Canon XA10 64GB Internal Flash Professional Camcorder, 2.37 Megapixel, 3.5" Widescreen Color LCD

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About Canon XA10

The new ultra compact XA10 Professional Camcorder is designed for situations where mobility is critical while shooting. This feature-rich, professional model records Full HD 1080p using an AVCHD codec. The ultimate professional camcorder for run-and-gun shooting, the compact XA10 includes a detachable handle for low-angle shooting and portability. With the handle attached the XA10's functionality is further enhanced with the addition of XLR inputs and an external microphone holder.

A Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens delivers a wide, flexible zoom range (35mm equivalent range 30.4mm-304mm) and smooth, pleasing backgrounds thanks to an 8-blade iris. And an infrared mode allows users to capture video in conditions with little or no ambient light, a situation which would make other camcorders useless.

The new XA10 provides the option of recording to a 64GB internal flash drive or two SDXC-compatible card slots and the ability to simultaneously record to two cards at once for instant backup. Portable and packed with professional features, this camcorder will be the model of choice for on-the-go videographers.

The Canon XA10 is commonly used for Documentaries, HD shooting, Home movies, Shooting indoors, Shooting outdoors, Travel, Weddings and more.The Canon XA10 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Film professional among others.The Canon XA10 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon XA10: Accurate, vivid colors, Compact design, Durable, Easy computer connectivity, Easy to use, Easy TV connectivity, Ergonomic/comfortable to hold, Excellent image quality, Good battery life, Good in low light, Good low-light performance, Good software compatibility, Great picture quality, Great sound/audio, Large clear LCD, Lightweight and Well built / quality

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Compact design (17),Excellent image quality (16),Easy to use (13),Ergonomic/comfortable to hold (13),Accurate, vivid colors (12),Easy computer connectivity (12),Good low-light performance (12),Good battery life (11),Great sound/audio (10),Durable (9),Lightweight (8),Good software compatibility (7) Great picture quality (6),Easy TV connectivity (4),Good in low light (4),Large clear LCD (4),Well built / quality (4),Zoom range/performance (3) View All
Cons:
Poor sound/audio (3),Short battery life (3)
Best Uses:
Shooting indoors (6),Travel (6),Documentaries (5),Shooting outdoors (5),HD shooting (4),Home movies (4),Weddings (4),Low light (3),Movies/short films (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Film professional (6),Semi-pro (3),Tech savvy (3)

