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Canon XC10
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Canon XC10 Camcorder

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13.36MP 930g CMOS Apr 2015
Sensor Size Full HD Weight Sensor Type Release Date
Stunning 4K/Full HD 4:2:2 video and 12MP stills in one palm sized camera Creative and versatile the XC10 captures stunning 4K/Full HD 4:2:2 video and high quality stills in one compact,... More
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26 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The reviewer at Trusted Reviews endorse this video camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

Excellent Expert Reviews

This video camera received a score of 90% from video camera expert review site Trusted Reviews. If all the comparable spec video cameras that have been around for more than a year are ranked by average expert review score then this big sensor size camcorder is in the top 1%.

Average Owner Reviews

This Canon camcorder has an average owner rating of 76 out of 100 based on 11 owner reviews.

Good Quality Lens

Several people who reviewed it thought it had a good autofocus. Mr. Hawlywood gave this camcorder a very good review score and said “The autofocus is remarkable”. Mr. Hawlywood also mentioned “In many, many hours of shooting, I think we had two setups in which we needed to correct the camera's initial autofocus”.

A few customers said in their reviews that it had a good lens.

Some Canon XC10 reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it had a good zoom. Omar Siddique wrote on Amazon this month “Has a long minimum focus distance at full zoom * IS is limited to 1080 mode, not 4K * Sort of slow to switch modes (still to video”.

One person reckoned that it had a good image stabiliser. Mr. Hawlywood wrote on Amazon “Using the dynamic optical stabilization for some walking handheld work was surprisingly satisfying” in their Canon XC10 review.

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Canon Has Excellent Camcorder Reviews

Canon is one of the leading camcorder brands according to average reviews from users and experts, and Canon also has excellent ratings for its big sensor size video cameras.

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Easy to Use

Several Canon XC10 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the product was easy to use. Dal gave it a rating of 5 stars and said in their review of the Canon XC10 on Amazon “The controls are all exactly where they should be”. Dal also mentioned “Sharp and easy to use”. Dal also said “It sure is a joy to use”.

One person wrote in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold. In October John Smith said on Amazon “It is lighter to hold for an extended period of time” in his review of the Canon XC10.

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Good Size

A few people wrote in their reviews that it was compact. Omar Siddique mentioned in his review of the Canon XC10 in October “A compact video camera with a wide-to-tele zoom, image stabilization, 4K recording, dSLR-like settings” . Omar Siddique also mentioned “It looks like a mirrorless, or superzoom compact camera”.

One customer considered that the product was lightweight.

One Canon XC10 reviewer said in their reviews that it was a good height. John Smith wrote in his review of the Canon XC10 on Amazon a few weeks ago “That makes it impossible to take the video from a different angle or height unless you are willing to move your entire face in the same dire”.

One Canon XC10 owner said in their reviews that it was tight.

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Robust

Some Canon XC10 owners who purchased the product agreed that it was well made. This year Dal said in their Canon XC10 review on Amazon “I love the touch screen focus and the built in ND filter”. Dal also mentioned “Canon has done a wonderful job designing and engineering this camera”. Omar Siddique said on Amazon also this year “* A solid build * Included zoom lens (24-240) easily covers the full range video work would require * Integrated ND filter”.

Nice Design

A few Canon XC10 reviewers who reviewed it reckoned that it was good looking. A few weeks ago Dal mentioned “The 4K footage is beautiful”. Scoobydoo rated this camcorder 80 out of 100 and mentioned on Amazon also a few weeks ago “The ergonomics are pretty decent”.

A number of people who purchased the Canon XC10 reckoned that it was ergonomic. Patrickian4 rated this camcorder as excellent and wrote in their Canon XC10 review in October “Perfect ergonomics for run and gun video”. One Canon XC10 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the Canon XC10 was a good design. Dal said on Amazon “I am extremely pleased with the camera design and the footage it delivers” in their Canon XC10 review.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

A few customers who reviewed it considered that it had a good viewfinder. Dal said “The viewfinder is clean and sharp” and rated it 5 stars. John Smith wrote in his review on Amazon this month “The included viewfinder is great”.

