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Canon XA40 Bad Features

I really like the Canon xa40, but there are a few quirks that I don't like. Here's my rundown of the most annoying features of the Canon xa40.

Three Features that I wished Canon would have done differently.

Canom X A40 Power Button

Power Slot Location

The power port is located on the right side of the camera. It's next to the eye viewfinder. This is where you plug in the camera to charge.

The problem is that the cover that protects the port makes it really hard to connect the power cable.

Canom X A40 Menu Button

Menu Button

The menu button is conveniently located at the back of the camera. This is how you access certain settings on the screen.

The problem is that it can be difficult to figure out where the button is when there is low light. I can see the word Menu, but I am pushing around trying to find the button.

Canon X A40 Audio Port

Microphone/Headphone Port

The audio and headphone ports are located next to each other on the front right of the camera. This is where you connect a microphone or headset.

The problem is that is very hard to tell which port to use when I want to connect an external microphone. The microphone/headphone text is hard to read - since I am still new to the camera, it takes me a second to try to figure out the right port.

On the Sony TRV-720 they have different color ports so it's easy to figure out which port is which.


XA40 Features That I Like

The Canon XA40 camera is a great choice for professional videographers. It has three key features that make it stand out from the competition. First, the camera allows multiple audio inputs - allowing the videographer to use multiple mics at the same time. Second, it has a powerful 20x optical zoom lens that allows you to capture close-ups of your subject from a distance. Third, the camera's dual SD card slot makes sure you have a good backup plan in case something happens to the primary card.

Multiple Audio Inputs on the Video Camera

While many video cameras only have a single input for an external microphone, there are now a number of video cameras on the market that have multiple inputs. This is great news for anyone who wants to do video interviews because it means you no longer have to worry about connecting your microphone to the camera.

Just because a camera has multiple inputs, however, doesn't mean that it will work well with all microphones. Some microphones are designed to be plugged into a standard audio input, while others need their own power source. Make sure you know what type of microphone you're using before you start the video project.

Having multiple audio sources works well in Final Cut Pro. You can easily select the audio channel to use and mute the other channels.

20x Camera Zoom

The Canon XA40 is a great camera for anyone looking for an affordable, high-quality zoom camera. The camera has a 20x optical zoom, which means you can get close to your subject without having to move around. This is great for events or nature photography where you need to be able to capture a wide range of images without having to go too far from your subject. The image quality is also fantastic, with the ability to shoot in both 1080p and 4K resolution.

In my tests, I find the zoom to be similar to the 300mm lenses on a Nikon DSLR. You can zoom into a scene without a loss of video quality. The lens can give you a range of 29.3 ' 601mm.

Canon xa40 with Dual SD Card Slot

When it comes to video, the more safety you have, the better. That's why dual SD card slots make it easy to keep your footage safe by allowing you to record simultaneously to two cards. This way, if one card fails or is corrupted, you still have the other copy of your footage as a backup.

You can also set it so that if one card happens to fill up before your shoot is over, you can simply switch to the other card and keep going without missing a beat! This is useful when shooting in 4K which takes up a lot of space.

The nice thing too is that you can set the video to be on one card and photos to go on the other card. This makes it easy to separate video and photo work on a project.


Canon XA40 Time Code

The Canon XA40 is a great video camera for professional use. It has excellent features, including time code. Time code is very important in professional video production because it allows you to synchronize different pieces of footage together. The Canon XA40 makes this process easy and efficient, which is why it's such a popular choice among professionals.

Time Code Settings

Resetting the Time Code

When you start a new project, it's always a good idea to reset the time code. This way, you'll know exactly how much footage you actually shot. This is especially important if you're working on a tight deadline. By resetting the time code, you can avoid any confusion and ensure that your project stays on track.

There are two modes to consider:

Preset - This resets the time code back to 00:00:00:00. In most cases, this is what you should select one.

Regen - This checked the SD card for the last media and start from that point. This is useful if you switch SD cards for different projects.


Canon XA40 4k Video

When it comes to video, capturing the best quality footage is always a top priority. And while shooting in 4k may seem like overkill for some situations, it can be well worth it in the end.

On cameras like the Canon XA40, shooting an hour of 4k video takes up about 70GB of space on your SD card. This means that if you plan on filming for an hour, you should have at least a 128GB card in the camera slot. The amount of disk space required can vary depending on how many audio channels are being used. For example, if you're using two microphones instead of one, then your disk space requirements will go up by 50%.

If you have a 64GB card and are only using one microphone with 4k resolution and 30fps (frames per second), then you'll max out at around 55 minutes of footage before needing to switch cards or start deleting files.

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White Balance

When it comes to video, white balance is key. The Canon XA40 has a range of white balance settings to help you get the perfect shot, but knowing which one to use and how to use it can be tricky.

Canon X A40 White Balance

Four Things I Learned

When you're in manual mode, you can assign White Balance Priority to an assignable button, making it easy to switch to that mode when you need it. This is a great way to ensure that your photos always have accurate white balance, no matter what conditions you're shooting in.

In infrared photography, the white balance cannot be adjusted because it is not possible to determine what "white" should be. The colors in an infrared photograph are determined by the wavelength of light that is being captured, so there is no way to adjust the white balance and make everything look "normal." This limitation can be surprising for some people who are used to adjusting the white balance in order to get accurate colors in their photographs.

