Canon XC10 release date review specs
Canon announced the new Canon Xc 10 camcorder. This a new product, there was no such product on the market before. The new Canon XC 10 has a 1″ sensor, and can record 4K video. The camcorder can use 305 mbits, has a Dslr like operation. The camcorder has a tilting grip and there is a viewfinder which can be attached to the screen if we want to use it at eye-level.
High frame rate slow motion is also possible at 100 (PAL) or 120 frames per second (NTSC) at 720p setting at a 35 or 50Mbs. The grip has a photo video mode selection toggle, record start stop button and exposure button, all these functions comfortably can be used with index finger. The grip tilts up to 90 degrees to help in low or high angle video recording or stills shooting.
Canon XC10 specs
The XC10 has 1″ (13.2 x 8.8mm – 16mm diagonal) CMOS sensor. To compare the Aps-C size is 27 mm in diagonal. The Sony Rx100, Nikon CX, Samsung NX Mini has this sensor size. The micro 4/3 has a 17.3 x 13mm sensor. For my preference it is a little small.
The new camcorder has a Digic DV5 image processor.
The Canon XC10 can record 4K video at 29.97 or 23.98 frame rate.
Max movie resolution
The max resolution for movies is 3840 x 2160 pixel, for stills 4000 x 3000 pixel (12 Megapixel).
The movies has an MXF format. The compression formats are MPEG-4 AVC/H.264.
The ISO sensitivity of the new Canon XC10 can be adjusted between ISO 160 and ISO 20,000.
There is a 1 stop ND filter as well.
The battery is an LP-E6 same as in the Canon 5d Mk3, 6d or any other Canon cameras.
Battery Pack(*): LP-E6N(7.2V 1865mAh)
Battery Charger: LC-E6
Compact Power Adapter CA-570
Provided (5 GHz/2.4 GHz dual band)
HDMI OUT connector, USB connector, MIC jack, headphone jack, DC-IN socket
The camcorder has a fixed 24-240mm f/2.8-5.6 stabilized lens. The lens can be used in autofocus or manual focus mode as well. According to announcement it is a Dslr like lens with a dedicated zoom and manual focus ring.
The lens has a 8 blade diaphragm.
The Camcorder has 3″ sized, 1030k dots LCD screen.
2x Digital magnification
Rotating grip (rotated approx. 90°)
Slow & Fast motion recording
Pre-recording (only in the HD recording mode)
Interval recording (only in the Photo mode)
Magnification (Moving the position to be enlarged is possible),
Assign button (3x)
GPS support (GP-E2)
1) In the movie mode; Standard, EOS Std., Wide DR, Cinema EOS Std., Canon Log, User Setting (1/2)
(2) In the photo mode: Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Sepia, Monochrome, User Setting (1/2)
Normal playback fast forward (at speeds of 5x, 15x, 60x), frame reverse, forward skip, reverse skip, fast reverse (at speeds of 5x, 15x, 60x), frame forward
White balance modes
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Fluorescent, Shade, Tungsten, Flash (for stills), Color Temperature
Supplied accessories (US)
– XC10 4K Camcorder
– Battery Pack (LP-E6N)
– Compact Power Adapter (CA-570)
– Remote Controller (RC-6)
– Shoulder Strap
– Lens Cap
– Hood Unit
– Viewfinder Unit
– High-speed HDMI Cable
– USB Cable
– Also Included:
1 SanDisk 64GB CFast™ 2.0 Memory Card
1 CFast™ Card Reader
Competition / alternatives / rivals
The Canon XC10 is looks a bit of a Nikon 1 for me. Who is this for ? The price is quite high for a 1″ sensor. You can buy a Full frame Canon Dslr for this, with a 8x bigger sized sensor, stellar low light capability even with lens.
Panasonic and Sony is extremely strong in this segment if we concentrate on video. The Sony a6000 has an Aps-C CMOS sensor (the sensor area is 3x times bigger) with stellar quality, but at the moment only record HD videos not 4K. The Panasonic GH4 is shoot 4K video, it has a 4/3 sensor which is also double in size, and it is an extremely strong competitor. We can change lenses as well.
Sony RX100 III has a 1″ sensor as the Canon XC10, also with a fixed lens, but the lens has a brightness of 1/1.8-1/2.8, which is very useful but for a smaller 24-70mm range. Arguably this is the best compact camera on the market today. The Panasonic LX100 also record 4K video, and has a 4/3 sensor as well.
The Panasonic FZ1000 is also an alternative. It has a longer and brighter lens (25-400mm f/2.8-f/4), with the same sized sensor but with 20 Megapixel instead of 12. It is not clear at the moment which is better the 20 or the 12 megapixel.
Obviously we cannot know the quality of the XC10 before checking it, but on paper doesn’t seem a must have product at the moment.
Canon XC10 release date
The Canon XC10 will be released soon. It is planned for June 2015.
Canon XC10 price
The price of the new Camcorder is 2500 USD.