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Canon XA25 Camcorder

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3.09MP 1/2.84 1.2kg CMOS 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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22 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This small sensor size camcorder was given an "Editor's Choice" award by Reviewed.com who thought that this video camera was excellent.

Canon Has Excellent Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Canon is one of the best video camera brands according to average user and expert reviews, and Canon also has excellent reviews for its small sensor size camcorders.

Easy to Use

One Canon XA25 owner said that it was easy to handle. Reviewed.com wrote “It has loads of controls, top-notch handling” in their Canon XA25 review.

Good Size

One person who reviewed the Canon XA25 said that it was compact. Reviewed.com wrote “Impressive performance—all in a compact, unassuming package” .

Robust

One customer who reviewed it thought it was well made. Expert review site Videomaker.com said “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 the most commonly found HD type on comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Quite Large Screen Size

Small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the XA25 have screen sizes of between 1.4" and 4.3", and the average screen size is 2.9". With a screen size of 3.5 inches, the Canon XA25 has one of the larger screen sizes amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age.

There are a number of other 3.5" screen size camcorders currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the XA10 (£170.60), or the XF105 (£1,860.00) both from Canon or the Sony HXR-NX3.

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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 small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the XA25.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other camcorders with an HDMI port currently available including because of it's better review score, the HC-V110 (£399.99), or the HDC-SD80 both from Panasonic or the Canon Vixia HF M40.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Canon XA25 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the XA25 also have an image stabiliser.

We compared all the other camcorders with an image stabiliser to this video camera and we think the Vixia HF M40, and the Legria HF G25 (£525.00) both from Canon or the Panasonic HC-V250 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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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 38% more optical sensor size than a 1/3.91" video camera, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. The worst optical sensor size of all similar spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the XA25 is 2/3" and the best is 1/1.3".

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Two Memory Card Slots

The Canon XA25 is a two memory card slot camcorder. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the XA25 only have one memory card slot.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Canon XA25 supports a better memory card type than most video cameras of this type and age. This video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most camcorders of this age and spec support an SD memory card. In addition, this Canon camcorder 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).

This camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all video cameras that are a comparable age to the XA25.

A MicroSD (Transflash) memory card is the worst supported memory card type across similar types of camcorder.

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

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OLED Display

The Canon XA25 has an OLED display which is better than the TFT LCD display found on most video cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. OLED displays provide a better image with higher contrast ratio than LCD displays.

An OLED display is actually the best display amongst all comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the XA25.

A TFT LCD display is the worst display across comparable types of video camera.

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium battery, which is the most commonly found battery on similar spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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Has Eight Scene Modes

The Canon XA25 has a greater number of scene modes than most video cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This Canon video camera has an Spotlight scene mode, which is the most frequently 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

Camcorders of this spec and age have maximum aperture values of between 1.8 and 22, and the average maximum aperture value is 4.9. The Canon XA25 has one of the higher maximum aperture values (8) amongst video cameras of this age.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Canon XA25 has a built-in display, as do most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the XA25.

There are a number of alternative video cameras with a built-in display currently available that you might want to look at including the Sony DCR-PJ5, the Vivitar DVR426, or the JVC GZ-E100 which has better reviews.

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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 were launched more than two years ago.

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Has Five White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Canon XA25 is more than most similar spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as 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 video camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 360|1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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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 have been available for around the same time as the XA25. Small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the XA25 have minimum illumination of between 0.1lx and 7lx.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

When compared to other small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago that we have checked the minimum focal length of, the Canon XA25's minimum focal length of only 10 millimeters is one of the shortest. Across all the small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the XA25 the minimum focal lengths range from 10mm to 44mm, and the average minimum focal length is 33mm.

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8 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

Most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years are Full HD, however the Canon XA25 is not Full HD.

If you want a camcorder that is Full HD then you might also want to consider the HC-V110 (£399.99), or the HDC-SD80 both from Panasonic or the Canon Vixia HF M40 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Canon XA25 does not have an interchangeable lens, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the XA25 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

Alternative camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens that you might also want to look at include the Sony HVR-Z7.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other camcorders of this spec and age, the Canon XA25 does not have a night mode.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have a night mode to this video camera and we think the Legria FS406, or the Legria HF R36 (£184.04) both from Canon or the JVC GZ-HM30 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Canon XA25 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other video cameras that were launched more than two years ago are also not 3D compatible.

Camcorders which are 3D compatible that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic HC-X909, or the Canon XF105 (£1,860.00).

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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 the most frequently found maximum image resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels. Across all video cameras of this type and age the best maximum image resolution is 6592 x 3712 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Canon XA25 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the XA25 also do not have a built-in projector.

It is worth also looking at alternative video cameras which also have a built-in projector including the DCR-PJ5, the HDR-PJ220 (£185.00), or the HDR-PJ320 (£329.99) all from Sony.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the XA25, the Canon XA25 is not waterproof.

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Heavy

The weights of small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years range from 57g to 3.9kg, and the average weight is 500g. With a weight of 1.2 kilograms, the Canon XA25 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the XA25.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Canon XA25

Released Over Three Years Ago

This video camera has been on the market for over three years.

Average Digital Zoom

At 400 times zoom factor, the Canon XA25 has a fairly average digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the XA25.

Other 400x (digital) video cameras currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Legria HF G30 (£929.99), or the XA20 (£1,314.00) both from Canon.

If this camcorder digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Vixia HF R400 (1,060x), or the Vixia HF R40 (1,060x) both from Canon or the Panasonic HDC-TM900 (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 fairly standard optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the XA25.

We compared this video camera to all the other 20x (optical) video cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Legria HF G30 (£929.99), and the XA20 (£1,314.00) both from Canon is also worth considering.

Camcorders with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic AG-AC160 (£386.40) (22x and higher rated), the Sony HDR-PJ320 (£329.99) (30x and higher rated), or the Canon Vixia HF R400 (32x and higher rated).

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on camcorders of this age and spec.

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Specification

User Ratings
Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Wide Angle Lens System
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Exposure Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Shutter
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
Headphone Out Port
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Socket
Networking
WiFi
WiFi Type
Battery
Battery
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Cable Included
Lens Hood Included
Other Features
Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

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 1633142n, canon 8443b013
Barcodes 00013803217551, 00616932797408, 04960999977669, 08714574605708

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