Canon XA10 HD Professional Camcorder

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Product Highlights
  • 1/3" CMOS Sensor
  • Native 1920 x 1080
  • 24Mbps AVCHD Recording
  • 60i, PF30, PF24, Native 24p
  • 64GB Internal Flash Drive
  • 10x HD Zoom Lens
  • Dual SD Memory Card Slots
  • 3.5" Touch Panel LCD Screen
  • Dual XLR Inputs w/Detachable Handle
  • Waveform Monitor, Peaking, Zebra 70/100%

The Canon XA10 HD Professional Camcorder is a fully featured, ultra-compact pro video camera that shares nearly all the functionality of the XF100, but in an even smaller, run-and-gun form factor. Sporting a 64GB internal flash drive and two SDXC-compatible card slots, the XA10 can record literally for days without running out of memory. Able to capture AVCHD video at bitrates up to 24Mbps, the camcorder's native 1920 x 1080 CMOS sensor also lets you choose 60i, 24p, PF30, and PF24 frame rates for customizing the look of your footage. Bringing further professional oomph to that footage is a Genuine Canon 10x HD video lens, with lowlight sensitivity and a 35mm equivalent zoom range of 30.4mm-304mm.

Like the larger XF100, the XA10 also provides full image customization, cinema looks, infrared recording (for night shooting), and HDMI/component/composite output. Other professional features include dual XLR inputs, relay recording, waveform, color peaking, and zebra patterns. But the camera has a few extra tricks up its sleeve, including a detachable handle to allow for truly low-profile shooting, and a 3.5" Touch Panel LCD that adds the extremely useful Touch & Track, Touch Focus and Touch Exposure functions, which make pulling focus and adjusting exposure dramatically easier. Combined with its other focus, exposure, and composition aids, this makes the XA10 an ideal blend of portability and professional control--the perfect tool for nearly any on-the-go production.

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 cards. With Relay Recording, the camcorder automatically switches video recording from the internal drive to the SD memory cards when the memory becomes full.

Video can be copied from the XA10's internal drive to removable SD memory cards. That makes it easy to insert the card into your computer or HDTV's card reader and view your recorded footage immediately. Double Slot Recording allows recording to two SD cards simultaneously, providing an automatic backup while shooting.
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. In addition to professional grade camcorders, AVCHD is very popular in the consumer market and as a result most nonlinear editing software, both professional and consumer, have full support for the codec; this makes for easy compatibility with the XA10 no matter what system you choose.

AVCHD is used for encoding Blu-Ray discs, meaning the XA10 is ideal for capturing content for delivery in this format, as well as making conversion to web-based content in H.264 format easy. Additionally, the XA10 records up to 24Mbps, the maximum bit rate of AVCHD, at 1920 x 1080 and 4:2:0 color space for sharp, vivid, and fully professional quality image capture.
Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens
The XA10 features a Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens which offers a 35mm equivalent of 30.4mm - 304mm. It delivers unsurpassed image quality, the versatility of a wide angle of view and smooth and professional looking background images thanks to a sophisticated 8-blade iris. A dedicated manual focus ring allows accurate and precise control.
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. The high sensitivity and wide dynamic range of this sensor are what demanding users expect from Canon.
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, new custom picture settings and lower power consumption. DIGIC DV III is also the high-speed engine which powers a variety of Canon technologies Genuine Canon Face Detection, Touch & Track, and Cinema-Look Filters. On-the-go videographers will appreciate the ability to track one subject in a crowd of people.
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. Among the 38 scenes available in Smart Auto, a standout is Tele Macro. Tele Macro automatically zooms the lens of the camcorder to the telephoto end, setting the minimum object distance to approximately 1.3 feet (from 3.3 feet). This gives you the opportunity to shoot spectacular close-ups with the dramatic look of a shallow depth of field.
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. Simply select the point of interest on the Touch Panel LCD and you'll have the subject in sharp focus, regardless of where in the frame it moves during the shot. The exposure will be perfectly adjusted for subject and conditions. Touch & Track is the default setting. Focus or exposure may be adjusted independently by turning off Touch & Track, and turning on Touch Focus or Touch Exposure.