Canon XA10 Features

  • Flash Memory: The XA10 Professional Camcorder allows users to record up to 24 hours of clear high definition video to a 64GB internal flash drive or to two SDXC-compatible memory slots
  • AVCHD Codec: The XA10 features the AVCHD codec. AVCHD (Advanced Video Coding High Definition) was announced in 2006 and is quickly becoming the standard for professional camcorders. AVCHD utilizes MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression technology similar to the technology used in Canon's HD DSLRs
  • Genuine Canon 10x HD Zoom Lens: The XA10 features a Genuine Canon 10x HD Zoom Lens which offers a 35mm equivalent of 30.4mm - 304mm
  • Canon Native 1920 x 1080 CMOS Image Sensor: Designed and manufactured exclusively by Canon, the XA10 Professional Camcorder incorporates a native 1/3-inch, 1920 x 1080 CMOS Image Sensor, delivering superb Full HD video recording with minimal noise
  • Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor: The XA10 Professional Camcorder features Canon's powerful DIGIC DV III Image Processor, which provides enhanced shading, lifelike tonal gradations and lower power consumption. DIGIC DV III is also the high-speed engine which powers a variety of Canon technologies
  • Smart Auto: Smart Auto uses the power of Canon's DIGIC DV III Image Processor to intelligently detect and analyze faces, brightness, color, distance and movement and then automatically selects the best settings for the scene
  • 3.5" Touch Panel LCD Screen: A 3.5-inch, 922,000 dot LCD monitor provides an ample, accurate area for critical focus confirmation and approximately 100% field of view. The display opens on the left side of the camera body
  • Touch & Track: Touch and Track delivers precise tracking of the focus and exposure on any subject - people, animals, vehicles and more
  • Touch Focus: Touch Focus allows the user to pinpoint a specific area to focus on. This function is similar to the Push AF feature found on other professional camcorders, but can target a subject anywhere in the frame
  • Touch Exposure: Touch Exposure enables exposure to be locked or compensated for the area touched by the user
  • EVF: The XA10 Professional Camcorder features a 0.24-inch, 260,000 Dot Color EVF and approximately 100% field of view coverage for comfortable viewing and accurate judgment of composition. Brightness, contrast, color and backlight are adjustable
  • Focus Assist Functions: With Canon's Edge Monitor Focus Assist system, a green monitor is shown at the bottom of the LCD Display
  • Peaking/Magnify: Two peaking modes and a 2X magnify focus assist function are available in standby and record mode (LCD monitor and EVF), making it extremely easy for the XA10 operator to check and confirm critical focus
  • Detachable Handle: A detachable handle provides the pro shooter with expanded audio performance and added flexibility
  • Infrared Recording: The XA10 camcorder features an Infrared Mode allowing the capture of video in conditions with little to no ambient light, a situation which would make other camcorders useless
  • Manual Control: The XA10 Professional Camcorder offers a wide array of functions to provide the professional shooter with an exceptional level of control
  • Frame Modes: The XA10 records in Full HD 1920 x 1080 in a variety of frame rates. The XA10 is also capable of recording in several different bit rate modes (24Mbps, 17Mbps, 12Mbps, 7Mbps, 5Mbps) allowing the user to balance quality versus recording time for specific applications
  • Cinema-Look Filters: When Cinema Shooting Mode is selected on the XA10, it is possible to use one of nine different cinematic filters to customize the look and feel of the image. This provides users with almost limitless creative control
  • HD-to-SD Downconversion: HD-to-SD Downconversion allows you to convert recorded high definition video to standard definition files while safely preserving the original HD video
  • Audio System: The XA10 Professional Camcorder offers a built-in stereo microphone to capture high-quality audio. It offers a significant reduction in noise at medium and low frequencies
  • Connectivity: Not only does the XA10 Professional Camcorder provide the professional user with complete control over the image, it also provides complete creative freedom when it comes to inputs and outputs
  • Story Creator: Story Creator is a unique function that allows the camcorder to guide users in the creation of different video clips to assemble into a finished story during post-production
  • Optional Canon WD-H58W Wide Converter: Optically matched for the XA10's HD lens, the WD-H58W Wide Converter provides a magnification factor of 0.8x increasing wide angle capability to approximately 24mm (35mm equivalent)
  • Intelligent Battery System: The XA10 Professional Camcorder is compatible with Canon's Intelligent Lithium-ion batteries. These batteries communicate remaining running time (down to the minute) so the user is well-informed at all times

