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Canon XA10

Professional Camcorders


    Canon XA10

    Professional HD video in the palm of your hand

    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 (10x zoom, 30.4mm, F1.8)
    • Canon HD CMOS Pro sensor
    • Professional audio
    • AVCHD video to 64GB memory or 2x SDXC slots
    • IR shooting mode
    • Full manual control
    • 8.8cm LCD; 0.6cm EVF
    • Dynamic OIS, Powered IS, Instant AF
    • Versatile and expandable

    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 1920x1080 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.

    Product Specification


    Image Sensor
    Sensor 1/3 type HD CMOS Pro
    System Bayer pattern filter
    Total pixels per sensor 2.37 megapixels
    Effective pixels per sensor 2.07 megapixels
    Minimum illumination Auto: 1.3 lux (with Auto Slow Shutter)
    Slow Shutter: 0.1 lux
    Horizontal Resolution 900 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080i mode)
    Zoom ratio 10x
    Focal length 4.25 - 42.5mm (35mm equivalent: 30.4 - 304mm)
    Minimum focus distance 60cm (throughout zoom range);
    20mm (wide angle)
    ND filter Built-in gradation filter (Auto or Off)
    Zoom control Slider or Handle;
    Selectable Shockless Zoom mode
    Zoom speed Zoom Slider:
    Variable speed/Fixed speed (Fast/Normal/Slow, 16 speed level settings available in each mode);
    Handle zoom:
    Fixed speed (Fast/Normal/Slow, 16 speed level settings available in each mode)
    Focus control MANUAL: Lens ring, Touchscreen LCD (touch Focus, Touch and Track), Focus Preset
    AUTO: Face Priority AF / Face Only AF / Instant AF / Medium AF / TV AF
    Iris control MANUAL: Custom dial control; Touchscreen control
    Aperture range f1.8 - f8
    Filter diameter 58mm
    Lens elements/groups 12/10
    Aperture blades 8
    Image stabilization system Optical lens shift system (angle & vector movement detection);
    3 modes: Dynamic, Standard, Powered
    Digital zoom 2x
    Image Processor


    Video storage media 64GB built-in flash memory;
    SDXC/SDHC/SD memory card (2 card slots);
    Double slot (simultaneous) recording and Relay (continuous) recording possible.¹
    Type Class 4 or higher SDHC card required for 1920x1080 recording
    Recording time 64GB internal memory or SDXC card:
    5hrs 55mins (MXP mode, max. quality)¹
    24hrs 30mins (LP mode, lowest quality)¹
    Recording file format AVCHD high profile (MPEG4-AVC/H.264)
    Recording format AVCHD (all modes variable bit rate, 4:2:0 colour sampling)
    MXP: 1920x1080, 24Mbps;
    FXP: 1920x1080, 17Mbps;
    XP+: 1440x1080, 12Mbps;
    SP: 1440x1080, 7Mbps;
    LP: 1440x1080, 5Mbps
    Recording frame rate 1920 x 1080/50i;
    1920 x 1080/25p (50i recorded stream)
    Slow/Fast motion NO
    Interval Record NO
    Frame Record NO
    Pre Record (cache record) YES (3 seconds)
    Scan Reverse YES. Up/down, left/right, up/down/left/right image inversion.
    HD->SD conversion YES (during playback)
    Internal Data Transfer MOVIE & STILLS: Yes (internal memory to card, card to card)
    Photo storage media SDXC/SDHC/SD memory card
    Still quality During video recording or playback: 1920 x 1080


