The Canon XA10 HD Professional Camcorder
is a fully featured, ultra-compact pro video camera that shares nearly
all the functionality of the XF100, but in an even smaller, run-and-gun
form factor. Sporting a 64GB internal flash drive and two
SDXC-compatible card slots, the XA10 can record literally for days
without running out of memory. Able to capture AVCHD video at bitrates
up to 24Mbps, the camcorder's native 1920 x 1080 CMOS sensor also lets
you choose 60i, 24p, PF30, and PF24 frame rates for customizing the look
of your footage. Bringing further professional oomph to that footage is
a Genuine Canon 10x HD video lens, with lowlight sensitivity to f/1.8
and a 35mm equivalent zoom range of 30.4mm-304mm.
Like the larger
XF100, the XA10 also provides full image customization, cinema looks,
infrared recording (for night shooting), and HDMI/component/composite
output. Other professional features include dual XLR inputs, relay
recording, waveform, color peaking, and zebra patterns. But the camera
has a few extra tricks up its sleeve, including a detachable handle to
allow for truly low-profile shooting, and a 3.5" Touch Panel LCD that
adds the extremely useful Touch & Track, Touch Focus and Touch
Exposure functions, which make pulling focus and adjusting exposure
dramatically easier. Combined with its other focus, exposure, and
composition aids, this makes the XA10 an ideal blend of portability and
professional control--the perfect tool for nearly any on-the-go
XA10 Professional Camcorder allows users to record up to 24 hours of
clear high definition video to a 64GB internal flash drive or to two
SDXC-compatible memory cards. With Relay Recording, the camcorder
automatically switches video recording from the internal drive to the SD
memory cards when the memory becomes full.
Video can be copied
from the XA10's internal drive to removable SD memory cards. That makes
it easy to insert the card into your computer or HDTV's card reader and
view your recorded footage immediately. Double Slot Recording allows
recording to two SD cards simultaneously, providing an automatic backup
XA10 features the AVCHD codec. AVCHD (Advanced Video Coding High
Definition) was announced in 2006 and is quickly becoming the standard
for professional camcorders. AVCHD utilizes MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression
technology similar to the technology used in Canon's HD DSLRs. In
addition to professional grade camcorders, AVCHD is very popular in the
consumer market and as a result most nonlinear editing software, both
professional and consumer, have full support for the codec; this makes
for easy compatibility with the XA10 no matter what system you choose.
is used for encoding Blu-Ray discs, meaning the XA10 is ideal for
capturing content for delivery in this format, as well as making
conversion to web-based content in H.264 format easy. Additionally, the
XA10 records up to 24Mbps, the maximum bit rate of AVCHD, at 1920 x 1080
and 4:2:0 color space for sharp, vivid, and fully professional quality
Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens
XA10 features a Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens which offers a 35mm
equivalent of 30.4mm - 304mm. It delivers unsurpassed image quality, the
versatility of a wide angle of view and smooth and professional looking
background images thanks to a sophisticated 8-blade iris. A dedicated
manual focus ring allows accurate and precise control.
Canon Native 1920 x 1080 CMOS Image Sensor
and manufactured exclusively by Canon, the XA10 Professional Camcorder
incorporates a native 1/3-inch, 1920 x 1080 CMOS Image Sensor,
delivering superb Full HD video recording with minimal noise. The high
sensitivity and wide dynamic range of this sensor are what demanding
users expect from Canon.
Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor
XA10 Professional Camcorder features Canon's powerful DIGIC DV III
Image Processor, which provides enhanced shading, lifelike tonal
gradations, new custom picture settings and lower power consumption.
DIGIC DV III is also the high-speed engine which powers a variety of
Canon technologies Genuine Canon Face Detection, Touch & Track, and
Cinema-Look Filters. On-the-go videographers will appreciate the ability
to track one subject in a crowd of people.
Auto uses the power of Canon's DIGIC DV III Image Processor to
intelligently detect and analyze faces, brightness, color, distance, and
movement, and then automatically selects the best settings for the
scene. Among the 38 scenes available in Smart Auto, a standout is Tele
Macro. Tele Macro automatically zooms the lens of the camcorder to the
telephoto end, setting the minimum object distance to approximately 1.3
feet (from 3.3 feet). This gives you the opportunity to shoot
spectacular close-ups with the dramatic look of a shallow depth of
3.5" Touch Panel LCD Screen
3.5-inch, 922,000 Dot LCD monitor provides an ample, accurate area for
critical focus confirmation and approximately 100% field of view. The
display opens on the left side of the camera body.
