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Canon XA10 Professional Camcorder with 64GB Internal Flash Memory and Full Manual Control

Canon XA10 Professional Camcorder with 64GB Internal Flash Memory and Full Manual Control
Canon XA10 Professional Camcorder with 64GB Internal Flash Memory and Full Manual Control


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Canon XA10 Professional Camcorder with 64GB Internal Flash Memory and Full Manual Control


Canon XA10 Professional Camcorder with 64GB Internal Flash Memory and Full Manual Control

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.

  • 64GB internal flash drive and 2 SDXC-compatible memory card slots
  • Genuine Canon 10x HD video lens with 8-blade Iris and manual focus ring
  • Canon native 1920 x 1080 CMOS image sensor
  • Canon DIGIC DV III image processor
  • Dynamic SuperRange OIS with powered IS,Video Recording system MPEG4-AVC / H.264

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  1. 209 of 212 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Awesome camera but not for everyone, March 23, 2012
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    This review is from: Canon XA10 Professional Camcorder with 64GB Internal Flash Memory and Full Manual Control (Camera)

    OVERVIEW
    There’s no doubt that this is a great, well built camera. It is pretty much a five star item with only a few areas of improvement needed. The main question you should ask yourself is if this is the right piece of gear for you. Not only in terms of choosing between camcorders, but also whether you should get a DSLR over a Camcorder. This is something I will address under a separate paragraph below.

    IS THIS A PRO CAMERA?
    The first thing I would like to shed some light on is the “professional” aspect of the camera. As someone commented earlier, as long as you are making a living with something, you are a pro. Now would this camera be the filming tool of a professional? The answer is yes and no. Yes if you are starting your business, you are on a budget, you are filming mostly events, and you don’t mind the few extra steps this camera demands for achieving high end results. If you are filming everyday and you have a real production budget, then you should look into something more robust and flexible.

    While it can be used by pros, the camera squarely does not meet broadcast standards, which includes 4:2:2 color spacing, 50 mps codec, and interchangeable lenses (among other things).

    That been said, this camera is absolutely not for beginners. It DOES possess all the functions and features of a professional camera, esp. for sound. So if you just want to film your kids at Christmas, your holiday at a resort, Disneyworld or some other stuff like that, this camera is not for you because you would waste your money for advanced capabilities you will never use. And you will find it way too complicated too for what you want to film. There are now plenty of affordable and rather excellent cameras out there for the consumer who wants to shoot in HD. The Vixia line or your mid-range DSLRs will do the job great. If you want a camera that meets broadcast standards and remains small and cheap, the XF100 is the way to go.

    WHO IS THIS CAMERA FOR?
    I think that this camera is a perfect tool for a few specific groups of people:
    1) Serious and professional cinematographers who need to haul gear on their back to film an adventure movie in a remote jungle or a mountain area, or any kind of hardcore expedition demanding extreme portability;
    2) Serious and professional cinematographers who are making a travel documentary with a lot of interviews and are traveling for multiple months, backpacking or on a bike or something, and want to have something portable and discreet;
    3) Professional video makers starting their business and running on a budget;
    4) Serious and intermediate to advanced video makers who shoot various short movies during their free time as a hobby. The learning curve for proper image and sound at the highest level is pretty steep. Once you have mastered all the functions and controls on the camera, you will definitely be able to produce images that will blow everybody away. The sound quality is as good as the microphones you will connect, and there’s no limit there.

    WHY I GOT THE XA10
    I got the XA10 to film a documentary on carpentry in Pakistan. I have a full time job so I can only shoot during the week-end. I am still learning how to make proper videos so I could not justify spending too much on upgrading my gear to broadcast levels which would be at least $10,000-$15,000. When you do a documentary, sound is just as important as images, so XLR inputs were really critical for me. Because I travel a lot and also do mountaineering videos, the 2.2 pound ultra compact camera was also a key factor. The fact that you can even remove the handle makes it ideal.

    ALTERNATIVES
    The XF100, the XA10′s big brother, is the obvious upgrade. If you want to shoot in HD near pro/broadcast level (“close” would mean different things to different people) but you are not too worried about sound yet, I suggest you look into the Sony NEX-VG line: they have large sensors and interchangeable lenses. Sony recently unveiled the NEX-VG900 which will have a full frame sensor. It will cost more, of course, but the full frame sensor is an exciting feature. They don’t have XLR inputs but you can equip them later with add-on parts and modules. Also, DSLRs offer amazing image capabilities, but are limited on sound, although upcoming new models should address that, like the Sony a99, Canon 5D, 6D and the Nikon 600/800.

