Canon XC10 4K Professional Camcorder with CFast Card and Reader

Canon XC10 Camera with Steadicam Merlin Stabilizer and Vest Kit

Canon XC10 Camera with Steadicam Merlin Stabilizer and Vest Kit

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Canon XC10 Camera with Steadicam Merlin Stabilizer and Vest Kit

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Canon XC10 Camera with Steadicam Merlin Stabilizer and Vest Kit Canon XC10 4K Professional Camcorder with CFast Card and Reader Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System Steadicam Merlin Arm & Vest

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  • XC10 4K Camcorder
  • Steadicam Merlin Stabilizer
  • Includes Vest for Merlin

Canon XC10 overview

  • 1Description

Record stable 4K footage with this Canon XC10 Camera with Steadicam Merlin Stabilizer and Vest Kit. The XC10's small form factor enables it to be easily balanced on the Steadicam Merlin. The included vest lets you shoot for long periods of time without tiring, and also provides extra stability and isolation through its spring-arm. See below for more information on the individual items included in this kit.

  • Canon XC10 4K Professional Camcorder with CFast Card and Reader

    With the XC10 4K Camcorder from Canon, professional UltraHD 4K recording capability is presented in package ergonomically designed for handheld operation and portability. The camera incorporates a 10x f/2.8 to 5.6 SLR-style manual zoom lens with auto and manual focus capability. The 4K recording in a compact form factor is made possible by the camera's 1" CMOS sensor that is backed by a DIGIC DV 5 image processor. With a 4224 x 3164 total resolution, it is able to capture video at up to 3840 x 2160 and 4:3 photos in up to 12-megapixels (4000 x 3000). The 8.9 to 89mm lens yields a 35mm equivalent focal length of 27.3 to 273mm in video mode and 24.1 to 241mm in the 4:3 photo modes. Video is recorded with H.264 compression and packed in the widely supported MXF wrapper. Bitrates 35 and 50 Mbps are available for 1080i/p recording, and there are 205 and 305 Mbps modes (depending on frame rate) for UltraHD 4K.

    The size of the XC10 lends the camera to run-and-gun applications, such as documentary and many types of event shooting, where the larger form factor of an interchangeable lens cinema camera or DSLR might prove impractical. Another obvious use case for high performance in a small body is mounting on a medium-sized UAV such as a hexa-rotor. The camera features a hot shoe that supports Canon speed lights or works as a standard cold shoe for LEDs, microphones, or other third-party on-camera accessories. Still photos, user settings, and video up to and including 1080p are recorded to SDHC/SDXC memory cards. To handle the up to 305 Mbps bit rate of 4K video there is also a CFast card slot. This unit includes a 64 GB CFast 2.0 card and a CFast card reader for loading your footage into a computer.

    DIGIC DV 5 Image Processor
    Designed and built by Canon the DIGIC DV 5 Image Processor uses proprietary circuits and architecture designed to retain high image quality with minimal compression artifacting even when applying complex compression algorithms such as those required by H.264 - all while maintaining low power consumption and minimal heat output for better battery life and less chance of overheating
    Canon Log Gamma and Wide DR Gamma
    Canon Log records an image with subdued contrast and sharpness, which preserves a high dynamic range and presupposes color grading in postproduction. Canon Log Gamma emphasizes rich gradients from midrange to highlights, resulting in up to 12-stops of dynamic range

    For those who would rather not grade in post: Wide DR Gamma yields wide dynamic range by suppressing brightness while maintaining gradations but is designed to produce finished-looking images without requiring any color grading in post-production
    100 to 20,000 ISO Range
    With a wide ISO range of 100 to 20,000 - coupled with iris and shutter speed control - the XC10 is able to electronically adjust to a range of lighting conditions, from broad daylight to dimly lit rooms. For those more experienced in the video world, there is also the option to use gain values rather than ISO. Gain can be set in the range of 0 to 42 dB. To help avoid excessive noise, limits can be defined for both gain and ISO when using auto exposure modes
    3" LCD Display
    For monitoring, playback, and menu access, the XC10 features a 3", 1,030,000-dot LCD. It features a full 100% coverage so there will be no worries about pesky boom mics or other protrusion creeping into the edge of a shot unnoticed. The screen is capacitive-touch sensitive allowing you to access settings that do not have dedicated buttons provided
    CFast and SD Card Slots
    For every day photo and video capture (up to 1080p), there is an SDHC/SDXC card slot. An SD card can also be used to store user customizations. To accommodate the up to 305 Mbps that 4K video capture requires there is a separate CFast card slot
    720p High Framerate Recording
    Capture either 100 fps for PAL area or 120 fps for NTSC area to create slow-motion effects. These high-speed frame rates are recorded in either 35 or 50 Mbps
    Ergonomic Design with Tilting Grip
    You can always mount the XC10 to a tripod or other stabilization device, but it is designed to be comfortable handheld as well. The handgrip features a photo/video mode selection toggle, record start/stop button, and exposure rotary all accessible by index finger for easy one-handed operation. The grip also tilts up to 90-degrees, helping you to shoot from high or low angles
    SLR-Style Lens Operation
    The 10x optical zoom lens features dedicated focus and zoom rings, providing the feel of a typical DSLR lens
    UPC: 660685141131
  • Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System

