Canon XA10 Pro Camcorder Reviewed

Canon XA10 Pro Camcorder Reviewed


Anybody know why these cam

cdnclub's picture
Anybody know why these cameras along with the XF100 are in such short supply? Is it because of the earthquakes in Japan? I know they are a great camera, but hard to find and in Canada the prices are going for above MSRP.

Short supply XA10

iceman's picture

If you are in Canada I have a new one that I will sell you if you are interested? Canon and maybe Panasonic make the finest camcorders hands down. Don't buy a Sony, for some reason Sony cmacorders look soft and comical, or at least they used to. I don't know if it because of chealp glass or electronics. I always felt like it was cheap glass... The fine people might know about that... please get in touch...

One more question, please:

One more question, please: Does it matter if I use SDXC or SDHC cards if I then want to capture to FCP? The SanDisk site talks aobut backwards compatibility, but I think they're only referring to compatibility with camera rather than NLEs?


iceman's picture

Doesn't matter what media you use but SDXC is so cheap for 64GB (contact moi if you want any) so I wouldn't bother with SDHC. Unless that's what you have. ALWAYS have extra memory ready if you are shooting anything important... if it can go wrong, it will go wrong. Or something cool but unanticipated might happen while you are shooting. Maybe a plane crash or something to that effect... some footage might be worth "bank" never know...

I am really interested in

Pablo's picture
I am really interested in this camera as a replacement for my Sony HVR A1, which is natural. However, I think this camera cannot use the ring for zooming, is this right? If so, this is a important drawback for me, as do a lot of stage event where I have to follow an artist, usually dancers.

That's right: you cannot u

oli1's picture
That's right: you cannot use the ring for zooming. There's two levers on the camera to zoom and you can adjust their speed, responsiveness, etc. There`s a third zooming option with the remote. It is a bit of a drawback, but you get used to used to it with some practice.

Yes in its highest quality

oli1's picture
Yes in its highest quality setting it shoots in 1080p in native AVCHD. I own an XA-10 so you are welcome to ask me anything about it.

Hi, Olivier! Some reviews

nexolaxo's picture
Hi, Olivier! Some reviews say the handle with XLR inputs rattles terribly (audible across a large room in a normal-- i.e., not quiet-- environment). What can you say about this issue? Thanks

Rattling Handle

StuMarksez's picture

Even though I've only owned this camera for just over a year, I have shot dozens of hours of video and I know that it has NEVER rattled. I am guessing that those rattlers have not mounted the handle/ module correctly.

slow motion

Lenka's picture

Hi there,

we are dealing with a problem with our Canon xa10. We are making a video containing slowmotion. We've set our camera to 50i, but obviously is not enough to do a slowmotion.

Do you know how can we fix it please? We are using Corel Video Studio Pro and Adobe After Effects with Twixtor Plugin.

Please please help it's very very very important for us.



Shooting Fast Action Sports

NH's picture

Hello, I just wanted to ask the experts, what is the best settings/mode for the XA10 when shooting fast-action sports such as football, basketball, soccer, etc?  I've been using 60i, 17Mbps, and still get that sort of "ghosting" effect during the fast action scenes.  I appreciate your time and input, thanks!!  -Nate

Shooting high speed sporting events...

iceman's picture

When shooting anything "fast" I would use the shutter priority mode, hopefully you are not shooting extremely low light. A fast shutter speed will "freeze" the images. Plus I would shoot at 60i which may help with your "ghosting". Not familiar with that but anyway give Tv mode a try in decent light... Light is always your friend, remember you are an "artist, and you paint with light". Cheers....Tony or

The handle (XLR inputs) ra

timbrown's picture
The handle (XLR inputs) rattles. But I think this isn't as big of a problem as some people make it out to be. First, you can shake you camera like a maraca and it will rattle like one, but when do you ever shake your camera? I try to keep mine from shaking! I have a shotgun mic attached to my camera and haven't noticed any sound issues because of the rattle. I also usually use a wireless lav or wired mic to record audio and so don't have a problem. I never rely on the on-camera, built-in mic. The only complaint I have with cameras this small is that you don't have much surface area to mount stuff like wireless mic receivers, etc. Overall, I am very happy with the camera and (most importantly) image quality.

I don't count on one revie

Barry's picture
I don't count on one review but this carried a lot of weight. I haven't read a negative review of the camera. Only negatives I have read are the touch screen controls. ( I like them and have no issue with them) And the rattle with handle. My XA10 has no rattle and I have tried. Perhaps certain models have that rattle. Lucky me. I re shot a simple mini movie I made that was posted on vimeo and then uploaded the re shoot to Vimeo. My friend who is a professional TV Director found a big difference in image quality. That confirmed it was a good camera.

Canon XA 10

Mike9330's picture

I plan to buy a XA 10. While recording, can I connect a monitor to it in order to see identical image as we see in the viewfinder and the small touch scree?




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Hi everyone I received today some interview footage recorded on a XA10 for a quick edit, I'm using fcp6 on a mac pro. The thing is this: It looks like the camera tried to compensate the exposure everytime the subject wave his hands the whole image changes from darker to lighter very quickly like a flicker but it quits when the subject remains still... I spoke to the camera operator and he was pretty sure that he shot it manualy. Anyone with the same issue?