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Canon XA10 Camcorder

pcactual.com Recommended macworld.co.uk Editor's Choice
2.37MP 1/3 775g CMOS Mar 2012
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
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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19 Reasons For

Two Industry Awards

Two expert review sites both thought that this Canon camcorder was good. The writer at Macworld.co.uk wrote that this small total megapixels video camera was fantastic and gave it an "Editor's Choice" award and the editor of Pcactual.com gave it a "Recommended" award, confirming their endorsement.

Excellent Expert Reviews

This video camera has an average expert rating of 93 out of 100 based on six expert reviews from sites including PC Advisor.co.uk, stuff.tv, macworld.co.uk and tecnozoom.it. The expert review sites think this Canon video camera is one of the very best small total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

Canon Has Excellent Camcorder Reviews

Small total megapixels video cameras built by Canon have excellent ratings on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all video cameras (not just small total megapixels video cameras) and found that Canon also has excellent ratings across its entire range.

Good Support

A few customers who reviewed it thought it had good technical guidance. Expert website Pcadvisor.co.uk wrote “Canon’s XA10 professional level camcorder combines full manual controls, 64GB of internal storage” in their review.

Easy to Use

One Canon XA10 owner who purchased it thought it was easy to use the menus. Expert website Stuff.tv wrote “The touchscreen menu is simple and responsive, if a little heavy on pro terminology” in their Canon XA10 review.

Good Quality Lens

One customer who purchased it considered that it had a good zoom. Five years ago Pcadvisor.co.uk mentioned on 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 video camera is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Quite Large Display Diagonal

At 3.5 inches, the Canon XA10 has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the XA10. Video cameras of this spec and age have display diagonals of between 1.4" and 4.3".

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

Like most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the XA10, the Canon XA10 has an HDMI.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with an HDMI and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF G30[plb_1564050_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Canon XA10 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the XA10 also have an image stabilizer.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative camcorders with an image stabilizer 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 Canon XA10 has a maximum optical sensor size of 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.

This video camera's optical sensor size (1/3") is actually the best optical sensor size across all camcorders of a similar age and type to the XA10.

The worst optical sensor size across comparable types of video camera is 1/8".

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Canon XA10 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than the SD compatible memory cards supported by most video cameras of this type and age. This camcorder also supports an SDHC compatible 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).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type across all camcorders of a comparable type and age to the XA10.

Across similar types of video camera the worst supported memory card type is MicroSD (Transflash).

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

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Lithium Battery Technology

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Has Eight Scene Modess

The Canon XA10 has a greater number of scene modes than most camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This video camera has an Spotlight scene modes, which is the most commonly found scene modes found on camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the XA10. The scene modess "Beach", "Fireworks", "Night", "Portrait", "Snow", "Sports" and "Sunset" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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Very High Display Resolution (numeric)

The lowest display resolution (numeric) of similar spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years is 1.2 pixels and the highest is 1,300,000 pixels. When compared to other similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the XA10, the display resolution (numeric) of the Canon XA10 of 922,000 pixels is one of the highest.

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Fairly Big Flash Memory

Across all the video cameras of this age and spec the flash memorys range from 4GB to 120GB. At 64 gigabytes, the Canon XA10 has a quite big flash memory compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the XA10.

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1080i Supported Video Modes

1920 pixels × 1080 lines (2.1 megapixels), and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. The video mode of all camcorders of a similar type and age to the XA10 ranges from 576i to 1080p.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other video cameras of this age and spec, the Canon XA10 has a built-in display.

We compared all the other camcorders with a built-in display to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF G30[plb_1564050_price] is also worth considering.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders of a comparable age and type to it.

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11 Reasons Against

Not Good in Terms of Size

One customer who purchased it concluded that it was not heavy and bulky.

Quite Small Digital Zoom

The digital zoom of the Canon XA10 of only 2 times zoom factor is one of the smallest amongst video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the XA10. Across all the camcorders of a comparable age and type to the XA10 the digital zooms range from 1.5x to 3,500x.

Video cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth considering include the Canon Legria HF G30[plb_1564050_price] (400x) which also has a higher rating.

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Not Full HD

The Canon XA10 is not Full HD. Most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the XA10 are also not Full HD.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of small total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as the XA10 range from 10x to 78x, and the average optical zoom is 31x. With an optical zoom of only 10 times zoom factor, the Canon XA10 has one of the smaller optical zooms amongst video cameras of this age.

Video cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth looking at include 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

The Canon XA10 does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth noting that most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the XA10 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the XA10, the Canon XA10 does not have a night mode.

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Not 3D

The Canon XA10 is not 3D. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the XA10 are also not 3D.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as the XA10, the Canon XA10 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other camcorders that came out more than two years ago, the Canon XA10 does not have a built-in projector.

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Heavy

The lightest camcorder of this age and type is 57g weight and the heaviest is 3.9kg. At 775 grams, the Canon XA10 is quite heavy compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the XA10.

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Very Small Viewfinder Screen Size

At only 0.24 inches, the Canon XA10 has a fairly small viewfinder screen size compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the XA10. Video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the XA10 have viewfinder screen sizes of between 0.24" and 0.52", and the average viewfinder screen size is 0.33".

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3 Other reasons to consider the Canon XA10

Released Over Four Years Ago

Canon released the XA10 over four years ago.

CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Average Video Recording Time

At 5.55 hours, the Canon XA10 has a fairly average video recording time compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the XA10.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Flash Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Image Quality Adjustment
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Capture Modes
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
S-Video Out
PictBridge
XLR in
USB Connector Type
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery Technology
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
AC Adapter Included

2 Awards

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

Expert Reviews

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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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