    Designed by Garrett Brown, the Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System is a lightweight handheld gimbal stabilizer that lets you capture smooth, professional-looking footage whether you go up or down steps, indoors and out, through crowds, or wherever else the shot takes you. It weighs just 1.4 lb and its counterbalancing weight supports cameras up to 5 lb. The system utilizes a dual extended weight system that increases inertial stability and features a precise Folding-Caliper hinge that lets you fold and unfold the unit without any readjustment in balancing needed. Additionally, a multi-positional lens support platform is provided that adjusts to various heights and angles to help support longer lenses and camera bodies.

    The robust stage design offers a camera mount platform and features a multi-angle-viewable level
    A secure gimbal lock allows for precise tuning
    The lens platform adjusts to various heights and angles to help support longer lenses and camera bodies
    The ergonomic handle affords a comfortable grip for hours without undue fatigue for either right- or left-handed users
    All parts are stainless steel, aluminum, or brass for corrosion resistance
    Optional Merlin Vest and Arm available
    Secure metal interconnect to Merlin arm post
    UPC: 884613025502
  • Steadicam Merlin Arm & Vest

    The Steadicam Merlin Arm & Vest is an upgrade kit for the Merlin and Merlin 2 camera stabilizers. It fits body types from approximately 50 to 350 lb, and secures by thin hook-and-loop fasteners.

    Application
    This upgrade allows the Merlin to operate with a vest and arm for a more professional feel and longer shot capability.
    UPC: 049383061604
In the Box
  • LP-E6N Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1865mAh)
  • CA-570 Compact AC Power Adapter
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Lens Cap
  • Hood Unit
  • Viewfinder Loupe
  • HDMI Cable
  • USB Cable
  • RC-6 Wireless Remote Control
  • SanDisk 64GB CFast 2.0 Memory Card
  • CFast Card Reader
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    • Canon XC10 4K Professional Camcorder with CFast Card and Reader
      Image Sensor
      Sensor 1" (16.0 mm) CMOS
      Total Pixels 13.36 MP (4224 x 3164)
      Effective Pixels Movies: 8.29 MP (3840 x 2160)
      Photos: 12 MP (4000 x 3000)
      Processor DIGIC DV 5
      Color Filter RGB primary color filter (Bayer array)
      Lens
      Aperture Maximum: f/2.8 to 5.6
      Design: 8-blade iris diaphragm
      Focal Length 8.9 to 89 mm
      35mm Equivalent Movie Mode: 27.3 to 273 mm
      35mm Equivalent Photo Mode: 24.1 to 241 mm
      Zoom Optical: 10x
      ND Filters 1 unit (single density)
      Image Stabilization Optical
      Digital
      Focus Control AF
      Manual (via focus ring)
      Auto Focus Modes Face Detection / Tracking
      AiAF (Photo Mode)
      Push AF
      Touch Focus
      Control Rings Focus Ring
      Zoom Ring
      Auto Focus System TTL-video signal sensing system
      Filter Diameter 58 mm
      Exposure Control
      Exposure Modes Auto
      Programmed AE (P)
      Shutter Priority AE (Tv or Aperture)
      Priority AE (Av)
      Manual Exposure (M)

      Scene Modes:
      Portrait
      Sports
      Night
      Scene
      Snow
      Beach
      Sunset
      Low Light
      Spotlight Fireworks

      Other AE Modes
      Exposure Lock
      UAE Shift
      Highlight AE
      Gain 0.0 to 42 dB (supports AGC limit)
      ISO Range 100 to 20,000 (supports auto ISO limit)
      Shutter Speed Range Not specified by manufacturer
      Recording Formats - Video
      File Type MXF
      Codec MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
      Video Resolutions UHD 4K (3840 x 2160)
      1080p/i (1920 x 1080)
      Frame Rates 4K
      29.97p, 23.98p

