 do not have an interchangeable lens. The Canon XA25 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

We think you might also be interested in alternative video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens including the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Video Capturing Speed

At only 25 frames per second, the Canon XA25 has a fairly low video capturing speed compared to most of the other video cameras that came out more than two years ago. The average video capturing speed of camcorders of this age and type is 36fps.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Canon XA25 does not have a night mode, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also do not have a night mode.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with a night mode and we think the Legria FS406[pl_334116_price], or the Legria HF R36[pl_369699_price] both from Canon or the JVC GZ-HM30[plb_361770_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Canon XA25 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years are also not 3D compatible.

Video cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth looking at include the Panasonic HC-X909[plb_1760656_price], or the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price] which is also higher rated.

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Only 2136 X 1362 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the Canon XA25 is 2136 x 1362 pixels. That's 52% more maximum image resolution than a 1600 x 1200 pixels camcorder, which is the most common maximum image resolution. Across all camcorders that came out around the same time as the XA25 the maximum image resolution ranges from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 6592 x 3712 pixels (best).

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years, the Canon XA25 does not have a built-in projector.

There are a number of alternative camcorders which also have a built-in projector which you might want to consider including the DCR-PJ5[pl_64907_price], the HDR-PJ220[pl_1537009_price], or the HDR-PJ320[pl_1582785_price] all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Most video cameras that have been available for more than two years are not waterproof. The Canon XA25 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Heavy

The lightest comparable spec camcorder that has been available for more than two years is 57g weight and the heaviest is 3.9kg. The Canon XA25 is one of the heavier video cameras of a similar type and age to the XA25 (1.2 kilograms) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Very Big Closest Focusing Distance

The closest focusing distances of small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the XA25 range from 0.01m to 1m. The closest focusing distance of the Canon XA25 of 0.6 meters is one of the biggest amongst camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Canon XA25

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this camcorder was released.

Average Digital Zoom

At 400 times zoom factor, the Canon XA25 has a relatively average digital zoom compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

We compared all the other 400x (digital) video cameras to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Legria HF G30[pl_1564050_price], and the XA20[pl_1557028_price] both from Canon is also worth considering.

If this small sensor size camcorder digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Vixia HF R400[pl_1580899_price] (1,060x), or the Vixia HF R40[pl_1633221_price] (1,060x) both from Canon or the Panasonic HDC-TM900[plb_1824860_price] (700x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 20 times zoom factor, the Canon XA25 has a relatively average optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the XA25.

We compared all the other 20x (optical) video cameras to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Legria HF G30[pl_1564050_price], and the XA20[pl_1557028_price] both from Canon is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a camcorder with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the Panasonic AG-AC160[plb_1827518_price] (22x), the Sony HDR-PJ320[plb_1582785_price] (30x), or the Canon Vixia HF R400[plb_1580899_price] (32x) which is also higher rated.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Exposure Mode
Light Exposure Correction
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Capturing Speed
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
Mini HDMI Port
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Micro-USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Socket
Networking
WiFi Type
Battery
Battery
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
Recording Time

1 Award

reviewed.com Editor's Choice

Expert Reviews

16 September 2013

While the XA25 is a fantastic camcorder, you need to keep in mind what sort of filmmaking equipment $3000 can get you. The XA25 is great if you're splurging for your first pro camcorder. The...

Reviewed.com

26 June 2013

The XA25 dual-recording format, high definition camcorder from Canon was conceived with the action-hungry professional in mind. Light on heft, but not on features, the XA25 is built to run-n-gun... Read more…

6 August 2013

Wer auf XLR-Anschlüsse angewiesen ist, bekommt mit der XA20 ein solides Arbeitstier mit einem extrem vielseitigen Objektiv in einem interessanten Preissegment geboten, das jedoch keine...

23 December 2013

Med forbehold om at vi ikke har testet Canon Legria HF G30, vil vi på bakgrunn av de likheter det kameraet har med XA20 og XA25 anta at det vil være et ypperlig entusiast-videokamera. Har man...

Excellent video quality
Highly effective stabilization system
Professional XLR mic support
Focusassist options
Two zebra levels
Battery release blocked by tripod adapter plate

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 1080p20, canon 1080p20x, canon 8443b002, canon 8443b002i, canon 8443b002iv, 6ave 8443b002package3
Barcodes 00013803217551, 00616932797408, 00616932797422, 00635492500853, 04960999977669

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