For fast performance in both capture and transmission, excellent for the dynamic world of Electronic News Gathering (ENG) as well as journalistic, documentary, corporate and higher education video production, look no further than the XA15 Professional Camcorder.
Featuring an advanced HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor, a powerful DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor and a phenomenal 20x High Definition optical zoom lens, the XA15 camcorder captures expansive, high-quality Full HD video. Its HD/SD-SDI terminal lets it quickly and reliably transmit uncompressed video with timecode and audio embedded directly to broadcast vans and workstations. Combining a lightweight design, a 1.56 million dot electronic viewfinder and a 3.0-inch capacitive touch panel LCD, the XA15 is comfortable to operate for extended periods of time and in numerous environments.
When there’s no telling what or where the next story will be, the XA15 is ready to go. A remarkably versatile, powerful and compact camcorder, it delivers the quality, speed and connectivity to drive a 24-hour news workflow.


Standard Definition or High Definition:
High Definition

Power Supply (rated):
7.4V DC (Battery Pack), 8.4V DC (DC IN)

Television System:

Video Recording system:
Compression: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
File Format: AVCHD Ver 2.0 Compliant (AVCHD Progressive), MP4

Audio Recording system:
AVCHD: Linear PCM (2ch)* / Dolby Digital (2ch)
MP4: MPEG-2 AAC-LC (2ch)
* 28 Mbps or 24 Mbps video recording modes only; 16-bit resolution.

Image Sensor:
1/2.84-inch CMOS, RGB Primary Color Filter

Total Pixels:
Approx. 3.09 megapixels (2208 x 1398)

Effective Pixels:
Approx. 2.91 megapixels (2136 x 1362)

Zoom Ratio: 20x Optical / 400x Digital
Focal Length: 3.67-73.4mm (35mm equivalent: 26.8-576mm with Standard IS/IS Off, 28.8-576mm with Dynamic IS)
Zoom Speed: Variable speed / Constant speed (16 levels); Fast, Normal or Slow
Max. F/Stop: f/1.8-2.8

Focusing System:
Hybrid AF (TTL-video signal detection system and external phase difference metering system), Normal AF (TTL-video signal selection system), Face Only AF, Manual Focus
Hybrid AF Controls: Instant AF, Medium AF

Manual Exposure:

Programmed AE:
Auto Mode: Smart Auto
Manual Mode: P, Tv, Av, M (Manual Exposure), SCN (Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Night, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks)
Cinema Mode: P, Tv, Av, M

Max Shutter Speed:
1/2000 sec.

Minimum Focusing Distance:
20mm (at wide end), 60cm (from lens front) across zooming range

White Balance:
Auto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent H, Fluorescent), Color Temperature Settings (2,000-15,000K), Set (1/2)

Frame Rate:
AVCHD: 60p, 60i, PF29.97, 24p
MP4: 60p, 30p, 24p

Minimum Illumination:
P Mode: Approx. 1.2 lux (shutter speed 1/30 sec., with auto slow shutter on)
Low Light Mode: Approx. 0.1 lux (shutter speed 1/2 sec.)

HD/SD-SDI Terminal:
BNC jack (output only)

Image Stabilization:
Optical system (lens shift) + electronic stabilization
Control Modes: Dynamic IS, Powered IS*, Macro IS, Tripod Mode
IS Modes other than Intelligent IS: Standard IS, IS Off
* During Intelligent IS (Auto Mode), Powered IS can be set to On or Off.

Filter Diameter:

0.24-inch TFT wide color LCD screen, approx. 1.56 million dots, 100% field of view
LCD Screen
3.0-inch LCD panel with AR surface treatment, approx. 460,000 dots, 100% field of view

Stereo (using electret condenser microphone)

Recording Media:
2 SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slots

USB Terminal:
mini-B receptacle and Hi-Speed USB supported (output only)

Video Terminal:
3.5mm diameter 4-pole mini-jack (video/audio output only)

Accessory Shoe:
Cold shoe

HDMI Terminal:
HDMI™ mini connector

Microphone Terminal:
3.5mm diameter stereo mini-jack, MIC/LINE switching possible

