Canon Has Another New 4K Camera, the Compact Fixed-Lens XC10
The Canon XC10 4K fixed-lens camera introduced in China recently has been officially announced.
[Update]: This camera is now available for pre-order here.
The XC10 has Canon Log and a similar XF-AVC codec with MXF wrapper found in the new Canon C300 Mark II, and the company is calling it a companion to the Cinema EOS cameras. It's in a strange club at the moment, as one of only three Canon cameras with internal 4K (the others being the 1D C and, of course, the just-announced C300 Mark II). It originally seemed like a consumer camera, though the final product looks to be somewhere in-between, as the $2K price tag is closer to a professional model than a consumer one.
And here's a first look from What Digital Camera:
Here are the specs (you can check out the full specs at least for the UK model):
- 13.36MP 1" CMOS Sensor & DIGIC DV 5 Processor
- Video Mode: 8.29MP (3840 x 2160), Stills mode: 12MP (4000 x 3000)
- 10x Fixed Manual Zoom Lens with Image Stabilization: 8.9 - 89mm f/2.8 - f/5.6 (27.3-273mm 35mm equivalent)
- Autofocus (but not Dual Pixel like the other Canon models)
- XF-AVC H.264 Recording
- 3840 x 2160 up to 30fps
- 1080p to 60fps
- 720p up to 120fps
- 4K: 305 Mbps: 29.97p, 23.98p, 205 Mbps: 25p
- 1080 / 720p: 50 Mbps: 59.94p, 50p // 35 Mbps: 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p 25p
- 1/8 (3-step) ND Filter Built-in
- Movie/Photo: ISO 160 to 20,000, Canon Log/Wide DR: ISO 500 to 20,000
- 12 Stops of Dynamic Range
- CFast 2.0 for UHD/HD and SD Card Slot for HD Only, Photos, and Camera Settings
- 4K: CFast 2.0 card; Full HD/Photo: SD card (Class 10 recommended for 50Mbps)
- 3" 1,030,000 Dot Touchscreen LCD, No EVF, but you can attach a loupe to the adjustable LCD
- HDMI with 4K Output (This looks to be 10-bit 4:2:2 and can record to the Atomos Shogun)
- Headphone jack, Built-in stereo microphone, 3.5mm stereo mini jack external microphone
- Built-in WiFi
- Takes LP-E6 Batteries
- Audio: Linear PCM (2ch, 16 bit, 48 kHz)
- Weight: Around 2lbs.
- Availability: June 2015
- Price: $2,500
At the moment we've just got this video for the XC10:
More from Canon on this model:
A selection of slow and fast motion recording modes – including up to 1200x fast motion in 4K/Full HD, and up to1/4x 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.
It will be interesting to see how demand on this one plays out. Without servo zoom, it seems like more people would just be better off with a DSLR (though this will likely be a bit easier to shoot video with due to the handgrip and loupe). It's likely that Canon will release 4K DSLRs sometime in the future, and a higher-end model should hopefully have most of the features that the XC10 does. A 4K DSLR with a larger sensor and similar lenses might actually match the cinema cameras better than this model.
The video above isn't a great example of the cinematic results you may or may not be able to get with the XC10, so we don't know yet how well this will match cameras like the C100 and C300. You're definitely going to have a lot more in focus as the 1" sensor is smaller than Super 35mm/APS-C (which could actually be helpful for documentary-style shoots). The other thing I've seen talked about elsewhere is the possibility of putting this on a drone/UAV, and it actually seems like it might be well-suited for something like that.
We'll update as more videos and information is released.
A look at the camera with the lens hood and loupe off: