Video Camcorder Features
Digital Still Camera Features
Inputs And Outputs
Image Sensor: The Canon XA10 Flash Memory professional
camcorder features a 1/3", native 1920 x
1080 HD CMOS image sensor. This professional HD CMOS sensor uses fewer pixels (2,370,000) which
are 61% larger and more sensitive than those found in most consumer camcorders.
The result is outstanding video resolution, superb low-light performance, and
wide dynamic range. The effective pixel count is 2,070,000 for video and photos.
3.5" Widescreen LCD Touch Screen: The XA10 features a
3.5" TFT color widescreen LCD touch screen (922,000
dots) to make it easy to compose and review your shots. The bright screen lets
you see exactly what your camcorder is recording, and what your widescreen TV
will display later. You can rotate the LCD screen 270° allowing the subject to monitor the LCD screen. The
LCD screen also features an adjustable brightness control. The LCD Screen's frame contains zoom, playback and menu controls
for added convenience.
Viewfinder: In addition to the 3.5" LCD, the camcorder
also features a separate 0.24" TFT color viewfinder with 260,000 dots. You can
switch from the LCD screen and the viewfinder by pulling the viewfinder out. You
can adjust the viewfinder to your eyesight using the dioptric adjustment lever.
Recording Media: The Canon XA10 camcorder captures video
and still-images onto the built-in 64 GB flash memory or optional SD, SDHC, or
SDXC memory cards (sold separately). Flash
memory offers quick response time for recording and playback. By recording onto
flash memory, the camcorder's power consumption rate is reduced, allowing the
battery to last longer. In addition, by using flash memory, the camcorder is
more shock resistant and is less likely to lose data because there are no moving
Dual Memory Card Slots: The XA10 is equipped with two
slots for inserting SD or SDHC memory cards. When the memory card in slot A
becomes full while recording movies, the recording will continue uninterrupted
on the card in slot B. When the built-in memory becomes full while recording
movies, the camcorder will automatically switch to the memory card in slot A
(Relay Recording), and then to the card in slot B.
Recording Formats: The camcorder records movies in AVCHD
(MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) video compression format with Dolby Digital 2-channel audio,
using the built-in microphone.
Still photos are recorded in JPEG in Super Fine, Fine, and
DIGIC DV III: DIGIC DV III, Canon's advanced HD image processor, delivers enhanced image quality, true color production for both video and photos, and a sophisticated noise
reduction system for exceptional low-light performance. Its high-speed engine powers a variety of Canon technologies, such as the Genuine Canon Face Detection and Advanced Auto Exposure system. DIGIC DV III allows continuous shooting of digital photos, faster processing to the memory, as well as lower power consumption for longer battery life.
Accessory Shoe: The top-mounted Accessory Shoe
(cold) allows you to attach a range of optional accessories, such as an optional video light.
Handle/Microphone Holder Units: The XA10 comes with a
detachable handle for added flexibility. The handle includes additional
terminals and controls, an infrared light, tally lamp, accessory shoe (cold),
and an external microphone holder. Two XLR audio input terminals are provided
with the handle unit. You can switch between line, mic, or mic+48V (to add
phantom power) for each of the XLR inputs. The dimensions of the XA10 with and
without the handle and mic holder are:
| ||Width |
|Height ||Depth |
|Camcorder only ||3.625" ||7.5625" ||3.125" ||6.25" |
|With handle unit ||3.625" ||7.5625" ||5.375" ||7.75" |
|With handle unit |
and mic holder
|6.4375" ||10.625" ||6.875" ||7.6875" |
Genuine Canon Video Lens: The XA10 comes with a
Genuine Canon 10x HD video lens with a 10x Optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 30.4 -
304mm) and a selectable 4x or
20x digital zoom for a 40x or 200x total digital zoom. A lens hood is included
to reduce the amount of stray light to enter the lens.
Zoom Speed: The zoom speed can be set to variable or one of
three fixed speeds. In the variable position, the zoom speed depends on how
far you push the lever. The purpose of the three fixed zoom speeds is a
smoother zoom transition, at your choice of speeds.
Digital Tele-Converter: You can digitally increase the focal
length of the camcorder by a factor of approximately 2x and record the
enlarged image at full HD resolution.
