Video Review: Canon XC10 camcorder

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XC10 kit options

Canon sells the XC10 on its own, or in a kit with a CFast card and reader. As standard, the camera comes with a power adapter for internal charging, rather than an external charger, and the camera’s design also makes it hard to use larger batteries. It is worth budgeting for extra batteries and an external charger as well as the – still relatively expensive – CFast cards.

For all its quirks, the Canon XC10 produces some very pleasing images which are easy to deal with in post, and it is a simple camera to operate.

Canon takes an unusual approach to camera design with the XC10, and it has few direct competitors. The Panasonic GH4, and the Sony PXW-X70 — both cameras we like – are probably its closest rivals, but they are quite different devices.

The XC10 really comes into its own as a second camera for someone who owns a C300, although it is interesting to see that, little more than a year after it went on sale, Canon already has an upgraded model in the pipeline.

Sample video:

Our sample video was shot in UHD 4K, using the Wide DR Gamma, with a mix of auto and manual focus. All shots were handheld with in-camera stabilisation.