Canon’s compact XC10 does high-quality 4K video recording for $2,500

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Canon xc10 – 1080p full HD video is still great, but the future of video is unquestionably 4K. Come this June, Canon’s backing the 4K video recording movement in a big way with the compact XC10 digital camcorder.

It’s hard to tell in the pictures, but the $2,500 digital camcorder (it isn’t a DSLR) is really small: It measures 4.9 x 4.0 x 4.8-inches and weighs only 2.3 pounds.

The XC10 uses a 1-inch sensor that’s capable of recording 4K video at 3,840 x 2,160 resolution and full HD video at 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. Its lens is a fixed 24.1-241mm f/2.8-5.6 lens with 10x wide-angle zoom. The camera also has built-in dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) Wi-Fi for remote shutter control with a smartphone or tablet.

Extreme action junkies will also appreciate the slow- and fast-motion recording functions. The XC10’s main utility is recording video, but Cthe XC10 can also take 12-megapixel images and extract 8-megapixel stills from 4K footage.

Canon XC10

The XC10’s got a grip that’s unlike that on a DSLR.

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On the back is a 3-inch (1.03-million dot) touchscreen that tilts. I also like that there are dual memory cards slots: one for SDXC and one for CompactFlash.

The XC10 sounds like a great 4K video camera. But you’re probably wondering:

Is this camera worth dropping $2,500 when the smartphone in your pocket can probably record 4K video?

Is this camera worth dropping $2,500 when the smartphone in your pocket can probably record 4K video?

That’s a good question. While many high-end Android smartphones can now record 4K video, they all have terrible low-light performance and the footage leaves a lot to be desired.

Canon XC10

The tilting screen is great for getting shots that are low to the ground.

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If you’re a budding filmmaker who wants to get serious about shooting in 4K, the XC10 looks promising, although Panasonic’s cheaper GH4, which was one of the first compact cameras to include 4K recording, might be sufficient enough.

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