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Canon Camcorder: choose the right camera for your needs

Canon digital camcorders have the improvement you need and the dependability you love in bringing greater image class and performance. Featuring Genuine Canon Optics and Canon's innovative, proprietary video technologies, Canon's exciting line-up of camcorders continue to rate among the best in class. Whatever your application may be, there's a Canon camcorder intended to flawlessly match your needs.

Most of Canon’s camera designs are fairly clear-cut. But they’ve also thrown some exciting and strange looking models into the assembly over the years: The cylindrical 35mm film Autoboy Jet, and the no-buttoned and tiny sized PowerShot N amongst them. But 99% of the time, Canon’s design sense skews towards the traditional, just like most other manufacturers.

Canon CamcorderNot this time though, and it’s nice to see that Canon can still dare. The new Canon XC10 is something between a camcorder and a camera, although Canon is promoting it mainly as a camcorder. Canon says the XC10 was manufactured with roaming journalists in mind. It takes 4K video and 12-megapixel stills with its mechanical shutter and 1-inch-type sensor. This time, that imager is fixed into a body that looks like it should be easy to use when shooting both stills and video, and that’s not always the case.

Sensor size isn’t the only attribute this hybrid video-and-photo contraption shares with Sony’s. Its adjustable pivoting handgrip and distinctive body make you think back to Sony’s Cybershot cameras and its precursors. The XC10 is slightly more cutting-edge, though.

At its maximum resolution, it captures 3840×2160 video at 30 fps. It will also capture 1080p clips at up to 60fps, and 720p clips at up to 120fps for those slow-motion runs. For the Ultra HD video, the camera makes use of Canon’s branded XF-AVC codec, which is also used in its Cinema EOS C100 Mark II professional camera. That codec also supports a bit-rate of up to a massive 305Mbps, which means a huge amount of detail in the image.

It’s a fixed-lens camcorder, and its optics span from 24mm wide angle to 240mm telephoto with an upper limit aperture of F2.8 to F5.6 at the particular ends. Manual focus is changeable via a control ring around the lens, and there’s an actual mode dial and control wheel on the grip for changing the manual shutter, and aperture controls. A variable 3-inch tilting touchscreen around the back lets you touch the screen to focus and get access to greater menu selections, and there’s an independently sold clip-on unit to turn the screen into an electronic view finder.

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