Optional Converter Lenses: The XA10's lens has a 58mm
filter thread, allowing you to attach optional converter lenses to increase or
decrease the focal length. The optional TL-H58 Tele-Converter increases the
focal length by a factor of 1.5 with a minimum focusing distance of 7.5'. The
WD-H58W Wide-Converter decreases the focal length by a factor of 0.7, giving you
a wide perspective for indoor shots or panoramic views. In addition to converter
lenses, you can also attach 58mm protective or natural density filters to the
Dynamic Image Stabilizer: The XA10 has a Dynamic
SuperRange Optical Image
Stabilizer system with Powered IS to compensate for camera shake. The Image
Stabilization system provides continuous adjustment throughout the entire zoom
range, plus extra compensation at wide-angle focal lengths. The Powered IS
function compensates for hand movement at the telephoto end of the zoom range. You can select the degree of
- Dynamic: Highest degree of compensation; most effective at wide
angle zoom. (movie mode only)
- Standard: Compensates for a lower degree of camera shake
- Off: No compensation applied. Recommended when camera is on a
x.v.Color: The camcorder can be set to x.v.Color to record video that uses a color space with an extended gamut to achieve deeper colors, closer to real life. Video recorded with
x.v.Color can only be played back properly on HDTVs compatible with x.v.Color via an HDMI cable.
Operating Modes: Using the Mode Switch on the top of the
camcorder, you can select one of the following Operating Modes:
- Auto: The camcorder takes care of all of the settings while you
concentrate on recording.
- Manual: The manual setting gives you full access to menus,
settings, and advanced functions.
- Cinema: The Cinema mode gives your recordings a cinematic look.
The Cinema-Look filters help you create unique movies.
Manual Focus Ring: The XA10 has a manual focus ring that helps you achieve the focus you're looking for. The focus ring response can be set to fast, normal, or slow, plus the focus direction can be set in either direction.
Video Snapshot: The camcorder's Video Snapshot mode lets you shoot a series of short video clips, then combines them with a pre-recorded music track or your own favorite
music track, to create an entertaining movie. You can select the length of the
video snapshot scenes: 2 sec, 4 sec or 8 sec.
Instant Auto Focus (AF): The XA10 offers Instant Auto Focus, which uses an external sensor, in combination with Canon's auto focus system, to help significantly decrease the time
it takes to focus, even in low light situations. The Focus Assistance feature provides a 2x magnification of your subject in the LCD monitor before you start recording. When recording begins, the Focus
Assist is canceled. Other Autofocus modes include Medium AF and Normal AF.
Face Detection: The camcorder can automatically detect people's faces and use this information to adjust the focus and set the best exposure and color
control settings for beautiful videos and photos. When there are a number of people in the picture, one person will be determined to be the main subject. You can also select the main subject manually.
Exposure Modes: The XA10 features several exposure modes,
each depending upon how much control you have over recording-related settings:
- Smart Auto: The Smart Auto setting automatically
selects the best settings for the scene you want to shoot. You get
spectacular recordings every time without worrying about the settings.
- Programmed AE: The camcorder automatically adjusts the aperture and shutter speed to obtain the optimal exposure for the subject.
- Cine Mode: The Cine Mode gives your recordings a
cinematic look. You can select a 24fps progressive frame rate to enhance the
- Shutter Priority: You choose the shutter speed to
freeze or blur the shot while the camcorder selects the appropriate aperture
for the scene. You can select shutter speeds of 1/8 to 1/2000, or 1/6 to
1/2000 in PF24 mode.
- Aperture Priority: You choose the aperture to affect
the depth of field and the camcorder selects the appropriate shutter speed
for the scene. You can select aperture settings of f/1.8 to f/8.0.
- Special Scene Recording
Modes: The camcorder features the following Preset Scene Recording Modes to match
camcorder uses a large aperture, achieving a focus on the subject while
blurring other distracting details
- Sports: for recording sports scenes or fast moving events
- Night Scene:
for recording in low-light conditions
- Snow: for recording in bright ski resorts, it prevents the subject from being
- Beach: for recording on a sunny beach, it prevent the subject from being
- Sunset: for recording sunsets in vibrant colors
- Low Light: for recording in low-light
for recording spotlight scenes
- Fireworks: for recording fireworks
White Balance: The camcorder's white balance system
helps you accurately reproduce colors under different lighting conditions so that white objects will always look truly white in your recordings. You can choose from the following modes:
- Automatic: the camcorder automatically sets the white balance for natural looking colors
- Daylight: to record outdoors on a bright day
- Shade: to record in shady places
- Cloudy: to record on a cloudy day
- Fluorescent: to record under warm white, cool white, or
warm-white-type (3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting.
- Fluorescent H: to record under daylight or
daylight-type (3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting.
- Tungsten: to recording under tungsten and
tungsten-type (3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting.
- Color Temperature: You can set the color temperature
between 2,000K and 15,000K.
- Custom WB: use the custom white balance setting to make white subjects appear white under colored lighting.