      1080
      59.94p, 59.94i, 29.97p , 23.98p

      720p
      119.98p

      Slow & Fast Motion
      Supported at 1080 resolution
      Bit Rates 4K
      305 Mbps: 29.97p, 23.98p
      205 Mbps: 29.97p, 23.98p

      1080
      50 Mbps: 59.94p
      35 Mbps: 59.94i, 29.97p, 23.98p
      Chroma Subsampling 4:2:2, 8-bit
      Audio Encoding Linear PCM: 16-bit/48kHz, 2-channel
      Timecode Drop frame (NTSC frame rates only)
      Non-drop frame
      Record run
      Free run
      Regeneration
      Picture Profiles Standard
      EOS Standard
      Wide DR
      Cinema EOS Standard
      Canon Log
      User Setting 1
      User Setting 2
      Recording Formats - Photo
      File Type JPEG
      Resolutions 10.66 MP: 4000 x 2664 (3:2)
      12 MP: 4000 x 3000 (4:3)
      VGA: 640 x 480 (4:3)
      8.29 MP: 3840 x 2160 (16:9)
      Shooting Modes Single shot
      Continuous
      AF Continuous
      Interval Recording (for time-lapse)
      Simultaneous Photo / Video Capture Photo grabs are possible at the current video resolution. Still image capture during video playback also possible
      Picture Profiles Standard
      Portrait
      Landscape
      Neutral
      Sepia
      Monochrome
      User Setting 1
      User Setting 2
      Media
      Recording Media CFast: 4K: video
      SDHC / SDXC: HD video, photos, and camera settings
      LCD Display
      Size 3" (7.7 cm) diagonal
      Aspect Ratio 3:2
      Resolution 1,030,000 dots
      Coverage 100%
      Interface Electrostatic capacitance-type touch panel, variable angle supported
      Functions Color bars
      Peaking
      Zebra pattern
      Markers digital
      2x Digital magnification
      Inputs/Outputs
      HDMI Output 1 x Mini-HDMI (HDMI 1.4)
      Output Signal 4:2:2, 8-bit
      Output Resolutions 59.94p/i: 1920 x 1080, 720 x 480
      29.97p: 3840 x 2160, 1920 x 1080, 720 x 480
      Audio Input 1 x 3.5 mm input jack
      Headphone Jack 1 x 3.5 mm output jack
      USB 1 x Mini-USB type B
      Wi-Fi 2.4 / 5 GHz
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      White Balance Auto
      Daylight
      Shade
      Cloudy
      Fluorescent
      Fluorescent H / Tungsten
      Flash (photo only)
      Color Temperature 1
      Color Temperature 2
      Power Requirements 8.4 VDC
      Power Supply CA-570
      Dimensions (W x H x D) Camcorder Only: 4.9 x 4.0 x 4.8" / 125 x 102 x 122 mm
      With Viewfinder and Lens Hood: 5.2 x 4.5 x 9.4" / 131 x 115 x 238 mm
      Weight Camcorder Only: 2.1 lb / 930 g
      With Battery and Lens Hood: 2.3 lb / 1040 g
      Packaging Info
      Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.1 x 9.1 x 8.5"
    • Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System
      Construction Stainless steel, aluminum, brass
      Load Capacity 0.5 to 5 lb (0.23 to 2.27 kg)
      7.5 lb (3.4 kg) with optional Merlin Arm & Vest
      Maximum Height Open: 15.3" (38.7 cm)
      Folded: 5.3" (13.5 cm)
      Minimum Height 8" (20.3 cm)
      Weight 1.4 lb (0.64 kg), without balance weights
      Packaging Info
      Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.4 x 10.0 x 5.1"
    • Steadicam Merlin Arm & Vest
      Packaging Info
      Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 20.5 x 14.5 x 8.85"

