Canon XA-10 High Definition Camcorder
Product Code: XA10
Replaced by XA-30
ME 66 Short gun Microphone
Head + K6 Powering Module for Batter/Phantom
The new ultra compact XA10 Professional Camcorder is designed for situations where mobility is
critical while shooting. This feature-rich, professional model records Full HD 1080p using an AVCHD codec. The ultimate professional camcorder for run-and-gun shooting, the compact XA10
includes a detachable handle for low-angle shooting and portability. With the handle attached the XA10's functionality is further enhanced with the addition of XLR inputs and an external
A Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens delivers a wide, flexible zoom range (35mm equivalent range 30.4mm-304mm) and smooth, pleasing backgrounds thanks to an 8-blade iris. And an infrared mode allows
users to capture video in conditions with little or no ambient light, a situation which would make other camcorders useless.
The new XA10 provides the option of recording to a 64GB internal
flash drive or two SDXC-compatible card slots and the ability to simultaneously record to two cards at once for instant backup. Portable and packed with professional features, this camcorder will
be the model of choice for on-the-go videographers.
The 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 slots. With Relay Recording, the camcorder automatically switches video recording from the internal
drive to the SD memory cards when the memory becomes full.
The 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 non-linear editing software, both professional and consumer, have full support for the codec; this makes for easy compatibility with the XA10 no matter
what system the user chooses.
AVCHD 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 image capture.
Genuine Canon 10x HD Zoom Lens
The XA10 features a Genuine Canon 10x HD Zoom 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.
SuperRange Optical Image
The XA10 also incorporates a SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization system (lens shift) with four modes: Standard,
Powered, Dynamic and Off.
Standard:Lens shift is controlled so that the maximum compensation angle is constant from wide angle through telephoto.
Powered:Vibration is suppressed at the telephoto end of the range,
where shake is most apparent due to high magnification.
Dynamic:Stabilization changes throughout the zoom range to minimize more pronounced shaking. This is especially useful at wide-angle
focal lengths when walking.
Enhanced Auto Focus
When shooting high definition video, sharp focus becomes more
critical than ever. Canon's proprietary Instant AF system combines an external AF sensor with Canon's legendary auto focus system for fast and accurate focus. Together, the two sensors reduce focusing
time - even in low-light, low contrast, or high brightness situations - and improve focusing performance on difficult subjects.
The XA10 gives you a choice of five AF modes for different shooting
Instant AF changes focus as rapidly as possible, for those applications in which quick focus is more important than other considerations - for example, in news gathering or documentary
Medium AF changes focus at a speed which is softer and smoother than Instant AF, but faster than would likely be possible manually.
Normal AF changes focus at a speed that appears natural and
doesn't distract the viewer.
Face AF tracks focus on faces when present. The user selects the face to be tracked. Face AF has the ability to track even if
the subject's face is in profile. If the chosen tracked face is not present in a shot, the subject in the center of the screen will
automatically be brought into focus.
Face Only AF automatically tracks the chosen tracked face in focus but, should that face leave the scene, will reset focus to
Minimum Object Distance
When shooting with the XA10, the minimum focus distance is 20mm (0.78 inches) at the wide
macro end and maintains 60cm (1.97 feet) throughout the entire zoom range. This allows excellent versatility in a wide range of shooting situations.
In contrast to a typical 6-blade iris, the XA10's 8-blade iris captures extraordinarily smooth out-of-focus 'bokeh' for a more attractive image effect. The additional blades also reduce
diffraction of light passing through the iris, allowing for the use of smaller apertures while maintaining image quality.
Canon Native 1920 x 1080 CMOS Image
Designed 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
The XA10 Professional Camcorder features Canon's powerful DIGIC DV III Image Processor, which provides enhanced shading, lifelike tonal gradations, 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.
Smart 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 field.
3.5" Touch Panel LCD Screen
A 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 travelling. Included on the handle are the following terminals, controls and
- Two built-in XLR audio input terminals with phantom power
- Accessory shoe (cold)
- External microphone holder
- Manual audio level control
- Zoom control and record start/stop button
- Infrared light
- Tally lamp
The 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's detachable handle 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.
- Custom Key and Dial
- Focus and Exposure Aids
- Composition Aids
- Advanced Control: The XA10 features full manual exposure, as well
as aperture priority (Av), and shutter priority (Tv) modes.
The 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 to 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 Frame Rate
- PF24 Frame Rate
- Native 24p Frame Rate
When Cinema Shooting Mode is selected on the XA10, 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.
Cinema Standard, Cool, Dramatic B&W, Dream, Memory, Nostalgic, Old Movie, Sepia, Vivid
HD-to-SD Down conversion 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.
Canon camcorders are not guaranteed to support Eye-Fi card functions, including wireless transfer. In case of an issue with
the Eye-Fi card, please consult with the card manufacturer. The use of Eye-Fi cards may not be approved in all regions, or from one region to another; please contact the card manufacturer for status
of approval in the country/region of use.