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 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.
Electronic Viewfinder
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
Edge Monitor Focus Assist System: With Canon's Edge Monitor Focus Assist system, a red and green monitor is shown at the bottom of the LCD Display and three red focus check areas are shown across the display. The green waveform shows overall focus of the image, while the red waveform shows the focus status of the focus check boxes. Through this dynamic focus feedback, the user can intuitively tune focus in a scene and quickly change the zone of focus.

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 with Dual XLR Inputs
A detachable handle provides the pro shooter with expanded audio performance and added flexibility. Removing the handle allows the camcorder to be made more compact for convenient storage when traveling. Included on the handle are the following terminals, controls and monitors:

 

  • Two built-in XLR audio input terminals with phantom power
  • Accessory shoe (cold)
  • External microphone holder
  • Manual audio level control
  • Zoom control and record start/stop button
  • Infrared light
  • Rear tally lamp
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. It does so by removing the infrared cutoff filter from the optical path. Its specially designed lens coating allows the infrared light to pass through to the image sensor. Additionally, the XA10 features an infrared emitter with a diffuser to shoot pleasing infrared imagery even in complete darkness. For nature videographers or law enforcement users, the benefits of a compact, high performance camcorder for shooting in such conditions is obvious. Without the need to add lights, the shooter may remain hidden from their subjects. Also, the XA10 gives the option of recording in green or white light mode.
Manual Control - Custom Key & Dial
The XA10 Professional Camcorder offers a wide array of functions to provide the professional shooter with an exceptional level of control. A Custom Key and Dial feature allows you to assign functions to an easily accessible key and adjust the settings with a control dial. Functions include:

 

  • Tv/Av: Use the dial to adjust shutter speed (Tv mode) or aperture (Av mode), as needed. In this mode the key has no effect.
  • Manual exposure: When manual control is selected, the dial can adjust aperture, shutter speed, or gain. Select items to adjust, such as aperture or other settings, with the key.
  • Exposure Lock can be set on or off as can the AGC Limit.
Focus Assist - Magnification & Peaking
To further enhance focusing capability the XA10 also features Focus Assist. It includes enlargement, which helps in capturing your subject in razor-sharp focus. It works by providing a 2x magnification of your subject, which is automatically canceled when you start recording. Also included is color peaking, which shows the shooting object's focused areas in actual colors. With Canon's Edge Monitor Focus Assist system, a red and green monitor is shown at the bottom of the LCD Display and three red focus check areas are shown across the display. The green waveform shows overall focus of the image, while the red waveform shows the focus status of the focus check boxes. Through this dynamic focus feedback, you can intuitively tune focus in a scene and quickly change the zone of focus.
Waveform & Zebra Patterns
Typically only found on expensive external units, the XA10 has a waveform monitor built right into the camera. The waveform monitor shows a detailed view of overall image brightness. At the same time, enhanced zebra pattern (70% or 100%) indicates "blown out" or high brightness areas to help you set the proper exposure.
Composition Aids
With the Level Marker feature, it's easy to keep the camcorder level for more accurate framing. The Grid Marker provides a reference a grid in your viewfinder. Depending on the background color of your shot, you can choose between two different colors for better viewing contrast.
Advanced Control
The XA10 features full manual exposure, as well as aperture priority (AV), and shutter priority (TV) modes.

Either color bars or color bars and test tone can be selected and recorded using a menu. The color bars comply with the SMPTE standard. -12 dB, -18 dB or -20 dB can be selected as the test tone.

The white balance control has 6 available presets settable through a variety of day and artificial light conditions (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent H, and Fluorescent), as well two manual white balance settings. Color temperature may also be manually set from 2000K to 15,000K in 100K increments for more precise adjustment.

Gain may be manually set from 0 dB to 24 dB in 1 dB increments. Additionally, Auto Gain Control Limit allows you to set the maximum gain limit for the image sensor's sensitivity. With this function, brightness and noise can be balanced as required, and image quality can be maximized in low light situations.

