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Canon XA10 Camcorder

macworld.co.uk Editor's Choice pcactual.com Recommended
2.37MP 1/3 775g Jan 2013
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The innovative XA10 AVCHD camcorder packs Canon professional technology into an ultra-compact body. Exceptional functionality and versatility ensures outstanding video and audio performance. -... More
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22 Reasons For

Two Industry Awards

This video camera received a Macworld.co.uk "Editor's Choice" award and it received a "Recommended" award from Pcactual.com.

Excellent Expert Reviews

On average, based on six expert reviews from sites including PC Advisor.co.uk, stuff.tv, macworld.co.uk and tecnozoom.it the average expert rating of this video camera is 93%. If all the camcorders of a similar type and age are ranked by average expert review score then this camcorder is in the top 3%.

Canon Has Excellent Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Small sensor size camcorders produced by Canon have excellent reviews on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all camcorders (not just small sensor size camcorders) and found that Canon also has excellent reviews across its entire range.

Good Support

Several Canon XA10 owners mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder had good technical guidance. Four years ago Pcadvisor.co.uk mentioned on expert review site PC Advisor.co.uk “Canon’s XA10 professional level camcorder combines full manual controls, 64GB of internal storage” in their Canon XA10 review and gave this camcorder a rating of 5 stars.

Easy to Use

One Canon XA10 reviewer concluded that this camcorder was easy to use the menus. Expert review site Stuff.tv mentioned four years ago “The touchscreen menu is simple and responsive, if a little heavy on pro terminology”.

Good Quality Lens

One customer who purchased this camcorder concluded that it had a good zoom. Four years ago Pcadvisor.co.uk wrote in their review on expert website PC Advisor.co.uk “The zoom is impressively versatile and controls easy to access, with only the small viewfinder a significant negative, dwarfed by the likes of the huge storage capacit”.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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Fairly Large Screen Size

Across all the small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years the screen sizes range from 1.4" to 4.3". The Canon XA10 has one of the larger screen sizes (3.5 inches) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Canon XA10 is Full HD. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the XA10 also are Full HD.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Canon XA10 has an HDMI port. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec also have an HDMI port.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative camcorders with an HDMI port currently available including the Canon Legria HF G30[plb_1564050_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Canon XA10 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the XA10.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF G30[plb_1564050_price].

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Canon XA10 is 1/3". That's 94% more optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/5.8". 4.80 x 3.60mm.

A 1/3" optical sensor size is in fact the best optical sensor size across all camcorders of this type and age.

The worst optical sensor size across similar types of camcorder is 1/8".

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Canon XA10 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years. Most camcorders of this type and age support an SD memory card. This Canon video camera also supports an SDHC memory card. 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 amongst all camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

A MicroSD (Transflash) memory card is the worst supported memory card type across comparable types of camcorder.

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

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Two Memory Card Slots

The Canon XA10 has more memory card slots than most of the camcorders of this type and age. Most of the small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the XA10 only have one memory card slot, however this Canon video camera has two memory card slots.

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is the most frequently found battery on small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Has Seven Scene Modes

The Canon XA10 has a greater number of scene modes than most small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. This camcorder has an Spotlight scene mode, which is the most commonly found scene mode found on small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the XA10. The scene modes "Beach", "Fireworks", "Night", "Portrait", "Snow" and "Sports" are also found on this video camera.

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Quite High Display Resolution

With a display resolution of 922,000 pixels, the Canon XA10 has a fairly high display resolution compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the XA10. The lowest display resolution of camcorders of this type and age is 23,000 pixels, the highest is 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 360,000 pixels.

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Quite Big Maximum Fash Memory Capacity

Video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the XA10 have maximum fash memory capacities of between 4GB and 120GB, and the average maximum fash memory capacity is 19GB. The maximum fash memory capacity of the Canon XA10 of 64 gigabytes is one of the biggest amongst video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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1080i Video Mode

1920 pixels × 1080 lines (2.1 megapixels), and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. Small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the XA10 video modes range from 540p (worst) to 1080p (best).

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Has a Built-In Display

The Canon XA10 has a built-in display, as do most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

There are a number of other video cameras with a built-in display currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF G30[plb_1564050_price].

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Has Nine White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Canon XA10 is more than most camcorders of this age and type. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the XA10. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Fluorescent H", "Manual", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders that were launched around the same time as it.

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14 Reasons Against

Not Good in Terms of Size

One customer who reviewed it considered that it was not heavy and bulky.

Very Small Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years is 10x and the biggest is 78x. The Canon XA10 has a fairly small optical zoom (only 10 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

If this camcorder optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Canon Legria HF G30[plb_1564050_price] (20x) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the XA10 do not have an interchangeable lens. The Canon XA10 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the XA10 do not have a night mode. The Canon XA10 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other camcorders of this age and type, the Canon XA10 does not have a built-in projector.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years, the Canon XA10 is not 3D compatible.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other camcorders of this age and type, the Canon XA10 is not waterproof.

