Canon XC10 Professional 4K Camcorder

   The Canon XC10 4K Camcorder incorporates a Canon 4K video lens that leverages proprietary Canon optical technologies derived from years of experience in developing Cinema, Broadcast, and EF Series lenses. This 10x wide-angle optical zoom lens offers a focal range of 24.1-241 mm for photos and 27.3-273 mm for movies. The use of UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) and Hi-UD lens elements helps compensate for chromatic aberrations and provides a compact size. An innovative retractable lens barrel structure integrating internal guide bars helps facilitate precise lens movement during zooms and extends the lens barrel by a mere 36.2mm.     

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PIC.  1  Canon XC10 4K Camcorder
   The XC10 Camcorder’s 4K Wide-Angle 10x Zoom lens features separate focus and zoom rings for professional-style manual lens operation. (Auto Focus can also be engaged, and focus can be controlled via the optional Canon RC-6 wireless remote controller or web browser via the XC10 4K Camcorder’s Wi-Fi connection.) The rotation angle of the zoom ring is approximately 71°, allowing for rapid manual zooming. Clearly engraved focal length marks and the WIDE and TELE mechanical ends combine to further improve usability. 
   Operability innovations designed into the XC10 4K Camcorder further facilitate creative expression and the ability to capture superb 4K/HD video and high-resolution still images. These include a Vari-Angle LCD monitor with a capacitive touch panel for simple intuitive control, a rotating hand grip to support both movie and still-image shooting, a built-in ND filter, built-in dual-band Wi-Fi and much more. The camcorder can be hand-held or used with a wide range of camera-support accessories, including car mounts and drones. 

   Offering slow and fast-motion recording, multiple custom picture settings including Canon log and Canon Wide DR Gamma and interval shooting for time-lapse still photography, the XC10 4K Camcorder offers a wide range of workflow option. The camcorder can record H.264 4:2:2/8-bit MXF 4K (QFHD) 3840 x 2160 movies on internal CFast cards or Full HD 1920 x 1080 video on SD cards at multiple frames and bit rates (up to 305Mbps in 4K). The XC10 4K Camcorder also offers 4K 30p movie playback output via its HDMI 1.4 output. 

   Still-photography features include a mechanical shutter to help eliminate rolling shutter distortion, up to 2.8 fps performance, support for multiple aspect ratios and compatibility with such EOS accessories as Speedlite flash units, Canon GPS receivers, remote controllers and LP-E6 series batteries and chargers. Versatile, compact and convenient, the XC10 4K Camcorder is a lightweight 4K/HD/still photography hybrid delivering high image quality and convenience to meet the diverse imaging needs of today’s expanding universe of budget-conscious digital content creation professionals.

 

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Product Overview


4K Wide-Angle 10x Zoom Lens with Image Stabilizer
   The Canon XC10 4K Camcorder incorporates a Canon 4K video lens that leverages proprietary Canon optical technologies derived from years of experience in developing Cinema, Broadcast, and EF Series lenses. This 10x wide-angle optical zoom lens offers a focal range of 24.1-241 mm for photos and 27.3-273 mm for movies. The use of UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) and Hi-UD lens elements help compensate for chromatic aberrations and provide a compact size. An innovative retractable lens barrel structure integrating internal guide bars helps facilitate precise lens movement during zooms and extends the lens barrel by a mere 36.2mm.

  The XC10 Camcorder’s 4K Wide-Angle 10x Zoom lens features separate focus and zoom rings for professional-style manual lens operation. (Auto Focus can also be engaged and focus can be controlled via the optional Canon RC-6 wireless remote controller or web browser via the XC10 4K Camcorder’s Wi-Fi connection.) The rotation angle of the zoom ring is approximately 71deg., allowing for rapid manual zooming. Clearly engraved focal length marks and the WIDE and TELE mechanical ends combine to further improve usability.

   Built-in Canon Optical Image Stabilization enhances the one-person operation ease of the XC10 4K Camcorder. Three modes of Image Stabilization are offered (Dynamic, Standard, and Powered) to suit a range of shooting situations. Canon AF (Auto Focus) with Face AF tracking mode provides additional operator assistance. The XC10 4K Camcorder’s 10x zoom lens also includes a 2x digital teleconverter that can be switched on in MOVIE mode for added image magnification.

