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Canon XC10 camcorder shoots 4K video, 12MP images on a budget

By Shawn Knight
Apr 10, 2015
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    Finding a quality digital camera with strong video recording capabilities isn’t exactly as easy as one might think, especially if you’re looking for something loaded with the latest technology at a reasonable price.

    Budget-minded videographers in the market for a 4K capable camcorder that’d also like to snap the occasional photograph may want to have a look at Canon’s latest, the XC10.

    The first thing you’ll likely notice about the camera is its unique design capped off by the adjustable, swiveling handgrip. There’s also a 3-inch tilting touchscreen display to help with framing but if you prefer a viewfinder, Canon will also sell you an optional accessory that turns the display into an EVF.

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    A digital camcorder first and foremost, the Canon XC10 can record 4K video (3,840 x 2,160 at 30 frames per second) and capture modest 12-megapixel stills using its 1-inch sensor (with a dynamic range of 12 stops) and mechanical shutter. It can also grab 1080p clips at 60 frames per second or 720p at 120 frames per second if high-resolution isn’t necessarily required for a particular project or job.

    Perhaps the one glaring knock on the XC10 is the fact that it’s a fixed-lens system meaning you won’t be able to swap out lenses. What you do get is a 10x zoom lens that translates to a range of 27.3mm – 273mm for video and 24.1mm – 241mm for images with a maximum aperture of f/2.8-5.6.

    The camera also lacks an XLR mic input although there are stereo mics built in and you can use the hot shoe up top to add an external mic.

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    As you can see, this isn’t exactly a professional-grade 4K camcorder but it’s certainly no slouch, especially given its $2,500 price point. Expect to see it hit retail in June.

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  2. Win7Dev

    Win7Dev TS Evangelist Posts: 564   +173

    There is far better for less money...
     
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  3. Meh...The NX500 shoots 4K for way less. Sorry Canon, this aint good enough.
     
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  4. I rather the Sony FDR-AX100 ... That to me is a much better 4K camera. It's gorgeous looking
     
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  5. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,669   +778

    $2,500 is considered a "budget" camera? Since it looks a lot like a Hassiblad, I was interested, but since you can pick up a Hassiblad for just a little more, why would you want this one?
     
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  6. abysal

    abysal TS Booster Posts: 107   +37

    I think Canon may be smoking the crack pipe. Panasonic has the LX100 and the GH4 for far less.
     
  7. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Looks pretty cool but $2500 is steep.
     
  8. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,210   +424

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  9. tomkaten

    tomkaten TS Addict Posts: 188   +89

    I think you mean Hasselblad, and they're not "just a little more".

    But seriously, 2500 $ is far from what I would describe as "budget". Hell, the Oneplus One can do those things and it's a phone... And about 5 times cheaper. I'm not saying it can rival this device, but that's what I would call "4k video on a budget".
     
  10. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    What about the GoPro Hero? Surely that should be classed as a budget 4K camcorder! it is much cheaper than the Canon XC 10
     
  11. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,210   +424

  12. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,607   +289

    1 inch sensor, $2500. No thanks Canon.
     

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