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Canon XC10 announced

Category : Cameras, Canon XC10, NEWS
Date : 2015-04-25
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Canon XC10 with attached Display Loupe and Lens Shade

The long rumored fixed lens 4K Canon XC10 has been announced.

From Canon’s press release:

“The compact, affordable Canon XC10 4K Camcorder is designed for cinematic 4K /Full HD video shooting, 12 Megapixel digital still photography, and capture of 8 Megapixel stills from 4K footage. The XC10 Camcorder features a Genuine Canon 10x Wide-Angle Zoom Lens with 2X Digital Teleconverter, Canon Image Stabilization, Auto Focus with Face Detection technology, and built-in Wi-Fi. The XC10 also offers wide dynamic range Canon Log Gamma recording and multiple “look” settings, to seamlessly integrate with other Canon Cinema EOS Series cameras as a “B,” “C,” or “crash-cam.” Drawing from Canon’s expertise in optics, sensors, and imaging technologies, proprietary components of the XC10 include a custom-designed, Canon 12 Megapixel one-inch CMOS sensor for 12 stops of exposure latitude, an advanced DIGIC DV5 signal processor, and the Canon XF-AVC codec for internal 4K and HD recording.”

Very small form factor

Looks like the perfect camera for Gibals or Drones, with the sun-shade and Display-Loupe detached and a weight of 930g, the cam features a small squary housing and can cact as a companion for the also new Canon C300 Mark II.

Introduction by Canon

Maximum framerate in 4K is 29.97p/23.98p for NTSC and 25p for PAL with bitrates of 205 and 305 Mbps when shooting 4K and when using HD resolution the camera shoots 50p/59.97p with 50 Mbit or 35 Mbit on SD Cards.

Canon also introduced a new codec called XF-AVC which is targeted to the 4K market and will get support from many major NLE and software developers. Read more about the codec.

Display swivels up and down

Key features

  • Internal 4K Recording on CFast Cards
  • 1080p recording on SD Card
  • 1″ CMOS Sensor 4000x3000px
  • Compact 10x Wide-Angle Canon Zoom Lens (FF equivalent 24 – 241 mm)
  • Auto Focus with Face Recognition/Tracking
  • Slow- and Fast-Motion Recording
  • Multiple “Look” Settings & Canon Log
  • 12-Stop/800% Dynamic Range
  • One Step ND-Filter
  • High-Sensitivity Up to 20,000 ISO
  • Tilting LCD Monitor with Touch-Panel Control
  • Rotating Freestyle Handgrip
  • Remote Tablet/Smartphone Control Via Dual-Band Wi-Fi
  • Hot Shoe for Canon Speedlite and EOS Accessories
  • Use With Optional Canon RC-6 Remote Controller or GP-E2 GPS Unit


Short film shot with the XC10 in 4K:

The Canon XC10 will be released around june 2015 with a price of about $2499 including a 64GB CFast 2.0 Card. When recording 4K PAL with 305mbit datarate you will get about 28 minutes video on that card. So you will another 64GB or better a 128GB Card which costs about $400 right now. But they expect to get cheaper when they get produced in larger numbers.

In Europe the camera will be sold without a CFCard and is listed at retailers at €1990 Euro.

Canon USA Press Release Brochure



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