No quick settings in and out of most used features.
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Summary: XA20, XA25, HF G30 (same cmos, same menus) This camera works great for my use of corporate video recording. However it doesn't meet it's potential. I'd hope that firmware, Magic Lantern or SDK would solve. 1) It is great to have a camera control unit via WiFi - but as soon as this camera begins recording you lose control of iris and other settings. 2) The user interface / menu takes a while to know - and to quickly get to the most used settings.
Summary: on off switch position very easy to leave it in ON position. then its too late when you realize, you 've used up all batteries. Built in battery should have been larger capacity. New larger battery cost $150 bucks. Grip handle very useful, worth the extra bucks.
Summary: Went from the Sony NX5U to this camera and i'm very happy with it. The NX5U was just to bulky for what I used it for. Some cool features of this camera is the infrared. The only thing I miss from my NX5U to this is the Expanded Focus, but overall I am very pleased with this camera. Since the camera is still new to the market there is not a 3rd party battery out there yet and the stock extra battery is over $100. And they only last a couple hours. Very simple to use!!
Summary: Bought this to document work and trips I take. A recent trip to Panama sparked the purchase, but it was something I've been meaning to look into for a while (and a camcorder I will use for some time to come). Before leaving I had the chance to check it out and was very impressed with the quality and zoom capabilities. I knew this would be a great camcorder to record video.
Conclusion: 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!!
Pros: good battery life, Good Low-Light Performance, Easy Computer Connectivity, Great sound/audio, Accurate, Vivid Colors, Compact Design, excellent image quality, durable, Good Software Compatibility, Ergonomic/comfortable to hold, Easy TV Connectivity, easy to use, blt-in a-v test sig gen, variable shutter & iris, manual lens ctrl ops, int. vf for outdoor use, zebra pattern on-off, bal (xlr) audio inputs, under 2.5 lbs w/batt
Summary: If you're shooting video with a Canon MkIII or a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema, you may not like this camera. If you're thinking of stepping up from one of the Canon Rebel cameras though, I've found it to be well worth it. Here a few reasons why... * 60 Frames per second - I shoot a lot of sports videos. The original XA-10 didn't offer 60 fps and I ruled it out right away. Some DSLR's might but I found the rolling shutter to be too much to overcome.
Summary: I received the camera yesterday, and so far I really like it, with the exception that from (apparently not careful enough) reading about the WiFi function I had come away with the impression that it would allow for real-time network recording (via RTSP access or a port 80 URL or whatever). As far as I can tell, the camera does not support this. If anyone knows otherwise, please do prove me wrong. I was hoping of not needing an external HDMI encoder.
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: Accurate, Vivid Colors, Compact Design, excellent image quality, easy to use, excellent image stabilization, big zoom, overall fast autofocus
Summary: So far I love this Camcorder. I haven't used it that much yet. Camera was just released. My only problem was with AVCHD Progressive, this recording setting will not import into Final Cut Pro. I have other Camcorders by Cannon and AVCHD imports just fine. I don't know if the file format has changed, I guess so with Progressive? I switched to MP4 (35 Mbps), and no problem there. The light sensor and picture quality with this camera are fantastic.
Summary: I bought this camera based on my experience with other Canon video cameras I have owned including the XA-10. To say that I was disappointed when I discovered that the long play batteries I already purchased for my XA-10 would not work with the XA-20 is an understatement. This strategy of creating incompatibility between an upgraded model is totally unacceptable. Had I been made aware of this prior to purchasing this camera I probably WOULD NOT have bought the camera.