One person who bought the product considered that it had a good screen.

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Good Product Quality

A number of Canon XC10 owners considered that the product was good quality. A few weeks ago S. Peterson rated the product 80 out of 100 and mentioned on Amazon “All the great functionality is still there and the amazing Canon quality is still stellar.” in their Canon XC10 review. Scoobydoo mentioned in October “Image quality and ergonomics are good.” . Scoobydoo also wrote “Image quality is good.”.

Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the XC10, the Canon XC10 is Full HD.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Canon XC10 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other video cameras that were launched more than a year ago.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Canon XC10 has an HDMI port. Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also have an HDMI port.

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2160p Video Mode

The Canon XC10 has a 2160p video mode which is better than the 1080p video mode found on most camcorders that have been available for a similar time to it. In addition, this video camera has a 720p video mode.

A 2160p video mode is in fact the best video mode across all comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than a year.

Across similar types of video camera the worst video mode is 720p.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Canon XC10 supports a better memory card type than most similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than a year. This video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most camcorders of a similar age and type to it support an SDHC memory card. This Canon camcorder also support CFast 2 and CFast and SD memory cards. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type across all comparable spec video cameras that have been available for more than a year.

An SD memory card is the worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of video camera.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than a year, the Canon XC10 has a built-in display.

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Very Large Internal Storage Capacity

Across all the comparable spec camcorders that have been around for more than a year the internal storage capacities range from 0.032GB to 130GB. With an internal storage capacity of 128 gigabytes, the Canon XC10 has a very large internal storage capacity compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the XC10.

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Quite High Megapixel Count

The Canon XC10 has a quite high megapixel count (12 megapixels) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the XC10. The megapixel counts of video cameras that were released one year ago range from 6MP to 24MP.

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Quite High Display Resolution

Big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the XC10 have display resolutions of between 460,000 pixels and 1,600,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 780,000 pixels. At 1,030,000 pixel, the Canon XC10 has a fairly high display resolution compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as the XC10.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This video camera has a maximum video resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, which is typical of many big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for more than a year.

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Supports One Audio Format

The Canon XC10 has a greater number of audio formats than most camcorders of a comparable age and type to it. This video camera supports an LPCM audio format, which is the most commonly supported audio format supported by camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the XC10.

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Has Two Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the Canon XC10 is more than most big sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than a year. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on video cameras of this spec and age. The cable included "HDMI" is also found on this Canon camcorder.

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320 ISO Sensitivity

The Canon XC10 has a higher ISO sensitivity than most video cameras that were launched more than a year ago. This Canon camcorder has a 320 ISO sensitivity, whereas most video cameras of a similar age and spec to it have a 200 ISO sensitivity. This video camera also have 20, 000, 160, 640, 1, 250, 2, 500, 5, 000 and 10 and 000 ISO sensitivities. Across all comparable spec camcorders that were released more than a year ago the best ISO sensitivity is 51,200 and the worst is Auto.

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Small

The average depth of camcorders of this age and spec is 180mm, and the depths range from 22mm to 380mm. With a depth of only 102 millimeters, the Canon XC10 is one of the smaller big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the XC10 amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

Camcorders of a comparable type and age to the XC10 have minimum illumination of between 0.05lx and 2lx, and the average minimum illumination is 1.4lx. With a minimum illumination of only 0.05 lux, the Canon XC10 has a fairly small minimum illumination compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as the XC10.

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10 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

One Canon XC10 reviewer who reviewed the Canon XC10 thought it was not quick to charge.

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Canon XC10 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the XC10 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of big sensor size video cameras that were released around the same time as the XC10 range from 10x to 20x. At only 10 times zoom factor, the Canon XC10 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the XC10.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most camcorders of this spec and age are not 3D compatible. The Canon XC10 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the XC10 do not have a night mode. The Canon XC10 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the XC10, the Canon XC10 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Canon XC10 does not have a built-in projector, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also do not have a built-in projector.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Value

The maximum aperture values of comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the XC10 range from 2.7 to 4.5. The Canon XC10 has a quite low maximum aperture value (only 2.8) compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the XC10.

