Canon XC15 4K Professional Camcorder

Canon XC15 4K Professional Camcorder

Canon XC15 4K Professional Camcorder

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Product Highlights

  • 1" CMOS Sensor and DIGIC DV 5 Processor
  • UHD 4K at up to 29.97 fps
  • Integrated f/2.8-5.6/8.9-89mm Zoom Lens
  • XLR Audio Input & MA-400 Mic Adapter
  • 24p Mode for 4K and 1080p Video
  • New Looks/Menu Options,
  • Three New Shutter Speeds
  • Waveform Monitor Display
  • Highlight Priority HDR-Like Gamma
  • Rules Assignable to Files & Metadata
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Canon XC15 overview

  • 1Description

An upgraded follow-up to the XC10, the Canon XC15 4K Professional Camcorder is enhanced for more professional use, providing for a more complete audio/video capture workflow among other in the same compact, ergonomic form factor.

The XC15 features a 1" 12MP CMOS sensor capable of capturing up to Ultra HD 4K resolutions at up to 29.97 fps and 1080p at up to 59.94p, and an integrated f/2.8 - 5.6, 8.9 to 89mm zoom lens, which has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 27.3 to 273mm in video mode. The camera has separate focus and zoom rings and offers auto and manual focus controls. The XC15 supports both CFast and SD cards like the XC10 did. 4K video records to CFast cards in an MXF wrapper at up to 305 Mbps in an H.264-based, IntraFrame, 4:2:2, 8-bit codec; while 1080p video writes to SD cards at up to 50 Mbps in an H.264-based, Long-GOP, 4:2:2, 8-bit codec, also in an MXF wrapper. Still images are also written to SD cards. Keeping 4K video separate from 1080p and stills will help avoid data mix-ups.

The XC15 comes with the MA-400 microphone adapter and features an XLR audio input supporting the adapter. The MA-400 was originally designed for the C300 Mk II and is geared toward single-user applications such as run-and-gun news gathering. It's shoe-mountable from two different positions and offers an external mic holder.

With the added XLR input, menu options have also been added to the XC15 and many existing ones revised for pro applications. Among the new menu options you'll find internal mic trimming, mic low-cut, and internal mic sensitivity. New looks have been added as well for movies and still photos. The movie looks from the C300 Mk II have been incorporated, and this will allow for consistency with the C300 Mk II if you use the XC15 as a B-camera, and will also make grading easier. The XC15 also has a new 24p mode for both 4K and 1080p video for film productions (in addition to the XC10's 23.98p), and 24p can also be recorded at up to 305 Mbps in 4K, just like in the C300 Mk II, allowing for further consistency.

The XC15 also features a Waveform Monitor display, which enables accurate monitoring of video signal characteristics during outdoor shooting or whenever lighting conditions make the display difficult to see. Three additional shutter speeds matching the C300 Mk II have also been added for flicker reduction. You'll be able to set the right speed to handle the wave frequency at the shooting location. The scale display has also been changed to now be based on 1/24 second shutter speeds in following with the 23.98 sequence, improving usability for cinema productions. Finding a standard shutter speed is generally hard when shooting in 23.98p, but now that has changed with the UI being based on 1/24 second shutter speeds. The shutter speed display can also be switched to a shutter angle display from the menu if that's how you prefer it.

Another new feature is Highlight Priority, a new gamma mode that provides similar effects to HDR. Highlight Priority offers a bright linear display that expresses the very tonality seen with the eyes. The color reproduction and sharpness of mid- to high-brightness areas are displayed with greater realism. Rules can also now be assigned to file names and metadata after filming for easier data management using XF-AVC. Proxy files are defined to be distinguished with a quick look at the file name, improving work efficiency. And finally, there's also a new touch panel with an operation lock. When operating the camera with cross keys, you can set the operation lock to prevent mistakes in operation and settings.