    Canon XC10 reviews

    XC10 4K Professional Camcorder with CFast Card and Reader is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 37.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from As an event camera, it's a fail. While Canon introduced this as a run and gun event and b-roll camera, it's very slow ( 5 sec) time to autofocus in sunlight makes this impossible for capturing the moment. And with it's variable max iris, you won't be using this for portraits. In fact, when shooting CLog at iso 500, even with the 3 stop ND filter engaged, you'll need to shoot at f/11 in filtered sunlight. And at that, the 4K imagery doesn't hold up. It does make very nice HD video however. Best thing I can say about the camera is it could suffice as a travel camera due to it's compact and lightweight factors to allow for both video and stills in one unit.
    Date published: 2015-07-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from After 2 Months of Shooting with the XC10 - My thoughts So I actually waited until I had given this camera an opportunity to prove itself in real world shooting situations. In short, I will say that I am truly amazed by how much punch the XC10 brings to the set. If you'd like to see samples in a variety of indoor, outdoor, day, night, low light and gimbal shots check out my full review https://youtu.be/n4vL0MDg_Ek This camera's ability to quickly and accurately match skin tones in post thanks to C-Log makes it a worth while investment. And don't get me wrong - I would love the price to come down on this system as it would make it easier to own two of them.
    Date published: 2015-10-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very underrated video creation tool Anyone looking for a camera with a very small form factor which produces beautiful images without the need for additional equipment should absolutely consider the XC10. I'm so glad I didn't put too much stock into some of the negative reviews the camera has received since its release, because I ended up absolutely loving it. It seemed most of the complaints others have with the XC10 are because they expect it to be more like a DSLR, when it's not. It's a camcorder that happens to also take nice stills. The bottom line is, the camera is easy to use, very compact in size, and the results you can get with it are amazing. The price has dropped to a more reasonable figure recently as well. If you're thinking about this camera but are unsure, do yourself a favor and at least shoot with it before writing it off. You just might end up loving it as much as I do.
    Date published: 2016-04-05
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Toy At best this is a consumer camcorder for trips to Disneyland. The problem is, it's nowhere near as intuitive to use, feature-packed, or capable of delivering high quality footage as most consumer camcorders. Professional is nowhere near the correct term to describe it. Professionals like to use different lenses for different situations. Professionals need XLR sound inputs. Professionals need easy post production work flow without having to deal with weird file compression. As a doc filmmaker and corporate video professional, I had high hopes for this camera, at least for b-roll. Wouldn't use it again.
    Date published: 2015-07-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most under rated camera ever! I put off purchasing this camera when it came out, in no small part because of all the negative reviews. The bad reviews kept piling up here on B&H and elsewhere. Still, I kept this camera in the back of my mind as something to consider. Three months ago I saw three youtube reviews by people I respect...and they were all excellent reviews...better than excellent, really. So I decided to take the plunge. Am I glad I did. Just FYI, I've been shooting video for over a decade, and presently I own a C100 Mk II and a C300 Mk II, as well as a Canon 5d Mk III. I'll have to say for day to day use this little monster is now my go-to camera. Now, this is not to say there aren't limitations--there are. But many of those can be easily worked around or ameliorated to a great degree. But this camera's virtues are many and the image results are nothing less than stunning, with beautiful skin tones and, wait for it,..C-Log with 4k 305 mbps, which makes me able to come very close to the C300 Mk II image. But forget about all the stuff on paper. You have no idea what a camera does until you use it. Spend some time learning how to play this camera, then go shoot with it and odds are you won't allow anyone to tear it out of your hands. I love shooting with it and every time I go out I know I'm going to come back with some really beautiful footage. Someone with DSLR experience will quickly find the XC10 as you go-to video camera. I'm planning a video review of this camera--and I've never been compelled to make a review until now. I won't belabor the matter further except to say get this camera, spend a few days learning it's ins and outs. Shoot with it and prepare yourself to be wowed with the BIG, beautiful image his little monster serves up.
    Date published: 2016-07-30
