Canon XA20-25

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    • #68460
      AvatarVTexan
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      I'm thinking of buying a Canon XA20 or 25. As I understand it, they weren't available 'til June 30. I've read quite a bit about them, but since they weren't out yet, the only words wrote about them were provided by Canon, or speculatively by writers who have shot on their predecessors. Has anyone shot on them yet? I hate to buy a camera without seeing what its detractors say about it. Thanks.

    • #208168
      Avatarbrunerww
      Member

      VTexan – here are some good pros and cons from someone who returned his X920 when he saw what the XA20 could do in this recent review at Amazon

       

      Hope this is helpful,

       

      Bill

      Hybrid Camera Revolution

    • #208169
      AvatarVTexan
      Participant

      Thanks; I hadn't seen that one. I guess they'll start trickling in now. Hate that it's called prosumer…but I guess that price range pretty much is.

    • #208190
      AvatarVTexan
      Participant

      Bought one; it'll be here tomorrow.

    • #208192
      AvatarJackson Wong
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      VTexan,

       

      I'm not sure if you saw our review of the XA25 (http://www.videomaker.com/article/15890-canon-xa25-professional-camcorder-review), but be sure to check out the sample footage. I hope your camera arrives nicely and shoots well!

       

      -Jackson

    • #208194
      AvatarVTexan
      Participant

      Thanks Jackson; yes I saw that. And thanks for the recommendation Bill. I'm looking into it.

    • #302651
      AvatarVTexan
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      Since B&H was backordered, I got my AX20 from Amazon. As I put it in my cart, a host of other items appeared at bottom, one of which I needed: a case for the camera and assorted things. So I purchased it, and it got here 3 days later. Camera came today, and after putting the shotgun mic holder onto the handle, the camera doesn't even fit in the bag Amazon recommended for that model. Be forewarned to do your research instead of just believing they know what they're talking about…

    • #302141
      AvatarVTexan
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      Since B&H was backordered, I got my AX20 from Amazon. As I put it in my cart, a host of other items appeared at bottom, one of which I needed: a case for the camera and assorted things. So I purchased it, and it got here 3 days later. Camera came today, and after putting the shotgun mic holder onto the handle, the camera doesn't even fit in the bag Amazon recommended for that model. Be forewarned to do your research instead of just believing they know what they're talking about…

    • #301892
      AvatarVTexan
      Participant

      Since B&H was backordered, I got my AX20 from Amazon. As I put it in my cart, a host of other items appeared at bottom, one of which I needed: a case for the camera and assorted things. So I purchased it, and it got here 3 days later. Camera came today, and after putting the shotgun mic holder onto the handle, the camera doesn't even fit in the bag Amazon recommended for that model. Be forewarned to do your research instead of just believing they know what they're talking about…

    • #208226
      AvatarVTexan
      Participant

      Since B&H was backordered, I got my AX20 from Amazon. As I put it in my cart, a host of other items appeared at bottom, one of which I needed: a case for the camera and assorted things. So I purchased it, and it got here 3 days later. Camera came today, and after putting the shotgun mic holder onto the handle, the camera doesn't even fit in the bag Amazon recommended for that model. Be forewarned to do your research instead of just believing they know what they're talking about…

    • #301745
      AvatarVTexan
      Participant

      Since B&H was backordered, I got my AX20 from Amazon. As I put it in my cart, a host of other items appeared at bottom, one of which I needed: a case for the camera and assorted things. So I purchased it, and it got here 3 days later. Camera came today, and after putting the shotgun mic holder onto the handle, the camera doesn't even fit in the bag Amazon recommended for that model. Be forewarned to do your research instead of just believing they know what they're talking about…

    • #302830
      AvatarVTexan
      Participant

      Since B&H was backordered, I got my AX20 from Amazon. As I put it in my cart, a host of other items appeared at bottom, one of which I needed: a case for the camera and assorted things. So I purchased it, and it got here 3 days later. Camera came today, and after putting the shotgun mic holder onto the handle, the camera doesn't even fit in the bag Amazon recommended for that model. Be forewarned to do your research instead of just believing they know what they're talking about…

    • #301554
      AvatarVTexan
      Participant

      Since B&H was backordered, I got my AX20 from Amazon. As I put it in my cart, a host of other items appeared at bottom, one of which I needed: a case for the camera and assorted things. So I purchased it, and it got here 3 days later. Camera came today, and after putting the shotgun mic holder onto the handle, the camera doesn't even fit in the bag Amazon recommended for that model. Be forewarned to do your research instead of just believing they know what they're talking about…

    • #208287
      Avatarugo1
      Participant

      Hi,

       

      can someone confirm vignetting problems or (I hope) no?

