Canon XA35 Professional HD Camcorder (PAL)

The Canon XA35 is a professional HD camcorder with a large 1/2.84” HD CMOS Pro sensor, a genuine Canon 20x HD Zoom IS lens, and a removable top handle with a infra-red light, HD/SD-SDI output, and other connection ports
  • 1/2.84" HD CMOS Pro Sensor
  • 1920x1080 up to 59.94p
  • 20x Canon Optical Zoom Lens
  • HD/SD-SDI Output
  • Wide DR Gamma (600%) Mode
  • Highlight Priority Mode
  • 3.5" OLED Touchscreen & EVF
  • 2x XLR Audio Inputs with Manual Controls
  • Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC Media Card Slots
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with FTP Capabilities
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Main Features:

1/2.84” HD CMOS Pro sensor

The Canon XA35 features a large 1/2.84” HD CMOS Pro sensor that captures approximately 2136x1362 pixels. The sensor features an improved low-luminance noise rating of +3 dB when compared to previous models, this greatly improves detail when shooting in low light.

Genuine Canon 20x HD Zoom IS Lens

The XA35 Professional Camcorder features a Genuine Canon HD Zoom lens with 20x optical zoom and image stabilisation. The lens covers a wide 35mm equivalent focal length of 26.8–576mm, and features a minimum focus distance of just 60cm to help capture a great variety of subjects, as well as a 8-blade circular aperture design to make out of focus areas/subjects look pleasant, and 5-axis image stabilisation to reduce unwanted camera shake and blur.

DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor and Full HD video recording

Canon's DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor captures and processes images data at blistering speeds to enable Full HD video recording at 60 frames per second while ensuring accurate colours and low levels of noise.

HD/SD-SDI Output

The XA35 Professional Camcorder amplifies convenience with an HD/SD-SDI terminal, whether streaming directly to a broadcast van or connecting to a recorder to make high-quality video recordings for archiving purposes. Designed for professional broadcast use, HD/SD-SDI output provides an uncompressed signal at 1920x1080 resolution with 4:2:2 color sampling and embedded audio and time code.

Video Standard: SMPTE 292M (1080i/720p)
Embedded Audio Standard: SMPTE 299M
Time Code Standard: SMPTE 12M

Video Standard: SMPTE 259M (480i)
Embedded Audio Standard: SMPTE 272M
Time Code Standard: SMPTE 12M

Wide DR Gamma (600%)

For natural and realistic-looking image capture that faithfully represents the scene at hand, the XA35 Professional Camcorder features a Wide DR Gamma mode. By suppressing overexposure in high brightness areas of the composition, this mode helps achieve a wide dynamic range of 600% to produce seamless tone gradations, resulting in smooth detail, accurate colour and virtually no blown-out highlights.

Highlight Priority Mode

The XA35 Camcorder features a highlight priority mode that reduces the mid- to high-brightness compression of the standard gamma mode. This helps to prevent loss of detail in high brightness areas when shooting in very bright or high contrast conditions.

Infrared shooting mode for extreme low-light conditions (with built-in IR emitter and diffuser)

The XA35 Professional Camcorder features an Infrared Mode allowing the capture of video in conditions with little to no ambient light. Improved from the XA25 and XA20, it can shoot at brightness levels that are approximately 1.4 times more sensitive, and makes low-light capture capable by removing the infrared cutoff filter from the optical path. Its specially designed lens coating allows the infrared light to pass through to the image sensor. Additionally, the detachable handle of the XA35 features an infrared emitter with a diffuser to shoot appealing infrared imagery even in complete darkness. For nighttime videographers or law enforcement users, the benefits of a compact, high performance camcorder for shooting in such conditions are obvious. Without the need to add lights, the shooter can save time on set-up, or remain hidden from subjects. Also, the XA35 gives the option of recording in white or green mode.

Built-in stereo microphone, two XLR audio inputs with +48 V phantom power, and a 3.5mm headphone terminal

A stereo microphone is incorporated into the XA35, as are two XLR audio inputs with +48 V phantom power. The built-in microphone provides outstanding audio in fast-paced situations while the XLR inputs provide connectivity to external microphones and other professional audio devices. If you choose, the built-in microphone and XLR input can be used simultaneously.

