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The Canon XA10 Camcorder is ideal for documentary and indie filmmakers. Its design integrates the Canon 10x HD video lens that has a 35-equivalent focal range of 30.4mm–304mm. The camera is built around a 1/3-inch CMOS sensor and equipped with the Canon DIGIC DV III image processor. With this camera, you can record Full HD videos at various bit rates. The camcorder allows video shooting at night with its infrared mode. In the focus assist function, you can use the enlargement or color peaking methods to get accurate focus in the manual operation. The camcorder features waveform and zebra pattern that show the brightness details of the image to maintain proper exposure. Give your video a cinema look with the included filters. The camcorder has a built-in stereo microphone as well as XLR inputs to connect external mics.
Optics and Focus
The built-in lens has 10× optical zoom as well as 40× and 200× digital zoom. You can adjust zoom speed with the rocker and handle controls. You can keep the zoom speed variable or one of the 16 constant speeds with fast, normal, or slow settings. The lens has an f-stop range of f/1.8–2.8. The camera allows you to set the exposure to shutter or aperture priority. For professionals, the camera has a full manual exposure mode that gives complete control over the aperture, shutter, and gain. The focus assist capability includes two options, Edge Monitor Focus Assist system and peaking or magnify. These two options ensure intuitive control over the focus parameters.
Sensor and Screen
The 1.3-inch sensor offers Full HD videos with very less noise and wide gamma range. With the 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen, you can perform various tasks such as tracking the subject, focus, and exposure by simply touching the point of interest. The LCD provides 922K-dot resolution view of the scene. With the electronic viewfinder, you can examine the scene in 260K-dot resolution. You can adjust the brightness, color, contrast, and backlight settings for the EVF.
Image and Video
The Canon XA-10 offers Full HD videos at various bit rates with a maximum limit of 24 Mbps. You can set the frame rate at 24p, PF24, PF30, or 60i. The Canon DIGIC DV III image processor enhances the shading and tonal gradations while reducing the power consumption. Also, the processor's fast engine speeds up the camera performance to support face detection, touch and track function, and cinema-look filters. With the Story Creator, the camera makes you join different videos to create a single file.
The waveform and zebra patterns offer precise exposure adjustment. A stereo microphone is integrated into the camera along with two SLR inputs for external microphone attachment. The camera allows you to convert HD videos to SD quality. You can assign most used functions to the custom key and dial to access them instantly. The camera includes other connections as such headphone jack, HDMI, USB 2.0, LANC terminal, and composite AV.