       

      regards

       

      Ugo

    • #208325
      AvatarVTexan
      Participant

      I don't think I've seen the vignetting. Here's a little thing I whipped together when a fox appeared in a parking lot. I was shooting through windows for most of this. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jadinamo/9335598894/ 

    • #208373
      AvatarMatt Wolfskill
      Participant

      I received my Canon XA20 from B&H the first week in July.

       

      While testing it out, I found something unexpected with the audio.

       

      I contacted Canon Tech Support and explained that, when monitoring a recording with headphones, there is a slight delay in the sound. It is a little "behind" the video.

       

      I explained this slight delay was present in both mono and stereo mode, using either the built-in mics or external shotguns. So, regardless of the source, it's still there.

       

      On playback, the slight delay is gone. The video and audio match and are in sync.

       

      I told the tech I'm using Sennheiser HD 25 headphones, which I have had for years, and never heard this slight delay with other videocams when recording.

       

      The tech suggested I try another pair of headphones, which I did, but that didn't change the outcome. There was still that slight delay.

       

      The XA20 has only been available for a few weeks and Canon probably doesn't have a whole lot of feedback from other owners at this point.

       

      In the meantime, if anyone is experiencing a similar issue, please let me know.

       

    • #208394

      This is the audio feature that allows you to essentially check the audio that was recorded, as opposed to what's coming in, great feature I think

    • #209738
      AvatarMatt Wolfskill
      Participant

      Sure enough, there is a problem with the XA20 audio output delay.

       

      Canon just released a Firmware Update which "resolves the phenomenon in which the headphone terminal audio ouput timing is delayed when [Normal] is selected as the [Monitor Delay] option."

       

      Unfortunately, this forum wlll not let me cut and paste the link for the update.

       

      If you go to the Canon support site, look for: Download Firmware Version 1.0.3.0 for the XA20

       

      (The XA20 was shipped with Version 1.0.1.0.)

       

      I did the update and the delay problem was solved. 

       

       

       

       

    • #209739
      AvatarMatt Wolfskill
      Participant

      BTW, the same fix is there for the XA25.

       

      Again, go to the Canon support site and look for: Download Firmware Version 1.0.3.0 for the XA25

    • #209747
      Avatarbrunerww
      Member

      Matt – thanks for keeping everyone updated on this!

       

      Bill

    • #208175
      Avatarbrunerww
      Member

      Sadly, with the HF G30 at $1699 and the Sony NEX-VG30 at $2698 you pretty much have to spend more than $3000 to get out of prosumer-land πŸ™‚

    • #208191
      Avatarbrunerww
      Member

      Congratulations, VTexan!  Saw your question on tripods in other thread.  We use very expensive Millers at work, but I use a $140 Ravelli AVTP at home.  Light, but all-metal and built like a tank.  Yes, it has a 75mm bowl socket and a bubble level, so you can level it with the adjustment of a single knob below the head.  I especially like the dual handles, for better control of pans and tilts.  This tripod does everything I need it to do – and it costs a lot less than Manfrotto.  You can get an unbranded version of the same tripod and head for $125.

       

      Cheers and good luck!

       

      Bill

      Hybrid Camera Revolution

    • #208389
      Avatarbrunerww
      Member

      Matt – according to page 89 of the manual for the XA20 and XA25:

       

      "When you are monitoring the audio, you can choose to synchronize the audio signal with the video signal or monitor the audio in real time. Use the [Monitor Delay] setting to select the method.  Note that there will be a slight delay when you monitor in real time. Regardless of the setting, however, the audio and video signals recorded will be synchronized."

       

      I have this same feature on my Panasonic GH3.  It allows you to hear either what the camera is "hearing" (delayed) – or what the camera has already recorded (no delay).

       

      This can be useful in determining whether the source of an audio issue is external or internal to the camera, but I never use it – it's too distracting.

       

      What amazes me is that Canon Tech Support clearly hadn't read the manual!  I hope you didn't have to pay for that call πŸ™‚

       

      Hope this is helpful,

       

      Bill

      Hybrid Camera Revolution

    • #208445
      AvatarMatt Wolfskill
      Participant

      Thanks for the response.

       

      I did notice that part of the manual (page 89) referencing the different ways to monitor audio.

       

      I tried both options to see if it made any difference.

       

      Setting the [Monitor Delay] function did seem to reduce the "slight delay" — but I'm still hearing it.

       

      Anyway, this isn't a deal breaker and I still like the XA20 overall, so maybe it's just something to get used to when monitoring audio.

       

    • #208515
      AvatarMartin Cowan
      Participant

      Hi there. There are some issues with the XA25 and one of them is Chromatic Aberations are noticable when shooting against a high contrasted area especially when using more than 50% zoom. Canon dealers are putting this down to "you get what you pay for" in so much as Canon have managed to put a 20X optical zoom on this camera and still keep the price down. Basically the lens is using cheap optics I'm afraid.

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