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XC10: 4K/Full HD video and 12MP stills from one, compact, camera

XC10: 4K/Full HD video and 12MP stills from one, compact, camera

Creative and versatile the XC10 captures stunning 4K/Full HD 4:2:2 video and high quality stills in one compact, lightweight and easy-to-use camera with a 10x zoom lens, optical image stabilisation and WiFi remote control.

Who it is for?

The XC10 is a palm-sized 4K video and stills camera aimed at enthusiasts and creative professionals looking for an all-in-one professional 4K quality video and stills solution where size and weight are primary considerations.

Key features

  • 1.0-inch CMOS sensor optimised for both movies and stills.
  • Record 4K footage internally at up to 305Mbps/4:2:2/8-bit or Full HD at up to 50Mbps/4:2:2/8-bit with Canon’s XF-AVC H.264 codec.
  • Capture 12 Megapixel stills or 8.29 Megapixel 4K movie frame grabs.
  • Supports Canon Log (with 12 stops of DR) and Wide DR Gamma.
  • Record 4K internally to a CFast 2.0™ card* or Full HD/Photos to an SD card.
  • Up to ISO 20,000 for excellent low light performance and a built-in ND filter for bright light.
  • High-resolution 10x 27.3-273mm f/2.8-5.6 optical zoom lens (35mm equivalent in stills mode: 25-250mm) with optical image stabilizer.
  • Compact, ergonomic design with vari-angle LCD, loupe viewfinder and rotating grip.
  • Catch all the action with slow (HD) and fast motion recording (up to 4K).
  • WiFi remote control via browser or smart device.

* Canon is an authorised licensee of the CFast 2.0™ trademark, which may be registered in various jurisdictions.


The large 1.0-inch Canon CMOS sensor is optimised to deliver high-resolution, high-sensitivity, low-noise images when shooting both movies and photos. Beautifully shallow depth-of-field increases your range of creative expression.


Enjoy a range of high-quality creative shooting options with Canon’s highly versatile XF-AVC H.264 codec. Shoot stunning 4K video at up to 305Mbps/4:2:2/8-bit, for easy integration into existing 4K workflows or capture high-quality, long-duration Full HD movies at 50Mbps/4:2:2/8-bit.


Capture beautiful high resolution 12 Megapixel still images with ease and decide how they will appear and be recorded by selecting one of a variety of different ′look′ settings and adjustment functions. You can also extract and save the best frames from a 4K movie by frame grabbing 8.29 Megapixel stills.


For maximum freedom in post-production the built-in Canon Log Gamma delivers high-quality images with up to 12 stops of dynamic range (DR). Whereas, a Wide DR Gamma often achieves a wide dynamic range of 800% but does not require post-production processing, ideal for when a simple/quick workflow is required.


Record stunning high bit rate 4K movies to an internal CFast 2.0™ memory card * and Full HD video or stills to a separate internal SD card. Utilise the abundant powers of 4K image capture in Full HD recording, with higher quality and significantly cleaner results, thanks to Oversampling HD processing.


Capture low-noise footage in all kinds of challenging situations thanks to a high ISO of up to 20,000 that delivers enhanced sensitivity and excellent low-light performance. A built-in ND filter further improves exposure control in bright light or when a wider aperture is required.


The XC10 is fitted with a fixed 10x 27.3-273mm f/2.8-5.6 optical zoom lens (35mm equivalent in stills mode: 25-250mm), optimised for 4K capture. The lens has separate manual control rings for focus and zoom selection and features a combined optical and electronic image stabilisation system for smooth, steady images when shooting handheld or on the move (electronic image stabilisation is not available in all shooting modes).


Compact and lightweight the ergonomically designed XC10 features a rotating handgrip and a large, vari-angle LCD panel so you can easily shoot from a wide variety of angles. A high-quality, capacitive, touch screen allows easy access and control of shooting modes and menus. For more comfortable eye-level shooting, or when shooting in bright light, an optical loupe viewfinder is included.