AV Mini Terminal/Headphone Terminal:
3.5mm stereo mini-jack

Headphone Terminal:
3.5mm stereo mini-jack

Remote Control Terminal:
2.5mm stereo mini jack (input only)

Handle Unit Terminals:
Input Terminal: XLR 3 pin-jacks (2 systems), MIC/LINE switch possible (input only)
Shoe Terminal: Cold shoe

Operating Temperature range:
For Performance: Approx. 0-40°C, 85% (relative humidity)
For Operation: Approx. -5-45°C, 60% (relative humidity)

Approx. 4.3 x 3.3 x 7.2 in. / 109 x 84 x 182mm (excluding lens hood, mic holder unit and handle unit)
Approx. 4.5 x 3.3 x 9.1 in. / 115 x 84 x 231mm (including lens hood; excluding mic holder unit and handle unit)
Approx. 5.2 x 7.1 x 9.1 in. / 131 x 180 x 231mm (including lens hood, mic holder unit and handle unit)
All dimensions exclude the grip belt.

Approx. 1.7 lbs. / 750g (body only)
Approx. 2.5 lbs. / 1140g (includes lens hood, mic holder unit, handle unit, Battery Pack BP-820 and 1 memory card)
Grip belt included for all values.

Recording Modes:

Recording Format Bit Rate Resolution Frame Rate
AVCHD 28 Mbps (59.94P)*1,2 1920 x 1080 59.94P*3
24 Mbps*1 1920 x 1080 59.94i/PF29.97/23.98P*3
17 Mbps 1920 x 1080 59.94i/PF29.97/23.98P*3
5 Mbps 1440 x 1080 59.94i/PF29.97/23.98P*3


35 Mbps (59.94P)*2



1920 x 1080




24 Mbps 1920 x 1080 29.97P/23.98P*4
17 Mbps 1920 x 1080 29.97P/23.98P*4
8 Mbps*2 1280 x 720 59.94P
4 Mbps 1280 x 720 29.97P/23.98P*4
3 Mbps 640 x 360 29.97P/23.98P*4

*1 During audio recording, either linear PCM recording or standard recording (Dolby Digital) can be selected.
*2 Cannot be set in Cinema mode.
*3 In AUTO mode: 59.94i.
*4 In AUTO mode: 29.97P only.

Maximum Recording Time:

AVCHD Recording Mode
28 Mbps 24 Mbps 17 Mbps 5 Mbps
8GB 35 min. 40 min. 1 hr. 3 hr.
16GB 1 hr. 15 min. 1 hr. 25 min. 2 hr. 5 min. 6 hr. 5 min.
32GB 2 hr. 30 min. 2 hr. 55 min. 4 hr. 10 min. 12 hr. 15 min.
64GB 5 hr. 5 min. 5 hr. 55 min. 8 hr. 20 min. 24 hr. 30 min.
128GB 10 hr. 10 min. 11 hr. 55 min. 16 hr. 45 min. 49 hr.
MP4 Recording Mode
35 Mbps 24 Mbps 17 Mbps 8 Mbps 4 Mbps 3 Mbps
8GB 30 min. 40 min. 1 hr. 2 hr. 10 min. 4 hr. 20 min. 5 hr. 40 min.
16GB 1 hr. 1 hr. 25 min. 2 hr. 5 min. 4 hr. 20 min. 8 hr. 40 min. 11 hr. 25 min.
32GB 2 hr. 2 hr. 55 min. 4 hr. 10 min. 8 hr. 40 min. 17 hr. 20 min. 22 hr. 55 min.
64GB 4 hr. 5 hr. 55 min. 8 hr. 20 min. 17 hr. 20 min. 34 hr. 45 min. 45 hr. 55 min.
128GB 8 hr. 11 hr. 55 min. 16 hr. 45 min. 34 hr. 45 min. 69 hr. 30 min. 91 hr. 55 min.

When AVCHD/MP4 recording has continued for 12 hours, it will automatically stop. A variable bit rate is applicable in each case.

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