The zoom speed as controlled by the rocker and handle controls is selectable. There is a choice of variable or 16 fixed speeds, with fast/normal/slow settings for greater control while zooming in various situations.
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 the balance quality versus recording time for specific applications. In addition to the standard interlaced frame rate of 60i, the XA10 can also capture video in PF30, PF24, and native 24p--a must for serious filmmaking work.
Cinema-Look Filters
When Cinema Shooting Mode is selected, 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. Filters are Cinema Standard, Cool, Dramatic B&W, Dream, Memory, Nostalgic, Old Movie, Sepia, and Vivid. The brightness of each filter can be adjusted low, medium or high, for even greater control. When Cinema Standard is selected, color depth, softening and contrast can also be adjusted.
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. These standard definition files make it even more convenient to share video online. The video can be transferred to your computer via traditional methods--i.e., USB connection, card slot--or wirelessly to sharing sites with an Eye-Fi SD memory card.
Audio System: XLR Inputs & Manual Control
The XA10 Professional Camcorder offers a built-in stereo microphone to capture high-quality audio. The microphone’s direction can be adjusted four different ways to match your needs and taste. Choose from:

Monaural: Single point direction Normal (Stereo) Wide: Provides a more enhanced, separated stereo effect than normal Synced with Zoom: Directionality is adjusted to match the zoom position

In addition, the frequency response characteristics of the microphone can be adjusted between low, mid-range and high frequencies.

Normal: Provides a balance throughout all frequencies Low-range emphasis: Excellent for recording live music with impact Attenuate low frequencies: Reduces ambient noise and the sound of traffic outdoors, such as wind, cars, and so on Mid-range emphasis: Ideal for capturing people's voices Low and high range emphasis: Record live music with balanced lows and highs

The Automatic Attenuator feature prevents high volume distortion and optimizes audio quality in situations when sound levels quickly change. It automatically keeps the audio clean and even. Additionally, two XLR audio inputs with phantom power can be found on the detachable handle. Both the built-in microphone terminal and XLR terminals have the option for automatic or manual audio level control. Canon’s new optional WM-V1 Wireless Microphone allows high-quality audio to be recorded from up to 164 feet away (50m), making it ideal for ceremonies.

Connectivity
Not only does the XA10 provide the professional user with complete control over the image, it also provides complete creative freedom when it comes to inputs and outputs, including:

  • HDMI Output (supports CEC, x.v. Color)
  • Component Video Output
  • Composite Video Output (3.5mm)
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Terminal
  • (2) XLR Audio Input (when handle is attached)
  • Microphone Input (3.5mm)
  • Headphone Jack (3.5mm)
  • Remote Control Terminal (compatible with LANC protocol)
  • Accessory Shoe (when handle is attached)
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. With this feature enabled, the user can choose from five different scenarios: Travel, Kids & Pets, Party, Ceremony, and Blog. The XA10 suggests specific shots to tell the story and helps keep them organized.
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.
Support for 27 languages
Supported are Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Hungarian, Malay, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Finnish, Swedish, Turkish, Russian, Ukrainian, Arabic, Farsi, Thai, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.
Image Device 1/3" CMOS Sensor
Native 1920 x 1080
Lens Zoom Ratio: 10x Optical & 40x/200x Digital (Movie)
Focal Length: 4.25 - 42.5mm (35mm equivalent 30.4 - 305mm)
Zoom Speed: Variable
Zoom Speed Constant: Fast, Normal, Slow (16 steps in each mode)
Max F/Stop: f/1.8 - 2.8
Horizontal Resolution Not specified by manufacturer
Focusing System TVAF plus External Phase Difference Metering Sensor
Autofocus (Instant AF, Medium AF, Normal AF, Face AF, Face Only AF), Manual, Full Manual
Minimum Illumination Not specified by manufacturer
Built-in Filters Not specified by manufacturer
Minimum Focus Distance 20mm (0.78") - wide macro, 60cm (1.97') - entire zoom range
Video Recording System Compression: AVCHD
Color Space: 4:2:0 (at 24Mbps recording)