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good C Cam The XC10 has a very attractive price and the image coming out of the camera is amazing. However, I found the codec clumsy and complicated to import and the lack of removable lenses makes it a very limiting camera to use. I loved: -the weight of the camera which makes it ideal for gimbal work -the possibility to zoom from 24-240 -the touch screen navigation system -the ability of peaking and zebra -the ease of use to go from 4K to HD and the quick change from normal to slow or fast motion -the picture profile which include and c-log and wide DR which make it quite easy to match with my C100s -the face detection focus -the beautiful image it produces -the price point for it I hated: -The XF utility to import the footage -The diopter as a zacuto viewfinder works much better -the quality of the screen which felt really hard to look at -the ND filter which is only 3f stop and therefore you will need a ND filter in order to achieve proper exposure -the fact that it's a fixed lens but I understand that at this price point it wouldn't be feasible to have a non fixed lens -the jello that it produces make some of the footage unusable and if you do the rolling shutter assist then you lose the ability to use face detection Overall it's a good b or c cam depending on your type of production and how you would use it. The low light is not that great so keep in mind that you will have to use light in very dim situation
    Date published: 2016-03-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hugely Mis-understood Camera that is actually quite awesome OK, so how do I use this camera? I use this camera for web productions on the video side and my main walk around camera for stills. I'm a Youtuber and photographer and this camera is an awesome 4K production beast that gives you a lot of the Canon cinema series image for a fraction of the price. This is an 'X' series camcorder. All Canon 'X' series professional camcorders come with lenses built in. If you were expecting interchangeable lenses, this probably isn't the camcorder for you. Also, the price. I've seen/heard a lot of complaints that this camera is too expensive. Hmmm... All of Canon's other 'X' series camcorders are in the same price range (or even higher) and they only shoot 1080p with the less-than-stellar AVCHD codec. Comparatively, speaking this camera is an awesome steal compared to the Canon's other 'X' series camcorders. I've see a lot of people get this camera and try to use it just like a C100 or DSLR in full manual mode and then complain that it doesn't work like a C100 or DSLR. It's not a C100 and it's not a DSLR. It's a small hybrid camera, and so Canon had to make some trade-offs. This camera can do full manual mode, though, that's not what it's actually best at. It's best at Tv mode. For full manual mode, I set the custom buttons to 1) ND filter, 2) focus Magnify, 3) push AF, and the dial to ISO/gain. While I do shoot in full manual mode, I actually spend way more time in Tv (shutter priority) mode. In that mode, all the complaints about the non-variable aperture, and fiddling to get exposure go away. You can just set the shutter speed and concentrate on getting your focus and composition. You can zoom in and out to your hearts content and do whatever and the camera will do what it needs to do to keep your exposure correctly metered. Speaking of metering, it does tend to expose about 1/3 stop too bright, so put the camera into Tv mode, flip over to photo mode, in the FUNC menu, go into exposure compensation and dial it down by 1/3 stop. It applies to both photo and video modes, though you can't adjust it in the video FUNC menu. A lot of people have complained that the ND isn't strong enough and the aperture going only to 11 isn't enough for sunny days. Those people have not spent enough time *actually using* the camera. In the menu, you need to switch to gain instead of ISO, then set to fine-grained gain control. In this setting, you can now set the gain so that it is the equivalent of ISO 400, which gives you f11 + ISO 400 = f5.6 + 3 stops of ND = f16 + 1/100 shutter = sunny 16 rule. It works just fine. If you're shooting 60p, you should actually be shooting 1/120 of a shutter so even then, the ISO 500 gain setting is fine too. I generally shoot at 1/100 or 1/120 even down at 30p, though usually, if I'm shooting at 1080, it's at 60p. Even though the camera can do 24p, I have absolutely no use for it, and unless your footage is going to be shown in a movie theater, you have no good technical reason to shoot 24p either. No displays actually display content at 24 frames per second, so shooting at 24p just causes the end display to jump through hoops to get the content back up to a frame rate it can actually display. I've heard complaints that this camera can't get a shallow Depth of Field. This camera has a 1 sensor (equivalent to super 16 in video mode), you can get blurry backgrounds, but it's not a shallow DOF monster. You shouldn't expect it to look like a C100 or 5DMIII in the DOF department. It won't because it can't. If you really want that look, then this is not the camera for you. With that being said, it does render the out of focus areas very nicely. Besides, in video, you do want to have some depth of field. I've heard complaints that the picture is way too noisy at high ISOs. This thing goes to ISO 20,000 and basically has a super-16 sized sensor. It won't look as good as a C series camera (which has a much larger super-35 sensor), or a full frame sized sensor. Compared to other cameras with somewhat similar sized sensors (think Blackmagic pocket cinema camera, or Panasonic GH4), this performs very well in the ISO noise department. The picture is totally usable up to ISO 10,000, then progressively starts to look noisy. It's not a Sony A7S. You do need to have *some* light, though it's totally usable at what I'd consider reasonably low lighting levels. I've heard complaints that the picture is way too soft. Uhh... OK... It really bothers me that people equate a really sharpened picture with picture quality. If you're shooting Canon LOG, the camera does not apply any sharpening to the picture at all. You're expected to apply sharpening in post along with all the other post work you have