Canon XA10 Professional Camcorder Unveiled; Available in March for $1,999.99

January 7, 2011, By Leo Xavier

Canon has announced its new ultra compact professional camcorder, the XA10, which will be most ideal for situations where mobility while shooting is critical. The new camcorder is expected to be available in March for an estimated retail price of $1,999.99.

The Canon XA10 comes equipped with the company’s 10x HD Zoom Lens and DIGIC DV III Image Processor, along with a Canon 1/3-inch native 1920 x 1080 CMOS image sensor.

The XA10 provides the option of recording to a 64GB internal flash drive or two SDXC-compatible card slots. It also features dual XLR inputs for external audio sources as well as a built-in stereo microphone.

With the new camcorder, you will have complete manual control of various functions including frame rates, zooming speed, focus, white balance and gain control, and the XA10 records video in 60i, PF30, PF24 or native 24p. And the 3.5-inch High Resolution Touch Panel LCD screen provides a large and vibrant display.

But if you are not looking for a “professional” grade camcorder, the XA10 is also available without its Pro XLR Gear and it will be a lot cheaper also.

The XA10 appears to be a good replacement to the Panasonic SD1. However, it is a bit disappointing that the XA10 does not come with a true native 30p mode.

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