Canon XA10 Specifications

Standard Definition or High Definition
High Definition
Power Supply (rated)
7.4 V DC (battery pack), 8.4 V DC (DC IN)
Television System
NTSC
Video Recording system
MPEG4-AVC / H.264
Audio Recording system
2-Channel, Dolby Digital (AC-3)
Image Sensor
1/3" CMOS, RGB Primary Color Filter
Total Pixels
Approx. 2.37-megapixels
Effective Pixels
Video: Approx. 2.07-megapixels (1920 x 1080)
Photo: 16:9 Approx. 2.07-megapixels (1920 x 1080)
Maximum recording Time
64GB internal flash drive:
LP (5Mbps) 24 hours 30 minutes
SP (7Mbps) 19 hours 10 minutes
XP+ (12Mbps) 11 hours 30 minutes
FXP (17Mbps) 8 hours 20 minutes - Allows 1920 x 1080 Full HD Recording
MXP (24Mbps) 5 hours 55 minutes - Allows 1920 x 1080 Full HD Recording
Lens
Zoom Ratio: 10x Optical/40x/200x Digital (Movie)
Focal Length: f-4.25-42.5mm (35mm equivalent 30.4-305 35mm)
Zoom Speed: Variable, Constant: Fast, Normal, Slow (16 steps in each mode)
Max. F/Stop: f/1.8-2.8
Focusing System
TVAF plus External Phase Difference Metering Sensor, Autofocus (Instant AF, Medium AF, Normal AF, Face Priority AF, Manual
Manual Exposure
Yes
Programmed AE
Smart Auto, P, Tv, Av, M (Manual exposure), Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Night Scene, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks
Max Shutter Speed
1/2000
Minimum Focusing Distance
20mm (wide macro) / 60cm (entire zoom range)
White Balance
Auto, Set 1, Set 2, Custom (2,000K to 15,000K in 100K increments), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Manual
Frame Rate
60i, Native 24p (records at 24p), 24p Progressive (records at 60i), 30p Progressive (records at 60i)
Minimum Illumination
Auto mode 1.5 lux (with auto slow shutter selected - shutter speed 1/30)
Low Light mode: 0.1 lux (shutter speed 1/2 sec.)
Image Stabilization
SuperRange Optical (Lens Shift): 4 modes: Standard, Powered, Dynamic, Off
Filter Diameter
58mm
Viewfinder
.24-inch, color widescreen, Approx. 260,000 dots, Approx. 100% field of view
LCD Screen
3.5-inch High Resolution Touch Panel Widescreen Color LCD, Approx. 922,000 dots, Approx. 100% field of view
Recording Media
Internal flash drive (64GB) or SD / SDHC / SDXC memory cards (2 slots)
USB Terminal
Mini-B USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Video Terminal
Component: Output only; Composite: A/V terminal 3.5mm mini-jack, output only
Audio Terminal
XLR 3-pin jack (2), Switchable between MIC/LINE, 3.5mm stereo mini-jack
Accessory Shoe
Cold
HDMI Terminal
HDMI Mini Connector (output), CEC, x.v.Color and 1080p output supported
Microphone Terminal
3.5 mm stereo mini-jack
AV Mini Terminal/Headphone Terminal
3.5 mm 4 pole mini-jack (video/audio output only)
Remote Control Terminal
Yes (compatible with LANC protocol)
Operating Temperature range
Approx. -5deg. to 45deg. C, 60% relative humidity / Approx. 0deg. to 40deg. C, 85% relative humidity (performance)
Dimensions (WxHxD)
3 x 3 x 6.3" (76.2 x 76.2 x 160.02mm) (excludes lens hood, mic holder unit, handle and grip strap, but includes eyecup; 5.1 x 7 x 8" (129.54 x 177.8 x 203.2mm) (including lens hood, mic holder unit, handle and eyecup but excludes grip strap)
Weight
Approx. 1.7 lbs. (0.77 kg) [Including lens hood, mic holder unit and handle unit (and grip belt); but excluding lens cap.]
Approx. 1.8 lbs. (0.81 kg) [Including BP-808 Battery, memory card (x1), lens hood, mic holder unit and handle (and grip belt); but excluding lens cap.]

Canon XA10 Reviews

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4.2

(based on 35 reviews)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Camcorder

I've been using this camcorder for a few months now and have to say that I love it. Coming from the HF M30 camcorder, this is quite a jump. Picture quality is fantastic. Extremely clear, rich in color, with a very large dynamic range. Low light performance is superb. The fewer pixels in the sensor really did make a difference. Very low grain, bright colors, very sharp. Manual focus ring feels very smooth and responsive. The manual focus button makes it easy to transition to manual focus mode....

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I've been using this camcorder for a few months now and have to say that I love it. Coming from the HF M30 camcorder, this is quite a jump. Picture quality is fantastic. Extremely clear, rich in color, with a very large dynamic range. Low light performance is superb. The fewer pixels in the sensor really did make a difference. Very low grain, bright colors, very sharp. Manual focus ring feels very smooth and responsive. The manual focus button makes it easy to transition to manual focus mode. The kelvin white balance mode is extremely valuable, along with the zebra and peaking modes. The entire camcorder feels very well made, with an exception. The XLR switches and controls on the handle, they are rather loose and tend to rattle around. Using the internal mic it can easily be picked up in recorders, however using an external mic tends to help in that regard so it is not a problem. Also dynamic IS seems to create a weird wobbling effect when used at full wide angle with certain movements. This can be avoided by only using standard IS, which works great. Other than that, great buy. I am very pleased. This camcorder is capable of some excellent things.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good image, Bad design flaw

I have purchased so far 4 of these and had to return all of them due to the fact that the XRL handle has faulty switches that rattle and make so much noise, you can't even take a step without the noise carrying over to the audio that's being recorded from the mic. The image is amazing, but serious design flaw on the XLR handle rendering the entire camera useless.

Reviewed by 35 customers

 
5.0

Easy to use, great quality video

By

from Hudson, NH  -  Semi-pro Videographer

We use our Canon XA10 to film our line of pharmaceutical equipment in operation and to capture our spray nozzles spraying. Great screen, simple to figure out all features.

