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Canon XA25
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Canon XA25 Camcorder

reviewed.com Editor's Choice
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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24 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This small total megapixels video camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by Reviewed.com who concluded that this camcorder was fantastic.

Canon Camcorders Have Excellent Reviews

On average Canon small total megapixels camcorders have excellent reviews as do all camcorders built by Canon.

Easy to Use

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

Good Size

One customer reckoned that the product was compact. Expert website Reviewed.com mentioned in their review of the Canon XA25 “Impressive performance—all in a compact, unassuming package”.

Robust

One customer wrote in their reviews that the Canon XA25 was well made. Expert website Videomaker.com wrote in their review “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 this spec and age.

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Fairly Large Display Diagonal

At 3.5 inches, the Canon XA25 has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age. Video cameras of this age and spec have display diagonals of between 1.4" and 4.3".

There are a number of other 3.5" screen size camcorders currently available that you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Sony HXR-NX3[plb_2169464_price], the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price], or the Panasonic HDC-TM900[plb_1824860_price].

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The Canon XA25 has an HDMI, as do most of the other camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an HDMI and we think because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], and the Vixia HF R400[pl_1580899_price] both from Canon or the JVC GZ-EX515[plb_1876080_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Canon XA25 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the XA25.

There are a number of other camcorders with an image stabilizer currently available that you might want to look at including the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], the Legria HF R406[pl_2071911_price], or the Vixia HF R400[pl_1580899_price] all from Canon which has better reviews.

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1/2.84" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Canon XA25 is 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. Video cameras of a similar age and spec to the XA25 optical sensor sizes range from 2/3" to 1/1.3".

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Optical Image Stabilizer Type

This video camera has an Optical image stabilizer type, which is the most frequently found image stabilizer type on camcorders of this age and type. Optical image stabilisation is hardware based. Digital cameras with optical IS typically have a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor that detects camera shake as it occurs. The stabiliser compensates for any camera movement.

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Two Memory Slotss

Most of the other camcorders of this type and age only have one memory slots, however the Canon XA25 has two memory slotss.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Canon XA25 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than most camcorders of a similar age and spec to it. Most video cameras of this age and type support an SD compatible memory cards. This video camera also supports an SDHC compatible memory cards. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all video cameras of a similar age and spec to the XA25.

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

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 that were released more than two years ago. OLED displays provide a better image with higher contrast ratio than LCD displays.

An OLED display is in fact the best display across all video cameras of this type and age.

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

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Lithium Battery Technology

This video camera has a Lithium battery technology, which is the most commonly found battery technology on video cameras of this spec and age.

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Has Eight Scene Modess

The number of scene modes found on the Canon XA25 is more than most comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to it. This video camera has an Spotlight scene modes, which is the most commonly found scene modes found on comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the XA25. The scene modess "Beach", "Fireworks", "Night", "Portrait", "Snow", "Sports" and "Sunset" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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Quite High Maximum Aperture Number

The maximum aperture numbers of camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the XA25 range from 1.8 to 11. The Canon XA25 has a quite high maximum aperture number (8) compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to the XA25.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Canon XA25 has a built-in display. Most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the XA25 also have a built-in display.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras with a built-in display currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony DCR-PJ5[plb_64907_price], the Vivitar DVR426[plb_2058978_price], or the Canon Vixia HF R40[plb_1633221_price].

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1080p Supported Video Modes

This video camera has a 1080p|576i|720p supported video modes, which is the most commonly found supported video modes on small total megapixels camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 640 x 360|1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camcorder has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on small total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Has Five White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Canon XA25 is more than most video cameras that were released more than two years ago. This Canon video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the XA25. The white balances "Cloudy", "Fluorescent", "Fluorescent H" and "Tungsten" are also found on this video camera.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

With a minimum illumination of only 0.1 lux, the Canon XA25 has a quite small minimum illumination compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as the XA25. The minimum illuminations of video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the XA25 range from 0.1lx to 7lx, and the average minimum illumination is 1.9lx.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

When compared to other camcorders of this spec and age, the Canon XA25's minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 10 millimeters is one of the shortest. The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 10mm, the longest is 44mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 33mm.

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10 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

Most video cameras that were released around the same time as the XA25 are not Full HD. The Canon XA25 is no exception to this as it too is not Full HD.

Video cameras which are Full HD that might be worth looking at include the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], or the Vixia HF R40[pl_1633221_price] both from Canon or the Sony HDR-PJ620[plb_2697194_price].

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Canon XA25 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as the XA25 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

It is worth considering other video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens including the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_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 3% less maximum image resolution than a 2304 x 1296 pixels camcorder, which is the most common maximum image resolution. Camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the XA25 maximum image resolutions range from 640 x 480 pixels to 6592 x 3712 pixels.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

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

There are a number of alternative video cameras which also have a night mode which you might also want to look at including 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 is also higher rated.

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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 video cameras that have been available for a similar 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[pl_64907_price], the HDR-PJ620[pl_2697194_price], or the HDR-PJ220[pl_1537009_price] all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

The Canon XA25 is not 3D, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the XA25 are also not 3D.

Camcorders which are 3D that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic HC-X909[plb_1760656_price], or the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as the XA25, the Canon XA25 is not waterproof.

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Heavy

Camcorders of this spec and age have weights of between 57g and 3.9kg. The Canon XA25 is one of the heavier camcorders that were released more than two years ago (1.2 kilograms) amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age.

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Only AVC Video Formats Supported

This video camera has an AVCHD|MP4 video formats supported, which is typical of many small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Canon XA25 has one of the shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s (only 600 millimeters) amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age. The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of small total megapixels camcorders that were released around the same time as the XA25 is 22mm, the longest is 2,700mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 1,200mm.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Canon XA25

Released Over Three Years Ago

Canon released the XA25 over three years ago.

Average Digital Zoom

At 400 times zoom factor, the Canon XA25 has a relatively average digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the XA25.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 400x (digital) camcorders and we think the Legria HF G30[pl_1564050_price], and the XA20[pl_1557028_price] both from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Camcorders with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth looking at include 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

At 20 times zoom factor, the Canon XA25 has a pretty typical optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the XA25.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 20x (optical) camcorders currently available including the Legria HF G30[pl_1564050_price], or the XA20[pl_1557028_price] both from Canon which has better reviews.

If this Canon video camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the HDR-PJ620[pl_2697194_price] (30x), or the HDR-CX405[pl_2697190_price] (30x) both from Sony or the Panasonic AG-AC160[plb_1827518_price] (22x) which also has a higher rating.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on video cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Maximum Aperture Number
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Wide Angle Lens System
Storage
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
Light Exposure Modes
White Balance
White Balance
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
Headphone Outputs
Mini-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Headphone Connectivity
Networking
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Standards
Battery
Battery Technology
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Cables Included
Lens Hood

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 8443b003, canon 8869280519
Barcodes 00008869280519, 00013803217551, 00616932797408, 04960999977669, 08714574605708

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