Recording Modes:
MXP - 24Mbps
FXP - 17Mbps
XP+ - 12Mbps
SP - 7Mbps
LP - 5Mbps

Audio Recording Format 2-Channel, PCM digital recording, 16-Bit; 48kHz
Frame Rates 60i, PF30, PF24, 24p (native)
Image Stabilization Dynamic SuperRange Optical (Lens Shift) 4 modes: Standard, Powered, Dynamic, Off
LCD Monitor 3.5" Touch Panel Screen, approx. 922,000 dots
Viewfinder 0.24" Color, approx. 260,000 dots (100% FOV, adjustable brightness, color, contrast)
Microphone Option
Memory Card Slot SD Card: 2 Slots
Shutter Speed Not specified by manufacturer
White Balance Auto, Custom (2000K - 15000K in 100K increments), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent H, Fluorescent, 2x Manual presets
Gain Selection 0dB - 24dB (in 1dB increments)
AGC (w/maximum gain limit)
Maximum Recording Time 64GB Internal Flash Drive
(Greater capacity is possible when SD cards are used.)
24Mbps: 5 hours 55 minutes
17Mbps: 8 hours 20 minutes
12Mbps: 11 hours 30 minutes
7Mbps: 19 hours 10 minutes
5Mbps: 24 hours 30 minutes

Class 4 or higher SDHC or SDXC card required for 24Mbps and 17Mbps modes.

Input and Output Connectors Component (x1 Output)
Composite: 3.5mm A/V (x1 Output)
HDMI: Mini Type C (x1 Output)
Mic/Line: XLR 3-pin (x2 Input)
Stereo Mic: 3.5mm Mini Jack (x1 Input)
USB: Mini-B USB 2.0
Headphone: 3.5mm Mini
Remote Control Terminal: LANC
Power Requirements 7.4VDC (Battery Pack)
Power Consumption Not specified by manufacturer
Operating Temperature 32-104°F (0-40°C), 85% relative humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.1 x 7 x 8" (13 x 17.8 x 20.3 cm)
Weight 1.71 lbs (0.78kg) - not including battery, memory card, lens hood, mic holder
Canon XA10 HD Professional Camcorder
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Cap
  • BP-808 Battery
  • Stylus Pen
  • Microphone Holder/Handle Unit
  • WL-D89 Wireless Controller
  • CA-570 Compact AC Power Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Stereo Video Cable
  • Component Cable
  • Utilities CD-ROM
  • 1 Year Parts & Labor Warranty
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    CanonXA10 HD Professional Camcorder
     
    4.5

    (based on 258 reviews)

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    • 4 Stars

       

      (81)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great picture quality (211)
    • Easy to use (188)
    • Image stabilization (170)
    • Zoom range/performance (168)
    • Good in low light (162)

    Cons

    • Limited zoom (46)
    • Complicated to operate (24)
    • Poor sound (16)
    • Poor still image (6)
    • Poor in low light (4)

    Best Uses

    • HD shooting (169)
    • Documentaries (150)
    • Movies/short films (135)
    • Travel (132)
    • Weddings (132)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro (112), Pro videographer (79), Enthusiast (46), Casual user (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Lots of bang for the buck

    Since all products are a compromise of some sort (price vs. size vs. weight vs. ruggedness vs ?) the trick when buying a complex product is to determine if the designers made...Read complete review

    Since all products are a compromise of some sort (price vs. size vs. weight vs. ruggedness vs ?) the trick when buying a complex product is to determine if the designers made the right compromises, i.e. they gave up features that aren't very important to you and they preserved the features that are.

    For me, the Canon XA-10 puts the priorities in all the right places: image quality, manual controls, audio quality, size, weight, price and...did I say image quality? Are there some missing things I wish it included (like more buttons and a larger viewfinder)? Sure, but I'm not willing to pay a higher price and get a larger, heavier camera to get them.

    The image quality is superb out of the box, and gets better and better as you learn how to tweak the settings. Sharpness, color saturation and dynamic range are excellent. I used to think only a three-chip camera could deliver video of this quality, especially in low light. Audio quality is excellent with both the built-in mics for ambient sound and with my Rode NTG2 shotgun or a lavaliere for dialog.

    I thought I would hate the touch screen. It's not as responsive as my iPhone, but I've gotten used to it. It's bright, clear and the menus are (mostly) logically laid out. Virtually everything can be manually controlled when you want to, and that really makes a difference.

    The handle with XLR inputs works well. Mine does have a rattle, but, who shakes a camcorder when shooting? Not me. This problem has been exaggerated, although I agree that Canon should have never let this design or assembly problem happen.