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12 Megapixel One-Inch 4K-Compatible CMOS Image Sensor
   The XC10 4K Camcorder features a new Canon 12.0 Megapixel 1-inch CMOS image sensor with 12 stops of dynamic range and video and photo shooting functionality. The hybrid design makes the XC10 4K Camcorder a true crossover capable of satisfying the needs of both videos and still workflows. With capture that includes both 4K and Full HD (FHD) video and still captures up to 12.0 Megapixels, the XC10 4K Camcorder is a strong contender in both market categories. The advanced CMOS sensor uses Over-Sampling HD Processing for 1920×1080 capture, the same high-image-quality signal-processing system used by the high-end Canon EOS C500 4K Cinema camera.

   The effective pixel total for the sensor’s area ratio is approximately 6.8 times larger – and its area ratio per pixel approximately 1.6 times greater – than previous Canon HD CMOS PRO sensors. The result is low noise for low-light shooting, an impressive signal-to-noise ratio and greater flexibility for creative shallow depth-of-field focusing effects.

DiG!C DV 5 Image Processor
   The Canon XC10 4K Camcorder incorporates Canon’s new DiG!C DV5 processor. This advanced core technology component provides the image-processing power and speed that enables such features as 4K video acquisition, Image Stabilization, slow and fast motion recording and precision AF. DiG!C DV 5 is integral in providing high image quality, advanced performance, and convenient operability.

XF-AVC Codec for 4K 30p and Full HD 60p
   The Canon XC10 4K Camcorder incorporates the new Canon XF-AVC Codec to balance ease of workflow with a high standard of image quality. For 4K recording, the high-image-quality XF-AVC Intra-Frame encoding is used, which captures all the detail and resolution of the CMOS sensor on a frame-by-frame basis, enabling edits to be made at any point in a motion sequence and high-quality stills to be extracted from any 4K motion image frame.

   For HD recording, the camera’s AVC Long GOP (Group of Pictures) encoding is used to help maintain outstanding quality and efficient data rates. Both XF-AVC codecs deliver H.264 4:2:2 8-bit MXF recording full 4K recording up to 30p and HD recording up to 1080/60p HD.

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Multiple Recording Modes and Frame Rates
   Multiple Recording Modes, Resolutions, and Frame Rates make the XC10 Canon 4K Camcorder creatively flexible in a variety of production environments.

Compact and Ergonomic Design
   The Canon XC10 4K Camcorder is compact, ergonomic and lightweight, broadening the range of possibilities for image expression- offering innovative shooting potential in situations where a larger camera can’t be used.

Viewfinder
   The included viewfinder unit helps make shooting outside a breeze. This new accessory uses two reflecting mirrors to optically refract the image on the LCD monitor. It also supports low-angle shooting and provides a user-friendly viewing environment.

Freestyle Rotating Handgrip
   The rotating handgrip on the XC10 4K Camcorder can be rotated to various positions and stopped at different points to allow for comfortable shooting at high angles, low angles and even in between. The grip contributes to the camcorder’s intuitive user (UI) interface with multiple easy-to-see and easy-to-adjust controls based on the familiar UI design of Canon EOS series cameras. Handgrip controls include the record button (clearly marked in red), a multi-selector thumb control dial with a mechanical lock and a design similar to those of still cameras for quick operation settings and highly visible profiles, a menu button and other smoothly recessed buttons that stay out of the way but are always there when you need them.

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Integrated LCD with Touch Panel
   A three-inch 1.03-million-dot tilting LCD monitor provides Canon XC10 4K Camcorder with a bright, vivid-color display for shooting and playing back footage. The LCD’s innovative two-axis parallel hinge mechanism allows the display to be placed in optimal positions for shooting at a variety of angles, from low to high. This LCD also integrates a highly advanced capacitive touch-panel for easy fingertip control of all camera functions and settings.

   Camera information can be displayed on-screen for clear and easy visual recognition of selected menu items and users can also swipe from one menu page to another without vertical scrolling. The user interface of the XC10 4K Camcorder borrows many of the concepts from the Canon EOS system making the camera intuitive and easy to operate for users familiar with other Canon products.

Built-In Microphone
   A built-in stereo microphone delivers linear PCM 48 kHz 16-bit audio recording. A separate mini-jack on the camcorder body also enables users to connect an external microphone.

