For a DoP who's right at home behind a full-size Cinema EOS rig, Peter Demetris is highly impressed by the potential of Canon's latest camcorder: the Canon XA45. "Having so many professional features on a tiny camcorder is just fantastic," he says.
The latest XA-series camcorder is certainly compact compared to Peter's Canon EOS C300 Mark III, but downsizing doesn't mean sacrificing performance. With its extensive professional feature set, including a 20x optical zoom lens, XF-AVC codec, and XLR and 3G-SDI connectors, the Canon XA45 punches above its weight.
Peter was an ideal choice to put the XA45 through its paces on a music video shoot, due to his background in both live broadcast and narrative productions. His route to becoming a self-shooting DoP began in his native Australia, where he served stints as a video technician, vision mixer and studio director, specialising in entertainment shows and multi-cam events. After relocating to London, his focus shifted to more narrative work, including a work-in-progress documentary on the making of Lost in London – the world's first feature film to be broadcast live – on which he served as live gallery director.
Here, Peter shares his thoughts on the Canon XA45's top five standout features.