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The Canon XA10 is a HD professional spec camcorder that packs the technology required by professional videographers into an ultra-compact body. Features include a bright 30.4mm f/1.8 wide-angle 10x zoom HD video lens, Canon HD CMOS Pro sensor, Professional audio options such as 2x XLR inputs, a 3.5mm microphone input jack and a built-in, low-noise microphone, plus a large 64GB built in memory and twin SDXC card slots. The Canon XA10's exceptional functionality and versatility ensure outstanding video and audio performance. More
Canon HD Video Lens
A fast, wide-angle, Canon HD Video lens (30.4mm, F1.8) brings professional image quality to a compact camcorder. Features a shockless, variable speed 10x optical zoom and 8-blade iris for more attractive bokeh effect.
1/3 type HD CMOS Pro sensor
An HD CMOS Pro sensor – originally designed and manufactured by Canon for its professional camcorders - captures Full HD at native 1920x1080 resolution. With a pixel size 2.6x bigger than conventional CMOS sensors, it delivers a wider dynamic range and higher sensitivity.
Professional audio options include 2x XLR inputs, a 3.5mm microphone input jack and a built-in, low-noise microphone. Audio is recorded in 2ch Dolby Digital format using any combination of inputs.
64GB memory plus 2x SDXC slots
The XA10 records Full HD AVCHD video at up to 24Mbps to 64GB of built-in flash memory. Relay Recording across 2x SDXC memory card slots allows for continuous filming. Double slot recording allows the same footage to be stored simultaneously on two cards.
Infrared shooting mode
The XA10 offers infrared (IR) recording in Full HD resolution, for night or low light shooting. Green and white colour options are available to suit the style of your project. Unique Canon lens coatings and a built-in diffuser ensure clear, sharp pictures throughout the frame. An IR lamp is built into the camcorder handle.
Full manual control
A manual lens ring allows intuitive control of focus. Full manual control of exposure, aperture, shutter speed and gain is possible via the Touch-screen LCD. A custom key and control dial put you in complete control of your creativity.
8.8cm LCD; 0.6cm EVF
A large side-mounted 8.8cm (3.5”) Touch-screen LCD with a sharp, 920K dot resolution provides excellent monitoring capability. A waveform monitor and Focus Assist functions make it easy to frame your shot. A 0.61cm (0.24”) 260K dot EVF is also included.
Dynamic OIS, Powered IS, Instant AF
Canon’s advanced Dynamic Optical Image Stabilisation system with Powered IS mode ensures shake-free video. Instant AF means pin-sharp focus for every shot.
Versatile and expandable
The ultra compact XA10 is a versatile and expandable camera system – adaptable for use in any situation. The handle is detachable for use in tight spaces and has a stop/start button and zoom level control. A lens filter thread and accessory shoe are also included.
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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
What a little cracker !
By Charlie Phillips
from Inverness, Scotland.
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Comments about Canon XA10 High Definition Professional Camcorder:
I work studying and photographing wild dolphins for a living - this little cracker of a camcorder is much easier for me personally to operate than my DSLR's with it's dinky built in control handle. It gets into spaces that bigger video cameras can't. Full HD footage is top notch quality. I love it !
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Great lightweight camera with superb picture quality - very easy to use
(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)
By Johnny Watty
I bought this camera as a replacement for my Canon HV40. I wanted a fully manual camera with a proper focus ring and better mic/sound options but wondered if I should really stick to the HV40 bearing in mind the XA10 isn't cheap, and the HV40 already has fantastic image quality. I imagined struggling to tell the difference...How wrong I was! The image quality on the XA10 blew me away. Not only is it so vibrant, clear, and just gorgeous but it's so stable. I can use this on a mono pod or even handheld and with the dynamic stabilisation get a lovely steady image. It is an absolute treat watching the footage back on an HD TV. Canon bill this as a pro camera and in terms of image quality alone it is in a different league to the HV40 range. The obvious question when considering the XA10 is whether to shell out another £900 for the larger XF100. The XF100 benefits from fully pro output codec and manual controls on the body of the camera but is also twice the size. For me portability is king. I need a camera I can carry or bike about for miles so losing the external button for a well designed touch screen in order to get a smaller camera body is a good swap. The only thing I wish the XA10 had is the slow motion option of the XF100. The XA10 has programmable buttons and rotary dial which is perfect for assigning iris control when using the camera fully manual. The only downsides are the XLR buttons rattle when the camera is shaken. I don't shake the camera when filming so it has no impact on me, but it is a sloppy piece of design.Overall the XA10 is a joy to use and well worth the asking price. I have a camera that I look forward to using for many years to come.
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