The Canon xa40's Custom White Balance feature can provide better results than the automatic mode in changing lighting conditions, close-ups, and certain fluorescent lights. This means that it's really worth knowing how to use this feature.

To use the custom white balance, Point the camcorder at a gray card or white object so that it fills the frame at the center of the screen, and then select the white balance icon on the screen. When the icon stops flashing the camera white balance has been set.

General Tips

Here are some general tips for getting the most out of your XA40's white balance:

1) Auto White Balance (AWB) is great for everyday shooting. It automatically adjusts colors so that they look natural, regardless of the lighting conditions. AWB works best in medium or bright light; in low light situations, results may be inconsistent.

2) If you're shooting in low light or under artificial lighting, try using one of the preset white balances instead of AWB. Tungsten gives a warm tone that's great for indoor shots lit by tungsten bulbs; Daylight produces a cooler tone that's better suited for outdoor shots or shots taken under fluorescent lights, and Cloudy creates a softer look that's good for scenes with mixed lighting sources.

3) You can also fine-tune the color temperature manually if none of the presets fit your needs perfectly. This option is available on all three preset modes as well as AWB mode. To do this, use either the touchscreen or joystick on your camera to adjust the color temperature until it looks right to you. Keep in mind that adjusting too far from neutral can produce unwanted results, so always go slowly when making adjustments!


Quality Photos

Are you looking for a camera that can take great quality photos in 4k format? If so, then the Canon XA40 is the perfect option for you! This camera has a photo quality of 3840 by 2160, which means your photos will look amazing. Not to mention, the XA40 is also capable of recording in 4k format, so you can capture all of your memories in stunning detail. Plus, it's easy to use this camera even if you're not an experienced photographer - making it the perfect choice for anyone.

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Canon X A40 Photo
Photo Enhanced by Luminar Neo

Things I Learned

You can't take a photo while you're shooting a video - at least not in the Canon XA40.

The Canon XA40 has a great feature that allows you to assign one of the assignable buttons to take photos. This is a quick way to take a photo, and it's very convenient. I highly recommend setting up one of the back buttons to quickly take photos

From the Canon Manual: Photos taken with the Canon XA40 are in three sizes. The first size is 3840x2160 and it is 3,080KB. The second size is 1920x1080 and it is 880KB. The third size is 1280x720 and it is 420KB

The iPhone file size is 4032''-3024

Photo Format: DCF (Design rule for Camera File system), compatible with Exif Ver. 2.3, JPEG compression

MetaData Info

Interesting MetaData that is produced in each photo. Note that the GPS isn't included because the XA40 doesn't have any GPS information.

Name: IMG_0131.JPG
Location: /Users/cryan/Desktop
Dimensions: 3840 x 2160
File Size: 4.1MB (4,143,372)
Date Created: 4/18/22 11:14:04 AM
Date Modified: 4/18/22 11:14:04 AM
Camera Make: Canon
Camera Model: Canon XA40
F-Stop: F4
Focal Length: 3.7 mm
Exposure Time: 1/100 s
Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
Date Time Original: 4/18/22 11:14:02 AM
Date Time Digitized: 4/18/22 11:14:02 AM
White Balance: Auto
Metering Mode: Center weighted average
Flash: No flash function
Exposure Mode: Auto
Digital Zoom: 1.0
Color Space: sRGB
Orientation: top, left
Pixel X Dimension: 3840
Pixel Y Dimension: 2160
X Resolution: 72
Y Resolution: 72
Resolution Unit: inch


Have you ever wanted to add a little bit of creativity and artistry to your videos? With a kaleidoscope lens, you can! A kaleidoscope lens is a special type of lens that creates interesting patterns and designs when used on video cameras. This can add an extra level of interest and intrigue to your videos, making them more visually appealing.

If you're looking for a way to spice up your videos, consider using a kaleidoscope lens. You can find these lenses online or at camera stores. They're relatively inexpensive, so it's worth giving them a try!

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Canon xa40

The filter diameter on the Canon xa40 is 58 mm. This means if you are going to add a Kaleidoscope lens, you'll need one that is 58mm.

The Kaleidoscope lens is good to use for landscape view transitions.

I have never used a Kaleidoscope lens in any of my cameras. I can produce the same effect using various filters in Final Cut Pro, In Motion, there is a Kaleidotile filter that simulates looking through a kaleidoscope with rectangular facets. There is also a Parallelogram Tile which offers a different Kaleidoscope effect.

The reason you would use a camera lens instead of Apple Motion or Final Cut Pro, is that you have more control over the colors and styles when you are doing it live.

Note: This blog topic came about because today is 'K' day in the 'A to Z' challenge and it's hard to come up with a "K" topic for the Canon xa40.


ExFat Format

Canon recommends initializing the SD card before using it. This ensures that the card file structure is compatible with the camera. Just remember that initialize means erase and there's no way to recover the data on the flash drive.

The nice thing is that the card name is "Canon", it's easy to find when you put it on the computer. Other camera devices use the word "Untitled" -thanks, Nikon. GoPro renames the disk ".trash" I don't know what that means.

Why exFAT?

exFat allows files greater the 4GB to be stored. If you are using FAT32 your file size limit is 4GB. This means that the camera would have to split the video file in order to save it on the disk.

SanDisk Memory Cards

All SanDisk memory cards larger than 64GB use the exFAT file system. So there's no technical reason to initialize the drive - right out of the box.



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