Canon (XA10) XA-10 High performance & ultra-compact HD camcorder

Product Code: XA10
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Designed for users looking for outstanding performance from a mobile body & the XA10 is the first model in Canon’s new XA-series.  Combining an impressive selection of manual controls & professional audio features and signature Canon image quality & the new model is an ideal option for independent operators who shoot on location & or alternatively for owners of larger professional models looking for a compact addition to their existing set-up.

Exceptional image quality
Utilising the latest Canon imaging technologies & the XA10 offers class-leading image quality despite its size.  An advanced Canon HD Camera System & based on the engineering DNA of Canon’s leading XF-series & uses unique Canon optics and an HD CMOS Pro image sensor & delivering outstanding imaging performance from a product that can be taken anywhere.

A Canon HD Video Lens produces supremely sharp High Definition images from a smaller body than ever before.  With a 10x optical zoom & 30.4mm wide-angle and maximum f/1.8 aperture & the XA10’s lens provides the quality and versatility to support all kinds of shooting situations.  A 2x digital extender offers additional reach for situations when a real close-up is required & and an eight-blade iris provides an attractive near-circular background blur & or ‘bokeh’.  To offer even greater levels of wide-angle flexibility & the XA10 is compatible with the new WD-H58W wide adaptor & while existing 58mm adaptors and filters can also be used.

The XA10 features a 1/3-type & 2.07 Megapixel Canon HD CMOS Pro sensor & capturing video at 1920x1080 (Full HD) resolution.  Also employed in Canon’s professional XF100-series & and based on the 3CMOS array in the acclaimed XF300-series & the sensor features pixels that are approximately 2.6x larger than those of conventional CMOS chips found in compact camcorders* – providing greater light-gathering ability for a dramatic improvement in low light performance and dynamic range.

The camcorder’s 1920x1080 pixel image capture means no resizing or interpolation is necessary for Full HD workflow and playback – enabling operators to shoot & process and display footage at native resolution to help ensure the very best quality is maintained. 

The camcorder records AVCHD video at up to 24Mbps – the maximum currently possible within the AVCHD standard.


    * 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.

