The Canon XC15 isn’t really a replacement for the Canon XC10, but rather another level in the all-in-one hybrid camcorder arena. Key features include:
1-inch type, 8.29MP CMOS sensor
27.4-273mm f/2.8-5.6 10x Optical Zoom Lens
Capture UHD 4K up to 30p using CFast or HD up to 60p using SD
IS, built-in ND filter, and professional audio inputs
What’s the Diff? So, what separates this camera from its little brother, the XC10? The Canon XC15 adds professional-grade audio capabilities, expanded gamma settings, true 24p recording, and expanded exposure assists to the XC10’s already-strong feature set.
Same Sensor and 10x Zoom Lens. The use of a 1-inch CMOSsensor helps lend this camera its diminutive physical size, yet offers great low-light performance with an ISO range of 160-20,000. Its 27.3-273mm f/2.8-5.6 equivalent lens covers just about everything you’d need. There’s both optical and digital image stabilization to help prevent camera shake when extended, and dedicated zoom and focus rings akin to a typical DSLR lens. However, please note it is a manual zoom with no servo option.
Capture Professional Audio. The XC15 uses the MA400 shoe-mounted XLR adapter, which adds two phantom-powered XLRs, line/mic level switching, and physical gain controls. This configuration is similar to that of the higher-end Cinema EOS cameras.
Expanded Gamma Settings. Refined gamma settings put the image from the XC15 even closer to Cinema EOSstandards, making it an excellent B-Camera choice to the C300 Mark II and C100 Mark II. Choose between Cannon Log, a production camera setting, and even EOS standard to match with Canon DSLRs.
True 24p. It’s now possible to record at true 24p—rather than the XC10’s 23.98 standard—in both 1080 and 4K. This can prove helpful for effects and graphics-driven work. The XC15 has the same the bit rate and frame rate as the C300 Mark II, making standardization even easier.
Waveform. A built-in waveform monitor makes exposure much easier, even in difficult viewing conditions.
For 4K and high-speed Full HD, the XC15 requires a CFast 2.0 memory cards, such as the SanDisk 256GB Extreme PRO 525MB/s CFast 2.0. For still images and normal-speed HD video, an SD memory card works fine.
|Sensor Size||1.0" CMOS (16 mm diagonally)|
|Processor||DIGIC DV 5|
|Effective Pixels||Movies: Approx. 8.29 million
Photos: Approx. 12 million
|Lens||8.9 to 89 mm f/2.8 - 5.6 10x Optical Zoom Lens
35mm Equivalent Movie Mode: 27.3 to 273 mm
35mm Equivalent Photo Mode: 24.1 to 241 mm
8-blade iris diaphragm
|Shutter||Equipped with mechanical shutter (still photos only)|
|Gain||0.0 - 42 dB|
|ND Filter||1 internal unit, can be switched on/off|
|Shake Correction||Optical + Electronic assist|
|LCD Monitor||3" (7.6 cm) VGA+
Approx. 1.03 million dot (3:2 aspect ratio)
Electrostatic capacitance-type touch panel
|Video Capture||Ultra HD 4K:
3840 x 2160 at 29.97p/24.00p/23.98p
MXF (4:2:2/8-bit IntraFrame)
Sound: LPCM/2-Ch, 16-bit/48 kHz
1920 x 1080 at 23.98p/24.00p/29.97p/59.94p/59.94i
50 Mbps at 59.94p
35 Mbps at other frame rates
MXF (4:2:2/8-bit Long-GOP)
Sound: LPCM/2-Ch, 16-bit/48 kHz
Slow & Fast Recording:
1/4, 1/2, x2, x4, x10, x20, x60, x120, x1200 (30p playback)
Slow recording is HD only
1/2 time: 1920 x 1080, 1/4: 1280 x 720
|Photo Capture||4000 x 3000, 12 MP (4:3) / 640 x 480 (VGA)
4000 x 2664, approx. 10.66 MP (3:2)
3840 x 2160, approx. 8.29 MP (16:9)
Interval Capture: Yes (choose from 5sec/10sec/30sec/1min/10min intervals)
|Recording Media||One CFast card slot, one SD card slot
4K: CFast cards
1080p/still photos: SD cards
USB port (high-speed)
XLR input (when using MA-400 mic adapter)
DC-jack (supports CA-945 power adapter)
|Battery||LP-E6N included (7.2 V, 1865 mAh)|
|Wi-Fi||5 GHz / 2.4 GHz Dual Band|
|Accessory Shoe||Cold shoe|
|Dimensions||Approx. 5 x 4.2 x 4.8" (12.8 x 10.6 x 12.2 cm) (standalone)
Approx. 5.2 x 8.7 x 9.4" (13.2 x 22 x 24 cm) (including finder, hood, and microphone adapter)
|Weight||Approx. 2 lb (1 kg) (standalone)|