Increase your creative options with high-quality slow motion recording down to 1/4x speed (HD movies) or capture fast motion up to the highest speed of 1200x (up to 4K movies).


Built-in WiFi enables you to control the camera remotely via a web browser, smartphone or tablet – ideal for when shooting from a drone or when placing cameras in awkward places.

* Canon is an authorised licensee of the CFast 2.0™ trademark, which may be registered in various jurisdictions.


Canon’s XF-AVC is a highly versatile and 4K capable file format that uses the efficient H.264 codec to deliver superior image quality at high bit rates, enabling the XC10 to record 4K footage at up to 305Mbps at 25p or Full HD at 50Mbps at 50p. The newly-developed XF-AVC file format is easily integrated into existing workflows, increasing efficiency in post-production.


Using Canon’s DIGIC DV5 processor, the XC10 has significantly more processing capability than the previous processor, enabling high bit rate 4K movies to be recorded, together with support for Canon Log and many other key camera functions.


Oversampling HD Processing is an advanced debayering algorithm for image processing that effectively utilises the abundant powers of 4K image capture in Full HD recording. The camera captures a 4K image, the RGB channels are separated into three individual 8 Megapixel 4K signals and the 4K RGB signals are then multiplexed and scaled down internally into a Full HD (1920x1080) signal. This improves the perceived resolution and allows you to record a significantly cleaner Full HD image.

* Canon is an authorised licensee of the CFast 2.0™ trademark, which may be registered in various jurisdictions.

