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- Canon XC10 - Camcorder - Ultra High Definition - 13.36 Mpix - 10 x optischer Zoom - Flash-Karte - Wi-Fi
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Product Highlights 1" CMOS Sensor and DIGIC DV 5 Processor UltraHD 4K at 29.97/23.98p H.264 Recording in MXF Wrapper Up to 305 Mbps 4K / 50 Mbps HD Recording SDHC/SDXC and CFast Card Slots HDMI Output - Supports 4K Monitoring 10x Zoom / 8.9 to 89mm Focal Length f/2.8 to 5.6 Aperture Range 100 to 20,000 ISO Range Ergonomic Tilting Hand Grip With the XC10 4K Camcorder from Canon, professional UltraHD 4K recording capability is presented in package ergonomically designed for handheld operation and portability. The camera incorporates a 10x f/2.8 to 5.6 SLR-style manual zoom lens with auto and manual focus capability. The 4K recording in a compact form factor is made possible by the camera's 1" CMOS sensor that is backed by a DIGIC DV 5 image processor. With a 4224 x 3164 total resolution, it is able to capture video at up to 3840 x 2160 and 4:3 photos in up to 12-megapixels (4000 x 3000). The 8.9 to 89mm lens yields a 35mm equivalent focal length of 27.3 to 273mm in video mode and 24.1 to 241mm in the 4:3 photo modes. Video is recorded with H.264 compression and packed in the widely supported MXF wrapper. Bitrates 35 and 50 Mbps are available for 1080i/p recording, and there are 205 and 305 Mbps modes (depending on frame rate) for UltraHD 4K. The size of the XC10 lends the camera to run-and-gun applications, such as documentary and many types of event shooting, where the larger form factor of an interchangeable lens cinema camera or DSLR might prove impractical. Another obvious use case for high performance in a small body is mounting on a medium-sized UAV such as a hexa-rotor. The camera features a hot shoe that supports Canon speed lights or works as a standard cold shoe for LEDs, microphones, or other third-party on-camera accessories. Still photos, user settings, and video up to and including 1080p are recorded to SDHC/SDXC memory cards. To handle the up to 305 Mbps bitrate of 4K video there is also a CFast card slot.
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The included loupe is good for situations where you have bright sunlight but they need to redesign it to make it easier to take off. Also it makes the camera a little harder to use as you can't access the touch screen. You can access all of the cameras functions via the menu button and joystick but the touch screen is easier and more intuitive.
The camera is quite small. Smaller than my canon 650d with the kit lens. The camera is heavier than it looks, it is sturdily built.
The built in nd filter is really handy and is easily and quickly engaged in bright sunlight.
I never really take photos with this camera. I wouldn't use it for anything serious but I guess it's a handy feature to have. I really like this video camera so why 4 stars and not 5? The price went up by £100 a short while before I bought it. At £1250 this camera is amazing, I paid an extra £100.
My other camera is a Sony A6300. The video from the Sony is sharper, the pictures from its 24 megapixel sensor are much better than the XC10 stills. However the a6300 is not as good as a video camera. The Sony's menus are hard to get used to, it has no touch screen and it OVERHEATS! The XC10 will run happily as long as it has power and a memory card, It's way more reliable and it's colours look better straight out of the camera. Update *This camera is now fully supported by Apple’s iMovie and Final Cut X. *Third party batteries do work in this camera. You get a message asking if you want to use it with third party batteries, hit ‘yes’ and you’re good to go. *I got a 256gb transcend cfast 2 card from Amazon for around £197. Not as much as you might think but way more expensive than an SD card. The larger sizes work out better value.
To me, the best thing about the XC10 is the fantastic low light performance. I was able to record street scenes at night under available light sources with very little image noise.
The image quality in general, especially with the C-Log profile is absolutely beautiful, although somewhat limited by the lack of interchangeable lenses. It is professional broadcast quality with 4:2:2 chroma subsampling and can easily be matched with footage shot on the far more expensive professional level Canon C100 and C300 cameras.
At 4K resolution, the image quality is sharp enough to crop out a 1080 frame to simulate a cut from a wide to close-up shot if editing at 1080. When recording at 1080p, you can either use the full frame size downsampled from 4K, or just use the center of the sensor with the 2x tele-converter function to effectively double the reach of the zoom to a full frame equivalent of 480 mm. I have noticed a slight amount of fixed pattern noise appearing in low light when the camera downsamples the image to 1080p in real time - noise which isn't present when recording at 4K.
Rolling shutter is definitely an issue when doing fast pans, but it has a 'rolling shutter compensation' function that makes this a little less noticeable.
The camera also has a clean HDMI output at 4K if you would like to record to an external device. However, both internal and external recording is limited to 8-bit, and this feature is not available when using the aforementioned rolling shutter compensation function.
RUN AND GUN SHOOTING
The XC10 has very effective lens stabilization, and compared to a professional cinema camera is much lighter. It also has a much smaller form factor that could pass for a DSLR so doesn't attract the same level of attention from onlookers. All of this means you can use it on the street without any of the honking car horns that the sight of a professional video rig will often elicit.
You can't really use it like a professional video camera though, especially when focusing manually. The lens uses a focus by wire mechanism rather than mechanical focusing ring so focus pulls can't be replicated precisely, and the focus throw on this ring is so long that you have to turn it forever to pull focus. That's of course a good thing for precision when setting up a shot of a stationary object, as are the focus peaking and punch in magnification functions, but the throw of the focus ring makes pulling focus during a recording virtually impossible.