    I do have a few small complaints: I wish the headphone jack were not underneath the LCD when closed and I wish the speaker was functional when "headphones" was selected but no headphones were plugged in.

    For those of you trying to decide whether to use a DSLR or camcorder for video, here's my take. I've been shooting film and video for almost 40 years, and commercial still photos for just as long. I shoot some video with my pro-level DSLR and pro-level lenses. The ONLY advantage I have found that the DSLR has compared to the XA-10 is limited depth of field. In almost all cases the overall image quality of the XA-10 is superior. Unless you are willing to spend quite a bit on accessories for you DSLR, and have an assistant, and a detailed script and shooting plan, I would choose a camcorder.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    It is what it is: Prosumer

    I bought this camera after doing some pretty extensive research. The deciding factor for me was looking at comparison video on Youtube between this camera and the 105: they are completely comparable. So,...Read complete review

    I bought this camera after doing some pretty extensive research. The deciding factor for me was looking at comparison video on Youtube between this camera and the 105: they are completely comparable. So, for [$] this camera will deliver incredible HD images. It is light as a feather so that makes it a great camera for docs, and can be mounted to any number of steady cam devices. From a quality standpoint, anyone criticizing this camera does not really know what they are talking about. Doesn't do well in low light? Well, hello, it's cmos sensors--that goes with the territory. Sound is crummy? Well, first of all, the on-board mic is pretty good, and what professional uses it anyway? The XLR inputs work great for both the shotgun and the lav--with the rather professional bonus that the XLR provides phantom power to the shotgun mic--a huge boon.That said, the camera is what it is: a glorified Vixia. Most of that glory is indeed, the XLR adapter that provides phantom power. If you are not a pro, you are buying the wrong camera--just get the top of the line Vixia and save [$] or more. If you are a pro, then you will not be able to put up with the touchscreen over having manual controls. I used this once for event videography and while we were rolling the light changed on us. I was in full manual and needed to adjust the iris, but was locked out for whatever reason. Now, it's true, with a lot more experience I would be master of the menus, would go in and change whatever setting I needed, and THEN would be able to adjust my iris. Alternatively, I could buy a camera that has a manual iris. So really, I can't see a pro using this for feature, documentary, or event video--on the fly stuff like rack focus, irising down, etc. is not REALLY in the tool-bag here. Yeah, some will argue that you can do it by dragging the slider--PLEASE!!! Also, it comes with wave-form and vector--very professional tools, but even a pro like me would like to see the numbers on the side of the waveform please--its just a series of lines without them. So the last thing I'm going to do is condemn this camera. It is a GREAT little camera that will definitely deliver you high-quality video that will impress anyone. But in the end, it is what it is: prosumer. You want the complex stuff, you're going to have to go up a grand to get it.

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    5.0

    Awesome camera,great shopping experience

    By craftychicken

    from Denver, CO

    About Me Video Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Zoom range/performance

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • HD Shooting
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Movies/Short Films

      Comments about Canon XA10 HD Professional Camcorder:

      I ordered this camera for video blogging - white backdrop/infinite white video shooting. So far it has been great. I needed something where I could adjust the white balance and the focus (old camera would go in and out of focus) AND plug in so the battery wouldn't run out in the middle of shooting - this camera is awesome, the the video quality is great and it solves of of my issues with my old camera. Wish I could record in MP4 because then I would not have to convert, but it is a great camera at a great price. Shipped fast.

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      4.0

      Very Compact, Excellent Image Quality

      By Phil

      from New England

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Great Sound

      Cons

      • Limited Zoom

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • Home Movies
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Canon XA10 HD Professional Camcorder:

      There are a lot of good, detailed reviews of this camera already, but I had a few things I wanted to mention in as consise a way as possible.

      This camera is very small. That makes it great for travel, or if you're a pro trying to cram way too much into a pack already, ideal. Because it's so small, a lot of things pros are used to aren't easily accesible. You have to dig through menus on the touch screen to adjust things like exposure on the fly for example.

      The image quality of this camera is very good. The colors are good and skin tones excellent. But it's only average in low light.

      The dual XLR inputs, plus phantom power to the shotgun hotshoe are a real plus. Even the on board microphone is not bad at close range.