Audio is recorded in 16-bit PCM format at 48 kHz for amazing quality and fidelity. And both the built-in microphone and XLR inputs have the option for automatic or full manual gain control. To prevent variations in the recorded audio level, the dial can also be locked.

The XA35 also includes a 3.5mm headphone terminal with 16 volume settings for accurate audio monitoring.

Detachable Handle

A detachable handle provides the user with expanded audio performance and added flexibility. Removing the handle allows the camcorder to be made more compact for convenient storage when travelling. Included on the handle are the following terminals, controls and monitors:

  • Two built-in XLR audio input terminals with phantom power
  • Accessory shoe (cold)
  • External microphone holder
  • Manual audio level control
  • Zoom control and record start/stop button
  • Infrared light
  • Tally lamp

3.5-inch OLED Viewscreen with 10,000:1 Contrast Ratio

A 3.5-inch, 1.23 million dot equivalent Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display provides vivid colors, high contrast and dramatically improved responsiveness compared to traditional LCD screens. A wide-view angle (over 80° at all angles) aids in composition versatility, and regular chromaticity adjustments, which are prompted by the camcorder, help ensure correct brightness and faithful color reproduction.

Electronic Viewfinder

A 0.24-inch tilt-type color electronic viewfinder on the XA35 Professional Camcorder has 100% field of view, and 1.56 million dots of resolution help ensure critical focus adjustment, with peaking applied if necessary. A joystick located to the right of the viewfinder, where the thumb rests, enables control of camera settings on the viewscreen without having to use touch panel controls.

Other Features:

  • Built-in Wi-Fi Technology with FTP Transfer Capability
  • Dual SD Card Slots
  • Full Manual Control
  • Ergonomic, Portable Design
  • Assignable Buttons for Custom Shooting
  • Advanced Display Features: Zebra, Color Bars and Test Tone
  • Canon XA35 Professional Camcorder
  • Lens Hood (with Lens Barrier)
  • BP-820 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (1780mAh)
  • CA-570 Compact AC Power Adapter
  • Top Handle Unit
  • WL-D89 Wireless Controller
  • HDMI Cable
  • USB Cable
  • STV-250N Stereo Video Cable


Image Sensor



1/2.84 type HD CMOS Pro


RGB primary colour filter

Total pixels per sensor

Approx. 3.09 megapixels

Effective pixels per sensor

Approx. 2.91 megapixels (2136 x 1362)

Minimum illumination (PAL Version)

Auto: 1.0 lux With Auto Slow Shutter selected
Low Light Mode: 0.1 lux

Horizontal Resolution

900 TV lines at highest image quality



Zoom ratio


Focal length

26.8 - 576mm (35mm equivalent / 28.8-576mm with Dynamic IS on)

Minimum focus distance

60cm (throughout zoom range);
10mm (wide angle)

ND filter

Built-in gradation filter (Auto or Off)

Zoom control

Zoom rockers on body and handle;
Selectable manual zoom/focus ring on lens;
Selectable High Speed and Soft Zoom modes available.

Zoom speed

Variable (body rocker only) or Constant speed (body and handle rocker; Fast/Normal/Slow, 16 speed level settings in each)

Focus control

MANUAL: Lens ring, Touchscreen OLED (touch Focus, Touch and Track), Focus Preset
AUTO: Face Priority AF / Face Only AF / Instant AF / Medium AF / TV AF

Iris control

Custom dial; Touchscreen; Auto

Aperture range

f1.8 - f8

Filter diameter


Lens elements/groups


Aperture blades

8 Blade Circular Aperture

Image stabilization system

Optical lens shift system (angle & vector movement detection) + electronic stabilisation;
4 modes: Intelligent (Auto), Dynamic, Standard, Powered

Digital zoom

Up to 400x;
Built-in 2x Digital Teleconverter (cannot be used with Digital Zoom)

Image Processor





Video storage media

SDXC/SDHC/SD memory card (2 card slots);
Dual Format recording, Double slot (simultaneous) recording and Relay (continuous) recording possible.¹


Class 6 (or higher) cards recommended for 1080/50P recording;
Class 4 (or higher) cards recommended for other Full HD recording

Recording time

128GB SDXC card:
10hrs 10mins (AVCHD max. quality)¹
8hrs 00mins (MP4 max. quality)¹
91hrs 55mins (MP4 lowest quality)¹

Recording file format

AVCHD Progressive (v2.0, high profile);

