The XA35 is a compact Full HD camcorder with HD/SD-SDI terminals that supports the transmission of uncompressed output. It is ideal for on-location filming for news reports, documentaries and outdoor shoots with its handheld-type body and a 20x optical zoom. Live broadcast is also possible, as it can be directly connected to a broadcast relay system. It uses the newly developed HD CMOS PRO sensor, which realizes an improved S/N ratio for enhanced shooting in low light conditions. In addition, two new recording modes, Wide DR and Highlight Priority, enable an even wider range of imaging possibilities.

  • Improved HD CMOS PRO Sensor and Canon HD Video Lens (20x zoom, 26.8mm - 576mm*, f/1.8-2.8)
  • Powerful Intelligent IS image stabilizing system—perfect for shooting on the go
  • SD/HD SDI – uncompressed video with embedded audio and time code support


New HD CMOS PRO sensor with enhanced low light capabilities

A sensor’s signal-to-noise ratio is indicative of the quality of its electronic signals. On the new HD CMOS PRO sensor used in the XA35, this has been improved by 3dB. When combined with the DIGIC DV4 image processor, which has powerful noise processing capabilities, overall noise is reduced by over 40% compared to previous models (XA25, XA20). This means higher quality image capture, even for footage shot in low light.

Highlight Priority and Wide DR Gamma modes integrated

Two new gamma recording modes, “Highlight Priority” and “Wide DR”, have been included. The Highlight Priority mode helps to suppress white blowout (loss of information due to overexposure) by capturing more image data in the mid-to high-brightness range, so that clouds in the sky look more three dimensional and metallic objects are rendered more realistically and in-detail. Meanwhile, the Wide DR mode achieves an expanded, wide dynamic range of 600% so that subtle colour gradations are well captured even for high brightness areas.

Professional broadcast interfaces

The camcorder has HD/ SD SDI terminals, a standard interface for professional application such as on TV broadcast or movie production sets. Compatible with live relay and can be directly connected to broadcast relay systems. Uncompressed video, audio and time code data can be sent to external devices for recording. Linking with a GPS unit for geotagging of shooting locations is also possible. All these features work to aid the film production and editing process.

* 35mm film-equivalent focal lengths.