Canon XC10 Compact 4K Camera Announced

April 10th, 2015
Canon XC10 Compact 4K Camera Announced

CanonXC10Canon today introduced a new small 4K 1 inch sensor 4K camera with a fixed lens, the XC10.

The XC10 is a brand-new product category for Canon – a very compact and lightweight UHD-capable video (and stills) camera with a built-in fixed zoom range of 25-135mm, with a 1-inch sensor. The lens has a f2.8 to 5.6 aperture with a 10x optical zoom and focal length range of 8.9 to 89mm (35mm equivalent: 27.3 to 273 mm). It records 4K up to 29.97fps, 1080p/i up to 59.94 fps, and 720p up to 119.98 fps. It also has a slow and fast motion feature supported at 1080 resolution. Besides shooting 4K video it also shoots 13.36 MP stills.

It also uses CFast 2.0 cards and the XF-AVC codec, which is quite impressive for a camera of this size. It features CLog and Wide DR as well as many other shared settings from the higher-end Canon Cinema cameras. It has a smart hot shoe for audio accessories, however Canon is leaving it to third parties to develop these audio accessories. The camera also features an HDMI output with a 4:2:2, 10-bit signal.

We can see this camera clearly getting a lot of interest as a b-camera to many higher-end Cinema camera productions, or as a stand-alone one-man-band news-gathering tool – which it is perfectly fit for with its wide zoom range and optical stabilization.

The XC10 will come in at $2,499.

Technical Specs

  • Chroma Subsampling: 4:2:2, 8-bit
  • Bit Rates:
    • 4K:
      • 305 Mbps: 29.97p, 23.98p
      • 205 Mbps: 25p
    •  1080/720P:
      • 50 Mbps: 59.94p, 50p
      • 35 Mbps: 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p 25p
  • Frame Rates:
    • 4K: 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p
    • 1080: 59.94p, 50p, 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p
    • 720p: 119.98p, 100p
    • Slow & Fast Motion supported at 1080 resolution
  • Video Resolutions:
    • UHD 4K (3840 x 2160)
    • 1080p/i
    • 720p
  • Codec: AVC/H.264
  • File Type: MXF
  • ISO Range: 100 to 20,000
  • Gain: 0.0 to 42 db
  • Zoom: Optical 10x
  • Focal Length: 8.9 to 89mm (35 mm equivalent: 27.3 to 273 mm)
  • Aperture: f2.8 to 5.6
  • Effective Pixels: 3840 x 2160
  • Total Pixels: 4224 x 3164
  • Sensor: 1” CMOS
  • Recording Media:
    • CFast: 4K video
    • SDHC/SDXC: HD video, photos, and camera settings
  • 3” LCD Screen
  • HDMI Output with 4:2:2, 10-bit signal

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February 19th, 2016

If there was a way to cut the lens off of this and then add a EF mount to the front, I would be interested.

Wolfgang Ernst
Wolfgang Ernst
April 12th, 2015

I could not imagine that Canon consistently drives the mediocrity.
Yes, they can . . .

1“ sensor, fixed f2.8-5.6
built in ND filter – but one density only
no viewfinder, loupe mounted to screen only
touch screen is fine, but not usable when loupe mounted to it
64GB CFast 2.0 for 4k is ~ 300,- € !! (64GB SDXC 10/3 for 4k in GH4 is ~ 35 €)

I understand better what Canon‘s branding effort means:
“Canon See Impossible” – We see that it is impossible to catch up with competition

April 11th, 2015

That’s almost useless. The zoom fails short on the angular side and should be at least 2,8 constant.

Andrea Hilliard
April 11th, 2015

Why hello there!

April 10th, 2015

Canon totally forgot they NOT alone in the Market

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