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Header image for article At the Bench: Canon XC10 Overview

At the Bench: Canon XC10 Overview

One of the surprise announcements from this year's NAB show was the Canon XC10, a 4K-capable camera with the ability to capture both stills and video. What is especially striking about this camera is the picture quality, as well as its unbelievable size.

The XC10 has the same profile as a small DSLR; however, it captures 4K video to CFast cards. In addition, Canon has included Log capture to take advantage of the full dynamic range of the sensor, as well as tools such as face recognition, which makes it easy to focus and capture the moment. The XC10 conveniently uses the LP-E6N battery, which can also be used for DSLRs like the 5D.

This camera is particularly relevant to photojournalists who are tasked with shooting video and generating stills on the same assignment. Still grabs of motion sequences can be captured on the camera or using Canon's free XF Utility software -- I will do a step-by-step walkthrough of this process in a future video. In the meantime, watch my video above for a closer look at the new Canon XC10 and its features.

Ian McCausland
Technology Specialist, AbelCine LA

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