Canon XC10 Compact 4K Camera Announced

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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