With a 1-inch sensor, 4K capture at 305Mbps and a 24-240mm equivalent lens, could the Canon XC10 be the perfect all-rounder for run-and-gun videographers?

Product Overview

Canon XC10

Pros:

  • + Impressive 4K 305Mbps output
  • + 12EV Dynamic Range
  • + Lightweight and compact
  • + Nice articulated screen and grip
  • + Excellent image stabilisation, especially in HD modes

Cons:

  • - No 4K recording on to SD Card, only CFast
  • - CFast cards expensive
  • - Headphone socket on handgrip annoying

Product:

Canon XC10 Review

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£1,530.00

Build and Handling

The look of the Canon XC10 changes depending on what the angle it is viewed at. There are parts that resemble a DSLR, but really most of the design cues have been taken from the Canon Cinema line of cameras, though there is a nod to a few older Canon Powershot bridge cameras.

The Canon XC10 handgrip can rotate through 180 degrees

The Canon XC10 handgrip can rotate through 180 degrees

Key to the design is the grip. This rotates through 90 degrees back and forward, which I found advantageous when shooting above head height or at waist level. The grip itself is comfortable and it supports the camera well. The start/stop record button is placed in a good position, as is the dial that controls the value of the chosen exposure setting. Meanwhile another dial allows you to quickly switch the exposure mode.

On the rear of the grip are three controls – a small thumb-stick, the menu button and Function button that is by default used to magnify the image for focusing.

Photographers starting out in video may be a little frustrated with the controls of the XC10. I think there should be more direct control buttons for key features, as it can take a trawl through the Quick Menu or main menu to change even some of the most basic settings. Thankfully the touchscreen does help to navigate some of these options, and it is possible to customise what is on the Quick Menu. However, I also assigned different functions to two of the three custom buttons.

I left button 2, the Push AF button as it is. I spent most of my time manually focusing, but I found the quick AF button useful when I just wanted to quickly AF, but without having to change focus modes. The 1. Display button was reassigned to switch the Power Image Stabilisation on and off, and the 3. MAGN button was reassigned to turn the ND filter on and off.

  1. 1. Features
  2. 2. Lens
  3. 3. Build and Handling
  4. 4. Image Quality
  5. 5. Audio
  6. 6. Stabilisation
  7. 7. Verdict
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