Canon XA45/XA40


4K UHD icon

4K UHD / 25P

MP4 up to 150Mbps
XF-AVC up to 160Mbps

20x optical zoom icon

29.3 – 601mm

Wide-angle 4K zoom

Over Sampling HD Processing icon

High quality Full HD

Uses the 4K UHD sensor to deliver superior Full HD images

Optical IS icon

5-Axis IS

Advanced optical and dynamic image stabilisation

Infrared icon

Infrared mode

Capture high-quality video in conditions with little to no ambient light

Touch Screen icon

3.0-inch touch screen

Easy focus point and camera control

4-channel audio icon

Linear PCM

2 x XLR terminals plus built-in mic

Double slot icon

Dual card slots

SD card simultaneous or relay recording

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Specifications in detail

Image Sensor


1/2.3-type CMOS


RGB Primary Colour Filter

Total Pixels

Approx. 21.14MP

Effective Pixels

Approx. 8.29 MP (3840 x 2160)

Subject illumination range

Approx. 0.3 lx to 100,000 lx

Minimum illumination (PAL)

P Mode: Approx. 4.2 lx (shutter speed 1/25 sec with auto slow shutter On)
Low Light Mode: Approx. 0.3 lx (shutter speed 1/2 sec.)


Zoom ratio

20x Optical

Focal length (35mm equivalent)

Approx. 29.3 - 601mm Standard IS/IS Off

Minimum focus distance

10 mm at wide end, 60 cm across entire zooming range


f/1.8 - 2.8 (AV Priority and Manual Modes)

Aperture blades

8 blades

Filter diameter


Image stabilization system

Optical system (lens shift) + electronic stabilization
Dynamic, Standard, Powered, Off

ND filter

Built-in gradation filter (Auto or Off)

Zoom control

Zoom rockers on body and handle;
Selectable manual zoom/focus ring on lens;
Selectable High Speed and Soft Zoom modes available.

Zoom Speed

Variable (body rocker only) or Constant speed (body and handle rocker; Fast/Normal/Slow, 16 speed level settings in each)

Focus control

MANUAL: Lens ring and touchscreen point selection (Magnify and Peaking assist functions), Focus Preset.
AUTOFOCUS: Touchscreen AF point selection, Face Detection and Tracking, Touch and Track, Face Only AF.
(Instant AF, Medium AF, Normal AF)

Focus System

Hybrid AF, Normal AF

Iris control

Touchscreen, Auto

Digital zoom/Teleconverter

400x Digital Zoom, 2x Digital Teleconverter

Image Processor



Colour Sampling

YCC 4:2:0

Bit depth



Video storage media

SD / SDHC / SDXC card (2 card slots)


Class U3 cards recommended

Recording time (64GB Card, approx.)

XF-AVC: 160Mbps: 50 mins / 45Mbps: 185 mins
MP4: 150Mbps: 55 mins / 35Mbps: 240 mins / 17Mbps: 495 mins

Recording file system

FAT32 / exFAT

Internal recording format (PAL)

XF-AVC: 3840x2160 (160 Mbps) / 1920x1080 (45 Mbps)*
MP4: 3840x2160 (150 Mbps) / 1920x1080 (35 / 17 Mbps)

External recording output (PAL)

HDMI output (Camera mode):
UHD recording mode: 1920x1080 25.00P YCC4:2:2 8-bit
Full HD recording mode: 1920x1080 50.00P/50.00i/25.00P; 1280x720 50.00P YCC4:2:2 10-bit

External monitoring

HDMI (50.00i)

Recording frame rate (PAL)

25.00P (UHD), 50.00P/50.00i/25.00P (Full HD)

Slow/Fast motion (PAL)

3840x2160 / 25.00P:  x2, x4, x10, x20, x60, x120, x600, x1200
1920x1080 / 50.00P:  x2, x4, x10, x20, x60, x120, x600, x1200
1920x1080 / 25.00P:  x0.5

Pre Recording function

Yes. 3 seconds

Still photos

JPEG up to 3840x2160
(Still image resolution is dependent on the video resolution)

Photo storage media

SD Card



MPEG-2 AAC-LC (16-bit 2ch)  /  LPCM (16-bit 4ch)

Audio control

Independent 2ch Line/Mic/Mic+48V input;
Independent level control per channel (-∞ to +18 dB);
Independent audio limiters (2 ch);
Input mic trimming

Reference Tone

1KHz, -12dB / -18dB / -20dB / Off

Microphone attenuation

Auto / On / Off (20dB)

Microphone level meter


Monitoring Panel


Capacitive LCD touch panel


3.0-inch (7.5 cm, approx. 460,000 dots)

Waveform Monitor


Focus Assist

Peaking / Magnify


Selectable Peaking Colour: Red / Blue / Yellow


70% or 100% reference level


Grid (white / grey) and Level (white / grey)



0.24-inch, approx. 1.56 million dots

Correction lens

+2.0 to -5 dioptre


Audio Input

XLR 3-pin jack (x2) with 48V phantom power, Line and Mic options on detachable handle, 3.5mm microphone input jack (Supply Voltage 2.4V DC), Built-in Mic

Headphone output

3.5mm stereo mini jack

HDMI Output

HDMITM mini connector


Mini-B, Hi-Speed USB, PTP class supported

SDI output

XA45: 3G-SDI with BNC connector
XA40: No

Time code

Superimposed on HDMI output signal (Camera Mode only)





AV terminal


DC input

3.4mm jack

Remote Control Terminal

2.5mm mini jack


Exposure metering

Centre-weighted average or segment evaluative (determined by shooting mode)
No metering: Fireworks mode, Fixed exposure (1/50 sec.)

