Optional Bluetooth Mic with Two-way Intercom-like Capability
The XA20 is compatible with the optional Canon WM-V1 Wireless Microphone. Bluetooth technology allows high-quality audio to be recorded from up to 164 feet away (50m), making it ideal for events, ceremonies, nature recording and other situations that call for unobtrusive sound recording. With earphones attached, the WM-V1 Wireless Microphone can also be used as a two-way intercom, enabling more creative control, such as when discreetly providing an on-camera subject with direction.
I haven't had it long, but this camcorder is the best I've ever owned. It truly lives up to the Canon name and quality one would expect from a leader in the industry. If I had to list any concerns it would be that the menu system is a bit difficult for me to recall where things are, but that will smooth out with experience and use of the unit. Overall, I give this product a five star PLUS rating! Way to go Canon!!
September 13, 2013
Big features in a small package
There are always tradeoffs in buying a smaller camera, but I needed something compact enough to take backpacking and remain unobtrusive wading through a crowd.
With the XA20, I didn't have to give up much to get those things. Of course, it would be lovely to have bigger or multiple sensors, 4:2:2 color, separate focus and zoom rings and manual ND filters. But I know - at least right now - I'm not going to get them at this price in a camera 7 inches long.
What I got is:
- A smooth and sharp, 20x Zoom
- Good low light performance
- Exemplary image stabilization
- 1080/60p recording
- Balanced XLR inputs
- Dual AVCHD/MP4 recording
- An accessible manual focus ring
- And enough customizable buttons that I can untether from the OLED screen for many of the functions I go to most often.
The other cameras I considered either lacked the longer zoom or were considerably larger.
What has most surprised me about the camera is the quality of the image stabilization, even at maximum zoom. The autofocus - which has three "speeds" available - is very smooth and responsive, though predictably a bit less so in low light.
The image quality is excellent, and the colors, though perhaps not as saturated as some similar cameras, seem much more natural.
The dual SD approach is much more convenient than internal memory for my work flow and organization of content. With two 64GB SDXC cards, I'm getting 10+ hours at the highest HD settings and, theoretically, would get a ridiculous 70 hours of recording at MP4/4 Mbps for web content.
I've yet to use the Wi-Fi upload capability but I'm anxious to try it to post directly to the FTP server on my web site.
The camera has great ergonomics; I like the ability to drop the xlr attachment and lens hood to revert to an innocuous consumer profile, which enables me to shoot in places where anything more elaborate would draw unwanted attention.
I'm using a shotgun mic that produces absolutely terrific sound with the XA20. It's a good thing I don't really use the onboard mics because they're mediocre and awkwardly placed behind the lens hood. Overall, an amazing camera in a small package.
August 12, 2013
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