The oft rumored 4K camera is now a reality as the XC10, a digital camcorder that shoots 4K video and 12-megapixel photos.
What’s interesting about the XC10 is that it marks a turn for Canon, as they generally release still cameras with awesome video capability. This time, however, the XC10 is a 4K camera first that also has awesome photo capabilities. The camera’s capture abilities are so strong that it even has a built in function that lets you take an 8-megapixel still photo from your recorded 4K video.
The XC10 has a 1-inch CMOS sensor with Canon’s DIGIC DV 4 image processor and an ISO range of 160 to 20,000 and 12 stops of dynamic range. It delivers 8-bit 422 video resolution up to Ultra HD at 24 and 30 fps and 1080p video up to 60 fps. Ultra HD records to CFast cards, while HD video and stills are recorded to an SD card.
The body weighs in at 2.3 pounds with battery, with Canon pointing out that it’s weight allows it to be used with a drone. It has a fixed 10″ f/2.8-5.6 zoom lens, and features a rotating hand grip, tiltable LCD touchscreen, built in wi-fi, and a viewfinder attachment for those who need it. Finally, it uses the common LP-E6-type Canon DSLR battery.
The Canon XC10 is available for pre-order now from B&H, and will be shipping in June 2015 for about$2,500.
You can find out more about the XC10 from Canon at usa.canon.com
The Canon XC10
The XC10 Camcorder’s 4K imaging system is purpose-built of proprietary components, including a Genuine Canon 10x Wide-Angle Zoom Lens with 2x Digital Teleconverter and Optical Image Stabilization. Employing a special Canon compact optical system, the lens offers a zoom ratio of 27.3-273mm for movies and 24.1-241mm for photos. The XC10 4K Camcorder also features a specially designed Canon 12 Megapixel one-inch CMOS sensor that can deliver 12 stops of exposure latitude. And the new DIGIC DV5 signal processor that provides the image-processing power and speed to deliver high image quality, performance and innovative new features like the Canon XF-AVC codec for 4K and HD recording.
Operability innovations designed into the XC10 4K Camcorder further facilitate creative expression and the ability to capture superb 4K/HD video and high-resolution still images. These include a Vari-Angle LCD monitor with a capacitive touch-panel for simple intuitive control, a rotating hand grip to support both movie and still-image shooting, a built-in ND filter, built-in dual-band Wi-Fi, and much more. The camcorder can be hand-held, or used with a wide range of camera-support accessories, including car mounts and drones.
Offering slow- and fast-motion recording, multiple custom picture settings including Canon log and Canon Wide DR Gamma, and interval shooting for time-lapse still photography, the XC10 4K Camcorder offers a wide range of workflow option. The camcorder can record H.264 4:2:2/8-bit MXF 4K (QFHD) 3840 x 2160 movies to internal CFast cards or Full HD 1920 x 1080 video to SD cards at multiple frame and bit rates (up to 305Mbps in 4K). The XC10 4K Camcorder also offers 4K 30p movie playback output via its HDMI 1.4 output.
Still-photography features include a mechanical shutter to help eliminate rolling-shutter distortion, up to 2.8 fps performance, support for multiple aspect ratios, and compatibility with such EOS accessories as Speedlite flash units, Canon GPS receivers, remote controllers, and LP-E6 series batteries and chargers.
Versatile, compact, and convenient, the XC10 4K Camcorder is a lightweight 4K/HD/still photography hybrid delivering high image quality and convenience to meet the diverse imaging needs of today’s expanding universe of budget-conscious digital content creation professionals.