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Canon XC10 camcorder shoots 4K and looks damn good doing it

Edgar Alvarez, @abcdedgar
April 8, 2015
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It's hard to get too excited about camcorders these days, what with most of them looking basically the same -- never mind how useful they may be sometimes. Canon's new XC10, on the other hand, is one that instantly caught our attention, thanks to its distinctive, out-of-the-ordinary design. And that's not even the best part. The XC10 can shoot 4K and 1080p video at up to 30 fps and 60 fps, respectively; on the former, there's support for both Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160) and cinematic 4K (4,096 x 2,160), bringing it on par with the newly announced C300 Mark II. What's more, this Canon 4K camcorder features a 1-inch, 12-megapixel CMOS sensor, alongside a Digic DV 5 processor, 10x wide-angle zoom lens and optical image stabilization -- which should make for rather smooth videos.

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Canon says that the XC10 is lighter than many of its DSLRs, including members of the 5D and Rebel lines, noting that it could be perfect for drone shoots. With an ISO range of up to 20,000, a continuous AF mode (with face detection), fast-motion recording, dedicated microphone and headphone jacks, WiFi and support for still photography, there's no doubt the company wanted to make this a top-of-the-line camcorder. When it arrives in June, Canon's 4K-ready XC10 will be $2,500 (64GB CFast 2.0 card included), a reasonably affordable price for a camera that's packed to the punch.

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