      The touch screen is average. Not on the same quality as an iPad for example. It's more finicky than that, but it does work okay.

      The camera has a lot of picture styles that are amateur oriented. But I have to admit I thought they were all interesting.

      The 10x zoom lens is a little disappointing considering many cameras today are 20x and up.

      The price for this camera is excellent considering what you get.

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      4.0

      As good as advertised!

      By TheNewGuy

      from Bronx, NY

      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Zoom range/performance

      Cons

      • Limited Zoom
      • Poor Still Image

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • HD Shooting
      • Movies/Short Films

      Comments about Canon XA10 HD Professional Camcorder:

      Anyone who buys this camera likely knows what they are looking for and will be happy when they get it. They are looking for a professional, easy to use camcorder that produces quality video. Well that's what the XA10 delivers quality video. I am happy with my purchase. My only wish would be for a larger lens (which is why only 4 stars) and for that you would need to go the DSLR route.

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      5.0

      Awesome and easy to use!

      By LDR Productions

      from Las Vegas, NV

      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Great Sound
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • Limited Zoom

      Best Uses

      • HD Shooting
      • Home Movies
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Canon XA10 HD Professional Camcorder:

      The video quality on this camera is excellent. I'm using it to film sit down interviews and with all the options of color temperature correction and iris and shutter speed I get the results I'm looking for. Love the two XLR mic inputs and being able to read the audio levels. Great professional camera for a reasonable price!

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      5.0

      Impressive Little Guy

      By Paul the video guy

      from Bermuda Run, NC

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Zoom range/performance

      Cons

      • A Bit Larger
      • Needs To Be A Bit Larger

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • HD Shooting
      • Movies/Short Films

      Comments about Canon XA10 HD Professional Camcorder:

      I'm truly amazed with the quality of this small camera. I do quite a bit of shooting commercials, getting accustomed to the smallness of camera. Nevertheless, it's a learning curve and kind of fun. Right now figuring the best way to use wireless microphones and finding a spot to attach or configure "close by" the input for use. Downloading files, very easy and quick, that is terrific since I had read reviews it could be problematic. You can always trust Canon with a great product.

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      4.0

      Great Camera

      By J-Con Productions

      from Marlette, MI

      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • Manual Operation In Menu
      • Microphone holder

      Best Uses

      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Canon XA10 HD Professional Camcorder:

      I purchased this product to replace an older SD camera in the same price category (professional under $2,000). I record weddings and live events in a rural area. The picture quality has been great. The manual settings are tedious to navigate in the touch screen menu. However, I knew that it would from researching the product. I could not find a shotgun mic that would fit correctly in the mic holder and had to tape what I had for a secure fit. The mic I bought was one of the thicker ones in the $100 class. The accessory handle has performed perfect and is a welcome addition. (The old camera did not have anything like this). Great camera for the price.

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      3.0

      first Thoughts

      By Church

      from Baltimore, MD

      About Me Video Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use

      Cons

      • Poor Sound

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light

      Comments about Canon XA10 HD Professional Camcorder:

      This camera is very small. It was purchased as the first camera for the church media ministries. It is easy to use it does have some bells and whistles like professional cameras but it does not feel like you are using a professional camera.

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Wonderful Camera

      By Denise

      from Newton, NC

      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Zoom range/performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Documentaries
        • HD Shooting
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Movies/Short Films

        Comments about Canon XA10 HD Professional Camcorder:

        This is a wonderful camera. You don't have to be a professional to get professional results.

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        • No

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        3.0

        So far so good but....

        By TCulley77

        from PA

        Comments about Canon XA10 HD Professional Camcorder:

        I have yet to shoot an actual event with this camera but in all my test shooting so far so good. The rattle noise it makes is concerning. May end up being an issue worthy of returning.

        After hearing the noise I did a search and it seems to be an ongoing issue in some of these cameras.

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        5.0

        Great video quality.

