The big announcements by Canon at this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas was of course the highly-anticipated successor the Canon EOS C300, named appropriately in Canon style to the EOS C300 Mark II, this time with 4K on board recording, 4K Raw output and a ton of new features. However, there was another camera they announced at the show – the little 4K hybrid they call the Canon XC10. Somehow it got lost in the fanfare surrounding the C300 Mark II announcement, and the initial promo video by Canon wasn’t a huge success either. However, later on we did see some awesome footage from the XC10 – namely the one here.
The XC10 features a 10x zoom lens optimised for 4K capture (well it can resolve at least 8MP, which isn’t such a big deal, all modern lenses can do that, so nothing too earth shattering here), a 1 inch CMOS sensor, a removable/adjustable hand grip and EVF (loupe) all in a form factor small enough to fly on a handheld gimbal stabiliser like the DJI Ronin M for example or equivalent.
The big news is the new XF-AVC 305Mb/s 8bit 422 internal codec recorded onto CFast 2.0 media for 4K capture, which is still hugely expensive given the $2500 price point of the camera which isn’t cheap at all compared to the competition mainly from the Sony RX10 II (which I just bought a few days ago for half that, and spending my last few days getting to know, first impressions and review coming soon). But anyway, this post isn’t about a comparison, but simply some really good new footage from the XC10, which I found.
The footage above was shot by Mattias Burling who had this to say:
The Canon XC10 is really good in low light. Not just for a small chipped camcorder but in general. That is at least the conclusion I came to after shooting this video. Everything is from after the sun left the horizon. Its not a “Night for Day Camera” but definitely an”Evening Camera”. The ISO n this video stretches from 500 to 4000. No noise reduction used. I have even darker examples coming up in my review, so subscribe.
Matias also did a Profiles and DR comparison vs the Canon 5D Mark III and the BMPC 4K, the results of which you can see below for an idea how the 12 stop DR of the XC10 compares to the other two cameras.
You can see for yourself in both videos above, especially in the Days End footage above, the XC10 can produce very organic and lovely images given the proper treatment in post and of course it comes down to the person behind the camera as well. C-Log and Wide DR do play a vital role here and lets not forget the massive 305Mb/s 422 4K codec. Mattias has chops and knows his stuff.
I am curious to see what you guys think of the XC10? Convinced it can produce filmic images or still not so? For me, the more footage like the one above I see, the more this thing grows on me…