Image Sensor 
Sensor1/3 type HD CMOS Pro
SystemBayer pattern filter
Total pixels per sensor2.37 megapixels
Effective pixels per sensor2.07 megapixels
Minimum illuminationAuto: 1.3 lux (with Auto Slow Shutter)
Slow Shutter: 0.1 lux
Horizontal Resolution900 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080i mode)
Zoom ratio10x
Focal length4.25 - 42.5mm (35mm equivalent: 30.4 - 304mm)
Minimum focus distance60cm (throughout zoom range);
20mm (wide angle)
ND filterBuilt-in gradation filter (Auto or Off)
Zoom controlSlider or Handle;
Selectable Shockless Zoom mode
Zoom speedZoom 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 controlMANUAL: 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 controlMANUAL: Custom dial control; Touchscreen control
Aperture rangef1.8 - f8
Filter diameter58mm
Lens elements/groups12/10
Aperture blades8
Image stabilization systemOptical lens shift system (angle & vector movement detection);
3 modes: Dynamic, Standard, Powered
Digital zoom2x
Image Processor 
Video storage media64GB built-in flash memory;
SDXC/SDHC/SD memory card (2 card slots);
Double slot (simultaneous) recording and Relay (continuous) recording possible.¹
TypeClass 4 or higher SDHC card required for 1920x1080 recording
Recording time64GB internal memory or SDXC card:
5hrs 55mins (MXP mode, max. quality)¹
24hrs 30mins (LP mode, lowest quality)¹
Recording file formatAVCHD high profile (MPEG4-AVC/H.264)
Recording formatAVCHD (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 rate1920 x 1080/50i;
1920 x 1080/25p (50i recorded stream)
Slow/Fast motionNO
Interval RecordNO
Frame RecordNO
Pre Record (cache record)YES (3 seconds)
Scan ReverseYES. Up/down, left/right, up/down/left/right image inversion.
HD->SD conversionYES (during playback)
Internal Data TransferMOVIE & STILLS: Yes (internal memory to card, card to card)
Photo storage mediaSDXC/SDHC/SD memory card
Still qualityDuring video recording or playback: 1920 x 1080
Size8.8cm (3.5\"), 100% view
Image quality adjustmentsBrightness, backlight
AdjustableYES (270 degree rotation about horizontal axis)
Waveform MonitorYES
Focus AssistPeaking; Magnifying; Edge Monitor (using waveform display)
ZebraYES (70% or 100% reference level)
MarkersON/OFF (Grid, Horizontal, Centre)
Size0.61cm (0.24\"), 100% view
Correction lens+ 2.0 to -5.5 diopter
Audio inXLR inputs with 48V phantom power (x2), 3.5mm microphone input jack
Headphone output3.5mm stereo jack
Video monitor outputNO
HDMIYES (HDMITM Mini Connector: v1.3, out only, 1080/50p output possible)
IEEE 1394 (Firewire)NO
USBYES (Mini-B, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed)
HD/SD-SDI outputNO
Time codeNO
Component outYES (output only)
AV terminal3.5mm mini jack (output only for video and audio)
DC inputYES
Remote Control Terminal2.5mm mini jack
Colour BarsYES (SMPTE)
Tally lampYES
Accessory shoeYES (cold shoe)
Custom keyYES (2 assignable buttons; select from 9 functions)
Custom DialYES (Shutter Priority (Tv), Aperture Priority (Av), Manual Exposure, exposure compensation, AGC limit)
Exposure meteringCentre-weighted average or segment evaluative (determined by shooting mode)
Exposure compensation-2 to +2 EV (13 steps)
Auto Exposure modeSmart Auto, Face Detection AE;
Manual control via Touch Exposure and Exposure Compensation functions
Push Auto IrisNO
Exposure LockYES
Auto Gain Control settingFull Auto / AGC On / Manual
Auto Gain Control limit0 to 24dB, 1dB increments (0 to 18dB in Cinema Mode)
Gain setting0 to 24dB, 1dB increments
Shutter speed 
Control ModesFull Auto / Manual control (touchscreen LCD or control dial)
Shutter speed1/6 to 1/2000 (depending on Scene Mode and frame rate)
Slow Shutter (SLS)1/2 to 1/500 (Low Light Scene Mode)
Clear ScanNO
Infrared shooting modeYES (green or white)
Built-in IR lampYES
3D Shooting Assist 
OIS Axis ShiftNO
Focal Length GuideNO
Shooting Modes 
Smart AUTOYES (38 scenes)
Program AEAUTO;
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 FeaturesCinema-Look Filter (9 options, including customisable \'Cinema Standard\'), Story Creator, Touch Decoration
Image EffectsBrightness, Contrast, Sharpness, Colour Depth
White balance 
PresetSet 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 systemN/A
Start value settingN/A
RecordingDolby Digital 2ch (AC-3 2ch), 48kHz sampling
ControlAudio limiter, Auto/manual settings via control dials on handle
Microphone attenuationYES
Microphone level meterYES
Zoom MicrophoneYES (customisable frequency response and directivity)
SuppliedLens 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.
OptionalWide Converter WD-H58W, Teleconverter TL-H58, 58mm lens filters, Batteries BP-808/BP-819/BP-827, 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 supplyLithium coin battery (built-in)
Power Consumption3.2W
Continuous Recording TimeSupplied BP-808: Approx. 110 minutes
Optional BP-827: Approx. 345 minutes
DimensionsApprox 130 x 177 x 205mm (including lens hood and microphone holder)
Detachable handleYES
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

² 2 MXP mode, using EVF

Continuous Recording Time

² 2 MXP mode, using EVF


All specifications are subject to change without notice

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