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
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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

Imaging
Image Sensor1-Chip 1" CMOS Sensor
Sensor Resolution4224 x 3164 (13.36 MP)
Effective Sensor Resolution3840 x 2160 (8.29 MP)
ISO160 to 20,000
Gain0 to 42 dB
Minimum Illumination0.05 Lux at 1/2 Shutter Speed
Lens
Focal Length8.9 to 89mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length27.3 to 273mm
Optical Zoom Ratio10x
Maximum Aperturef/2.8 to 5.6
Minimum Focusing DistanceNot Specified by Manufacturer
Filter Size58 mm
Control RingsFocus
Zoom
Image StabilizationOptical
Digital
Focus ControlAutofocus
Manual Focus
Recording
Recording ModesMXF 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) 
Variable Frame Rates720p: to 120 fps
Audio Recording2-Channel 16-Bit 48 kHz
Still Image SupportJPEG
12 MP (4000 x 3000)
10.6 MP (4000 x 2664)
8.3 MP (3840 x 2160)
IP StreamingNone
Interfaces
Video Connectors1 x HDMI Output
Audio Connectors2 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/O1 x USB Micro-B
Wireless Interfaces2.4 GHz, 5 GHz Wi-Fi
Display
Display TypeTilting Touchscreen LCD
Size3.0"
Resolution1,030,000 Dot
EVF
Power
Battery TypeCanon LP-E6N
Power Connectors1 x Barrel Input
General
Accessory Mount1 x Cold Shoe Mount
Tripod Mount1/4"-20 Female
Dimensions9.4 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)
Weight2 lb / 0.91 kg
Warranty LengthLimited 1-Year Warranty
Packaging Info
Package Weight9 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)15.9 x 13.4 x 9.1"
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