        By Matt

        from Boise, ID

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Great Picture Quality
        • In Cam Down-conv To Sd
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

        • No Firewire

        Best Uses

        • Documentaries
        • HD Shooting
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Canon XA10 HD Professional Camcorder:

        I use this camera to record video for evidentiary purposes. I previously used the Canon HV30 / HV40 for this and am forced to make the change due to unavailability of replacement cameras. Really only need SD video and enjoyed the HV40 series because it could still record in SD directly. The XA10 does not have that capability but will allow in-camera conversion to SD. I am required to retain backups and the SD files are smaller. XA10 does not have firewire connection so all import is conducted from USB cable or direct import of cards. This camera has two SD cards in addition to internal memory. The camera has a setting that allow the ability to record to both at the same time providing an auto backup. The vibration reduction is far superior to the HV40 and is very useful. Don't need audio so I have not used that additional functionality yet. Sorry to say that this camera is far more advanced than I need but due to the lack of availability of the prosumer miniDV camcorders this camera comes the closest to meeting my requirements. This has at the added feature of allowing the Date / Time to show when importing and if captured during playback will show in the final DVD product. An evidentiary requirement. All in all a great camera.

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        5.0

        Nice compliment to the XF100, little bro

        By TC

        from Las Vegas

        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Zoom range/performance

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Documentaries
          • Home Movies
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Movies/Short Films
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Canon XA10 HD Professional Camcorder:

          Using it as a second shooter to the XF100. They shoot similar and color matching in editing is a breeze.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Wedding Videography

          By Mitchell Made Memories

          from King, NC

          About Me Semi-pro Videographer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Picture Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • HD Shooting
            • Home Movies
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Movies/Short Films
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Canon XA10 HD Professional Camcorder:

            I use the Xa10 along with the Canon G10 to shoot weddings. I love how compact it is! XLR inputs are perfect and if you are wanting to shoot on the go, this is the camera for you!Yes, you have to use alot of pressure to get the touch screen to work but you get use to it over time. This camera works awesome in dark receptions and dark wedding exits at night. I bought a light kit and I have only used it twice! I would 100% tell a friend looking to buy a camera to check this one out.

            Some other items I use with this camera include...
            -Audio-Technica AT875 Shotgun Mic
            -Sennheiserew 100 ENG G3 Wireless Microphone
            -Cobracrane 5033 backpacker
            -Glidecam HD1000
            -VidproProfessional LED Light Kit (never have to use)
            -Wasabi Power Battery(work better/longer than canon batteries)
            -ManfrottoFluid Head and 546B Tripod
            -Manfrotto 560B-1 Fluid Video Monopod with Head and Quick Release

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            • No

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            4.0

            Compact Professional Canon Camcorder

            By Carnaghipro

            from Beverly Hills CA

            About Me Pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • HD Shooting
              • Home Movies
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Movies/Short Films
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Canon XA10 HD Professional Camcorder:

              I use this camera for corporate and private video productions.
              The Canon XA10 has all the Pro features you're looking for in a compact design.
              The main thing I like is that this camera comes with two XLR channel inputs integrated into the handle.
              The only thing I can say that may not be so positive is that this camera is small in size making it look very similar to a many consumer video cameras on the market.

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              5.0

              Great cacorder

              By Ferrerps

              from California

              Comments about Canon XA10 HD Professional Camcorder:

              Love this camcorder! Light weight easy to use

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              4.0

              Awesome&Awesome

              By sasa

              from Egypt

              About Me Semi-pro Videographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Great Sound
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Zoom range/performance

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • HD Shooting

                Comments about Canon XA10 HD Professional Camcorder:

                The combination of the expertise of Japanese blended creativity
                You'll find everything you need in this camera

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great camera

                By AJ

                from NC

                Comments about Canon XA10 HD Professional Camcorder:

                The camera has great HD quality and is easy to use so little training is required for those I have running the camera at church.

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                4.0

                THIS CAMERA MEETS MY NEEDS!!

                By JIM

                from NEBRASKA

                About Me Video Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                • No External Battery Charg

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries
                • HD Shooting
                • Home Movies
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Movies/Short Films
                • Travel
                • Waterfowl Wildlife

                Comments about Canon XA10 HD Professional Camcorder:

                I BOUGHT THIS FOR A SECOND CAMERA TO FILM WATERFOWL AND TURKEY HUNTS! THE FOOTAGE IS VERY CRISP! THE CAMERA IS EASY TO SET UP NOT TO COMPLICATED! LOVE THE INFRARED MODE! ALLOWS GETTING FOOTAGE SETTING UP DECOYS IN THE DARK AND WALKING TO THE HUNTING BLIND! THE HANDEL NOISE HAS NOT BEEN AN ISSUE FOR ME,BUT CANON SHOULD HAVE ADDRESSED IT! OVERALL I'M VERY SATISFIED WITH THE XA10 AND WOULD BUY IT AGAIN! THE B&H STAFF WAS VERY HELPFUL ON MAKING THIS PURCHASE!

