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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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27 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The writer at Trusted Reviews wrote that concluded that they would recommend this Canon video camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

Expert Reviews Are Excellent

This big sensor size camcorder received a rating of 90% from expert review site Trusted Reviews. This puts this Canon camcorder in the top 1% of all the big sensor size video cameras that were released more than a year ago when ranked by average expert review score.

Average User Reviews

People who bought this video camera rated this camcorder 76 out of 100 on average.

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

On average Canon big sensor size video cameras have excellent ratings compared to other brands as do all camcorders built by Canon.

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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.”.

Reasonably Priced

One person concluded that this camcorder was good value for money. Scoobydoo scored the product 80 out of 100 and mentioned on Amazon this year “A better price and a better sensor would go a long way” in their review of the Canon XC10.

One person mentioned in their reviews that it was a bargain for the price. Omar Siddique gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and he mentioned in his review on Amazon in October this year “SD * LP-E6N battery is the same used by canon's mid-upper range SLRs (easy to get cheap spares) * Includes a CFAST card”.

One Canon XC10 reviewer reckoned that it was cheap. This year Dal mentioned on Amazon “If you are on a tight budget and need a professional camera, fully functional right out of the box”.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Canon XC10 is Full HD, as are most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the XC10.

We compared this camcorder to all the other Full HD camcorders and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony FDR-AX100[plb_2109545_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Canon XC10 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other big sensor size video cameras that came out more than a year ago.

Other camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available which you might also want to consider include the Sony FDR-AX100[plb_2109545_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other camcorders of this type and age, the Canon XC10 has an HDMI port.

Alternative camcorders with an HDMI port currently available which you might also want to consider include the Sony FDR-AX100[plb_2109545_price] which has better reviews.

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2160p Video Mode

The Canon XC10 has a 2160p video mode which is better than most video cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. Most camcorders that are a comparable age to it have a 1080p video mode. In addition, this Canon camcorder has a 720p video mode.

A 2160p video mode is actually the best video mode amongst all big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the XC10.

A 720p video mode is the worst video mode amongst similar types of camcorder.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Canon XC10 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SDHC memory card supported by most big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for more than a year. In addition, this camcorder 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 amongst all big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the XC10.

Amongst similar types of video camera the worst supported memory card type is SD.

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 were released more than a year ago, the Canon XC10 has a built-in display.

There are a number of alternative video cameras with a built-in display currently available which you might also want to consider including the Sony FDR-AX100[plb_2109545_price] which has better reviews.

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Very Large Internal Storage Capacity

The smallest internal storage capacity of similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the XC10 is 8GB, the largest is 130GB, and the average internal storage capacity is 44GB. When compared to other video cameras that came out around the same time as the XC10 that we have checked, the internal storage capacity of the Canon XC10 of 128 gigabytes is one of the largest.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

The Canon XC10 has a quite high display resolution (1,030,000 pixel) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the XC10. The display resolutions of comparable spec video cameras that were released one year ago range from 460,000 pixels to 1,600,000 pixels.

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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 available for around the same time as it.

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Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the Canon XC10 is more than most video cameras of this spec and age. This camcorder supports an LPCM audio format, which is the most frequently supported audio format supported by big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the XC10.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Canon XC10 is more than most video cameras of a similar type and age to it. This Canon video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the XC10. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Fluorescent H", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this camcorder.

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Has Two Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the Canon XC10 is more than most video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This Canon camcorder has a USB cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on video cameras of this age and type. The cable included "HDMI" is also found on this video camera.

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320 ISO Sensitivity

The Canon XC10 has a higher ISO sensitivity than most video cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This Canon camcorder has a 320 ISO sensitivity, whereas most video cameras that came out around the same time as it have a 200 ISO sensitivity. In addition, this camcorder have 20, 000, 160, 640, 1, 250, 2, 500, 5, 000 and 10 and 000 ISO sensitivities. The ISO sensitivity of all comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the XC10 ranges from Auto to 51,200.

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Very Small

The smallest camcorder of this age and spec is 22mm deep, the biggest is 380mm, and the average depth is 180mm. 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 more than a year amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

The Canon XC10 has one of the smaller minimum illumination (only 0.05 lux) amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age. Video cameras of this spec and age have minimum illumination of between 0.05lx and 3lx, and the average minimum illumination is 1.6lx.

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11 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, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the XC10 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of only 10 times zoom factor, the Canon XC10 has one of the smaller optical zooms amongst similar spec camcorders of this age. The optical zooms of big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the XC10 range from 10x to 20x, and the average optical zoom is 16x.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Canon XC10 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the XC10 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Canon XC10 does not have a night mode. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

The Canon XC10 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the XC10 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most camcorders of a similar age and type to the XC10 do not have a built-in projector. The Canon XC10 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Value

With a maximum aperture value of only 2.8, the Canon XC10 has a fairly low maximum aperture value compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the XC10. The maximum aperture values of video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the XC10 range from 2.7 to 4.5.

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Very Low Battery Capacity

The average battery capacity of camcorders that were launched more than a year ago is 1,900mAh, and 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 Big Closest Focusing Distance

At 0.5 meters, the Canon XC10 has a very big closest focusing distance compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the XC10. The closest focusing distances of similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the XC10 range from 0.01m to 0.5m.

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Very High Minimum Aperture

The Canon XC10 has one of the highest minimum apertures (5.6) amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age. Across all the similar spec video cameras that have been around for more than a year the minimum apertures range from 1.8 to 5.6, and the average minimum aperture is 2.8.

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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 typical of many camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Released Over a Year Ago

This Canon camcorder has been on the market for over a year.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Canon XC10 has a fairly typical screen size compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the XC10.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 930 grams, the Canon XC10 has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

If you are not worried about having a heavier weight then you might also want to consider the Sony FDR-AX100[plb_2109545_price] (790g) which also has a higher rating.

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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 of this type and age.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Image Stabiliser
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
ISO Sensitivity
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Magnification
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Remote Control
Design
LED Indicator
Colour
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Maximum Video Resolution
Pre-Record
Still Image
Image Format
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Built-In Microphone
PCM Digital Audio
Audio System
Microphone Connection
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
S-Video Out Port
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Socket
Networking
WiFi
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
Included Battery
Quick Start Guide
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Handheld Remote Control
Warranty Card
Lens Hood Included
Included Memory Card Size
Shoulder Strap
Other Features
USB Connectivity
Technical Details
Number of Diaphragm Blade

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Expert Reviews

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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...

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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
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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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