Related Video: Introducing the Canon XC10 Camcorder

VIDEO  1. Introducing the Canon XC10 Camcorder

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Canon XC-10 Features 

  • 4K Wide-Angle 10x Zoom Lens with Image: This 10x wide-angle optical zoom lens offers a focal range of 24.1-241 mm for photos and 27.3-273 mm for movies. The use of UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) and Hi-UD lens elements help compensate for chromatic aberrations and provides a compact size.
  • 12 Megapixel One-Inch 4K-Compatible CMOS Image Sensor: The XC10 4K Camcorder features a new Canon 12.0 Megapixel 1-inch CMOS image sensor with 12 stops of dynamic range, and video and photo shooting functionality.
  • DiG!C DV 5 Image Processor: This advanced core technology component provides the image-processing power and speed that enables such features as 4K video acquisition, Image Stabilization, slow and fast motion recording and precision AF.
  • Canon XF-AVC Codec for 4K 30p and Full HD 60p: balances ease of workflow with a high standard of image quality. For 4K recording, the high-image-quality XF-AVC Intra-Frame encoding is used, which captures all the detail and resolution of the CMOS sensor on a frame-by-frame basis,
  • Multiple Recording Modes and Frame Rates: Multiple Recording Modes, Resolutions, and Frame Rates make the XC10 Canon 4K Camcorder creatively flexible in a variety of production environments.
  • Slow and Fast Motion Recording: Creative expression capabilities of the Canon XC10 4K Camcorder include Slow- and Fast-Motion recording. Depending on the camcorder’s record settings video can be recorded down to the slowest speed of 1/4x real-time (in 1280 x 720 resolution/120p) to a max of 1200x in Fast Motion.
  • Exceptional Still Capture Capability: allows you to record photos with the high image quality of up to 12 effective Megapixels using a mechanical shutter for stills in three different aspect ratios.
  • CFast 4K Recording Technology: To meet the 4K data requirements of Canon’s XF-AVC codec. CFast is a next generation nonproprietary recording solution supported by both Canon and a variety of third-party vendors. Its high speed and durability is a perfect match to the XC10 4K Camcorder to help provide quality, performance, and confidence in recording
  • Canon Log and Wide Dynamic Range Gamma: The Canon XC10 4K Camcorder features the Canon Log gamma setting that sets the camera to maximize dynamic range and provide a wide exposure latitude. This is the same log curve used in both the EOS C300 and EOS C500 Cinema cameras
  • Image Settings Compatible with Cinema EOS Cameras: The XC10 4K Camcorder shares a variety of image quality settings with other Canon Cinema EOS cameras including Canon Log, Wide DR, and EOS Std. This helps allow for video captured with the XC10 4K Camcorder to match the “look” of video captured with other Cinema EOS
  • Compact and Ergonomic Design: The Canon XC10 4K Camcorder is compact, ergonomic, and lightweight, broadening the range of possibilities for image expression- offering innovative shooting potential in situations where a larger camera can’t be used
  • Wireless Operation: The Canon XC10 incorporates dual built-in 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz band wireless networks. This functionality provides both a Browser Remote and Browser Preview. By using Browser Remote, camcorder operations can be performed remotely from a web browser on a compatible smartphone or computer
  • Workflow Versatility: The Canon XC10 offers a true hybrid workflow solution for creatives that need to integrate both high-quality video and still acquisition into their productions.
  • Compatible with Multiple Canon Accessories: The hybrid nature of the XC10 4K Camcorder enables it to be compatible with a wide variety of Canon accessories. A”hot shoe” atop the XC10 provides communication to compatible accessories.

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PIC. 7  What’s in the box

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Canon XC10 – Technical Specifications:

Sensor:

    • CMOS sensor (single panel)

Size:

    • l.0-inch (16.0mm on the diagonal)

Total pixels:

    • Approx. 13.36 megapixels (4224 x 3164)

Number of effective pixels:

    • Movies: approx. 8.29 megapixels (3840 x 2160)
      Photos: approx. 12 megapixels (4000 x 3000)

Filter

    • RGB primary color filter (Bayer array)

Magnification

    • 10x

Nominal focal length

    • 8.9to 89 mm

35mm equivalent

    • [Movies] 27.3 to 273 mm
      [Photos (4:3)] 24.1 to 241 mm

F number

    • f/2.8-5.6

Aperture

    • 8-blade iris diaphragm

Shutter

    • Mechanical shutter incorporated

ND filter

    • 1 unit (single density)