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Very Low Battery Capacity

Across all the video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the XC10 the battery capacities range from 1,800mAh to 2,000mAh. With a battery capacity of only 1,865 milliampere * hour, the Canon XC10 has one of the lower battery capacities amongst video cameras of this age.

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Very High Minimum Aperture

The Canon XC10 has a very high minimum aperture (5.6) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for more than a year. Similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the XC10 have minimum apertures of between 1.8 and 5.6.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Canon XC10

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on video cameras of this spec and age.

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Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when Canon released the XC10.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Canon XC10 has a fairly standard screen size compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for more than a year.

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Average Weight

At 930 grams, the Canon XC10 has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the XC10.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many comparable spec camcorders that were launched more than a year ago.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Card Slot
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
ISO Sensitivity
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Magnification
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
GPS Function
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Format
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
PCM Digital Audio
Audio System
Microphone Connection
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video Out Port
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Socket
Networking
WiFi Type
Battery
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Storage Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Included Memory Card Size
Other Features
Technical Details
Number of Diaphragm Blade

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Expert Reviews

(5)
8 April 2016

Hybrid cameras are those capable of capturing both high-quality stills and video. Although they have been around since the release of the Nikon D90 and Canon 5D Mark II , a professional mirrorless... Read more…

7 January 2016

The Canon XC10 4K camcorder was announced at NAB 2015 and was released the following September. It is a relatively low-cost camera that is more run-and-gun style than its big brother, the C300 Mk... Read more…

27 December 2015

The Canon XC10 isn't quite the DSLR-camcorder hybrid it promises to be, but it shoots great 4K footage...

Trusted Reviews

2 December 2015

Ben je als reportagefilmer (en -fotograaf) op zoek naar een betaalbare en handzame 4K-camera met de ergonomie van een camcorder, dan is de XC10 zeker een overweging waard. Als je clips van deze...

19 January 2016

Schaut man sich die reinen 4K-Spezifikationen an, so steht die XC10 gegenüber einer Sony RX10 MK2 relativ konservativ da: Denn Sony bietet ebenfalls einen S-Log 2 und Hypergamma-Workflow in einem...

Brilliant 4K image quality
Builtin lens offers 10x zoom
Better 12megapixel stills than most camcorders
Noninterchangeable lens
4K only recorded to expensive CFast 2.0 cards
No XLR audio inputs

User Reviews

(11)
Reviewed 11 July 2016 by Mr. Hawlywood

I teach filmmaking, and there are equipment-selection issues that are, in some ways, unique to the teaching environment. I have now put this camera through some paces, and I am very happy with our... Read more…

Reviewed 31 May 2016 by Patrickian4
(Verified Purchase)

Love this camera. Perfect ergonomics for run and gun video. It is NOT a C100 or 5D3 - it's not trying to be. It's designed to be a "C" camera for Cinema or for journalists. The AF is fantastic and... Read more…

Reviewed 23 May 2016 by Omar Siddique

A multimedia journalist's dream: a compact video camera with a wide-to-tele zoom, image stabilization, 4K recording, dSLR-like settings, an articulating touch-screen, dual recording media, a large... Read more…

Reviewed 4 April 2016 by ScOObydoo | 11 Comments

Where to start with this camera? When it was originally announced, I was extremely excited, but at its launch price of $2500, I knew it would be a hard sell. I've been using the XC10 for a few... Read more…

Reviewed 24 March 2016 by John Smith | 77 Comments

I want to start this review with some background. I have been using Canon dSLRs for several years now. My current camera is Canon 6D. Although 6D can make great HD videos, I almost exclusively use... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon xc10, canon 0565c003, canon 1633147k, canon 0565c011, canon 0565c022, canon 1633145k, canon 0565c022a, canon 0565c003a, canon 0565c011a, canon 0565c003aa, canon 0565c011aa, canon 0565c022aa, canon manufacurer
Barcodes 04549292040517, 04549392040516, 08714574627380, 08714574627427, 08714574631066, 08714574631097, 08714574631318

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