The XC15 is small enough to be highly compact, yet large enough to handle comfortably. It features a grip on the side with a record button and other controls at your fingertips. The LCD on the rear is centered and tiltable. The included viewfinder attaches right onto the LCD and stays at the center of the rear of the camera, which is especially beneficial for those rare users who prefer to use their left eye with viewfinders. The camera also has a large foot on the bottom that allows you to safely place it down.

General Features
  • Upgraded follow-up to the XC10, enhanced for a more professional audio/video workflow
  • 1" 12MP CMOS sensor
  • Captures up to UHD 4K at up to 29.97 fps and 1080p at up to 59.94p
  • Integrated f/2.8 - 5.6, 8.9 - 89mm, 10x optical zoom lens with an ND filter
  • DIGIC DV 5 Image Processor
  • Separate focus and zoom rings
  • Auto and manual focus controls
  • Supports both CFast and SD cards
  • 3" LCD Display
  • Detachable viewfinder
  • 720p high-frame rate recording
  • 160 to 20,000 ISO range
  • Canon Log Gamma and Wide DR Gamma
New Features
  • XLR audio input for MA-400 microphone adapter
  • Includes MA-400 microphone adapter
  • New and revised menu options such as internal mic trimming
  • New looks for movies and still photos
  • Movie looks incorporated from the C300 Mk II
  • 24p mode for both 4K (at 305 Mbps, like in C300 Mk II) and 1080p video
  • Waveform Monitor display
  • Three new shutter speeds matching the C300 Mk II for flicker reduction
  • Scale display based on 1/24 sec shutter speeds in following with the 23.98 sequence
  • Shutter speed display can be switched to a shutter angle display
  • Highlight Priority, a new gamma that provides the same effects as HDR
  • Rules can be assigned to file names and metadata after filming
  • Operation lock for when operating the camera with cross keys
UPC: 013803275841
In the Box
Canon XC15 4K Professional Camcorder
  • MA-400 Microphone Adapter for EOS C300 Mark II and XC15 Camcorders
  • CA-945 Compact Power Adapter for C300 & C300 PL
  • LP-E6N Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1865mAh)
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Hood
  • Lens Cap
  • Cable for Microphone Unit
  • Cable Clamp
  • Viewfinder
  • USB Cable
  • High-Speed HDMI Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Canon XC15 specs

    Image Sensor 1-Chip 1" CMOS Sensor
    Sensor Resolution 4224 x 3164 (13.36 MP)
    Effective Sensor Resolution 3840 x 2160 (8.29 MP)
    ISO 160 to 20,000
    Gain 0 to 42 dB
    Minimum Illumination 0.05 lux at 1/2 Shutter Speed
    Focal Length 8.9 to 89mm
    35mm Equivalent Focal Length 27.3 to 273mm
    Optical Zoom Ratio 10x
    Maximum Aperture f/2.8 to 5.6
    Filter Size 58 mm
    Control Rings Focus Ring
    Zoom Ring
    Image Stabilization Optical Image Stabilization
    Digital Image Stabilization
    Focus Control Autofocus
    Manual Focus
    Recording Media 1 x CFast Card Slot
    1 x SDXC Card Slot
    Broadcast System Compatibility NTSC
    Recording Modes MXF 4:2:2 8-Bit:
    3840 x 2160p at 23.98/24/29.97 fps (305 Mb/s) 
    1920 x 1080p at 23.98/24/29.97/59.94 fps (50 Mb/s) 
    1920 x 1080i at 59.94 fps (35 Mb/s) 
    Still Photo JPEG: 4000 x 3000 (12 MP)
    JPEG: 4000 x 2664 (10.66 MP)
    JPEG: 3840 x 2160 (8.29 MP)
    Audio Recording 2-Channel 16-Bit 48 kHz
    Video Connectors 1 x HDMI Output
    Audio Connectors 2 x 3-Pin XLR Input
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Mono Input
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Headphone Output
    Other I/O 1 x USB Micro-B 
    Wireless Interfaces 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz Wi-Fi
    Display Type LCD
    Screen Size 3"
    Touchscreen Yes
    Screen Resolution 1,030,000 Dots
    Battery Type Canon LP-E6N
    Power Connectors 1 x Barrel Input
    Accessory Mount 1 x Cold Shoe Mount
    Tripod Mount 1/4"-20 Thread
    Dimensions 9.4 x 8.7 x 5.2" / 23.88 x 22.1 x 13.21 cm (With Protrusions)
    4.8 x 4.2 x 5" / 12.19 x 10.67 x 12.7 cm (Without Protrusions)
    Weight 2.0 lb / 0.9 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 9.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.9 x 13.4 x 9.1"

