Canon adds multimedia camera

canon xc10Now this is kinda interesting, Canon’s new XC10 4K digital camcorder is designed to deliver 4K and Full HD video as well as 12-megapixel still images. The camcorder also has a built-in function to extract 8-megapixel still images from recorded 4K video.

The XC10 has a 1-inch CMOS sensor and 10x wide-angle zoom lens (24.1–241 mm equivalent for stills, 27.3–273 mm for movies) using two UD lens elements, two Hi-UD lens elements, and two three-sided aspherical lens elements, plus a 2x digital teleconverter and optical image stabilization.

Canon says the sensor delivers up to 12 stops of dynamic range.

The camera offers the DIGIC DV5 signal processor to support in-camera 4K video acquisition and 5-axis image stabilization (full HD only) as well as slow and fast motion recording.

Here’s where things may get a little disconcerting to some: the XC10 uses two new video codecs. When recording 4K, the XF-AVC Intra codec is used, and for Full HD recording XF-AVC Long GOP is used. The camcorder can record in Canon Log Gamma, Wide DR or EOS Standard picture modes for increased versatility in colour correction, and allows for greater ease in matching looks with footage from other cameras within the Cinema EOS camera system.

With optional viewfinder

With optional viewfinder

The XC10’s still-photography features include a mechanical shutter to help eliminate rolling-shutter distortion, up to 3.8 frames-per-second performance, support for multiple aspect ratios, and compatibility with EOS system accessories. The camcorder features a built-in ND filter, and ISO speeds can be set from 160 to 20,000. Optional Canon accessories include a Direct Viewfinder for eye-level shooting.

Measuring less than five inches in every dimension (approx. 4.9 x 4.0 x 4.8 inches, WxHxD) it weighs just 2.3 pounds fully loaded with battery pack and two memory cards.

The Canon XC10 4K Digital Camcorder is scheduled to be available in June for an estimated retail price of $2,999.99 with SanDisk 64GB CFast 2.0 card and card reader.

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