Canon has launched a digital camcorder called XC10 which can capture videos at 4K resolution or “ultra high definition.” The new camcorder will be available in worldwide makers by Mid-June and will be priced at $2500.
The Canon XC10 features a one-inch type sensor, similar to the one found in Sont RX100 camera and AK100 4K camcorder. Ultra HD videos with 3,840×2160 pixel resolution and 12-megapixel still photos can be captured. The camcorder is lightweight and has an old-school design, for allowing users to capture stills and videos at ease.The camcorder features an adjustable handgrip, Canon’s own XF-AVC codec (found on the Canon EOS C100 Mark II camera).
The XF-AVC codec offers bitrates as high as 205Mbps, for maximum details. Other specifications include a 3-inch touchscreen and the ability to record 4K video at 30 fps, 1080p Full HD video at 60 fps and 720p videos at 120 fps. A 64 GB memory card is bundled with the camera. However, the camcorder lacks XLR mic inputs. The XC10 includes baked-in microphone with a hot-shoe on top, thus offering lesser microphone options. The camcorder also features dual-band Wi-Fi — 2.4 Ghz and 5Ghz, for controlling shutter with a smartphone or tablet.
Users might have to opt for Canon EOS, if they need XLR support. The sensor is small when compared to other full-size cameras with 4K support. The camcorder includes two memory slots, one for SDXC and other for CompactFlash. The camera is a good option for budget-conscious consumers as several features are similar to high-end EOS cameras. The 27.3mm-273mm 10x optical zoom lens is likely to provide a professional experience to consumers, who are reluctant to buy high-end EOS cameras.
XF-AVC: Primary specifications
|Resolution||Bitrate||Color sample||Intra Frame2
/ Long GOP3
|File format||Compression format|
|4K||4096 x 2160||10 bit
|3840 x 2160|
|2K/HD||2048 x 1080||12 bit
/ Long GOP
|1920 x 1080|
|1280 x 720||8 bit||4:2:2|