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

Verdict

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Any new product line is always going to have its critics, mainly in the shape of people who want a completely different camera. As I said before, there are certain feature of the Canon XC10 that have been moaned about online, but largely by those who seemed to be wanting something that the XC10 isn’t. You need to think about the XC10 for what it is, and that is a small, lightweight video camera that can capture incredible quality 4k footage. With fantastic image stabilisation, especially in the HD setting, you can throw it in your bag every day and be ready to shoot whatever you come across, and with the picture settings available you can match the footage with other cameras in the Canon EOS Cinema range.

Yes, the camera doesn’t have a large sensor, or XLR sockets, but it is light enough to go up on a drone, and it is small enough to use on or in a vehicle. So for those videographers shooting at the higher end of the spectrum, it is an interesting B camera. For those starting out, it has all you need straight out the box to get really great footage.

But the XC10 does have its quirks. The headphone socket is in annoying location, and the choice to make the 4K mode a CFast only option, rather than including the ability to record a lower bitrate to SD card, seems to be an oversight. Certain features of the handling could also be looked at. I think there is a lack of direct access buttons, particularly when the viewfinder is attached and the touchscreen can’t be used. On the whole, though, it is an excellent little camera that I enjoyed having in my kit bag, and I’m hoping to get out and shoot some projects with it in the coming months.

If you are just starting in video then the XC10 is a good choice for an all-round camera, and even if you don’t have the facility to view and edit 4K footage at the moment, the 305Mbps bit rate should future-proof the camera for at least the next few years.

 

Details

Sensor:13.36-million-pixel 1-Inch size CMOS
Effective Pixels:Video Mode: 8.29MP (3840 x 2160); Stills mode: 12MP (4000 x 3000)
Minimum illumination:AUTO MODE: PAL 50.00i: Approx. 5.32 lux (at 1/50 sec. shutter speed) 25.00P: Approx. 2.68 lux (at 1/25 sec. shutter speed) Manual Mode, PAL 50.00i/25.00P: Approx. 0.05 lux (shutter speed 1/2 sec.)
Horizontal Resolution:1600 lines or more (4K Recording), 800 or more (Full HD recording)
Lens:10x Optical Zoom Video Mode: 8.9 - 89mm (27.3-273mm 35mm equivalent) Stills Mode: 4:3 - 24.1 -241mm,/ 3:2 - 25 - 250mm, /16:9 - 27.3 - 273mm (approx.)
Lens Construction:14 elements in 12 Groups
Minimum focus distance:50cm across entire zoom range; approx. 8cm at wide macro setting
ND Filter:1/8 (3-stop) equivalent
Zoom Control:Manual. 35mm conversion markers provided
Focus Control:AF, Face detection and tracking, Push AF, AiAF (Photo Mode) Manual focus ring Touch Focus Function.
Iris Control:Auto, manual via control wheel
Maximum Aperture:f/2.8 - f/5.6 (W-T)
Filter Diameter:58mm
Aperture blades:8 blade diaphragm. Mechanical shutter built in.
Image stabilization system:Optical (lens shift) + electronic stabilisation. Movie Mode IS options: Dynamic IS¹, Standard IS, Powered IS
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  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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