    Canon XC15 reviews

    XC15 4K Professional Camcorder is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 25.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite HD/4k camera As an owner of a GH4 and Canon C100, I believe I have some perspective and I can give this camera an unbiased review. I just took it out for filming on Long Island and it worked great. Picture quality is astonishing. It has the high-dynamic range setting, like my C100, that I enjoy using. The lens has a very useful range, and the stabilization is superb. If you hand hold the camera, even zoomed all the way in, it appears as though the camera is stabilized on something like a monopod. This stabilization was the main reason I bought the camera, and I am not disappointed. The lens is not constant aperture, but the great range and awesome stabilization makes up for that. Build quality is great - seems very sturdy. Haven't tried the XLR adapter yet, but it seems handy and is much better than recording audio externally. Internal ND filter is very handy, though you might want to bring your own for VERY sunny days. Don't be swayed by other opinions and try the loupe/viewfinder for the LCD yourself. I rather love it. All in all, I fun, practical camera, that solves a lot of problems for at least this videographer!
    Date published: 2016-09-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this camera! The XC15 (and the XC10 before it) seem to get a bad reputation from the reviews I've seen online. I'd say that those reviews are based solely from looking at the spec sheet, and not actual hands-on usage. I've gone through a lot of $1500-5000 video cameras in the past few years, and I hang on to them for a few months before I sell them on down the line. The XC15, however, I'm keeping! It's a great camera. The image quality is incredible, it has color profiles that closely match the C300 Mark II. The XLR audio breakout box is fantastic, and can be removed to make a very compact shooting profile. The 305mbps codec for 4k is amazing. It does eat up media space, but it's great. The ergonomics with the rotating grip, the moveable screen, and the magnifying loupe are perfect for me. It's such a modular piece of gear, it works for me in just about any situation. It doesn't overheat under long usage, it uses the same batteries as my Canon 80D, the audio setup is extremely flexible, it feels well-constructed. Does it have some shortcomings or compromises? Sure, but for the price, there is no other camera around that compares. On my wish list of wish it hads would be: two more assignable buttons, another step or two of ND, another stop faster lens, a few stops on the other end of the lens would be nice too (it only stops down to F11, plus the 3-stop ND), a lens that had a bit less of a light dropoff when zoomed, the CFast card is fast but wow can it be expensive (and I'm not sure why the price hasn't come down), the focus ring is a bit wonky with a very long throw if you're in manual mode. It's an impressive package, and has quickly become the best camera I've owned.
    Date published: 2016-10-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Camera - great quality My main camera is a C300. This complements it perfectly and makes a great second camera. Shooting in 4K makes it easy to compose a variety of shots in the edit, and the ability to match profiles ie excellent. If you are on the fence about this one don;t worry - it's an excellent camera and well worth the money!
    Date published: 2017-08-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most underrated camera out there today. We recently picked up an XC15 to accompany the C300 Mark II as a B-Camera. It has outperformed my expectations by leaps and bounds. The image the comes off the XC15 is on par with a camera costing $10k more. You cannot spend $2400 on anything else that will deliver like this. 4K, slow motion in HD, built-on lens (which I thought I would hate), Canon color and a strong codec all are solid, and look great. 