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Canon XC15 4K Professional Camcorder

BH #CAXC15 • MFR #1456C002
Canon XC15 4K Professional Camcorder
Key Features
  • 1" CMOS Sensor and DIGIC DV 5 Processor
  • UHD 4K at up to 29.97 fps
  • 8.9 - 89mm Zoom Lens with f/2.8 - f/5.6
  • XLR Audio Input & MA-400 Mic Adapter
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 in the same compact, ergonomic form factor.
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Canon XC15 Overview

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 in the same compact, ergonomic form factor.

The XC15 features a 1" 12MP CMOS sensor capable of capturing up to UHD 4K resolution at up to 29.97 fps and 1080p at up to 59.94 fps. It has an integrated 8.9 to 89mm zoom lens with an f/2.8 to f/5.6 aperture. The lens has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 27.3 to 273mm in video mode. The lens offers separate focus and zoom rings and auto and manual focus controls.

The XC15 supports both CFast and SD cards. It records 4K video to CFast cards in an MXF wrapper at up to 305 Mb/s in an H.264-based, IntraFrame, 4:2:2, 8-bit codec. 1080p video is recorded on SD cards at up to 50 Mb/s in an H.264-based, Long-GOP, 4:2:2, 8-bit codec, also in an MXF wrapper. Still images are also stored to SD cards. Keeping 4K video separate from 1080p video and still images helps avoid data mix-ups.

The XC15 comes with the MA-400 microphone adapter, which connects to an XLR audio input. The MA-400 was originally designed for the C300 Mk II and is geared toward single-user applications such as run-and-gun newsgathering. 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, and 24p can also be recorded at up to 305 Mb/s 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 to f/5.6, 8.9 to 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 Mb/s, 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

Canon XC15 Specs

Sensor ResolutionActual: 13.36 Megapixel (4224 x 3164)
Effective: 8.29 Megapixel (3840 x 2160)
Sensor Type1"-Type CMOS Sensor
Image StabilizationOptical in Integrated Lens
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity160 to 20,000
Gain0 to 42 dB
Minimum Illumination0.05 Lux at 1/2 Shutter Speed
Internal Video Capture
Recording ModesMXF 4:2:2 8-Bit
3840 x 2160 at 23.98p/24.00p/29.97p [305 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080 at 23.98p/24.00p/29.97p/59.94p [50 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080 at 59.94i [35 Mb/s]
Variable Frame Rates720p: to 119.88 fps
Audio Recording2-Channel 16-Bit 48 kHz
External Video Capture
IP StreamingNone
Still Image Capture
Image Sizes4:3 JPEG
12 MP (4000 x 3000)
3:2 JPEG
10.6 MP (4000 x 2664)
16:9 JPEG
8.3 MP (3840 x 2160)
Image File FormatJPEG
Video I/O1 x HDMI Output
Audio I/O2 x XLR 3-Pin Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TS Mono Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
Power I/O1 x Barrel Input
Other I/O1 x USB Micro-B
Wireless2.4 / 5 GHz Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Resolution1,030,000 Dot
Display TypeTilting Touchscreen LCD
Battery TypeCanon LP-E6N
Tripod Mounting Thread1/4"-20 Female
Accessory Mount1 x Cold Shoe Mount
Dimensions (W x H x D)9.4 x 8.7 x 5.2" / 23.9 x 22.1 x 13.2 cm (With Protrusions)
4.8 x 4.2 x 5" / 12.2 x 10.7 x 12.7 cm (Without Protrusions)
Weight2 lb / 0.91 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight9 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)15.9 x 13.4 x 9.1"

Canon XC15 Reviews

Great Camera

By Jeff
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-19

I really love the form factor of this camera. Great for run and gun situations and studio shooting. Has pretty much every pro feature you could want, some settings are just in the menu system so it's a little harder to get to.


By Gene
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-02

Those who want this camera to do everything may find points to pick at, but, for what I need, it is perfect. Strip it down to basics and it is so easy to have with me all day. The shoe, that lets you set it down without dinging the lens, and the grip settle into my hands and the controls and rings are right there. Load it up and put it on a tripod and I get everything I want in a package that's still half the size of a standard camcorder. Anybody who doesn't like this camera is asking it to do something that it's not intended to do. It couldn't be better for me.