Recording format

AVCHD (all modes variable bit rate, 4:2:0 colour sampling):
1920x1080: 50p (28Mbps, linear PCM audio available);
1920x1080: 50i/PF25 (24Mbps, 17Mbps);
1440x1080: 50i/PF25 (5Mbps)
MP4 (all modes variable bit rate, 4:2:0 colour sampling):
1920x1080: 50p (35Mbps);
1920x1080: 25P (24Mbps, 17Mbps);
1280x720: 25P (4Mbps);
640x360: 25P (3Mbps)

Slow/Fast motion

YES (MP4 HD mode only, x0.5/x2/x4/x10/x20/x60/x120/x1200

Interval Record


Frame Record


Pre Record (cache record)

YES (3 seconds)

Scan Reverse


HD->SD conversion


Internal Data Transfer

MOVIE & STILLS: Yes (card to card)

Photo storage media

SDXC/SDHC/SD memory card

Still quality

During video recording or playback: 1920 x 1080/1280 x 720/640 x 360


Monitoring Panel



Capacitive Organic LED


8.77cm (3.5"), 100% view


1.23 million-dot equivalent

Touch Screen

Yes. Touch and Drag operations supported

Image quality adjustments

Brightness, backlight, OLED colour balance


YES (270 degree rotation about horizontal axis)

Waveform Monitor


Focus Assist

Peaking; Magnifying




YES (70% or 100% reference level)


ON/OFF (Level, Grid)




0.61cm (0.24"), 100% view


1.56 million dots equivalent


YES (tiltable to 45 degrees)

Correction lens

+ 2.0 to -5.5 diopter



Audio in

XLR inputs with 48V phantom power (x2), 3.5mm microphone input jack

Headphone output

3.5mm stereo jack

Video monitor output



YES (HDMI™ mini connector, output only)

IEEE 1394 (Firewire)



YES (Mini-B, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, output only)

HD/SD-SDI output

YES (576i, 720P or 1080i, output only, embedded audio and time code)

Time code

YES (Embedded in SDI output; superimposed on HDMI Output signal)



Component out


AV terminal

3.5mm mini jack (output only for video and audio)

DC input


Remote Control Terminal

2.5mm mini jack

Colour Bars

YES (SMPTE or EBU), with 1KHz Tone



Tally lamp

YES, in detachable handle

Accessory shoe

YES (cold shoe)

Custom key

YES (5 assignable buttons; select from 22 functions)

Custom Dial

YES (Shutter Priority (Tv), Aperture Priority (Av), Manual Exposure, exposure compensation, AGC limit)




Exposure metering

Centre-weighted average or segment evaluative (determined by shooting mode);
No metering: Fireworks mode, Fixed exposure (1/50 sec.)

Exposure compensation

-3 to +3 EV (12 steps);
Backlight Correction available (Auto or always on)

Auto Exposure mode

Smart Auto, Face Detection AE;
Manual control via Touch Exposure and Exposure Compensation functions.

Push Auto Iris

YES (via touchscreen)

Exposure Lock

YES. Touch Exposure available

Auto Gain Control setting

Auto / Manual

Auto Gain Control limit

0 to 24dB, 1dB increments (0 to 18dB in Cinema Mode)

Gain setting

0 to 24dB, 1dB increments (0 to 18dB in Cinema Mode)

Shutter speed


Control Modes

Full Auto / Manual control (touchscreen LCD or control dial)

Shutter speed

1/6 to 1/2000 (depending on Scene Mode and frame rate)

Slow Shutter (SLS)

Yes. Auto On or Off

Clear Scan




Infrared shooting mode

YES (green or white)

Built-in IR lamp

YES, in detachable handle

3D Shooting Assist


OIS Axis Shift


Focal Length Guide


Shooting Modes


Smart AUTO


Program AE

M mode: P, Tv, Av, M (manual exposure), SCN (Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Night, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks);
Cinema mode: P, Tv, Av, M

Image Looks settings

Standard, Highlight Priority, Wide DR

Cinema Features

Cinema-Look Filter (9 options, including customisable 'Cinema Standard')

Image Effects

Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness, Colour Depth

Wi-Fi & GPS Specifications


Wireless LAN standards

IEEE 802.11b/g/n/a (2.4GHz or 5GHz band)¹

Supported Wi-Fi Functions

Remote Operation; Movie Uploader (YouTube and Facebook)¹; Playback (in browser); Media Server; FTP File Transfer