Cinema-Look Filters: The
XA10 allows you to record with the following cinema-look filters: Cinema
Standard, Vivid, Dream, Cool, Nostalgic, Sepia, Old Movies, Memory, and Dramatic
Digital Effects: When shooting videos, you can select a fade
or wipe to begin and end a scene. The fader can be activated only one time, or
every time you start/stop recording.
Self-Timer: This feature allows the camcorder to start
recording after a 10-second countdown. When using the wireless remote
control, the delay is two seconds.
Wireless Remote Control: The XA10 comes with the WL-D89
Wireless Controller. With this remote, you can control the following
functions of the camcorder: Start/Stop, Play/Pause, Menu Navigation,
Display, Photo button (for taking still images), and zoom in/out.
Video Camcorder Features
Compatible Media: The XA10 captures high-definition AVCHD video with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
compression, and 2-channel Dolby Digital audio onto
the built-in 64 GB flash memory or
optional SD, SDHC,
or SDXC memory cards. A 64 MB or larger SD card is required for
recording video content. Memory cards rated Speed Class 4, 6, or 10 are
Recording Modes: The camcorder offers five video recording modes:
MXP, FXP, XP+, SP and LP.
You can capture the
following video recording times using these modes:
|Memory Size ||Recording Mode |
|1920 x 1080 (16:9) ||1440 x 1080 (4:3) |
|4 GB ||20 min ||30 min ||40 min ||1 hr 10 min ||1 hr 30 min |
|8 GB ||40 min ||1 hr ||1 hr 25 min ||2 hrs 20 min ||3 hrs |
|16 GB ||1 hr 25 min ||2 hrs 5 min ||2 hrs 50 min ||4 hrs 45 min ||6 hrs 5 min |
|32 GB ||2 hrs 55 min ||4 hrs 10 min ||5 hrs 45 min ||9 hrs 35 min ||12 hrs 15 min |
|Built-in 64 GB Memory ||5 hrs 55 min ||8 hrs 20 min ||11 hrs 30 min ||19 hrs 10 min ||24 hrs 30 min |
Pre-Recording: When Pre-Recording is activated, the camcorder starts recording video continuously into a temporary 3-second memory. When you press the Start/Stop button, the scene
recorded will have started 3 seconds before you started shooting. This is especially useful when it is difficult to predict when to start recording.
Wind Screen: The
camcorder automatically reduces the background sound of wind when recording
outdoors when Wind Screen is turned to "Automatic."
Built-in Microphone: You can change the directionality of
the built-in microphone to control how sound is recorded. The options include:
Monaural, Normal (stereo), Wide, and Zoom.
Built-in Speaker: The camcorder has a built-in speaker so
you can review the soundtrack as well as the picture when you're using the LCD
screen to playback a recording. The built-in speaker is monaural.
Playback Functions: The camera uses the following
special playback modes: Fast Playback (5x, 15x, or 60x) in either direction, Slow Playback
(1/8x or 1/4x) in either direction, and Frame-by-Frame Playback.
During these playback modes there is no sound.
Playlists: You can create a playlist to play back only the scenes you
prefer and in the order of your choice. Moving or deleting scenes in the
playlist will not affect the original recordings.
Video Snapshots/Photos From Recorded Movies: You can record
video snapshot scenes and still photos from a recorded movie. The size of the captured photos will be
1920 x 1080.
Digital Still Camera Features
Still Image Recording:
The XA10 flash memory camcorder is also a high performance digital camera
capable of capturing stunning photos onto the built-in 64 GB flash memory or optional SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card.
Photos are recorded at 1920 x 1080 only. The number of
still images that can be recorded on a 1 GB SD memory card is approximately 670.
Viewing Still Images: There are 3 ways to view still images: Single image, Slide show (one after the other automatically in order of recording), or Index screen showing
6 images or
15 images at once.
Lithium-Ion Battery Pack: The Canon XA10 comes supplied
with a rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack (BP-808). Optional batteries are available, such as the BP-808, BP-819, or BP-827. The camcorder also comes
supplied with an AC power adapter and charger (CA-570). The battery recording and playback times are as follows:
|Battery Pack ||Function ||LCD ||Viewfinder |
|Maximum Rec ||105-110 min ||115-120 min |
|Typical Rec ||60-65 min ||65-70 min |
|Playback ||150-155 min |
|Maximum Rec ||210-225 min ||225-240 min |
|Typical Rec ||135-140 min ||145-150 min |
|Playback ||305-315 min |
|Maximum Rec ||325-345 min ||345-370 min |
|Typical Rec ||200-210 min ||210-225 min |
|Playback ||460-480 min |
Note: The times above are based on
using a Memory Card. Times may be slightly different when
using the built-in memory.