Sensor 1-Inch CMOS
System Bayer pattern filter
Total pixels per sensor 13.36MP
Effective pixels per sensor Video Mode: 8.29MP (3840 x 2160); Stills mode: 12MP (4000 x 3000)
Minimum illumination AUTO MODE: PAL
50.00i: Approx. 5.32 lux (at 1/50 sec. shutter speed)
25.00P: Approx. 2.68 lux (at 1/25 sec. shutter speed)
Manual Mode, PAL
50.00i/25.00P: Approx. 0.05 lux (shutter speed 1/2 sec.)
Horizontal Resolution 1600 lines or more (4K Recording), 800 or more (Full HD recording)
Zoom ratio 10x
Focal length Video Mode: 8.9 - 89mm (27.3-273mm 35mm equivalent)
Stills Mode: 4:3 - 24.1 -241mm,/ 3:2 - 25 - 250mm, /16:9 - 27.3 - 273mm (approx.)
Minimum focus distance 50cm across entire zoom range; approx. 8cm at wide macro setting
ND filter Yes, single density built-in. 1/8 (3-step) equivalent
Zoom control Manual. 35mm conversion markers provided
Focus control AF, Face detection and tracking, Push AF, AiAF (Photo Mode) Manual focus ring
Touch Focus Function.
Iris control Auto, manual via control wheel
Aperture range f/2.8 - f/5.6 (W-T)
Filter diameter 58mm
Lens elements/groups 12 Groups of 14 elements
Aperture blades 8 blade diaphragm. Mechanical shutter built in.
Image stabilization system Optical (lens shift) + electronic stabilisation.
Movie Mode IS options: Dynamic IS¹, Standard IS, Powered IS
Digital zoom No Digital Zoom. 2 x Digital Teleconverter via assignable button
Sampling accuracy YCC 4:2:2
Bit depth 8-bit
Video storage media 4K: CFast 2.0™ card, VPG130 supported; Full HD/Photo: SD card (Class 10 recommended for 50Mbps)
Capacity Depends on card used
Recording time Depends on card capacity. 4K: CFast 2.0™ 64GB approx. 25 min @305Mbps.
Full HD 64GB SD card approx. 170 min @50Mbps
Recording file format Material eXchange Format (MXF)
Recording format Video Format: XF-AVC. Compression Format: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Recording frame rate (PAL model) 4K Recording: 305Mbps/205Mbps at 25.00P
Full HD Recording: 50Mbps at 50.00P; 35Mbps at 50.00i/25.00P
Slow/Fast motion Yes: 1/4x - 1200x speed¹. Frame rate is 25.00P
Interval Record Yes, Photo Mode only
Frame Record No.
Pre Record (cache record) Yes, in Full HD mode to SD card only. 5 Second pre-record time
Scan Reverse No
HD->SD conversion No
Internal Data Transfer No
Photo storage media SD card
Still Image quality 8.29 - 12Mp depending on format
Monitoring Panel Type Capacitive touch screen LCD
Size 3-Inch /7.66cm
Dots approx. 1,030,000
Image quality adjustments Brightness, Backlight
Adjustable Yes. 2-axis parallel hinge mechanism
Waveform Monitor No
Focus Assist Magnification. Area selectable via touch screen
Peaking Yes, Red, blue or yellow selectable
Zebra Yes. 70% or 100%, selectable
Markers Yes. Horizontal or grid markers white or grey
Size No EVF. Optical loupe viewfinder attachment for LCD screen supplied
Audio in Built-in stereo microphone, 3.5mm stereo mini jack external microphone
Headphone output 3.5mm Stereo mini jack
Video monitor output No
HDMI Yes. Output only
HDMI Video Output (Recording Mode) Colour Bars (HD output only)
Camera Mode: (Dependent on capabilities of external recording device)
305Mps/205Mbps: 3840x2160 (25.00P)
1920x1080 (50.00P/50.00i) 720 x 576: 50.00P
50 Mbps: 1920 x 1080 (50.00P/50.00i) 720 x 576: 50.00P
35 Mbps: 1920 x 1080 (50.00P/50.00i) 720 x 576: 50.00P
HDMI Video Output (Playback Mode) PAL
4K movie playback : 3840x2160/25.00P: 1920x1080/50.00P/50.00i
HD movie playback: 1920x1080/50.00P/50.00i
USB Yes mini-B, Hi-speed, Output only
HD/SD-SDI output No
Time code Yes, via HDMI
Genlock No
Component out No
AV terminal No
DC input Yes
Remote Control Terminal No
Colour Bars Yes. PAL Model: EB/SMPTE. Can be output via HDMI
Tally lamp Yes
Accessory shoe Yes, Hotshoe with synch contact for Canon Speedlite
Custom key No
Custom Dial No
Shooting functions
Exposure metering Movie mode: Standard, spotlight, backlight
Photo mode: Evaluative, centre-weighted, spot
Exposure compensation -2.0 - +2.0 stops in 1/3 stop increments (photos) and 1/4 stop increments (movies)
Auto Exposure mode AUTO/Programmed AE (P)/Shutter-priority AE (Tv)/Aperture-priority (Av) / SCN (Portrait /Sports /Night Scene /Snow /Beach /Sunset /Low Light / Spotlight / Fireworks)
Exposure Lock Yes (in compatible modes)
Auto Gain Control setting Yes
