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Canon XA30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 25 reviews of Canon XA30. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and zoom. The durability and portability are also appreciated, but reviews are divided on the image quality. The viewfinder and price get critical reviews.

usability, portability, durability, zoom, size

price, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon XA30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Small but packs an HD punch!


Small camcorder, but efficient. Does the job for interviews, run-and-gun, web and other lower budget productions. Manual controls are simple but effective. XLR inputs are a blessing.

Feb, 2016

Consumer review (

Quality Camera


Camera is easy to use & produces a quality professional video! Tested several video cameras & this one is by far the best!

Feb, 2016

Consumer review (

I'm liking it


I've been playing with video on the 5DMKIII. The quality is fantastic for static shots but focusing, hand held, run and gun it's no good. I didn't want to have to bother with a rig. Ideally I can shoot stills with the 5DIII and video on something more...

Jan, 2016

Consumer review (

Canon nunca defrauda...


Tremenda cámara, fácil de manejar, cómoda y liviana.

Jan, 2016

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I bought this to give me a better video and audio quality


I bought this as i needed a camcorder that would give me the flexibility and better quality for my Youtube videos, the video output on this camera is quite impressive, the XLR inputs are a breath of fresh air that way I can get my audio and video all...

Jan, 2016

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Came From DSLR


I read at least 500 reviews on the XA10 and 20 before deciding to drop 2 grand on the XA30. I shoot photos and videos for a living. I've been shooting all my video stuff on Canon DSLRs thus far, and haven't gotten into the camcorder stuff at all...but...

Jan, 2016

Product Specifications


Audio formats supported:LC-AAC, PCM / LC-AAC,LPCM / LC-AAC,PCM
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Wind filter:Y / Yes


Battery technology:Lithium
Battery voltage:7.4


Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
GPS (satellite):N / No
Image processor:DIGIC DV IV
Minimum illumination:0.1
On Screen Display (OSD):Y
Remotely operated:Y / Yes


Colour of product:Black
LED indicators:Y / Yes


Built-in Display:Y / Yes
Display diagonal:8.89
Display resolution (numeric):1230000
Flip-out screen:Y
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Vari-angle LCD display:Y / Yes


Built-in Flash:N
Built-in light:N
Shoe mounting point:Y / Yes
Shoe mounting point type:Cold


Closest focusing distance:0.0100 / 0.0200
Face detection:Y / Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual / Manual
Macro focusing range:0.01
Normal focusing range:0.6

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):2.91
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.84
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:3.09

Lens System

Digital Zoom:400
Filter Size:5.8
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):26.8 - 576
Focal length range (f-f):3.67 - 73.4
Image stabilizer:Y / Yes
Image stabilizer type:HYBRID
Maximum aperture number:8
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):57.6
Minimum aperture number:1.8
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):2.68
Optical Zoom:20
Wide angle lens system:Y / Yes

Light exposure

Light exposure modes:Auto, Manual
Scene modes:Beach, Fireworks, Night, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset


Ethernet LAN: No
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 60
Operating temperature (T-T):-5 - 45
Storage temperature (T-T):0 - 40

Other features

USB Connectivity:Y / Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Batteries included:Y / Yes
Cables included:HDMI, USB / HDMI,USB
Handheld remote control:Y / Yes
Lens hood:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack:Y / Yes
HDMI:Y / Yes
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:Y / Yes
Mini HDMI ports quantity:1
Mini-USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
S-Video Out:N / No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB Connectivity:Y
XLR in:Y / Yes


Built-in projector:N / No


Camera shutter speed:1/2000 / 1/2000 - 1/6


Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type:N / No
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD,SDHC,SDXC / SDXC
Disc types supported:N / No
ExpressCard slot:N / No
Maximum memory card size:128
Memory slots:2

Technical Details

Number of diaphragm blades:8
Power supply type:DC, Battery


Analog signal format system:NTSC
Bitrate at maximum video resolution:35
Dual shot (video & photo):Y / Yes
HD type:Full HD
Maximum frame rate:60
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Pre-record:Y / Yes
Supported video modes:1080p
Video formats supported:AVCHD, H.264, MP4, MPEG4 / AVCHD,H.264,MP4,MPEG4
Video Resolutions:640 x 360,1280 x 720,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080


Viewfinder resolution:156000
Viewfinder screen size:0.24
Viewfinder Type:Electronic / HYBRID

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:18.2 / 182 / 84
Height :182 / 8.4 / 84
Weight:1.16 / 765
Width:10.9 / 109

White balance

White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Shade, Tungsten / Auto, Custom modes, Daylight, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Halogen, Shade, Tungsten / Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Tungsten