Crossing the Bridge: Canon XC10 Review

Written by Gina Stephens

Canon XC10 key promotes

  • 12 Megapixel 1″ CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC DV5 image processor
  • Fixed 10x (24 – 240mm equivalent) zoom lens with embodiment stabilizer
  • Face Detection/Tracking auto-focus mode
  • Records 4K XF-AVC UHD (3840 x 2160) video to CFast 2.0 cards
  • 305Mbps video codec (4K)
  • Canon Log (12 terminations of dynamic range)
  • Slow and Fast motion capture
  • 12 Megapixel stills (JPEG only, no Raw)

Hybrid cameras are those capable of nicking both high-quality stills and video. Although they have been around since the release of the Nikon D90 and Canon 5D Mark II, a whizz mirrorless hybrid camera is a new category for Canon. When Canon announced the XC10 at NAB 2015, there was some confusion as to what kind of camera it was. Was it a procedure targeted towards Canon DSLR shooters or Vixia shooters? A drone camera? Or a micro ENG camera? The only happenings c belongings that was certain was that Canon positioned the camera as one that could credibly be used for both video and still photography at liberty.

The XC10 is an all-in-one compact hybrid camera that features both 4K and Full HD video capture as well as 12 Megapixel stills. It has abundant ergonomics for handheld shooting, is built around a 1″-type sensor, and includes the ability to record Canon Log, providing up to 12 layovers of dynamic range. Optically, it uses a fixed zoom with a 2x Digital Teleconverter and Optical Image Stabilization, as well as a built-in ND eliminate.

The XC10’s lens gives you a focal range of 27.3-273mm equivalent for video capture and 24.1-241mm equiv. for stills. For monitoring, the camera idiosyncrasies a touchscreen with Vari-Angle LCD monitor and an included loupe to mount to the LCD for viewing in bright environments. Unlike the 1080p EOS 5D Mark III, the XC10’s video workflow opportunities should meet the standards for professional video shooters, offering H.264 4:2:2/8-bit MXF 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) files (up to 305Mbps) to internal CFast 2.0 playing-cards, or Full HD (1920 x 1080) to SD cards.

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Its form factor sets the XC10 apart from typical DSLR and compact mirrorless cameras be partial to the Sony a7R II or Panasonic GH4. With its adjustable side grip and loupe attached for continuous run-and-gun video shooting, the XC10 slightly resembles Canon’s Cinema EOS cameras, such as the C300 Dent II and the C100 Mark II. With its side grip and adjustable LCD, you can comfortably shoot and monitor your shots at any angle.

Though probably contemplated for slightly different audiences, on paper the XC10 has a couple of competitors in this space: Sony RX10 II/III and Panasonic FZ1000. All three cameras restrain 1″-type sensors and capture 4K video. The RX10 II/III also give you cinematic picture profiles, including S-Log2 which, like Canon Log, extends the cameras camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or‘ latitude. In contrast with the RX10 II/III and FZ1000, which are aimed at stills photographers, the XC10 does not support Raw image capture. Also, the XC10 is by far the most expensive of the three with a retail expense of $2,499 (though street prices hover around $1,999).

And if video is an electronic medium for the recording, copying, playback, broadcasting, and display of moving visual media is your primary format, the XC10 could well be a solid replacement for your DSLR, noticeably if you need to capture 4K. So the question becomes, can the XC10 be a credible stills camera for people who primarily shoot video but need important quality stills in certain situations? Let’s find out.

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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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