Canon XA10 reviews: Full HD camcorder

8 customer reviews

This camcorder is a good all rounder.

£556 – £1122 at 2 retailers out of 419 retailers checked

9.3 out of 10 based on 8 reviews.
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Laurence, Devon Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Superb picture quality. Smooth zoom.
Bad points:
Files wont upload in a useable way with supplied software. To be fair I'm not sure if this is a Canon issue or a Adbe issue or whichever ...
Cant take a photo except via the touch screen.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 6.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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6 of 9 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 26 Aug 2011

david, Bournemouth Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Image quality and weight - ideal travel camera
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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3 of 6 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 15 Aug 2011

Keith, Bournemouth Professional videographer

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Great picture quality and sound also light and small to carry,excellent LCD screen,ease of use.
Bad points:
Not much,maybe the view finder would be better if it would hinge up a little.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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8 of 9 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 07 Jul 2011

Jagmeet, Wolverhampton Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Amazing quality and amazingly easy to use! Well worth the money. The option of using the XLR mics and channels is really unique. It's so light and small but the quality is seriously good. Well worth it if you want broadcasting quality footage but want something discreet.
Bad points:
Really wish a record button was available on the flip out screen as there is one by the battery and the on the top of the handle, but because most the controls are on the screen, a quick record button would have been very beneficial. Also the touch screen is entirley accurate, sometimes I have to touch again for it to respond, because I have a iphone 5 I guess my expectations are higher when it comes to response!
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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5 of 8 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 06 Sep 2011

Alexander, London Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
does what it says on box! great camera!
Bad points:
non found yet..
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 06 Oct 2011

S, London Professional videographer

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Great pictures, small size, easy to use and very light
Bad points:
Menu system is a bit fiddly
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 01 Oct 2011

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Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
Optical zoom ratio 10
Digital zoom ratio 2
Type of image stabiliser Optical
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 64
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1
Weight (g) 775
Screen size (Inches) 3.5
Maximum aperture telephoto 2.8
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 30.4
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 304
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2011-07-05

Also known as: Canon

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Manufacturer's Description

The innovative XA10 AVCHD camcorder packs Canon professional technology into an ultra-compact body. Exceptional functionality and versatility ensures outstanding video and audio performance.

Canon HD Video Lens
A fast, wide-angle, Canon HD Video lens (30.4mm, F1.8) brings professional image quality to a compact camcorder. Features a shockless, variable speed 10x optical zoom and 8-blade iris for more attractive bokeh effect.

1/3 type HD CMOS Pro sensor
An HD CMOS Pro sensor – originally designed and manufactured by Canon for its professional camcorders – captures Full HD at native 1920×1080 resolution. With a pixel size 2.6x bigger than conventional CMOS sensors, it delivers a wider dynamic range and higher sensitivity.

Professional audio
Professional audio options include 2x XLR inputs, a 3.5mm microphone input jack and a built-in, low-noise microphone. Audio is recorded in 2ch Dolby Digital format using any combination of inputs.

64GB memory plus 2x SDXC slots
The XA10 records Full HD AVCHD video at up to 24Mbps to 64GB of built-in flash memory. Relay Recording across 2x SDXC memory card slots allows for continuous filming. Double slot recording allows the same footage to be stored simultaneously on two cards.

Infrared shooting mode
The XA10 offers infrared (IR) recording in Full HD resolution, for night or low light shooting. Green and white colour options are available to suit the style of your project. Unique Canon lens coatings and a built-in diffuser ensure clear, sharp pictures throughout the frame. An IR lamp is built into the camcorder handle.

Full manual control
A manual lens ring allows intuitive control of focus. Full manual control of exposure, aperture, shutter speed and gain is possible via the Touch-screen LCD. A custom key and control dial put you in complete control of your creativity.

8.8cm LCD; 0.6cm EVF
A large side-mounted 8.8cm (3.5”) Touch-screen LCD with a sharp, 920K dot resolution provides excellent monitoring capability. A waveform monitor and Focus Assist functions make it easy to frame your shot. A 0.61cm (0.24”) 260K dot EVF is also included.

Dynamic OIS, Powered IS, Instant AF
Canon’s advanced Dynamic Optical Image Stabilisation system with Powered IS mode ensures shake-free video. Instant AF means pin-sharp focus for every shot.

Versatile and expandable
The ultra compact XA10 is a versatile and expandable camera system – adaptable for use in any situation. The handle is detachable for use in tight spaces and has a stop/start button and zoom level control. A lens filter thread and accessory shoe are also included.


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