to do with a LOG picture. If you're shooting one of the other picture profiles (like wide DR gamma or EOS Std), then you can adjust the in-camera sharpening to taste in the profile, though frankly, I prefer to turn the in-camera sharpening down all the way and do that in post. The image is a real 4K image and has a ridiculous amount of detail in it that looks fabulous once sharpened to taste. By default Canon does not have the in-camera sharpening jacked up, so compared to what comes out of something like a GH4, it will look a little soft, but you can easily get that same look with some adjustments. So... If you're a run-n-gun videographer (think events, weddings, etc), put this camera in Tv mode and do your job. It's awesome. If you shoot video for the web or TV (think Youtuber, vlogger, video podcasts, actual TV shows, etc.), this camera is also awesome. Does it have some trade-offs? Yes. Every camera does. If you prefer to always shoot manual, this camera does require going into the FUNC menu. If you prefer buttons for all the stuff you change all the time when in manual mode, then this is not your camera. Event so, it can be made super useful in manual mode. Set the shutter for your frame rate in the FUNC menu, set the aperture to f/5.6 so you can zoom in and out on the fly without the aperture changing, and assign the dial to gain/iso as described above. Done. It works. You can shoot all day like that, no problem. The footage will look great assuming you know what the correct exposure for what you're shooting is. Or you can put the camera in Tv mode and get on with getting your footage because the camera works just fine in Tv mode too. Really great things I love about this camera: - Canon Log - yes, it really is 12 stops. If you can't tell your story with 12 stops of light, you might be doing something wrong. - 4K video at 305Mbps and 4:2:2 color = awesome. That combined with Canon Log = beast mode. When it comes to image quality, this thing pretty much out-guns everything in it's price class. Think C100MkII, but in 4K. - In photo mode, it has the full complement of Canon Picture Styles that you get on Canon's DSLRs, and you can customize them. It's great. Things I wish where different: - Raw stills. It only shoots JPGs in stills mode, and it's a Canon, so the JPGs have that really great Canon JPG look, though it would be nice to have raw available for some added flexibility in post. - A unified menu system. Right now, most things you can adjust apply to both video mode and stills mode, which is great. Except that you can't access everything in either mode. Some settings are only accessible in stills mode (but also affect video mode), and some things are only accessible in video mode (but affect stills mode). Exposure compensation in non-manual mode is a great example. I can only change the exposure compensation in stills mode, but if I switch over to video mode, it applies. The Menu and FUNC needs to allow getting to everything that affects both modes in either stills or video mode. - I wished the audio/mic-in jack provided plug-in power like Canon's DSLRs do so I can use something like a Rode Video Micro external mic. The built in mics are great, but that would be even better. - I wished the lens had more aperture. f/2-f/4 would be nice, or a constant f/4 or constant f/2.8. One thing I'd love to see as either an XC-10 MKII, or XC-20, or maybe a C10 or C50 is keep everything the same except lose the built-in lens and park an EF-M mount there instead. That would make this an instant must-have.
    Date published: 2016-05-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than the GH4, depth of field could be more generous This camera has a wonderful picture quality, similar to the HVX-200, HPX-170 or HPX-250. Even though it is 8 bit, the 305 mbps bitrate and 4:2:2 colour space create an excellent picture quality, similar to DVCPRO HD or AVC-Intra. The picture profiles that come with the camera make it look amazing, particularly Wide DR, Canon Log and Cinema EOS. A lot of people complain that the ISO button is not assignable, though it is actually quite easy to reach and I don't see it as an impediment. I have nothing but good praise for this camera, my only criticism is that the depth of field blur could be more generous. The sensor however is still quite large at one inch, which is larger than the Varicam or an ENG news camera, which is 2/3. You can achieve some depth of field blur, but perhaps not enough for that expansive Hollywood DOF blur. The picture quality itself is still very acceptable, sharp and convincing for that 4K professional look. HD looks great too. The slow motion comes in lots of interesting speeds, though only works at 720p 18 mpbs. It seems to look alright, though you'd have a hard time intercutting 720p footage with 4K footage, though you may be able to intercut 720p with 1080p footage. The CFast cards are quite expensive, $NZ740 for a 64GB card, though I managed to find 128 GB and 256 GB cards from EBay for $US100-140. You will need to buy only Canon batteries for this camera. I tried buying cheaper batteries online, but they don't hold the same charge and are not recommended. This camera would do very well for short films or documentaries and you might be able to get away with using it on low budget features. Because the depth of field is my only niggle with this camera, I give the Canon XC10 four stars as it delivers flawlessly otherwise. I would describe it as the perfect mobile camera for a variety of smaller-scale low budget independent films. It delivers an image quality better than the GH4 and can be used on 90% of most productions.
    Date published: 2016-07-02
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