Charging Times: The BP-808 battery charges in 150 minutes when charging through the camcorder with the supplied AC adapter. The charging time for the optional BP-819 is 260
minutes, while the BP-827 charges is 385 minutes.
Auto Power Off: After 5 minutes without any operation when
powered by the battery, the camcorder automatically powers off. Approximately 30
seconds before the camcorder automatically turns itself off, a warning message
appears in the display.
Inputs And Outputs
HDMI Output: The XA10 features a mini-HDMI (Type C) terminal that offers a high-quality digital connection that combines audio and video in a single convenient cable. The HDMI
port is compatible with HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics Control), allowing you in
many cases to control the camcorder with the remote control of the connected TV.
It is also compatible with x.v.color. No HDMI cable is included with the
Component Output: The camcorder has a proprietary terminal for plugging in
the supplied CTC-100 component video cable. Since the component video cable outputs video only, the supplied
cable should also be used for the audio output.
AV Output: The camcorder features an AV
output to playback audio and video on your television using the supplied
STV-250N composite video/stereo audio RCA cable. You can select between a 4:3 aspect ratio
or a 16:9 aspect ratio for the video out based on your television's aspect
ratio. The AV Output also doubles as a headphone output (selectable in the menu). The built-in speaker will be muted when headphones or the AV cable are plugged in.
USB 2.0 Connection: The camcorder features a USB 2.0 High Speed terminal for fast transfer of
photos and videos.
Dual SD Card Slots: The XA10 has dual slots for optional
SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards.
Microphone Input: In addition to the camcorder's built-in
microphone, the XA10 features a 3.5mm microphone input for connecting an
external microphone (sold separately). The supplied handle unit has two XLR-type
inputs that can set to microphone or line level.
Remote Control Input: The camcorder features a 2.5mm
sub-minijack terminal for connecting an optional Zoom Remote controller (ZR-2000
or ZR-1000). Functions available with a connected Zoom Remote controller include
power on/off, start/stopping a recording, zoom, focus adjustment, and switching
between manual and auto focus.
Included Software: The Canon XA10
camcorder comes supplied with two CD-ROM application discs: PIXELA Transfer
Utility Ver.1.0, and the VIXIA Disc with Music Data
and Image Mix Data. The PIXELA Transfer Utility disc is only compatible with Windows.
PIXELA Application Discs:
- Transfer Utility: Transfer Utility offers basic options
for saving movies on the computer, uploading movies to the web, transferring
previously saved movies back to the camcorder or to a memory card, and
transferring music files to a memory card.
- VideoBrowser: VideoBrowser offers more advanced video
editing options, including organizing videos by date or event, editing
movies, creating discs, convert movies to other formats, and playing back
PIXELA System Requirements: The minimum requirements for the
PIXELA Application Discs are as follows:
Transfer Utility Ver.1.0
|Operating System || |
Windows XP: Home Edition,
Windows Vista: Home Basic, Home
Premium, Ultimate, Business, Enterprise
Windows 7: Home Premium,
Professional, Ultimate, Enterprise
|CPU || |
Windows XP: Intel Pentium 4, 1.49 GHz
Intel Celeron, 1.7 GHz or higher
Windows Vista/Windows 7: Intel Pentium 4, 2.4 GHz
Intel Celeron D, 3.0 GHz or higher
|RAM || |
Windows XP: 512 MB
Windows Vista: 1 GB
Windows 7: 32-bit: 1 GB;
64-bit: 2 GB
|Available Hard Disc Space || |
Installation: 30 MB or more
|Display ||1024 x 768 pixels, High color (16-bit color) or
|Sound ||Sound card compatible with DirectSound |
|Others || |
Pre-installed USB 2.0 (Hi-speed USB) port
System that can run DirectX 9.0c
Active Internet connection
Capable of running .NET Framework 2.0 properly
Adobe Reader (to open the software guide)
VIXIA Photo Applications/Music Data Disc:
The contents of the VIXIA disc includes:
- Image Mix Data: Image files that can be used with the
image mix function (image mix frames)
- Music Data: Music files that can be used as background
music during playback
|Operating System || |
|CPU ||Intel Pentium 1.3 GHz or
|RAM ||Windows XP: 512 MB or more |
Windows Vista: 1 GB or more
Windows 7: 32-bit: 1 GB or more;
64-bit: 2 GB or more
|Free Hard Disc Space ||Canon Utilities |
ZoomBrowser EX: 200
MB or more
CameraWindow: 150 MB or more
|Display ||1024 x 768 resolution, 16-bit color (High color) |
|Interface ||Pre-installed USB port |