Touch & Track
and Track delivers precise tracking of the focus and exposure on any
subject--people, animals, vehicles and more. Simply select the point of
interest on the Touch Panel LCD and you'll have the subject in sharp
focus, regardless of where in the frame it moves during the shot. The
exposure will be perfectly adjusted for subject and conditions. Touch
& Track is the default setting. Focus or exposure may be adjusted
independently by turning off Touch & Track, and turning on Touch
Focus or Touch Exposure.
Focus allows the user to pinpoint a specific area to focus on. This
function is similar to the Push AF feature found other professional
camcorders, but can target a subject anywhere in the frame.
Touch Exposure enables exposure to be locked or compensated for the area touched by the user.
XA10 Professional Camcorder features a 0.24-inch, 260,000 Dot Color EVF
and approximately 100% field of view coverage for comfortable viewing
and accurate judgment of composition. Brightness, contrast, color and
backlight are adjustable.
Focus Assist Functions
Monitor Focus Assist System: With Canon's Edge Monitor Focus Assist
system, a red and green monitor is shown at the bottom of the LCD
Display and three red focus check areas are shown across the display.
The green waveform shows overall focus of the image, while the red
waveform shows the focus status of the focus check boxes. Through this
dynamic focus feedback, the user can intuitively tune focus in a scene
and quickly change the zone of focus.
peaking modes and a 2x magnify focus assist function are available in
standby and record mode (LCD monitor and EVF), making it extremely easy
for the XA10 operator to check and confirm critical focus.
Detachable Handle with Dual XLR Inputs
detachable handle provides the pro shooter with expanded audio
performance and added flexibility. Removing the handle allows the
camcorder to be made more compact for convenient storage when traveling.
Included on the handle are the following terminals, controls and
XA10 camcorder features an Infrared Mode allowing the capture of video
in conditions with little to no ambient light, a situation which would
make other camcorders useless. It does so by removing the infrared
cutoff filter from the optical path. Its specially designed lens coating
allows the infrared light to pass through to the image sensor.
Additionally, the XA10 features an infrared emitter with a diffuser to
shoot pleasing infrared imagery even in complete darkness. For nature
videographers or law enforcement users, the benefits of a compact, high
performance camcorder for shooting in such conditions is obvious.
Without the need to add lights, the shooter may remain hidden from their
subjects. Also, the XA10 gives the option of recording in green or
white light mode.
Manual Control - Custom Key & Dial
XA10 Professional Camcorder offers a wide array of functions to provide
the professional shooter with an exceptional level of control. A Custom
Key and Dial feature allows you to assign functions to an easily
accessible key and adjust the settings with a control dial. Functions
* Tv/Av: Use the dial to adjust shutter speed (Tv mode) or aperture (Av mode), as needed. In this mode the key has no effect.
Manual exposure: When manual control is selected, the dial can adjust
aperture, shutter speed, or gain. Select items to adjust, such as
aperture or other settings, with the key.
* Exposure Lock can be set on or off as can the AGC Limit.
Focus Assist - Magnification & Peaking
further enhance focusing capability the XA10 also features Focus
Assist. It includes enlargement, which helps in capturing your subject
in razor-sharp focus. It works by providing a 2x magnification of your
subject, which is automatically canceled when you start recording. Also
included is color peaking, which shows the shooting object's focused
areas in actual colors. With Canon's Edge Monitor Focus Assist system, a
red and green monitor is shown at the bottom of the LCD Display and
three red focus check areas are shown across the display. The green
waveform shows overall focus of the image, while the red waveform shows
the focus status of the focus check boxes. Through this dynamic focus
feedback, you can intuitively tune focus in a scene and quickly change
the zone of focus.
Waveform & Zebra Patterns
only found on expensive external units, the XA10 has a waveform monitor
built right into the camera. The waveform monitor shows a detailed view
of overall image brightness. At the same time, enhanced zebra pattern
(70% or 100%) indicates "blown out" or high brightness areas to help you
set the proper exposure.
the Level Marker feature, it's easy to keep the camcorder level for
more accurate framing. The Grid Marker provides a reference a grid in
your viewfinder. Depending on the background color of your shot, you can
choose between two different colors for better viewing contrast.