Canon makes no representations or warranties with respect to any third party accessory or product mentioned herein.
The XA10 Professional Camcorder offers a built-in stereo microphone to capture high-quality audio. It offers a significant reduction in
noise at medium and low frequencies.
Not only does the XA10 Professional Camcorder provide the professional
user with complete control over the image, it also provides complete creative freedom when it comes to inputs and outputs
HDMI Output (supports CEC, x.v.Color, and 1080p output)
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)
Optional Canon WD-H58W Wide Converter
Intelligent Battery System
Support for 27 languages
|Main Unit Specs
|Standard Definition or High Definition
|Power Supply (rated)
||7.4 V DC (battery pack), 8.4 V DC (DC IN)
|Video Recording system
||MPEG4-AVC / H.264
|Audio Recording system
||2-Channel, Dolby Digital (AC-3)
||1/3-inch CMOS, RGB Primary Color Filter
||Video: Approx. 2.07-megapixels (1920 x 1080)
Photo: 16:9 Approx. 2.07-megapixels (1920 x 1080)
|Maximum recording Time
||64GB internal flash drive*
LP (5Mbps) 24 hours 30 minutes
SP (7Mbps) 19 hours 10 minutes
XP+ (12Mbps) 11 hours 30 minutes
FXP (17Mbps) 8 hours 20 minutes - Allows 1920 x 1080 Full HD
MXP (24Mbps) 5 hours 55 minutes - Allows 1920 x 1080 Full HD Recording
||Zoom Ratio: 10x Optical/40x/200x Digital (Movie)
Focal Length: f-4.25-42.5mm (35mm equivalent 30.4-305 35mm)
Zoom Speed: Variable, Constant: Fast, Normal, Slow (16 steps in each mode)
Max. F/Stop: f/1.8-2.8
||TVAF plus External Phase Difference Metering Sensor, Autofocus (Instant AF, Medium AF, Normal AF, Face Priority AF, Manual
||Smart Auto, P, Tv, Av, M (Manual exposure), Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Night Scene, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks
|Max Shutter Speed
|Minimum Focusing Distance
||20mm (wide macro) / 60cm (entire zoom range)
||Auto, Set 1, Set 2, Custom (2,000K to 15,000K in 100K increments), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Manual
||60i, Native 24p (records at 24p), 24p Progressive (records at 60i), 30p Progressive (records at 60i)
||Auto mode 1.5 lux (with auto slow shutter selected - shutter speed 1/30)
Low Light mode: 0.1 lux (shutter speed 1/2 sec.)
||SuperRange Optical (Lens Shift): 4 modes: Standard, Powered, Dynamic, Off
||.24-inch, color widescreen, Approx. 260,000 dots, Approx. 100% field of view
||3.5-inch High Resolution Touch Panel Widescreen Color LCD, Approx. 922,000 dots, Approx. 100% field of view
||Internal flash drive (64GB) or SD / SDHC / SDXC memory cards (2 slots) **
||Mini-B USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
||Component: Output only; Composite: A/V terminal 3.5mm mini-jack, output only
||XLR 3-pin jack (2), Switchable between MIC/LINE, 3.5mm stereo mini-jack
||HDMI Mini Connector (output), CEC, x.v.Color, and 1080p output supported
||3.5 mm stereo mini-jack
|AV Mini Terminal/Headphone Terminal
||3.5 mm 4 pole mini-jack (video/audio output only)
|Remote Control Terminal
||Yes (compatible with LANC protocol)
|Operating Temperature range
||Approx. -5° to 45° C, 60% relative humidity / Approx. 0° to 40° C, 85% relative humidity (performance)
||(W x H x D) 3.0 x 3.0 x 6.3-inch (77 x 77 x 161mm) (excludes lens hood, mic holder unit, handle, and grip strap, but includes eyecup; 5.1 x 7.0 x 8.0-inch (130 x 177 x 205mm)
(including lens hood, mic holder unit, handle, and eyecup but excludes grip strap)
||Approx. 1.7 lbs. (775 g) [Including lens hood, mic holder unit, and handle unit (and grip belt); but excluding lens cap.]
Approx. 1.8 lbs. (820 g) [Including BP-808 Battery, memory card
(x1), lens hood, mic holder unit and handle (and grip belt); but excluding lens cap.]
|What's in the box
|- XA10 Camcorder
- Lens Hood
- Stylus Pen
- Battery Pack BP-808
- Microphone Holder Unit / Handle Unit
- Wireless Controller WL-D89
- Compact Power Adapter CA-570
- USB Cable IFC-300PCU
- Stereo Video Cable STV-250N
- Component Cable CTC-100/S
- Bundled CD ROMs:
- Pixela Transfer Utility Disc
- Music Disc