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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.
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.
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.
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 video and still workflows. With capture that includes both 4K UHD and Full HD (FHD) video and still capture 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 1920x1080 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.
Approx. 6.8 times larger than before (effective pixel total)
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 UHD 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.
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 UHD 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 UHD 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 for full 4K UHD recording up to 30p and HD recording up to 1080/60p HD.
Multiple Recording Modes, Resolutions, and Frame Rates make the XC10 Canon 4K Camcorder creatively flexible in a variety of production environments.
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.
The Canon XC10 4K Camcorder's advanced still photo 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.
4K Frame Grab
In-camera 8.3 Megapixel still photos can be extracted from 4K UHD video files. After creating a 4K UHD video movie, users can extract any frame they wish and convert it into a high-quality still photo.
Recording 4K UHD video requires professional quality media capable of keeping up with the 305 Mbps codec of Canon’s XC10 Camcorder. The camcorder features CFast™ recording technology to meet the 4K UHD 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.
The XC10 4K Camcorder also features an SD card slot, allowing Full HD video and photos to also be recorded separately on an SD card.
A SanDisk 64GB CFast™ 2.0 memory card and CFAST™ card reader are included with the XC10 camcorder.
As of April 2016, compatibility has been verified for the following CFast™ memory cards:
Proper operation cannot be guaranteed for all recording media. Long term usage may reduce a CFast™ card's write speed. We recommend users regularly fully format and refresh their card using the "Full Format and Refresh Tool." available via the following URLs:
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, which helps maximize compatibility when the XC10 4K Camcorder is used in conjunction with them on the same shoot. The files produced using Canon Log can be ideal for post-production color-correction, matching and grading, as they provide users with a high level of creative post-production freedom while maintaining high image quality. When using Canon Log, the XC10 4K Camcorder can provide a dynamic range up to 800% or 12-stops.
The Canon XC10 4K Camcorder also provides the Canon Wide Dynamic Range Gamma function that allows users to get many of the benefits of Canon Log Gamma while maintaining an 18% gray point similar to Rec. 709. By using this setting, users can maintain the full dynamic range of the sensor without the need for extensive post processing.
12 Stops Dynamic Range
Working in concert, the Canon 12.0 Megapixel 1-inch CMOS sensor, DiG!C DV 5 processor, and XF-AVC Codecs enable the Canon XC10 4K Camcorder to capture bright, highly detailed images at up to 20,000 ISO with a high dynamic range (12 stops of exposure latitude), and low picture noise.
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 and EOS cameras. The XC10 4K Camcorder features a log gamma setting that sets the camera to maximize dynamic range and provide wide exposure latitude. This is the same log curve used in both the EOS C300 and EOS C500 cinema cameras, helping to maximize compatibility when multiple cameras are used on the same shoot. This is especially helpful in post-production, where corrections, color matching and grading are applied.
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The Canon XC10 4K Camcorder is compact, ergonomic, and light weight, broadening the range of possibilities for image expression- offering innovative shooting potential in situations where a larger camera can’t be used.
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.
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.
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.
The Canon XC10 4K Camcorder 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. Browser Preview allows users to look at still photos recorded in the camera without the need to remove media from the camera.
The Canon XC10 4K Camcorder offers a true hybrid workflow solution for creatives that need to integrate both high quality video and still acquisition into their productions. The camcorder offers the ability to capture both 4K UHD and HD imagery at a variety of frame rates and resolutions. Individual frames from the Canon XC10’s 4K UHD video can be extracted in camera or post and used as 8.3 Mpx still images. The XC10 4K Camcorder is also a fully functional 12Mpx still camera that is compatible with a wide variety of Canon photo accessories including Speedlite flashes, GPS Receiver, and remote controller.
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.
The high level of compatibility of the XC10 4K Camcorder allows the flash unit settings to be selected from the camcorder. The Speedlite 320EX (pictured above), 600EX-RT, 58-EX II, 430EX II and 270EX II Speedlites can all be used with the camcorder. The Speedlite 320EX features a video light for movie shooting.
The GP-E2 GPS Receiver adds GPS information to the photo and movie data. The GPS information of MXF movies can also be viewed using the XF-Utility.
The XC10 4K Camcorder is compatible with the EOS LP-E6N series of batteries and the LC-E6 battery charger.
The RC-6 remote controller features a photo and movie mode. In photo mode, the user can initiate shooting straight away or on a 2 second delay. In movie mode, recording can be started and stopped with the press of a button.
|Image sensing device||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)|
|Lens (CANON 4K VIDEO LENS)||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
|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||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)|
|AF system||TTL-video signal sensing system|
|Other||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
|Viewfinder||Not available (but viewfinder unit comes with it)|
|White balance||Auto / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Fluorescent / Fluorescent H / Tungsten / Flash (*) / Color Temperature / set (1/2)|
|For photos (*)|
Full Auto Mode: 6.4 lux (Frame Rate: 59.94i, Shutter Speed: 1/60)
Full Auto Mode: 3.2 lux (Frame Rate: 29.97p, Shutter Speed: 1/30)
Full Auto Mode: 2.56 lux (Frame Rate: 23.98p, Shutter Speed: 1/24)
Manual Mode: 0.05 lux (Frame Rate: 59.94i/29.97p/23.98p, Shutter Speed: 1/2, Gain +42dB)
|Movie recording (Video Format: XF-AVC)||File format||MXF|
|Video compression formats||MPEG-4 AVC/H.264|
|Video Quality||(1) 4K UHD recording (size: 3840 x 2160), (2) HD recording (size: 1920 x 1080)|
|Bit rate/Frame Rate||(1) 4K UHD recording|
|(2) HD recording|
|Color sampling||YCC422, 8-bit|
|Audio||Linear PCM (16-bit/48kHz), 2ch|
|Rec Media for Photos||Image type
[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||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 UHD 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
|Time code||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")||(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)
|Other||Rotating grip (rotated approx. 90°), 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||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||3x4 (clip) index screen
[4K UHD Clips, HD Clips, photo playback indexes]
|Other||Enlargement zooming (in photo mode), HD image extraction playback (in 4K UHD Clips playback mode)|
|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
|(*) Interchangeable with EOS models (5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 6D, 7D Mark II, 7D, 70D, 60D, 60Da)|
Compatible Supplies & Accessories
Canon offers a wide range of compatible supplies and accessories that can enhance your user experience with you XC10 that you can purchase direct. Scroll down to easily select items to add to your shopping cart for a faster, easier checkout. Visit the Canon Online Store
Battery Charger LC-E6
Battery Charger for NP-E6 Li-ion Batteries.
Battery Pack LP-E6N
Rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Compatible with Canon LC-E6 and Canon LC-E6E battery chargers.
CA-570 Compact Power Adapter
This compact adapter powers your camera from an AC power supply and charges your batteries on the camera. This allows for uninterrupted recording of your special events and keeps your batteries ready to go.
GPS Receiver GP-E2
Rugged and lightweight design Records location as EXIF information to images when shooting Can act as a stand-alone GPS logger Camera time can be synched by the built-in atomic clock
Mini-HDMI Cable: connects Canon HD Camcorders/select PowerShot Cameras to HDMI compatible TV.
SC-2000 Soft Carrying Case
Protect your camcorder with the professional-quality SC-2000 Soft Carrying Case, featuring secure compartments for filters and extra battery packs.
XC10 PRO CAMCORDERSAccess the XC10 product support page to download the firmware.
Improved auto focus speed, selectable shutter speeds of 1/25 and 1/50 and the following MP4 recording modes have been added:
† Prices and specifications subject to change without notice. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.