Canon XA75 review: a niche camcorder for pros

The Canon XA75 has a 1-inch sensor and versatile zoom, but its recording options may have limited appeal

A side profile of the Canon XA75 camcorder
(Image: © Lauren Scott)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Canon XA75 is the company's most advanced and expensive professional camcorder. If your job is to make videos for news reports, productions for business and educational clients, or you regularly Livestream at home, then it's one of the best camcorders out there. The integrated 15x optical zoom lens can be limiting, despite the 25.5 – 382mm (35mm equivalent) it gives you. However, Canon's excellent face detection and high-end audio ports for XLR microphones ensure your content sounds as good as it looks. With poor connectivity options, the XA75 is a poor fit for content creators, and its high price will put off all but the most dedicated filmmakers, but the video quality is good enough for pros.


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    Compact and comfortable to hold

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    Detachable handle adds mic ports

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    1-inch sensor delivers great footage


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    4K recording limited to 25fps

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    Pricey compared to mirrorless rivals

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    Very specific use case

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If you need a dedicated camera for recording video only, then choosing one of the best camcorders seems to make sense. They're easy to handhold, you don't have to (and indeed can't) change the lenses, and they produce decent results without too much tinkering. And yet, every time I review a camcorder, I struggle to understand why you'd buy one over the best cinema cameras or the best phone for video recording - depending on your skill level and budget. But then, perhaps I'm not the target market.

Canon released the Canon XA75 camcorder in September 2022 alongside a flurry of similar 4K-capable models; the XA65, XA60, XA70, and HF G70. It's the company's most expensive professional camcorder and top of the lineup in terms of specs, which include a 1-inch type CMOS sensor, 15x optical zoom with 40x digital zoom, and 5-axis Image Stabilization. Unlike cheaper camcorders, the XA75 also comes with a detachable handle unit, which lets you carry it from the top but also adds two XLR terminals for the best XLR microphones - the standard for recording crisp audio.

Canon XA65

If you like the design and features of the XA75 but not the price, the Canon XA65 is about a fifth cheaper. You get the same processor, streaming via USB-C, and two XLR terminals on a detachable handle, but the CMOS sensor is slightly smaller at 1/2.3-inch.

Sony FX30

If you want pro-level video, an affordable price, and a camera that handles more like a mirrorless than a camcorder, look to the Sony FX30. For ambitious filmmakers who also want high-quality stills, the 26MP sensor and 4K 120p video resolution are a great combo. 

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Lauren Scott
Freelance contributor/former Managing Editor

Lauren is a writer, reviewer, and photographer with ten years of experience in the camera industry. She's the former Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, and previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer magazine, Technique editor for PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, and Deputy Editor of our sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine. An experienced journalist and freelance photographer, Lauren also has bylines at Tech Radar,, Canon Europe, PCGamesN, T3, Stuff, and British Airways' in-flight magazine (among others). When she's not testing gear for DCW, she's probably in the kitchen testing yet another new curry recipe or walking in the Cotswolds with her Flat-coated Retriever.