Image stabilizer

    • Optical system + electronic system

Operating rings

    • Focus ring/zoom ring

Exposure

    • Mode: In the Auto / programmed AE (P) / shutter-priority AE (Tv) or aperture-priority AE (Av) / manual exposure (M) / SCN (Portrait / Sports / Night Scene / Snow / Beach / Sunset / Low Light / Spotlight / Fireworks)
      Other: Exposure lock/AE shift/Highlight AE

Focus Mode

    • AF/Manual (Focus ring)

Focus AF system

    • TTL-video signal sensing system

Other Focus

    • Face detection & tracking, AiAF (in photo mode), PUSH AF, touch focus function provided

LCD monitor

    • 3.0-inch (7.66 cm on the diagonal) color LCD (with 3:2 aspect ratio)
      Approx. 1,030,000 dots, 100% view field coverage
      Electrostatic capacitance-type touch panel, variable-angle supported

White balance

    • Auto / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Fluorescent / Fluorescent H / Tungsten / Flash () / Color Temperature / set (1/2)

File format

    • MXF

Video compression formats

    • MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

Video Quality

    • (1) 4K recording (size: 3840 x 2160), (2) HD recording (size: 1920 x 1080)

Bit rate / Frame Rate:

    • (1) 4K recording:
      305 Mbps and 205 Mbps: 29.97P/23.98P
      (2) HD recording:
      50 Mbps: 59.94P
      35 Mbps: 29.97P/23.98P/59.94i

Color sampling

    • YCC422, 8-bit

Audio

    • Linear PCM (16-bit/48kHz), 2ch

Image Type Size

    • JPEG
      [3:2] 4000 x 2664 (10.66M)
      [4:3] 4000 x 3000 (12M) / 640 x 480 (VGA)
      [16:9] 3840 x 2160 (8.29M)

Other Rec Media for Photos

    • Photo recording in movie recording mode and photo capture during movie playback also possible (In these cases, the image size will be the same as the size of the images in which the movies are recorded and played back.) Single shot. Continuous or AF Continuous available with drive mode setting

Recording Media

    • Cfast: 4K recording
      SD Card: Recording of HD video images, photos (JPEG), menus, etc. possible

ISO/Gain setting

    • lSO160 – 20000/Gain 0.0dB – 42dB
      Auto ISO limit/AGC limit functions incorporated

Timecode

    • Count-up Operation mode: Drop frame or non-drop frame
      Rec run, free run, regeneration

Image customizing

    • (settings that give the images a particular “look”): In the movie mode; Standard, EOS Std., Wide DR, Cinema EOS Std., Canon Log, User Setting (1/2)
      In the photo mode: Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Sepia, Monochrome, User Setting (1/2)

Other Functions

    • Rotating grip (rotated approx. 90 deg. ), Slow & Fast motion recording, pre-recording (only in the HD recording mode), interval recording (only in the Photo mode), Audio Scene, powered IS, Magnification (Moving the position to be enlarged is possible), Color bar, peaking, Zebra pattern display, Function customizing, assign button (3x), marker display, digital teleconverter (2x), GPS support (GP-E2)

Playback operations

    • Normal playback, fast forward (at speeds of 5x, 15x, 60x), fast reverse (at speeds of 5x, 15x, 60x), frame forward, frame reverse, forward skip, reverse skip

Index displays

    • 3×4 (clip) index screen
      [4K Clips, HD Clips, photo playback indexes]

Other Playback

    • Enlargement zooming (in photo mode), HD image extraction playback (in 4K Clips playback mode)

Playback Edit

    • Deletion only

Wi-Fi

    • Provided (5 GHz/2.4 GHz dual band)

Accessory shoe

    • Speedlite supported

Terminal

    • HDMI OUT connector, USB connector, MIC jack, headphone jack, DC-IN socket

Image processing platform

    • DIGIC DV5

Power supply-related specs

    • Battery Pack: LP-E6N(7.2V 1865mAh)
      Battery Charger: LC-E6
      Compact Power Adapter CA-570

Dimensions (WxHxD)

    • 4.9 x 4 x 4.8″ (125 x 102 x 122mm) body

Weight

  • 2.1 lbs (930g) body

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