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XA10 High Definition 1080p Ultra-Compact Professional Camcorder
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Canon XA10 High Definition 1080p Ultra-Compact Professional Camcorder

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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.

The 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 microphone holder.

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.

Flash Memory

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.

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.

The maximum memory capacity and recording time can be substantially increased by the combination of the internal memory and the size of the SD memory card chosen. For example, the XA10's 64GB of internal memory, combined with two removable 64GB memory cards, would give 192GB in total memory capacity, and 73 hours 30 minutes of recording time at LP setting.

MXP and FXP modes record in 1920 x 1080 and require a Class 4 or higher SDHC or SDXC Card.

Double Slot Recording allows recording to two SD cards simultaneously, providing an automatic backup while shooting.


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 Stabilizer

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 applications:

  • 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 work.
  • 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.

Canon Native 1920 x 1080 CMOS Image Sensor

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 Processor

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

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 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 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 will 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.

Touch Focus allows the user to pinpoint a specific area to focus on. This function is similar to the Push AF feature found on 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.


The 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

With Canon's Edge Monitor Focus Assist system, a green monitor is shown at the bottom of the LCD Display. The green waveform shows overall focus of the image, and the height raises to indicate the area in focus. Through this dynamic focus feedback, you can intuitively tune focus in a scene and quickly change the zone of focus.

Two 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

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 monitors:

  • 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

Infrared Recording

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.

Manual Control

The XA10 Professional Camcorder offers a wide array of functions to provide the professional shooter with an exceptional level of control.

Custom Key and Dial

A Custom Key and Dial feature allows you to assign functions to an easily accessible key and adjust the settings with a control dial. They include:

  • 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 and Exposure Aids

To 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 cancelled 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 green monitor is shown at the bottom of the LCD Display. The green waveform shows overall focus of the image, and the height raises to indicate the area in focus. Through this dynamic focus feedback, you can intuitively tune focus in a scene and quickly change the zone of focus.

Typically 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.

Enhanced zebra pattern (70% or 100%) indicates 'blown out' or high brightness areas to help you set the proper exposure.

Composition Aids

With the Level Marker feature, it's easy to keep the camcorder level for more accurate framing.

The Grid Marker provides a reference grid in your viewfinder. Depending on the background color of your shot, you can choose between two different colors for better viewing contrast.

Advanced Control

The XA10 features full manual exposure, as well as aperture priority (Av), and shutter priority (Tv) modes.

Either 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 as two manual white balance settings. Color temperature may also be manually set from 2,000K to 15,000K in 100K increments for more precise adjustment.

Gain may 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 light situations.

Power zoom is available in Constant and Variable settings in 3 modes: Fast (approx. 1.9 - 60 seconds), Normal (approx. 3.0 - 180 seconds) and Slow (approx. 4.0 - 285 seconds). To provide added control, there are 16 predefined steps in Constant mode.

Frame 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 - PF30 is the ideal frame rate for video viewed on the Internet. It is also an excellent choice for frame grab during playback. Video is recorded in 60i.
  • PF24 Frame Rate - PF24 changes the camcorder's frame capture rate to 24p, which provides a ?film look'. Video is recorded in 60i.
  • Native 24p Frame Rate - A must for serious filmmaking work, Native 24p matches the frame rate of a traditional film camera giving the same cadence and temporal motion.

Cinema-Look Filters

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  Tones down highlights slightly, boosts shadows slightly and adds warmth for a cinematic look
  • Cool  Slightly enhances the sharpness, provides high contrast and emphasizes cool colors
  • Dramatic B&W  Monochromatic with high contrast and a grainy feel
  • Dream  Brings the subjects into soft focus and provides a whiteout effect in the edge areas
  • Memory  Brings the subjects into soft focus and reduces peripheral light while bringing down the saturation and toning down dark areas
  • Nostalgic  Tones down the dark areas, provides higher contrast, and reduces saturation
  • Old Movie  Adds frame blur, flicker, blemishes, and Cinemascope masks appear at the top and bottom of the frame
  • Sepia  Overlays Sepia colors and reduces contrast and saturation slightly
  • Vivid  Boosts the saturation particularly for the three primary colors and contrast is increased slightly

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.

HD-to-SD Downconversion

HD-to-SD 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.

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.

Audio System

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.

The microphone's direction can be adjusted four different ways to match your needs and taste. Choose from:

  • Monaural: 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

The 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.


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 including:

  • 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)

Additional Features

Story 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.

Optional Canon WD-H58W Wide Converter - Optically matched for the XA10's HD lens, the WD-H58W Wide Converter provides a magnification factor of 0.8x increasing wide angle capability to approximately 24mm (35mm equivalent).

Intelligent Battery System - The 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.

Support for 27 languages - Supported are Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Hungarian, Malay, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Finnish, Swedish, Turkish, Russian, Ukrainian, Arabic, Farsi, Thai, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.

1 Year Parts and Labor Limited Warranty

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5 out of 5 stars   What a camera!!!!!
By Dak,, (pewaukee wisc.) May 17, 2013
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Pros: Great Zoom, Good Image Stabilization, Easy to Use, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Good in Low Light, Zoom range/performance, Large Clear LCD
Cons: For The Money "none"
Other Comments: We bought the xa10 for filming from our bowstands,,the camera's pre setup. ease of use, and being as compact, and the powerhouse of great features makes it one of the best investments we have made to date!!! The camera will give any novice the true desire and convinece to play with the big boys!!
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4 out of 5 stars   This lil boss is a production beast!
By Sabunim (jacksonville florida) April 02, 2013
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Pros: Zoom range/performance, Great Picture Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Easy to Use
Other Comments: This is Mostly being used for 2 different tv shows both are run and gun reality shows . Mostly used on a manfrotto fig rig. So far we are loving it.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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4 out of 5 stars   Great image quality, but some nits
By ckaye (New York, NY) December 12, 2011
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Pros: Great Picture Quality, Good in Low Light, Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization
Other Comments: This is a fine camcorder in a very compact package, but a few nits: You have to open the LCD screen in order to access the headphone jack, so you can't operate in electronic viewfinder and headphone mode. And like on many Canon camcorders the headphone jack shares duty as the AV Out jack, which is the default setting. You have to go into the menu settings to enable the headphone functionality. Secondly, when using the XLR connectors while in manual mode, you can direct audio from a shotgun mike to both the left and right channels, but when you revert to auto mode the shotgun mike audio will come out of only one channel. (That can be remedied in post but it's annoying). Having said that, the image quality and build on this camcorder are first rate. I was surprised how well it handled a very low light situation, Christmas lights on boats in the East River.
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