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Only Optical Viewfinder

This video camera has an Optical viewfinder, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Heavy

With a weight of 775 grams, the Canon XA10 is quite heavy compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. The weights of similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago range from 57g to 3.9kg.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Value

The average maximum aperture value of video cameras of a comparable age and type to the XA10 is 4.9, and the maximum aperture values range from 1.8 to 22. At only 2.8, the Canon XA10 has a fairly low maximum aperture value compared to most of the other video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the XA10.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

At only 305 millimeters, the Canon XA10 has a fairly short maximum focal length compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the XA10. Across all the small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the XA10 the maximum focal lengths range from 22mm to 2,700mm.

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Quite Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

Camcorders that came out around the same time as the XA10 have bitrates at maximum video resolution of between 2.5 Mbit/s and 35 Mbit/s. The Canon XA10 has one of the smaller bitrates at maximum video resolution (only 24 megabits per second) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Very Small Viewfinder Screen Size

The Canon XA10 has a fairly small viewfinder screen size (only 0.24 inches) compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec. The viewfinder screen sizes of video cameras of this type and age range from 0.24" to 0.52", and the average viewfinder screen size is 0.33".

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Expensive

We think this video camera looks expensive compared to other small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago. We checked 19 small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago and they range in price from £22 to £3,087.

4 Other reasons to consider the Canon XA10

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Canon released the XA10.

Average Digital Zoom

The Canon XA10 has a fairly average digital zoom (200 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the XA10.

If you want a camcorder with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the Canon Legria HF G30[plb_1564050_price] (400x and higher rated).

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Average Video Recording Time

At 5.55 hours, the Canon XA10 has a pretty standard video recording time compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Fash Memory Capacity
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Exposure Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Resolution
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Image Quality Adjustment
Design
Colour
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Capture Mode
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
HD-Ready
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
Composite Video Out Port
USB 2.0 Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Component Video Out Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
Mini HDMI Port
XLR in Port
USB Connector Type
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Operating Relative Humidity Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Quick Start Guide
AC Adapter Included
Handheld Remote Control

2 Awards

macworld.co.uk Editor's Choice pcactual.com Recommended

Expert Reviews

(11)
1 June 2012

The XA10 may look like most mid-level camcorders at first, but bolt on the handle (very fiddly) and the built-in XLR audio inputs make it much more serious. The touchscreen menu is simple and... Read more…

25 April 2012

If you?ve got the cash, and the desire, the Canon XA10 is acamcorder with few flaws. The zoom is impressively versatile and controls easy to access, with only the small viewfinder a significant...

24 April 2012

Macworld.co.uk

Canon?s XA10 professional level camcorder combines full manual controls, 64GB of internal memory and the ability to accept XLR audio inputs from the likes of pro microphones. This impressive mix... Read more…

26 May 2011

In the pro world of videography it's hard to take anything this small too seriously. However, the XA10 is larger than life in terms of features, usability, and quality imaging. Canon USA, Inc. One...

17 February 2011

The Canon XA10 is the new low-end model in Canon?s pro camcorder lineup. Featuring full 1920 x 1080 HD video capture, along with a carry handle and dual phantom-power XLR inputs, the XA10 is a... Read more…

Résumons tout d'abord les ajouts du XA10 face à son petit frère HF G10 :- une mémoire flash de 64 Go (contre 32 Go),- un mode infrarouge,- un adaptateur XLR,Le XA10 s'avère surtout efficace...

24 January 2013

Si buscas una cámara de video profesional que sea compacta y que te de una gran calidad de imagen, la Canon XA10 es una gran opción. Además, cuenta con varias funciones automáticas que te dan...

Superb image quality
Portable size
Huge storage capacity
Detachable handle
XLR audio inputs and mic mount
Small viewfinder
Lightweight body lends to increased camera shake
El control remoto y la batera de mayor duracin no vienen incluidos
La pantalla tctil podra ser algo ms sensible
Pacco Batteria
6 July 2011

Pcactual.com

Canon presentó en enero un nuevo formato que estrecha aún más el margen que hasta ahora existía entre los modelos de consumo avanzados y los profesionales.La XA10 ofrece prestaciones a la... Read more…

1 January 2012

Kdy? jsem si poprvé p?esn? p?ed rokem prohlí?el na CESu kameru Canon XA10, okam?it? jsem se pro ni nadchnul. Malá kompaktní videokamera s 1/3" sníma?em o 2MPx rozli?ení, tedy p?esn? na Full... Read more…

8 March 2011

Ei der manuellen Kontrolle zeigt Canon den vergleichbaren Top-Consumer-Camcordern die Rücklichter: Die drei frei belegbaren Knöpfe inklusive Drehrädchen und der Objektivring machen dazu die... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon xa10, canon 4922b008
Barcodes 04260168426296, 08714574566870, 08714574566931

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