Supported Browser for Remote Operation

Internet Explorer 8 or later, Safari (iOS), Safari (MacOS),
Android standard browser

Remote Operation Control Features

Aperture, Focus, WB, shutter Speed, Gain, Exposure Compensation, Shooting Mode, Slot select, Start/Stop Recording

Live view image Resolution

Camera setting mode: 680 x 383; Simplified setting: 284 x 160

Authentication Systems




GPS Information (Optional Accessory)

Latitude/Longtitude/Elevation, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

White balance





6: Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten (incandescent lamps or halogen bulbs), Fluorescent H (3-wavelength type fluorescent), Fluorescent (white fluorescent)

Manual setting

Set 1, Set 2, Colour Temperature (2,000–15,000 K, 100K steps)

Time code


Countup system

Regen/Rec Run/Free Run/Preset (Non-Drop Frame)

Start value setting

“00:00:00:00”, Set/Reset selectable




AVCHD: Linear PCM¹ (2ch, 16 bit, 48 kHz) or Dolby Digital (AC-3 2ch, 48kHz)
MP4: MPEG-2 AAC LC (2 ch)


Audio controls include:
Independent 2ch Line/Mic/Mic+48V input;
Independent level control per channel (-∞ to +18 dB);
Independent audio limiters (2 ch);
Input mic trimming

Microphone attenuation

Auto/On/Off (20dB)

Microphone level meter


Wind Screen


Zoom Microphone

YES (customisable frequency response and directivity)



Lens hood with barrier, Mic holder unit, Handle unit (HDU-1), Wireless Controller (WL-D89), Battery Pack BP-820, High Speed HDMI Cable (HTC100/S), Compact Power unit CA-570, AC Cable, Interface Cable (IFC-300PCU/S), Stereo Video Cable (STV-250N), PIXELA Data Import Utility Ver2.0


Canon Battery Pack BP-820/BP-828
Canon Compact Power Adapter CA-570,
Canon Battery Charger CG-800E/CG-800,
Canon HDMI cable HTC-100/HTC-100S
Canon Stereo Video Cable STV-250N,
Canon Tele Converter TL-H58,
Canon Wide Attachment WA-H58,
Canon Wireless Microphone WM-V1,
Canon Soft Carrying Case SC-1000, SC-2000,
Wrist Strap,WS-20,
Canon PROTECT Filter 58 mm, Canon ND4-L Filter 58 mm, Canon ND8-L Filter 58 mm,
Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2,
Canon Battery Video Light VL-10Li/VL-10LiII,
Canon Battery Pack BP-900 series (for VL-10Li/VL-10LiII),
Canon Compact Power Adapter CA-910/920/930 (for charging BP-900 series)



Backup power supply

Lithium coin battery (built-in)

Power Consumption

Max Approx. 5.2W¹ (AVCHD) / 5.1W (MP4)¹

Continuous Recording Time

Supplied BP-820: Approx. 145 minutes¹
Optional BP-828: Approx. 220 minutes¹



Approx. 109 x 84 x 182 mm (main body only)
Approx. 131 x 180 x 231 mm (fully equipped)

Detachable handle


Weight (camera only)

Approx. 770 g

Weight (fully equipped)

Approx. 1160 g

Operating Temperature range

-5 to +45ºC, 60% relative humidity
0ºC to +40ºC, 80% relative humidity


All specifications are subject to change without notice


Video storage media - ¹ After 12 hours of continuous recording, camcorder will stop recording and re-start automatically. Simultaneous/Dual Format recording not available in 1080/50P modes.

Recording time - ¹ After 12 hours of continuous recording, camcorder will stop recording and re-start automatically. Simultaneous/Dual Format recording not available in 1080/50P modes.

Wireless LAN standards - ¹ 5Ghz not available in Qatar, capability and functionality may vary by region

Supported Wi-Fi Functions - ¹ iOS devices only, excludes MP4 1080/50P mode

Recording - ¹ AVCHD 1080/50P mode only

Power Consumption - ¹ 28Mbps / 35Mbps recording, normal EVF brightness

Continuous Recording Time - ¹ 28Mbps / 35Mbps recording, normal EVF brightness

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