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                • No

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                5.0

                Excellent inexpensive pro camcorder

                By Big G

                from Cana, Va

                About Me Pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound

                Cons

                • Limited Zoom

                Best Uses

                • HD Shooting
                • Home Movies
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Travel

                Comments about Canon XA10 HD Professional Camcorder:

                I have used 5 to 8 thousand dollar pro camcorders and this for the money is an great buy .

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                4.0

                A Great, Versatile Camera

                By Lucas, Documentary Filmmaker

                from Oakland, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Zoom range/performance

                Cons

                • Poor Still Image

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries
                • HD Shooting
                • Home Movies
                • Movies/Short Films
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Canon XA10 HD Professional Camcorder:

                I love this camera. After much research I bought this as my first video camera. I do a range of projects, but mostly run-and-gun documentaries.

                It is small (allowing me to carry it in an empty backpack or small carry bag) so I can walk and bike places easily with it. Because it's small, many of the controls are on a touch screen. This is not ideal, but it works. For example there is no switch for toggling zebra stripes on and off or changing white balance while recording. But this isn't make or break. It has full manual exposure control, zebra stripes, and the autofocus (including face tracking) is very good. There is a focus ring, which I don't use that much. (It's a bit difficult to access when the LCD screen is out, and you have to turn it more than most DSLR to change focus.) For each shot, I generally use autofocus to get focus, and then change it to manual so it doesn't tweak out if someone walks in front.

                FOCUS: There is a button on the LCD screen to toggle between manual and autofocus. You can touch the screen on the face of your subject to activate autofocus and face tracking. It works very well.

                EXPOSURE: On manual, there is a button at the back of the camera that toggles between aperture, shutter, and gain. There is a scroll wheel to adjust each of these.

                This camera has two XLR inputs, which is a huge reason I bought it. I always use a shotgun mic on Channel 1, and for interviews/speakers I use a wired or wireless lav mic on Channel 2. It really nice to not have to use a separate audio recorder.

                This camera has beautiful visuals, not top-of-the-line DSLR but still it's pretty freaking good. I always shoot on maximum bitrate at 1080p. When it's very zoomed in it has a really nice bokeh (blurred background). But its hard to get a blurred background when interviewing someone in a small space, or when you're interviewing fairly close to the person and you want to be next to the camera. That's where you can't beat a DSLR.

                I use this camera for documentaries (interviews, broll) as well as filming live events. (I could use for for short films too but haven't had time). I have a 128GB card that I always leave in, which gives me 11 hours of space. I have two large batteries (about $90 each), which give me each about 3 hours, and one smaller battery. The camera also has built in 64GB of recording space. This, with the small size, makes a great camera to film long events, or long shoot days without running out of card space or batteries.

                Inspired by DSLR "picture styles" settings, I change the image settings to lower saturation and contrast, so I have a little more latitude to alter the image in post. It's produces really nice looking images. Probably similar to 60D or 70D in good light, but not quite as good in low-light (please do a little more research before you verify this.) The infrared setting is pretty cool, but pretty much only works for only things that are near by.

                I'm looking into a 5d for super high quality visuals, but I absolutely love the canon xa10. It's my workhorse, and if you're not focusing mostly on visuals (i.e. audio and run and gun situations are a big part of your work), I HIGHLY recommend this camera.

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                4.0

                Lightweight with PRO features

                By Clear Diver

                from Nashville, TN

                About Me Pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                • Complicated To Operate

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries
                • Travel

                Comments about Canon XA10 HD Professional Camcorder:

                The XLR mic inputs and manual focus ring sold me on this camera. Also as the handle is removable, I am able to take it underwater with a smaller housing.

                The ability to convert to Standard Def makes it flexible for now and later when Blu Ray players are more ubiquitous.

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