Canon have announced the XC15, a compact, 4K and Full HD video camcorder with stills capability, aimed at content creators such as news gatherers and independent or documentary film makers. The new product follows supersedes Canon’s previous model – the XC10, and people will have one of the first opportunities to get hands-on with the product during IBC in Amsterdam next week or at Photokina in Cologne, Germany from September 20th.
The XC15 combines the most respected elements of its forerunner with new and improved features and functionality, including a fast autofocus and 24p frame rate option for cinematographers. Featuring built-in dual band Wi-Fi for Live View and easy remote control through a smart device or browser, the XC15 is the go-to product for any videographer.
Recording versatility for easy workflow integration
The XC15 is the perfect “B” or “C” camera for film productions, thanks to its ability to record with Canon Log, providing users with the same impressive 12 stops (800%) of dynamic range as seen in Canon’s EOS C500. The XC15 can record UHD (3840 x 2160) 4K footage at 25p or 24p to an internal CFast 2.0 card at up to an outstanding 305Mbps, or Full HD to an SD card at up to 50Mbps. The option to record at 24p, combined with the ability to select a ‘Look’ setting, is available and appeals directly to cinematographers as they are able to easily integrate footage from other cinema cameras, offering a dramatically improved workflow. The shutter speed and shutter angle modes further support the camera’s operator to work in a more familiar way.
Meeting the needs of today’s content creators
News gatherers and filmmakers understand that sound quality is just as important as the image and are increasingly requiring a camera with more advanced audio options, and now you have one. Built on feedback from global XC10 users, the XC15 includes the MA-400, a microphone adapter that allows professional grade audio to be recorded via dual XLR connections that accept balanced and unbalanced microphones and line level audio inputs. In addition to this, the flexibility of the XC15 will appeal to news gatherers due to its ability to extract 8.29MP still images when used in 4K (UHD) recording mode for publication in print or online. The camera’s autofocus is also exceptionally fast and includes face detection for added ease of use when framing a shot.
The ability to capture more detail, even in low light
Thanks to its wide ISO range from 100 to 20000, the XC15 has incredible low light capabilities, allowing perfect shooting in difficult lighting conditions. The camera also features a 10x Optical Zoom lens with Canon’s class-leading image stabilisation technology providing the ability to shoot a range of scenes. Combining speed and quality, the XC15 features a 1.0 type CMOS sensor and Canon’s DIGIC DV5 image processor, providing users with the ability to capture high quality, low noise 4K video with a shallow depth of field.
Lightweight and compact design
The camera’s compact size and light weight makes it the ideal product for shooting documentaries and news interviews, particularly when needing to capture a different viewpoint from an unusual or tight location, such as inside a car. The camera’s body is also ergonomically designed, featuring a rotating side hand grip. Additionally, the vari-angle touch LCD provides users with easy viewing.
The XC15 is available from September 2016 with an RRP of £2,409 including VAT.
Canon Launches the XC15