Auto Gain Control limit 28.5dB
ISO Sensitivity Movie /Photo: ISO 160 - 20000
Movie Mode with Canon Log or Wide DR selected: 500 to 20000
Gain setting 0.0 - 42.0dB
At the fine gain setting: Any setting in a 0.5 increment between 0.0 dB and 42.0 dB
Movie Mode with Canon Log or Wide DR selected: 9.0 dB (8.5 dB at fine gain setting) to 42.0 dB
Shutter speed
Control Modes Manual, Shutter Priority AE (Tv), Auto Slow Shutter On/Off
Shutter speed Movie Mode: 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6 to 1/2000 sec. (in 1/4-step increments)
Photo Mode: 0.5 sec., 0.4 sec., 0.3 sec., 1/4 - 1/2000 sec. (in 1/3-step increments)
Shutter Angle No
Slow Shutter (SLS) Yes
Clear Scan No
Infrared shooting mode No
Built-in IR lamp No
Wireless LAN standards IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz band) / IEEE 802.11a/n (5GHz band* )
*5GHz band not available in Qatar
Supported Wi-Fi Functions Photo Mode: Playback (in browser) from SD card; Download and save images to user terminal device via web browser.
Supported Browser for Remote Operation Internet Explorer, Safari (iOS), Safari (Mac OS),
Android standard browser
Remote Operation Control Features Aperture, Focus, WB, Shutter Speed, ISO/Gain, Shooting Mode, Start/Stop Recording
Live view image Resolution Camera setting mode: 680 x 383; Simplified setting: 284 x 160
Authentication Systems Open/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
Encryption WEP64, WEP128, TKIP, AES
GPS Information (Optional Accessory) Latitude/Longitude/Elevation, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)
Auto YES
Preset 6 Presets: Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten (incandescent lamps or halogen bulbs), Fluorescent H (3-wavelength type fluorescent), Fluorescent (white fluorescent)
Shockless WB Yes
Manual setting Set 1, Set 2 (Default 5,500K)
Countup system Regen/Rec Run/Free Run/Preset (Non-Drop Frame)
Start value setting 00:00:00:00, Set/Reset selectable
Recording Linear PCM (2ch, 16 bit, 48 kHz)
Audio Scene (Movies) Standard/Music/Festivals/Speech/Meetings/Forest
and Birds/Noise Suppression/Custom Setting*
(*) Custom setting cannot be selected in Auto mode.
Audio Settings (Movie Mode) Built-in Mic Wind Screen: Auto High/Auto Low/Off
Internal mic attenuator: Auto / On / Off
Built-in Mic Frequency: Response: Normal, low-range boosting, low-range cutting,
mid-range boosting, low and high-range boosting
Built-in Mic Directionality: Monaural / Normal / Wide / Zoom: MIC Att. Auto / On / Off : MIC Low Cut. On/Off: Audio limiter, On/Off: Audio compressor: High/Low/Off
Supplied Lens hood, (Loupe) Viewfinder Unit, Remote Controller (RC-6), Battery Pack LP-E6N, High Speed HDMI Cable (HTC100/S), Compact Power unit CA-570, AC Cable, Interface Cable (IFC-300PCU/S), Shoulder Strap
Optional Canon Battery Charger LC-E6/LC-E6E
GPS receiver GP-E2,
Canon Speedlites (270EX II, 320EX (with video light), 430EX II, 580EX II, 600EX-RT) - 2nd curtain synchronisation and wireless functions not supported,
Canon PROTECT Filter 58 mm, Canon ND4-L Filter 58 mm, Canon ND8-L Filter 58 mm
Battery Type LP-E6N Battery Pack
Power Consumption Approx. Max. Recording: 6.0W²/Playback: 4.1W
Continuous Recording Time Approx.: 110 mins (maximum) / 75 mins(typical)³
Dimensions Approx. 125x102x122mm (body only)
Approx. 131x115x238mm (with viewfinder unit and lens hood)
Weight (camera only) Approx. 930g
Weight (fully equipped) Approx. 1040g (with lens hood, battery, CFast 2.0™ card and SD card)
Operating Temperature range Approx. 0°C to 40°C, 85% (relative humidity)
Approx. -5°C to 45°C, 60% (relative humidity)
Image stabilization system ¹ Dynamic IS not possible when recording in 4K or using Slow & Fast Motion mode
Slow/Fast motion ¹ Dynamic IS not possible when recording in 4K or using Slow & Fast Motion mode
Power Consumption ¹ In 4K rec. mode 1/4 x and 1/2 x speed not possible to CFast 2.0 ™ card. In Full HD to SD card, 1/4 x rec is 1280 x 720.
Continuous Recording Time ¹ Recording time to CFast 2.0™ card. 305Mbps, at 25.00P, PAL mode
Specifications are given for PAL version of the camera. NTSC version available in appropriate regions
Canon is an authorized licensee of the CFast 2.0™ trademark, which may be registered in various jurisdictions
All specifications are subject to change without notice