Canon XC10 Review

Overall 39
Imaging 13
Features 63
Size 68
Price 0

Main Features

  • 12.0 MP 1" CMOS sensor
  • ISO 160 - 20000
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Tilting Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 3.8 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p, 24p) 1280 x 720 (120p, 100p)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 125 x 102 x 122 mm
  • Weight: 1040 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Canon XC10 Summary

This review is devoted to XC10 that Canon has first introduced to the public in Apr 08, 2015. This model is a Large Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a 1" (12.8 x 9.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

In Large Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #447 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 39/100 and it takes a rank of #956 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Canon XC10 Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Canon XC10 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Screen Type: Tilting
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Max Native Iso: 20000
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Headphone Port: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In

CONs

  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Built-In Flash: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 12.0 MP
  • Number Of Focus Points: 9
  • Af Phase Detection: No

Complete Comparison of Canon XC10 With Other Cameras in Large Sensor Compact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Canon XC10. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Large Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Canon XC10

Canon XC10 has the following external dimensions 125 x 125 x 122 mm (49.21 x 40.16 x 48.03″) with the weight of 1040 g.

The typical weight for average Large Sensor Compact type cameras is 393g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Canon XC10, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Canon XC10 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 122mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Canon XC10 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Canon XC10 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Canon XC10 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Canon XC10 — 122 mm
Min: 31 mm
Average: 54 mm
Max: 122 mm

Weight

Canon XC10 — 1040 g
Min: 206 g
Average: 393 g
Max: 1040 g

Unfortunately, Canon XC10 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Canon XC10 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Canon XC10 Photo and Sensor Features

Canon XC10 boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 1" (12.8 x 9.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Canon XC10 has the following ISO range 160 - 20000 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Canon XC10. However, if you are looking specifically for a Large sensor compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Canon XC10 features a 12.0 MP 1" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Canon XC10 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1" sensor featured in Canon XC10 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Canon XC10

LCD and ViewFinder

Canon XC10 is equipped with a Tilting 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Canon XC10 are its 3.8 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, XC10 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Focusing

In addition, XC10 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Canon XC10, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Canon XC10 allows you to save files in XF-AVC and H.264 formats.

Canon XC10 supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.

Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of XC10.

In addition, Canon XC10 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone and, since it comes with a port for external headphones, we can call Canon XC10 a perfect camera for high-quality videography purposes.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Canon XC10 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, XC10 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect XC10 with suitable external devices.

How Good is Canon XC10 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Canon XC10’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Canon XC10’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the XC10 to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Canon XC10 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon XC10 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 75. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon XC10 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Canon is famous with its skintones
  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (12.8 x 9.6 mm) sensor

Canon XC10 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon XC10 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 3. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon XC10 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (125 x 102 x 122 mm)
  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1"(12.8 x 9.6 mm) sensor
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (9)

Canon XC10 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon XC10 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 37. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon XC10 can be called a 37 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Big size (125 x 102 x 122 mm)
  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (3.8 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (9)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (20000)

Canon XC10 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon XC10 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 99. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon XC10 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (12.8 x 9.6 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (1040 g)
  • Big size (125 x 102 x 122 mm)
  • No Built-in Flash
  • No Built-in View Finder

Canon XC10 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon XC10 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 25. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon XC10 can be called a 25 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (12.8 x 9.6 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (12 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (20000)

Canon XC10 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Canon
Model XC10
Announced Apr 08, 2015
Body Type Large sensor compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 8
Screen
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 1k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 60 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 3.8 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes no built-in flash
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 1"
Sensor Dimensions 12.8 x 9.6 mm
Sensor Area 122.88 mm2
Sensor Resolution 12.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4000 x 3000
Max Native ISO 20,000
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 160
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 9
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p, 24p) 1280 x 720 (120p, 100p)
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Video Formats XF-AVC, H.264
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port Yes
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 1040 g
Physical Dimensions 125 x 102 x 122 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model LP-E6N
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type CFast, SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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