4K is recorded to CFAST 2 cards. HD is recorded to SD cards. You can easily toggle between the two. It takes the old and proven LP-E6 batteries and they last about 2-3 hours. The touch screen is responsive and intuitive. Easy menu to navigate through, and if you don't want to touch the screen, you can use the dedicated knob on the handgrip. Auto focus,along with facial recognition, also performs extremely well. It performed so well, that we bought a second XC15 and a Canon wide angle adapter for the Ronin M. No more fiddling with balancing and calibrating, with the lens built on, the weight doesn't change. It grabs focus quickly and lets us focus on framing our shots, rather than trying to get ISO, aperture and focus just right. The addition of XLR audio inputs is great. The included audio module that connects via cold shoe, is the same one (without the monitor) you get with the C300 Mark II. We shot Sony for years and although I miss the low light performance of the A7s II, I would take this camera over the A7S II in a heartbeat. Don't be fooled by the price or the specs, this camera is a beast and is an amazing tool for video production. The ability to grab quick b-roll, side interview angles and just the grab n' go style are amazing. Remember, not all cameras live on a spec sheet. You won't be disappointed once you turn it on, hit record and see what this camera can do.
    Date published: 2017-01-29
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Maybe next time I bought this camera, and was moderately pleased with the camera, small screen and big fingers do not go well. The picture quality, in post was OK, not OMG by any means. I am hoping, soon, Canon will see the opportunity to put a Super 35 in the XC15 and get rid of that moderate Lens with just the EF mount. This kind of camera would be a monster game changer for run and gun, or feature shooters. Connect an atomos to it and that rids the viewfinder issue (should have been OLED from the beginning ...... I think Canon is on to something that could be a winner, as long as they see the potential, and not make this a one off test camera.
    Date published: 2018-10-05
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from A very polarizing camera, but it is a solid package. It's been close to two months since this camera's release, and it's proven to be a very polarizing release for Canon. In some ways the XC15 is definitely an upgrade to its predecessor, the XC10, and in other ways it is more of a 'lateral' movement. I think it all depends on your expectations and how you need it to fit into your arsenal of tools. I run a small independent production house, and we do a lot of event capture. We started with Canon DSLR's, and as business grew, the need to constantly start/stop cameras every 12 to 30 minutes became laborious and frustrating. We picked up a C100 Mk II as our primary A camera, and for all intensive purposes kicked ourselves for not making the jump sooner. As a B camera, the XC15 has exceeded our expectations as an upgrade to DSLR's, specifically with longer event capture. We now have a camera that can capture 4K when needed (allowing us to zoom in on footage to get more variety from a static angle) and make the very few clients that request UHD (a very remote few) happy that we can shoot in 4K. With the upgraded audio interface, including XLR ins and quality preamps, the XC15 is an amazing tool to 'set it and forget it'. It has pro video features (zebras, focus peaking, internal ND) that our DSLR's don't and it tears down to a very small and lightweight package that is easy to tote around all day if necessary. Gripes? Sure - and you've heard lots of them since the release of the XC10. Would I want this to be my go-to A camera on productions? Heck no. It's a great price point for 4K resolution and pro audio interfacing, but its touch-screen/simple button layout is too confusing and limited to be useful as a run and gun A camera. It's cumbersome to navigate around menus (not unlike DSLR's) and there are too many important adjustments (ISO???) that need to be made through the touch screen and/or menu system. as one reviewer said, two more buttons on the body of this camera could have improved its usability exponentially. It's 'fixed' lens leaves something to be desired as an A camera - specifically with the non-constant aperture while zooming - but as a static cam parked on a wide angle or a subject that is moving slightly, it excels - and doesn't need to rob our lens kit to produce a fabulous image (giving our A cam and other DSLR's another option of lens to choose from). The fact that you can click in *one level* of internal ND filter is fantastic for outdoor shots where too much light could otherwise hinder the image - and no running back to the lens kit to screw on a filter - it's provided internally. The 58mm threads on the lens do accept additional filters, so if you're in a very bright environment, you do have an option to add an ND, polarizer, etc. No, it's not a 3 or 6 stop ND filter like the C series cameras and/or some competitors, but again, as an upgrade to a DSLR, it's very liberating to have an internal ND. It takes the standard Canon LP-E6 (and