Exposure Compensation

Highlight AE, Exposure lock, Auto backlight compensation, Exposure compensation amount shown as ±3 when locked (±12 increments) or ±2 in AUTO (±8 increments).

Exposure Lock


Auto Gain Control setting

Auto / Manual

Auto Gain Control limit

0 - 24dB (1dB increments)

Shutter Speed

Control Modes

Auto, P, Tv, Manual

Shutter speed

1/6 - 1/2000 sec
(1/2 - 1/500 sec in Low Light mode)

Slow Shutter (SLS)

Auto slow shutter On: 1/25 to 1/500 sec.
Auto slow shutter Off: 1/50 to 1/500 sec.

Auto slow shutter On: 1/12.5* to 1/500 sec. (*Display is 1/12)
Auto slow shutter Off: 1/25 to 1/500 sec.

Clear Scan


White Balance




Daylight (Approx. 5,600K), Tungsten (Approx. 3,200K)

Manual setting

Colour Temperature range: 2,000–15,000K
Default value for Set 1 and Set 2: 5,600K

Shooting Modes

Program AE

Manual Mode: P, Tv, Av, M (manual exposure), SCN (Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Night, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks)

Custom Picture

C1: Normal / C2: USER 02 / C3: USER 03
C4: USER 04 / C5: USER 05 / C6: USER 06

Gamma / Colour Space: BT.709 Normal / BT.709

Colour Matrix: Neutral / Video

Infrared shooting mode

Yes (green or white)

Built-in IR lamp

Yes, in detachable Handle Unit.
Wavelength: 850nm (near-Infrared)

Look settings

Standard (Adjustment: Sharpness, Contrast, Colour Depth)

Wi-Fi & GPS Specifications



GPS Information (Optional Accessory)

Location (Latitude/Longitude/Altitude), Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), Satellite reception.
(requires the optional GPS Receiver GP-E2)


Tally lamp

Yes, in detachable Handle Unit

Colour Bars (PAL)

Yes. SMPTE or EBU, with 1KHz Tone

Accessory shoe

Yes (cold shoe)

Assignable Buttons

5 assignable Buttons, assignable to: Digital TeleConverter / AF / MF / Face Only AF / Magnification / Peaking/ Push Auto Iris / Zebra 70% / Zebra 100% / BLC Always On / Powered IS / White Balance / Set white Balance / WB Priority / IR Light / Pre REC / Slow and Fast Motion / Review Recording / Photo / Marker / Monitor Channels / Menu / Custom Picture / Off

Custom Dial

Tv / Av / M / AGC Limit / Exposure Compensation / Off

Time code

Count-up system

Regen / Rec Run / Free Run / Preset (Non-Drop Frame)

Time Code out

Via HDMI out. Superimposed on output, Camera Mode only



Lens hood with barrier, Mic holder unit, Handle Unit HDU-1, Battery Pack BP-820, Compact Power Adapter CA-570, AC Cable, Ferrite core, Lens Cap

Optional (Includes items not currently on sale)

Canon Battery Pack BP-820/BP-828
Canon Compact Power Adapter CA-570 (included with camera)
Canon Battery Charger CG-800E/CG-800
Canon HDMI cable HTC-100/HTC-100S
Canon Tele Converter TL-H58
Canon Wide Attachment WA-H58
Canon Soft Carrying Case SC-1000/SC-2000
Canon Shoulder Strap SS-600/SS-650, Wrist Strap WS-20
Canon PROTECT Filter 58mm
Canon ND4-L Filter 58mm
Canon ND8-L Filter 58mm
Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2
Canon Remote Controller RC-V100
Canon Battery Video Light VL-10Li/VL-10LiII
Canon Battery Pack BP-900 series (for VL-10Li/VL-10LiII)
Canon Compact Power Adapter CA-910/920/930 (for charging BP-900 series)
Canon Interface Cable IFC-300PCU/S / IFC-400PCU


Battery Pack

Canon Battery Pack BP-820 (supplied), BP-828 (optional)

Power Consumption (recording)

XF-AVC: UHD/160Mbps: Approx. 4.1W (25.00P)
MP4: UHD/150Mbps: Approx. 4.1W (25.00P)

Continuous Recording Time (approx.)

XF-AVC: UHD/160Mbps/25.00P: 175 mins (BP-820) / 270 mins (BP–828)
FHD/45Mbps/50.00P: 170 mins (BP-820) / 265 mins (BP-828)
MP4: UHD/150Mbps/25.00p: 175 mins (BP-820) / 270 Mins (BP-828)
FHD/35Mbps/50.00p: 175 mins (BP-820) / 270 Mins (BP-828)

Size and Weight


Approx. 109 x 84 x 182 mm (main body only)
Approx. 131 x 180 x 231 mm
(Including lens hood, BP-820, mic holder unit, and handle unit)

Weight (camera only)

XA45: Approx. 740g
XA40: Approx. 730g

Weight (fully equipped)

XA45: Approx. 1130g
XA40: Approx. 1120g

Operating Temperature range

-5 to +45ºC, 60% relative humidity
0ºC to +40ºC, 85% relative humidity

*Firmware update may be required

All specifications are subject to change without notice

Specification given for PAL Version