 
5.0

Big things, Small package

By

from Kansas City, MO

Don't let the price or its newer big brothers fool you. This camera is a sophisticated workhorse of enormous quality, a true pro cam that delivers on so many levels: an excellent image sensor, low light shooting, a wild assortment of menu options, and a wonderful 64 gig internal solid state drive. The XA20 & 25 do not offer the drive but rather a wifi link. Trust me, the drive is flat out awesome. Coupled with two card slots and you've got hours of filming ahead. The image quality is astounding, but that's to be expected on a Canon. This is the same image quality that one would expect from a 5D Mark II, but unlike the Mark II, the XA10 has pro audio XLR inputs built right in. This a small, compact, run and gun ready camera that succeeds on so many levels. Yes, there are more sophisticated cameras with interchangeable lens and a significant bump in price, but the XA10 is a proven commodity that delivers on quality, value, and performance. Try it, use it, play with it, master it, you'll be hard pressed to pass it by. You will want to add a high capacity battery or two for extended shooting. You'll also want a good tripod, monopod, or shoulder rig for maximum image stability... And don't forget to add an XLR microphone for great pro audio.

(12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Promises but doesn't deliver

By

from Turramurra, Sydney, Australia

I purchased the XA10 for it's pro-quality image output and, due to the type of shooting I mainly do, it’s accuracy on auto as it is described as having very accurate auto-features for face and subject tracking and for coping with changing lighting conditions etc - 'Smart Auto'. These features are important to me as I shoot almost completely outdoors and I film myself so obviously manual control of focusing etc is out of the question. I have not been able to get this camera to perform to anything close to what I would expect or how Canon describe it on anything but a couple of occasions. It seems to be unable to cope with situations of strong light outdoors with colours and highlights blowing-out and in areas of contrast darker or shadowed parts of a scene will lose all contrast and become black-holes. Worse still the focusing is just terrible. Face tracking and subject tracking are very hit-or-miss with accuracy that I would put at less than 50%. Often it will show on the display that it has achieved face-lock but on playback on your computer (because the LCD screen on the camera isn’t quite accurate enough to pick it up) you find that focus hadn’t been achieved so you only find out well afterwards that you’ve missed a shot. I’ve had situations in normal light with the presenter in centre frame and clearly separated from the background where it has taken the camera over 20-seconds to achieve focus. This makes spontaneous shooting impossible for a camera that’s widely promoted as run-and-gun. Often, especially in bright daylight, entire scenes will just drop out of focus, everything will go ‘soft’. Additionally I’ve found footage can be incredibly inconsistent with material from the same shoot looking like it’s been shot on different cameras. For example â€" camera set on tripod, good outdoor lighting conditions, presenter clearly in centre frame etc. One take will be of acceptable quality, stop recording, next take, restart recording less than 1 minute later with no change in light or presenter position and the footage will have blown colours be lacking dynamic range and have soft focus. This makes it impossible to smoothly edit scenes or takes together as the material is just too different - one take will look like its been shot on a reasonable camera, the next will look like it was shot on a sub-$200 point-and-shoot handy-cam. I gave the camera to Canon to inspect, they had it for a month & insisted that there is nothing wrong with it yet when it came back all of these problems persisted. All-in-all it’s been a very disappointing purchase and frankly an expensive mistake. I'm a long term Canon pro-DSLR user and I’ll certainly never be buying a Canon video camera again. I need reliability and consistency in a camera and the XA10 just hasn’t delivered.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent image and quality in smalle package

By

from Central New Jersey

You can't shoot it if your camcorder's not with you! The XA10 is ridiculously compact and provides excellent quality video and sound. I carry it around without the removable handle and I have to say that the built in microphone produces a high quality soundtrack. Canon has managed to provide a professional package whose weight and dimension eliminate the excuse to leave the camcorder behind because of its size. Its convenient, professional, and barely draws attention to itself allowing to function as the perfect run-and-gun camcorder.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Little Camera

By

from Southampton

You could not go wrong with this camera, its light and easy to use. I selected this camera (I have 3 of them) for use on the run simply due to its size. Our business is based around marine photography both still and video and our requirements are for light portable equipment that we can easily carry on aircraft so we picked the XA10 and 5D as our kit and have not been disappointed. Sure in some reviews people complain about the menus being fiddly but this a small price to pay for the overall excellent camera Canon have provided. We can arrive on the ground and start shooting in moments ... Thanks Canon!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply WOW!!!