LP-E6N) batteries that we've got lingering around for our 5D's, 6D's, 70D's, 80D's, etc, which is a lifesaver if you're already invested in the Canon brand. Or, (drum roll please) - plug the camera in! Another big leap if you're coming from a DSLR world! If not, be prepared for an unimpressive showing from a single full battery charge. Recording 1080p resolution? Use the SD cards that have been in the stable for the last 4-5 generations of cameras all of our cameras now use the same media, which makes investment and interchangeability very easy. Want to shoot 4K? You have to pay the price of admission of a CFast card, as 4K cannot be recorded to an SD - only to the CFast slot. Shooting Canon log and having 'looks' dialed in to match our C100 mkII is amazing. I am still experimenting with settings to find the right combination of parameters to execute this, but I believe it can be done -- just don't expect it to be that way 'out of the box' - you'll need time to play with it in post for that to be a success. But again, coming from a DSLR world, it's nice to have this feature. I will add that everyone that has picked up the camera and tried to use it (including myself) felt alienated from it for the first few hours of operating it. It's a weird aberration of a DSLR cost-cutting interface and pro level features. Bottom line? The image quality and XLR inputs make the XC15 a solid option for those growing sick of doing the DSLR dance and want to capture 4K quality images and pro level sound. But if you're expecting the XC15 to be a price-sensitive 'crossgrade' from your 5Diii, you'll be mistaken. I don't think I'll ever have *fun* operating this camera. I'll have fun looking at the great image and have fun knowing I can 'set it and forget it' and the XC15 will dutifully collect my audio/video without much needed interaction from me. But if you're looking for a tool as a videographer to grow into, not biting the bullet and coughing up the extra dough for a C100 mkII will be a song of regret you'll be singing for awhile.
    Date published: 2016-11-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fantastic product made better Many of you who read this will already know about how robust, sharp, and beautiful the XC10 image was and is. I'll not remark further on that except to say the XC15 is the same, with more choices, and an all important waveform to facilitate exposure. What excited me about the XC15 was the addition of XLRs. As a professional musician I saw this as an addition that was sorely needed, especially for recording music and talking head videos. The XC15 has not disappointed in either of these categories. The sound is excellent--and very clean out of the camera. Little to nothing has to be done to the audio in post processing. Set your sound levels correctly and music comes out beautiful. Totally worth the money to upgrade if sound is important to you. There are a few quirks that still need to be addressed. The one push focus still is not fast or dependable. While the viewfinder is fine, I find the Kinotehnik LCDVF is easier to use, gives a better, larger image, is lighter, and is much easier to attach and remove should you want to use the touchscreen. Also, recording in studio with the XLRs I find the battery drains more rapidly. I suggest using the AC cord if possible. This product is a knockout with an image that can easily match with the C300 Mk II--LOTS of great features, with image and sound at the head of the list. Sell your bed and buy it.
    Date published: 2016-10-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Canon Mini Cinema Camera To really value this camera, you have to use it. I have the Micro Cine Camera and Micro Studio Camera from Blackmagic, both have a sensor very similar to the XC15, and being a film format (Super 16) did not doubt about its capacity. I always thought it would be good to have the Micro Cinema Camera, with an included screen and a versatile compact lens. Canon invented that with the XC15. I think if they had named it Mini Cinema Camera, they would sell more. At first it intimidates, because its size and design is very similar to the prosumer line DSRL's of Canon. The plastic is similar to the 70-80D, although much more compact and modular. While light, it has the right weight for handheld use. The whole concept is to have a professional video camera in the format and design of a DSRL. The integrated lens limits the creative options a bit, but with BM Micro Cameras you have the big problem of an x3 crop factor, which makes it impossible to achieve a good wide angle, unless you use the Speedbooster (I have one, it's expensive, 50% of the cost of the camera). The integrated lens solves this, I do not see it as a single lens, but as a 24-70mm f 2.8-4 and a 70-240mm f4-5.6mm. That way you understand that the aperture jump is reasonable and the lens you have is very versatile. I use it mainly as A cam for live streaming along with the BM's Micro Cameras, is very good for that. I do not have much experience in editing and color grading, so it is difficult to my use the files, although I know the quality of the codec. If you add a variable ND filter to this camera, you do not really need another dial to operate it. I always use it in manual mode (that was the advice of the B&H specialist) and the results are very good. Simply set the dial for aperture, leave a shutter speed and fixed ISO (as you should do in Video) and use the Variable ND for corrections without having to touch the other parameters. It works perfectly. The magnifying glass is amazing, I prefer to use it all the time, although you really miss the touch autofocus when it covers the screen. It is very easy to configure different types of rigs with a camera so modular, and the image you get has its own seal, you achieve a very cinematic look directly from the camera. And if you use the tele side with a good distance between the main object and the background, you really get a nice DOF without much difficulty. My other option was the C100 M2, but a new 4K model, surely comes out this year, so it was not a very logical investment. With the XC15 I have a very functional and compact camera that can be used as A cam for my current jobs and in the future will be the perfect companion for a C100 M3, C200 or any launch that has Canon prepared for its users. ..... Realmente para valorar esta cmara, hay que utilizarla. Tengo la Micro cinema Cmera y Micro Studio Cmera de Blackmagic, ambas tienen un sensor muy similar al de la XC15, y al ser un formato de cine (Super 16) no dudaba sobre su capacidad. Siempre pens que buenos sera tener la Micro Cinema Cmara, con una pantalla includa y un lente compacto verstil. Canon invent eso con la XC15. Creo que si la hubieran nombrado Mini Cinema Camera, venderan muhcas mas. Al principio intimida, debido a que su tamao y diseo es muy similar a la lnea prosumer DSRL's de Canon. El plstico es similar al de las 70-80D, aunque mucho ms compacta y modular. Si bien es liviana, tiene el peso adecuado para el uso handheld. Todo el concepto es el de tener una cmara de video profesional en el formato y diseo de una DSRL. El lente integrado limita un poco las opciones creativas, pero con las Micro Cameras de BM tienes el gran problema de un x3 crop factor, lo que hace imposible lograr un buen gran angular, a no ser que uses el Speedbooster ( tengo uno, y vale el 50% del costo de la cmara). El lente integrado soluciona esto, yo no lo veo como un solo lente, sino como un 24-70mm f 2.8-4 y un 70-240mm f4-5.6mm. De esa manera comprendes que el salto de apertura es razonable y el lente que tienes es muy verstil. La uso principalmente como A cam para transmisiones en vivo junto a las Micro de BM, es muy buena para eso. No tengo mucha experiencia en edicin y color grading, por lo que se me hace difcil utilizar los archivos, aunque conozco bien la calidad del codec. Si a esta cmara le agregas un filtro ND variable, realmente no nocesitas otro dial para operarla. Yo la uso siempre en manual mode (ese fue el consejo del especialista de B&H) y los resultados son muy buenos. Simplemente configuras el dial para la apertura, dejas una velocidad de obturacin e ISO fija (como deberas hacer en Video) y utilizas el ND Variable para las correcciones sin tener que tocar los dems parmetros. Funciona a la perfeccin. La Lupa es increble, prefiero usarla todo el tiempo, aunque realmente extraas el touch autofocus cuando cubre la pantalla. Es muy fcil configurar distintos tipos de rigs con una cmara tan modular y la imgen que obtienes tiene un sello propio, logras un look muy cinemtico directamente desde la cmara. Y si utilizas el tele con una buena separacin entre el protagonista y el fondo, logras realmente un lindo DOF sin mucha dificultad. Mi otra opcin era la C100 M2, pero ante el nuevo modelo 4K que seguramente salga este ao, no era una inversin muy lgica. Con la XC15 tengo una camara muy funcional y compacta que puede ser utilizada como A cam para mis trabajos actuales y en un futuro ser la compaera perfecta para una C100 M3, C200 o cualquier lanzamiento que tenga preparado Canon para sus usuarios.
    Date published: 2017-03-31
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