    Size 8.8cm (3.5"), 100% view
    Dots 922.000
    Image quality adjustments Brightness, backlight
    Adjustable YES (270 degree rotation about horizontal axis)
    Waveform Monitor YES
    Focus Assist Peaking; Magnifying; Edge Monitor (using waveform display)
    Peaking YES
    Zebra YES (70% or 100% reference level)
    Markers ON/OFF (Grid, Horizontal, Centre)
    Size 0.61cm (0.24"), 100% view
    Dots 260.000
    Correction lens + 2.0 to -5.5 diopter
    Audio in XLR inputs with 48V phantom power (x2), 3.5mm microphone input jack
    Headphone output 3.5mm stereo jack
    Video monitor output NO
    HDMI YES (HDMITM Mini Connector: v1.3, out only, 1080/50p output possible)
    IEEE 1394 (Firewire) NO
    USB YES (Mini-B, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed)
    HD/SD-SDI output NO
    Time code NO
    Genlock NO
    Component out YES (output only)
    AV terminal 3.5mm mini jack (output only for video and audio)
    DC input YES
    Remote Control Terminal 2.5mm mini jack
    Colour Bars YES (SMPTE)
    Tally lamp YES
    Accessory shoe YES (cold shoe)
    Custom key YES (2 assignable buttons; select from 9 functions)
    Custom Dial YES (Shutter Priority (Tv), Aperture Priority (Av), Manual Exposure, exposure compensation, AGC limit)


    Exposure metering Centre-weighted average or segment evaluative (determined by shooting mode)
    Exposure compensation -2 to +2 EV (13 steps)
    Auto Exposure mode Smart Auto, Face Detection AE;
    Manual control via Touch Exposure and Exposure Compensation functions
    Push Auto Iris NO
    Exposure Lock YES
    Auto Gain Control setting Full Auto / AGC On / Manual
    Auto Gain Control limit 0 to 24dB, 1dB increments (0 to 18dB in Cinema Mode)
    Gain setting 0 to 24dB, 1dB increments
    Shutter speed
    Control Modes Full Auto / Manual control (touchscreen LCD or control dial)
    Shutter speed 1/6 to 1/2000 (depending on Scene Mode and frame rate)
    Slow Shutter (SLS) 1/2 to 1/500 (Low Light Scene Mode)
    Clear Scan NO
    Infrared shooting mode YES (green or white)
    Built-in IR lamp YES
    3D Shooting Assist
    OIS Axis Shift NO
    Focal Length Guide NO
    Shooting Modes
    Smart AUTO YES (38 scenes)
    Program AE AUTO;
    M mode: P, Tv, Av, M (manual exposure), SCN (Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Night, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks);
    Cinema mode: P, Tv, Av, M
    Cinema Features Cinema-Look Filter (9 options, including customisable 'Cinema Standard'), Story Creator, Touch Decoration
    Image Effects Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness, Colour Depth
    White balance
    Auto YES
    Preset Set 1, Set 2, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten (incandescent lamps and halogen bulbs), Fluorescent H (3-wavelength type fluorescent), Fluorescent (white fluorescent)), Colour Temperature
    Time code
    Countup system N/A
    Start value setting N/A
    Recording Dolby Digital 2ch (AC-3 2ch), 48kHz sampling
    Control Audio limiter, Auto/manual settings via control dials on handle
    Microphone attenuation YES
    Microphone level meter YES
    Zoom Microphone YES (customisable frequency response and directivity)


    Supplied Lens hood; WL-D89 Wireless Controller; CA-570 Compact Power Adapter; BP-808 Battery Pack; Stereo Video Cable and Interface Cable set; Component Cable CTC-100/S; Stylus pen; PIXELA Transfer Utility software disc.
    Optional Wide Converter WD-H58W, Teleconverter TL-H58, 58mm lens filters, Batteries BP-819/BP-820/BP-827/BP-828, Battery Charger CG-800, Wideo Light VL Li II, Remote Control ZR-2000, Component Cable CTC-100, HDMI cable HTC-100, Wireless Microphone WM-V1.
    Backup power supply Lithium coin battery (built-in)
    Power Consumption 3.2W
    Continuous Recording Time Supplied BP-808: Approx. 110 minutes
    Optional BP-827: Approx. 345 minutes


    Dimensions Approx 130 x 177 x 205mm (including lens hood and microphone holder)
    Detachable handle YES
    Weight (camera only) 775g
    Weight (fully equipped) 820g
    Operating Temperature range -5ºC to +45ºC, 60% relative humidity
    Video storage media ¹ Recording for more than 12 hours continuously is not possible
    Recording time ¹ Recording for more than 12 hours continuously is not possible
    Power Consumption ¹ MXP mode, using EVF
    Continuous Recording Time ¹ MXP mode, using EVF
    • All specifications are subject to change without notice

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