Perfect for Live Streaming Events

By Anthony
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-10-03

Easy to use and produces a great image. Definitely a go to for this purpose.

Sharp And Beautiful Image

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-09-29

I’m really liking the image quality from this little 4K video camcorder!

Perfect Little Camcorder

By Vilma
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-12-24

Amazing image quality! I love my purchase...

Better in Practice than on paper

By Bill
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2018-11-06

This thing and its predecessor, the XC10, get little respect in this fast paced world of new cameras. But images in UHD are stunningly good. Zoom range handy, and ergonomics great. Detriment: slow autofocus, low light performance not great, and too slow for stills. Used outdoors, or in well lit areas, it is a great value and very cost effective as a grab and go camera. No frills, no fuss.

Easy and Wonderful (+2 cons)

By Tommy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-15

I love this little guy so far. Super easy and familiar if you are are used to Canon. Picture quality is better than I thought it would be. Perfect for casual shooting. The pros out weigh the cons for me with this camera (especially for the price tag) but that said below are my cons. 1. The Fixed Lens - I wish it was interchangeable or if not, at least a better lens. You can only get f2.8 fully zoomed out and fully zoomed in it goes down to f5.6 which is not idea for anything low-light. 2. Lack of a cold shoe on the audio module. Theres no proper place to attach a wireless mic receiver with the audio module attached. Still haven't figured this out yet.

Good camera, with a few serious shortcomings

By Nicholas
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-08

I've used this camera for many, many projects. The good: -Form factor -Lots of built in camcorder style features, like a time lapse mode -Audio interface is a relief, and very practical The bad: -Low light images are very bad. I'm not the type to complain about noise, but even for me this camera seriously stumbles in this category -The file formats are challenging to work with. For something that's marketed as a field camera, having to transcode all of my footage in the field is a huge hassle. The MXF wrapper has no practical use, in my experience, and making the footage usable for editing takes up a lot of time. Having a simple file to work with, straight out of camera, is really nice. This is probably my number one complaint. Overall, good camera for documentary work, but Canon seriously dropped the ball on a number of features. Hopefully they will continue the XC line, but improve on the obvious shortcomings.

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Is the 25p - 50i an option that's supposed come in a future upgrade?
Asked by: Guillaume
We are not aware of a future upgrade to this camera that will allow you to also shoot PAL frame rates of 25p and 50i. Canon has released a PAL version of this camera, however we do not sell it at this time.
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-27


I shoot a lot of live concert events mainly to create promo videos and not capturing the whole event as well as documentaries. Would this camera be good for those uses?? If not which camera around this price point do you recommend?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, the XC15 is a fantastic choice to capture footage for Promo and Highlight Films. It is a great 4K camera that will give you beautiful results.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-01-04


No motorized zoom. Can it be adapted with a studio configured zoom?
Asked by: Anonymous
Unfortunately the camera does not offer interchangeable lens capability.
Answered by: Richard B.
Date published: 2018-08-27

How do I do White Balance with the XC15?

How do I do White Balance with the XC15?
Asked by: Anonymous
Page 69 of the manual goes over how to set the white balance on the XC15. You will have options for Automatic, different pre-set conditions, the ability to dial in a temperature and finally being able to point at a white object and set for that.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-02-03


Can this be balanced on DJI Ronin M?
Asked by: Anonymous
I use it for that exactly, and it works like a champ.
Answered by: Ryan
Date published: 2021-10-25

Would Canon XC 15 work with Corel Videostudio 10?

Would Canon XC 15 work with Corel Videostudio 10?
Asked by: Claude
Yes it should. Corel's Videostudio is able to open MXF files, which is the kind of file this camera records.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2020-02-13


Is the xc15 PAL and NTSC switchable?
Asked by: Anonymous
I'm afraid not. This model of the XC15 is NTSC only and we do not sell a PAL version of this camera.
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-27


All the descriptions say integrated lens . Is that a different way of saying it's a fixed lens, and you can't put different lenses on the camera?
Asked by: Anonymous
It is a fixed lens. It is not removable for other lenses.
Answered by: Dana G.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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