By

from Seattle, WA

We run a music blog and livestream concert events. This camera makes me look like a hero. With almost no effort, we get cinema-like imagery for our concert footage. When people see the shots from this camera they ask "What camera we're you using?" The size is very compact. The handles makes it a great mobile handheld shooter. Also, it has direct professional quality mic inputs, so I can go out with a couple of mics, a mono pod, and my talent guys and we can cover interviews on the street, or in some obscure corner of a building, with no power or additional equipment needed. I cannot tell you how much our team loves this camera and it is a must for any type of Internet broadcaster or someone who needs to capture long form video. DSLRs are great but most cannot run their sensors for long periods of time. This camera has DSLR type performance AND the ability to record for hours on end. My only beef is that when you are using two mics, you can only record them in stereo. We often have an interviewer and interviewee who both need mics and the resulting audio signal should be in MONO. You can have one mic in mono but not both mics in mono. Otherwise, a perfect camera.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great performance, good value

By

from Denver, CO

I use this camera to record action sports athletes, mainly snowboarders. In addition, I use this camera to record action sports related events. I use it indoors and out, in cold weather and warm. I have used this camera in below freezing temperatures for long periods of time with no problems whatsoever. The only cons are that the XLR controls rattle on the handle if you are moving it quite a bit (i.e. running) -and- the touch menu isn't quite as responsive as an iPhone. Pros; I am able to produce results comparable to cameras that cost thousands more, wide angle and tele lenses are available (and awesome), it is very easy to use, two XLR inputs and lastly it's quite durable.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Camcorder

By

from Coolidge, Arizona

You might call this camcorder "the little train that could." We use this camera and the HFG10 (same guts) in doing a lot of outdoor training videos. Both of them fit in a single medium sized padded carrying case. The video is simply outstanding. The first time you see it, your jaw drops. The main thing about the XA10 are the XLR audio inputs. We use these with wireless mikes as well as 48v microphones. That way we get superior audio along with the video. It works perfectly and allows us to control gain and monitor input right at the camera. When we go to post all we need to do is a little tweaking. The batteries last a couple of hours. We always have a few backups in the case and they are easily and quickly changed. The camera gives you a lot of recording options. I suggest moving away from the automatic settings quickly to realize the full power of the camera. The "image effects" area provides some options with color and sharpness, which should be tried. Incidentally, the first time the "face recogition" technology turns on it is pretty amazing. You just laugh and say "wow', this thing is smart.

(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great camera

By

from Toronto, Ontario

I was so impressed with this camera. I had used it on our family vacation, very handy and great feature. The only thing I don't like about this camera was when I was changing the battery pack. The battery slot was actually open and being supported by a small like clip and if you're in a hurry and accidentally grab the battery it might slip your hand and fall off. Canon should have the battery slot closed and with lock. I like this camera and still thinking whether to return and wait till Canon have an upgrade on this model but that would take years from now. Well, I had thought about it very carefully and consider keeping the unit because it's really nice, lightweight and affordable.

 
5.0

So far very pleased

By

from Miami, FL  -  Semi-pro Videographer

I have only played around a bit with this camera so far. I have not put it to assignment use, so my insight into it might be a little limited. However, with that being said, I am very happy with it so far. The Image Stabilization performs great, the quality of the image is very good, very compact and lightweight, so easy to log around. It does take time to familiarize yourself with all the controls and options, hence why I still have not put it to work on assignment, but once you get the hang of things that problem is solved. I would recommend.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
JODY G  wanted something lightweight and good quality. love the camera!!!!!
john t  I,m looking for a camcorder that can handle low light arena conditions. We need to film horse events in a rather dim arena but it has sky lights along the eves that shut down the cheaper palm type corder that we currently use. Also it needs to handle bright out door situations. Is this one that we should consider? John T
CARL O  Outside sports shooting especially with the capability of using the EVF was a primary reason for my choosing the XA10. In practice I have also found the large LCD to be brighter than other video camera screens and in many situations it may be used in place of the EVF. I have not used it enough in low light shooting to make a qualified statement regarding that. However, with the benefit of IR capability I would expect good results, at least at reasonable distances.
khalead m  Mts format is supported with what Player and what editor?
KEVIN K  VLC and CS5 and CS6 Premiere was fine
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