Focus tracking works very well with the touch screen, but it would be nice to be able to touch to focus on one area of the frame without continuously tracking. That would give the user an accurate way of doing focus pulls during a recording.
The lens is not interchangeable but has a pretty impressive zoom range and doesn't suffer from any noticeable focus breathing issues. The major drawback with it is that it doesn't have a fixed aperture. At 24 mm, the maximum aperture is f/2.8, and at 240 mm, the maximum aperture is f/5.6, so if you start at f/2.8, the exposure will darken as you zoom in. As with most lenses for stills photography, the lens also isn't parfocal so zooming in will throw the focus out.
BUTTONS AND MENUS
There are three customizable buttons on the camera, but the biggest oversight here is that you can't assign ISO/Gain to any of them so you always have to go through the menus to change it. More buttons would be better in general because three is not enough for all of the functions I need regular access to.
What I also find annoying is that some of the functions have to be re-activated whenever you turn the camera back on or even when switching back to recording mode after reviewing a clip in play mode. I've noticed this with the powered lens stabilization function for instance as well as the pre-record function, which continually keeps five seconds of video buffered in memory when you're not recording so that once you do press the record button, the clip that is written to the card will start with events that occurred five seconds before you actually pressed it. I've found this function very useful this for capturing shots of wildlife.
I also find that some of the menu items are inexplicably grayed out with no obvious way to figure out why. I had this problem with the 'face tracking' feature for example until it was inexplicably available again.
The rear screen rotates up and down but can't be flipped around for use when filming yourself, so it isn't ideal for vlogging purposes. The handle also rotates up 90 degrees and down 90 degrees, and this is a nice feature but I don't find it really adds a great deal of convenience.
The camera also comes with a loupe to attach over the screen for better visibility under bright sunlight, but with this attached, you can no longer use the touch screen. The eye piece is pretty uncomfortable too because the rubbery lining around it is symmetrical rather than shaped to fit the eye.
The XC10 has a built-in 3-stop ND filter for shooting under bright conditions, which I find pretty useful, and if you need finer gradations of ND between nothing and 3 stops, or if you need more than 3 stops, you can always attach another ND filter to the front of the lens. There is a 58 mm filter thread.
The original Cannon LP-E6N battery will get you through about 3 hours in standby mode. It doesn't come with a separate battery charger though so you have to charge it in-camera, and rather than charging over USB, which would be very convenient when traveling light, you need to carry around a chunky power supply to plug it into a wall outlet.
As for audio, there are 3.5 mm jacks for a microphone and headphones, and you have full control over audio recording levels. The otherwise very similar XC15 has XLR inputs if you are really committed to recording audio in-camera.
CFAST 2.0 AND SD CARD SLOTS
The XC10 has two card slots, one for an SDXC card and one for a CFast 2.0 card. The camera will only record 4K video to CFast 2.0 cards even if the required write speeds are also well within the capabilities of modern SD cards. It records 1080p video and photos to the SD card though.
CFast 2.0 cards are unfortunately more expensive than SD cards. At the time of this review, the cheapest 128 GB card is probably Transcend's 128 GB CFX600. A 128 GB card will give you enough space for about 60 minutes of recording in 4K resolution at the 305 Mbps setting or about 90 minutes at the 205 Mbps setting. I own this Transcend card and can confirm that it works without any problem for recording 4K at the highest bit rate on the XC10.
For some reason, I couldn't get the camera to communicate with my computer over USB to read the contents of the internal cards, so I use a card reader instead. You can also connect to it over Wi-Fi.
The version of the XC10 that is shipped in Europe will shoot only the PAL standard frame rate of 25 fps, and multiples of that for slow motion. You cannot select 24 fps or 30 fps options.
There are a couple of frame rates for shooting in slow motion. At 1080p, you can shoot at half speed (50 fps), and at 720p, you can shoot at quarter speed (100 fps). There are no slow motion options at 4K resolution. The quality of the 1080p 50 fps is great without any noticeable reduction in image quality compared to 1080p 25 fps.
The XC10 can also shoot still photographs but only jpegs. There is no raw format so this severely limits creative possibilities. Also limiting is the fact that the photo resolution is only 12 megapixels. This is because the sensor is optimized for video.
Even though the XC10 was released way back in 2015, it still compares quite favorably with many video-capable cameras in a similar price range that have been released since then. It is starting to fall behind in a few areas though.
Several recent mirrorless camera models (especially from Sony) are capable of 10-bit rather than 8-bit recording, and we're also starting to see cameras capable of shooting 4K at higher frame rates than what the XC10 is capable of.
The lack of interchangeable lenses on the XC10 has always been a disadvantage compared to mirrorless cameras, DSLRs, and professional-level video cameras from companies like Black Magic. You can for example get a far more cinematic image on the Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K because of the possibilities that interchangeable lenses open up. The BMPCC 4K can also shoot 4K at 60 fps, and even 12-bit raw video at 30 fps while also being cheaper than the XC10 at the time of this review.
Despite its many limitations, I do really love the image quality of the XC10, so my recommendation would be that if you've made yourself aware of the limitations I've mentioned here and can work around them, it's a great option for the price.
manual Zoom a d because of canon new mxf filming file if you have an imac you have to buy a down load converter as imovie and final cut pro do not support this file and these cost around 35$ if I'd known this I would have thought again about buying it.
Apart from that and the very expensive C.fast card to shoot 4K video priced at around £200 for a 32 gb which would only give you in 4k about 5mins recording its a nice camera.
Almost forgot don't buy any clone canon batterys for this product they won't work canon has changed the chip I found that out when I tried charging it only canons new n series will work these are different from the 5d battery's