The XA10 features full manual exposure, as well as aperture priority (AV), and shutter priority (TV) modes.
color bars or color bars and test tone can be selected and recorded
using a menu. The color bars comply with the SMPTE standard. -12 dB, -18
dB or -20 dB can be selected as the test tone.
The white balance
control has 6 available presets settable through a variety of day and
artificial light conditions (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten,
Fluorescent H, and Fluorescent), as well two manual white balance
settings. Color temperature may also be manually set from 2000K to
15,000K in 100K increments for more precise adjustment.
be manually set from 0 dB to 24 dB in 1 dB increments. Additionally,
Auto Gain Control Limit allows you to set the maximum gain limit for the
image sensor's sensitivity. With this function, brightness and noise
can be balanced as required, and image quality can be maximized in low
The zoom speed as controlled by the rocker and
handle controls is selectable. There is a choice of variable or 16 fixed
speeds, with fast/normal/slow settings for greater control while
zooming in various situations.
XA10 records in Full HD 1920 x 1080 in a variety of frame rates. The
XA10 is also capable of recording in several different bit rate modes
(24Mbps, 17Mbps, 12Mbps, 7Mbps, 5Mbps) allowing the user the balance
quality versus recording time for specific applications. In addition to
the standard interlaced frame rate of 60i, the XA10 can also capture
video in PF30, PF24, and native 24p--a must for serious filmmaking work.
Cinema Shooting Mode is selected, it is possible to use one of nine
different cinematic filters to customize the look and feel of the image.
This provides users with almost limitless creative control. Filters are
Cinema Standard, Cool, Dramatic B&W, Dream, Memory, Nostalgic, Old
Movie, Sepia, and Vivid. The brightness of each filter can be adjusted
low, medium or high, for even greater control. When Cinema Standard is
selected, color depth, softening and contrast can also be adjusted.
downconversion allows you to convert recorded high definition video to
standard definition files while safely preserving the original HD video.
These standard definition files make it even more convenient to share
video online. The video can be transferred to your computer via
traditional methods--i.e., USB connection, card slot--or wirelessly to
sharing sites with an Eye-Fi SD memory card.
Audio System: XLR Inputs & Manual Control
XA10 Professional Camcorder offers a built-in stereo microphone to
capture high-quality audio. The microphone’s direction can be adjusted
four different ways to match your needs and taste. Choose from:
Single point direction Normal (Stereo) Wide: Provides a more enhanced,
separated stereo effect than normal Synced with Zoom: Directionality is
adjusted to match the zoom position
In addition, the frequency
response characteristics of the microphone can be adjusted between low,
mid-range and high frequencies.
Normal: Provides a balance
throughout all frequencies Low-range emphasis: Excellent for recording
live music with impact Attenuate low frequencies: Reduces ambient noise
and the sound of traffic outdoors, such as wind, cars, and so on
Mid-range emphasis: Ideal for capturing people's voices Low and high
range emphasis: Record live music with balanced lows and highs
Automatic Attenuator feature prevents high volume distortion and
optimizes audio quality in situations when sound levels quickly change.
It automatically keeps the audio clean and even. Additionally, two XLR
audio inputs with phantom power can be found on the detachable handle.
Both the built-in microphone terminal and XLR terminals have the option
for automatic or manual audio level control. Canon’s new optional WM-V1
Wireless Microphone allows high-quality audio to be recorded from up to
164 feet away (50m), making it ideal for ceremonies.
only does the XA10 provide the professional user with complete control
over the image, it also provides complete creative freedom when it comes
to inputs and outputs, including:
* HDMI Output (supports CEC, x.v. Color)
* Component Video Output
* Composite Video Output (3.5mm)
* USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Terminal
* (2) XLR Audio Input (when handle is attached)
* Microphone Input (3.5mm)
* Headphone Jack (3.5mm)
* Remote Control Terminal (compatible with LANC protocol)
* Accessory Shoe (when handle is attached)
Creator is a unique function that allows the camcorder to guide users
in the creation of different video clips to assemble into a finished
story during post-production. With this feature enabled, the user can
choose from five different scenarios: Travel, Kids & Pets, Party,
Ceremony, and Blog. The XA10 suggests specific shots to tell the story
and helps keep them organized.
Intelligent Battery System
XA10 Professional Camcorder is compatible with Canon's Intelligent
Lithium-ion batteries. These batteries communicate remaining running
time (down to the minute) so the user is well-informed at all times.