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Canon XA30 Camcorder

3.09MP 1/2.84 765g Nov 2015
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The compact XA30 camcorder boasts a wide dynamic range and is ideal for discretely capturing accurate, professional-quality content for corporate videos, weddings and online use, among other... More
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23 Reasons For

Canon Has Excellent Camcorder Reviews

We checked 1,357 owner and expert reviews for Canon video cameras and found that on average Canon has excellent ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Canon has excellent ratings specifically for its small sensor size camcorders.

Has an Image Stabiliser

The Canon XA30 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the XA30, the Canon XA30 is Full HD.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Canon XA30 has an HDMI port. Most of the other camcorders that came out around the same time as the XA30 also have an HDMI port.

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Fairly Large Screen Size

At 3.5 inches, the Canon XA30 has a fairly large screen size compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the XA30. The average screen size of small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the XA30 is 3", and the screen sizes range from 2.7" to 3.5".

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1/2.84" Optical Sensor Size

The Canon XA30 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/2.84". That's over two times the optical sensor size of the most common optical sensor size of 1/5.8". Across all camcorders that were launched around the same time as the XA30 the worst optical sensor size is 2/3" and the best is 1/2".

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OLED Display

The Canon XA30 has an OLED display which is better than the LCD display found on most similar spec camcorders that have been around for more than a year. OLED displays provide a better image with higher contrast ratio than LCD displays.

This video camera's display (OLED) is actually the best display amongst all camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the XA30.

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

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Canon XA30 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most comparable spec video cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. 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 actually the best supported memory card type across all camcorders of a similar age and spec to the XA30.

An SD memory card is the worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of camcorder.

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

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Has One Exposure Mode

The number of exposure modes found on the Canon XA30 is more than most video cameras that were released around the same time as it. The most commonly found exposure mode is Auto, but this exposure mode is not found on this video camera. The exposure modes Auto,Manual are also found on this camcorder.

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Two Memory Card Slots

Most small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the XA30 have between one and two memory card slots, including the Canon XA30 which has two memory card slots.

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Quite High Display Resolution

The average display resolution of small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the XA30 is 400,000 pixels, and the display resolutions range from 230,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. With a display resolution of 1,230,000 pixel, the Canon XA30 has a quite high display resolution compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the XA30.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the XA30, the Canon XA30 has a built-in display.

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Supports One Audio Format

The Canon XA30 has a greater number of audio formats than most video cameras of this age and spec. The most commonly supported audio format is LPCM, but this audio format is not supported by this video camera. The audio formats LC-AAC,PCM are also supported by this Canon video camera.

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Very High Maximum Aperture Value

When compared to other camcorders of this type and age, the maximum aperture value of the Canon XA30 of 8 is one of the highest. Across all the camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the XA30 the maximum aperture values range from 2.7 to 8.

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080p video mode, which is the most commonly found video mode on camcorders of a comparable type and age to it.

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Fairly Big Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

The average bitrate at maximum video resolution of small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the XA30 is 32 Mbit/s. The Canon XA30 has a fairly big bitrate at maximum video resolution (35 megabits per second) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released one year ago.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The Canon XA30 has a greater number of white balance modes than most video cameras of this type and age. The most commonly found white balance mode is Auto, but this white balance mode is not found on this Canon camcorder. The white balance modes Auto,Custom modes,Daylight,Fluorescent,Fluorescent H,Halogen,Shade,Tungsten are also found on this Canon video camera.

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Eight Number of Diaphragm Blades

The Canon XA30 has more number of diaphragm blades than most of the camcorders that have been on the market for more than a year. This video camera is a eight number of diaphragm blade camcorder compared to most of the video cameras of a comparable type and age to the XA30 which only have between six and seven number of diaphragm blades.

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Has One Cable Included

The number of included cables found on the Canon XA30 is more than most small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as it. The most commonly found cable included is USB, but this cable included is not found on this Canon camcorder. The cables included HDMI,USB are also found on this video camera.

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Very High Megapixel Count

When compared to other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the XA30 that we have assessed, the Canon XA30's megapixel count of 2.91 megapixels is one of the highest. The lowest megapixel count of similar spec camcorders that were released one year ago is 2MP, the highest is 3MP, and the average megapixel count is 2.2MP.

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Electronic Viewfinder

This camcorder has an Electronic viewfinder, which is the most frequently found viewfinder on camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camcorder has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on video cameras that have been on the market for more than a year.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

The average minimum illumination of video cameras of a comparable type and age to the XA30 is 1.9lx. With a minimum illumination of only 0.1 lux, the Canon XA30 has a fairly small minimum illumination compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the XA30.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the XA30, the Canon XA30 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The Canon XA30 has a fairly small optical zoom (only 20 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the XA30. The average optical zoom of camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the XA30 is 33x.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Canon XA30 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for more than a year are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the XA30 do not have a night mode. The Canon XA30 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

The Canon XA30 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the XA30 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the XA30, the Canon XA30 does not have a built-in projector.

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Very Low Viewfinder Resolution

Camcorders that were launched around the same time as the XA30 have viewfinders resolutions of between 150,000 pixels and 1,600,000 pixels, and the average viewfinder resolution is 1,200,000 pixels. At only 156,000 pixels, the Canon XA30 has a fairly low viewfinder resolution compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the XA30.

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Heavy

The Canon XA30 is quite heavy (765 grams) compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age. Across all the camcorders of this spec and age the weights range from 180g to 1.6kg.

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Only 640 X 360 Pixels Video Resolution

The Canon XA30 supports a higher video resolution than most similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to it. This video camera supports a 640 x 360 pixels video resolution, whereas most comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it support a 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution.

This camcorder's video resolution (640 x 360 pixels) is in fact the worst supported video resolution across all camcorders that were released more than a year ago.

A 3840 x 2160 pixels video resolution is the best supported video resolution amongst similar types of camcorder.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

At only 576 millimeters, the Canon XA30 has a fairly short maximum focal length compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the XA30. The shortest maximum focal length of comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the XA30 is 570mm, the longest is 1,900mm, and the average maximum focal length is 1,200mm.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Canon XA30

Released Over a Year Ago

This video camera has been on the market for over a year.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on camcorders of this spec and age.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 400 times zoom factor, the Canon XA30 has a fairly average digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the XA30.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Specification

User Ratings
Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Wide Angle Lens System
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Exposure Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Shoe Mounting Point
Shoe Mounting Point Type
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Resolution
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Remote Control
Design
LED Indicator
Colour
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Analog Signal Format System
Video & Photo Dual Shot
Pre-Record
Still Image
Audio
Audio Format
Wind Filter
Built-In Microphone
Microphone Connection
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Mini HDMI Port
XLR in Port
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Socket
Networking
WiFi
WiFi Type
Battery
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Handheld Remote Control
Lens Hood Included
Other Features
USB Connectivity
Projector
Technical Details
Number of Diaphragm Blade
Power Supply Type
Technical Details

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon xa30, canon canon, canon xa30e, canon 1004c002, canon 1633143c, canon 1004c003, canon zoom1080, canon 1920x1080, canon zoom1080p, canon caxa30k10, canon 1004c002i, canon 1004c002iv
Barcodes 04549292053524, 08714574633497, 08714574633527

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