    THE IMAGE
    The image quality is very good. It is almost like when you walk into the TV section of a Best Buy store and you look at those crazy good images from a Blu-Ray disc and you go WOW. It is that clear. Keep in mind that the sensor in the camera is the same that you find in the broadcast level XF100. The colors are bright and vivid. The contrasts are sharp. The details of every shot are clean. The lens on the camera is pretty good, so what you film comes out clean.

    I used the camera in a…

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  2. 64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Going from an HV30 to an XA10, June 29, 2011
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    This review is from: Canon XA10 Professional Camcorder with 64GB Internal Flash Memory and Full Manual Control (Camera)

    Even coming from the prosumer Canon HV30 camcorder, the professional XA10 is a huge improvement. The camera is easy to hold, the buttons are all in good locations, and the camera just feels easy to use. Compared to some other HD camcorders I used in film school, the XA10 feels much easier to control.

    The difference is even more dramatic comparing it to my old HV30 rig. It’s much nicer to not have the added awkwardness of a battery-powered XLR adapter. Honestly, the XA10 must look much more professional to clients as well.

    Image quality is simply stunning. There is a slight look of shallow depth of field that is very pleasing to the eye. It’s subtle, but noticeable. I’ve heard it has something to do with the 8-blade iris, but I won’t pretend to know what that really means. All I know is the video quality is the best I’ve personally ever held in my hands.

    The XA10 also gives much greater control over the image than the more consumer-focused HV20 and HV30. Now that I’ve used the XA10′s manual focus ring, I really don’t know how I made movies without it. The assignable control where you can adjust the exposure, shutter, aperture, and so on is also a great feature for an HD camcorder this inexpensive.

    I haven’t experienced the rattle problem with the handle that some users have mentioned, maybe there was a bad batch produced? The XA10′s production seems to have taken place in different sections, so they may have corrected some of the bugs at various times. I’m not sure, YMMV. I haven’t had to deal with customer service from Canon except once to order an XH-A1 hood a few years ago, so I can’t comment on that either.

    No problems at all importing the AVCHD footage into Final Cut or iMovie. I haven’t tried with any Windows editors yet, but I’ll update this review when I do.

    With typical shooting (no IR), the stock battery lasts about as long as you’d expect, maybe a bit more. Not mind-blowing, but most importantly not too short. I’d recommend getting a high capacity battery like the BP-827 if you’re planning to shoot for extended periods (I think the stock battery is a BP-819).

    I haven’t tested the infrared (IR) function yet, but the camera gives superb low-light performance even without it. Search or Vimeo ‘XA10 low light’ and you’ll see what I mean by this.

    The only thing it’s missing that I’d like to see is a built-in neutral density function. I can always just use ND filters on the front of the lens — used to doing that from the HV20/HV30 days — but it’s less convenient than a switch on the side. Oh well.

    Overall, I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to upgrade to a pro-quality HD camcorder with a cinema-quality picture, who doesn’t want to spend a ton of money on the more expensive options out there. If money isn’t as much of a concern, I’m sure some of the cameras that cost thousands more offer more options, but I’m more than happy with the quality this camera provides.

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  3. 62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    XA 10, May 21, 2011
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    Doug Flather “Doug” (Columbia, MD United States) –
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    The good:
    I’m a backpack videographer. I shoot a lot of industrial and training videos. I grew weary of trying to find an easy way to get great audio from a DSLR – too many additional and unnecessary steps — so I sold mine and picked this up. Best. Move. Ever. Now, I put a Rode NT3 on a boom, plug into the XLR and my audio is warm as a summer day. Video quality is stunning. Focus assist is fantastic. I’m very pleased to get pro-level processor and lens in a camera this small. Surprise: it shoots great stills too. Very very good in lower light scenarios.

    Down sides:
    The cinema mode feels sort of amateurish/consumer level. Not much there you couldn’t do better in post, so, I don’t use it. My only other complaint is I wish there were a few other on camera buttons to reduce menu diving, but it’s really not hard.

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