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Canon XC10 hands-on review in 4K

Canon XC10 hands-on review in 4K

| On 02, Mar 2016

I shoot quite a lot of video, and Canon’s XC10 is an interesting camera – bridging still design with video sensibility, combining pro features with consumer ease-of-use. I asked Canon if I could borrow it and they sent it over.

Here’s a link to check the current price at B&H
XC10 4K Professional Camcorder

The Scenes
It’s winter in Toronto and although it’s not been very cold and snowy, it is the time to go skating, play hockey and enjoy the occasional snowfall  – at least until it needs to be shovelled. I shot Will Jarvis’ Rhythm and Soul Collective’s concert at Humber College during the Next Generation Jazz Festival. We took a free ride on the UP Express to Toronto Pearson Airport. DSC Labs provided access to XYLA and ChromaDuMonde charts to test the looks.

My on camera scenes were recorded at the new Aga Khan Museum. The gardens are nicer in the summer, I promise to go back there when it warms up. The Toronto sign is at Nathan Philips Square at what we can New City Hall, where there’s a skating rink in winter, reflecting pools and fountains in summer. There’s a scene from Alexandra’s audition reel, and from my RX10 II review. The meeting is actually the Family Dinner at Ravine Vineyard in St. Davids Ontario (highly recommended). The menu scenes feature the newest member of the family – Fishmael.

Behind the scenes
The on-camera scenes were recorded using the Sony RX10 II (review follows shortly), using profile 7 and graded in Final Cut X. I’m wearing a Rode Filmmaker wireless kit.

Menu scenes and camera closeups were also recorded with the RX10. This enabled me to produce the entire video in 4K.
Voice overs recorded using the Rode NT-USB.

Edited in Final Cut 10.2.3 on a 5K iMac.

I’m happy to read your questions and comments and do respond to all


  1. Tim

    I realize this is a couple years after you used the camera, but I’m thinking of buying a used one off ebay. I have no way to test the camera hands on. The one question I have is what does it feel like, handle like, when using the loupe/viewfinder. It sticks out and looks awkward. But is it okay in use? Does it feel and handle like a DSLR? Since it must jut out from your face a bit, does it get tiring to hold if you’re shooting a longish video clip? Thanks!

    • Maarten

      Clearly all of those issues are considerations. As you point out, it has been a while, and I handle lots of cameras. I don’t have any memory or notes of it being awkward to hold – but then again, I didn’t use it for long (I returned it to Canon after the review). In my experience, humans are highly adaptable and can make lots of things that initially appear awkward work, but on the other hand, if you already have these misgivings, they may exaggerate the experience. I think it’s what you bring to the camera that colours your sensations. Terrible answer, but I hope this helps.

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