Canon has finally taken the wraps off of the previously-leaked 4K camcorder. The Canon XC10 features a 1-inch sensor with 12MP and capable of capturing 4K video using Canon’s new XF-AVC format. The XC10 features a 27.3-273mm lens (35mm equivalent) for a 10x zoom range and a variable aperture from f/2.8-5.6.
The Canon XC10, alongside the new C300 Mark II, is the first Canon camera to use CFast 2.0 memory cards. And it makes good use of them with the ability to capture 4K footage internally at 305Mbps with 4:2:2 color sampling.
Canon claims 12-stops of dynamic range on the XC10 and offers a max sensitivity of ISO 20,000. It has a vari-angle touch display, along with a loupe that can be attached to the LCD.
The Canon XC10 should be available in mid-June 2015 for $2499. Check it out here at B&H Photo.
Expect to hear much more about the XC10 leading up to and at NAB 2015 next week.
More details in the official press release below.
Sydney, Australia, 8 April 2015 – Canon Australia today unveils the XC10 – a compact, lightweight video and digital stills camera that brings professional 4K quality to aspiring filmmakers and enthusiasts. Inheriting many of the Cinema EOS range’s features, the XC10 offers incredible recording versatility and is the ideal solution as a small, stand-alone camera for independent film makers or the perfect accompaniment as a supporting camera in larger productions.
XC10 Key benefits:
• Stunning 4K video and 12MP stills from one compact camer
• High bit rate XF-AVC files, great for post production
• Seamlessly integrate with professional workflows
• Get creative with fast and slow motion recording
• Built-in Wi-Fi for easy browser/smart device control
Unleashing 4K recording for enthusiasts
Boasting outstanding image quality, traditionally associated with larger cameras, as well as the flexibility and ease of use of traditional compact camcorders, the XC10 consistently delivers breath-taking results. Its advanced imaging engine – a powerful combination of a specially developed 1” CMOS sensor and Canon’s new DIGIC DV5 image processor – gives both budding filmmakers or experienced pros the speed and quality they demand to capture 4K video, at a wide range of variable bit rates.
Shooters have the freedom to capture a diverse range of scenes in professional 4K quality using a specially developed 10x optical zoom lens, complete with Canon’s class-leading image stabilisation technology. With a versatile 27.3-273mm focal range (35mm equivalent, in video mode) videographers can easily switch between capturing sweeping scenes, to intimate close ups with a single lens. Pros and enthusiasts alike can change between movie recording and still image shooting, capturing high quality 12.0 MP images, or extracting 8.29 MP stills from 4K video footage.
Able to fit seamlessly into workflows, or productions with existing Cinema EOS cameras, the XC10 can record UHDTV standard (3840 x 2160) 4K footage to an internal CFast 2.0TM1 card at up to 305Mbps, or Full HD (1920 x 1080) footage to an SD card at up to 50Mbps, with pro-standard 4:2:2 colour sampling for high resolution performance.
The XC10 delivers rich colour, synonymous with Cinema EOS cameras, with a high ISO of up to 20,000 ensuring excellent results in low light conditions, and a 12-stop Wide Dynamic Range, providing vivid detail in both highlights and shadows.
Uncompromising design, optimised for easy shooting
The XC10 redefines the boundaries of advanced compact camcorder design, with a body that’s intuitive to use. Designed to match any shooting preference, the camcorder features a 7.66cm vari-angle touch LCD, with 100% field coverage, providing direct access to the menu system through a simple set of cross keys, while an included optical loupe viewfinder, that fits the LCD, offers a more traditional shooting experience.
Fostering creativity with expert workflows
Professional videographers can easily integrate the camcorder into existing production kits and workflows, thanks to its portfolio of professional standard codecs and recording modes. Canon’s new XF-AVC H.264 codec supports recording in both 4K and Full HD quality, enabling easy integration into industry- standard Non-Linear Edit systems. Canon Log Gamma also enables maximum freedom in post-production editing and processing, and seamless quality matching with content shot on Cinema EOS cameras. Additionally, videographers can freely shoot in 4K, and later convert to Full HD, to create a higher quality end product, and enable greater flexibility in the editing process.
A selection of slow and fast motion recording modes – including up to 1200x fast motion in 4K/Full HD, and up to 1/4x slow motion in HD – as well as interval shooting provide further creative opportunities.
The XC10 is also Wi-Fi compatible; enabling remote control of key features via a browser, smartphone or tablet – securing its position as an essential part of any Cinema EOS video shooter’s toolkit.