Tagged: xa20

“New” compact camcorders from Canon

Canon has announced – rather mild – updates to its popular pair of ultra-compact camcorders, the XA20 and XA25: they’re called the XA30 and XA35. No huge changes here; the biggest is probably the sensor which despite still being fairly tiny at 1/2.8 inches has been given...

Sony PXW-X70

Video Review: Sony PXW-X70 camcorder

Sony’s PXW-X70 camcorder might look like their top-end consumer model (the CX900) with a handle on top but it’s much more than that. The X70 is substantially redesigned in hardware and firmware to create a true pro camcorder, albeit in miniature. That redesign is first...

Sony PXW-X70

Best entry-level pro camcorder

In August last year, we wrote a guide to the best low-cost camcorder that could reasonably be classed as “professional”, notwithstanding that these days professionals do in fact shoot their masterpieces on anything from a GoPro or iPhone upwards. To a large extent that article...

Canon XA20

Software update for Canon camcorders

Canon has released a firmware upgrade for its XA25, XA20 and HF-G30 camcorders. The software (which runs inside the camcorder itself) is now at version 1.0.3.0, and includes the following bug fixes and enhancements: 1. Enhances compatibility with third-party remote controllers. 2. Resolves the bug...

Canon XA20 format choice screen

What Canon XA20/XA25 formats to use?

Answer: 1) They are, as you say, effectively the same but in a different wrapper. Some editing programs – notably Final Cut and Avid – will simply prefer the files in one wrapper or the other so you may find it more convenient to shoot...