If you had any doubts about Canon's commitment to the video market (tho I know many of you will blast them for an update to the XC10 which I think will be unfounded (see my prior rant)), I think there's time to re-think your doubts. With the announcement today of the Canon EOS C700 and now the Canon XC15, and last week's Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, they're throwing some serious weight at different segments of the market.
Now I hear some of you screaming already – but look, not one camera can do all things – nor should it! My wife's father always said “Use the right tool for the job!” and that's a very valid point. And the XC15 will fit into some people's tool kit very well.
The new XC15 is a great kit for the on the fly reporter and the upgrades include XLR inputs! Of course, like the XC10, it doesn't have interchangeable lens options, but then again, many video cameras don't either.
Pre-order at B&H: Canon XC15
Features of the New Canon XC15
- 1″ CMOS Sensor and DIGIC DV 5 Processor
- UHD 4K at up to 29.97 fps
- High bitrate 305Mbps
- Integrated f/2.8-5.6/8.9-89mm Zoom Lens
- XLR Audio Input & MA-400 Mic Adapter
- 48v phantom power
- 24p Mode for 4K and 1080p Video
- New Looks and Menu Options
- Waveform Monitor Display
- Three New Shutter Speeds
- Highlight Priority HDR-Like Gamma
- Rules Assignable to Files & Metadata
(Ok, there aren't a lot of videos out there on this one!)
(Not an english one, but you can see how it is being used with an external XLR mic.
Opinion and News:
While the XC10 was a brand-new product category for Canon (a very compact and lightweight 1-inch sensor UHD-capable video camera that can also shoot stills, with a built-in fixed zoom lens), the Canon XC15 has carried over almost the exact same specifications as its predecessor, yet differs in one important aspect: audio connectivity. While reviewing the Canon XC10 over a year ago, one of my concerns was the camera’s “audio department”. Here is what I had to say: “Canon is marketing this camcorder as professional. A better professional XLR audio solution from Canon is missing for that, though”. Today, I’m happy to report that Canon listened and updated the audio capabilities of the new camera by adding an XLR input (when using the MA-400 mic adapter which was originally designed for the C300 Mk II).
Having a robust codec in such a small camera and improved audio connectivity are certainly welcome features, but all in all, for a camera that is aimed at the occasional news and documentary shooters, it is yet to be seen if the current update is satisfying. Personally, I would have loved to have seen a constant aperture lens, a dedicated EVF and better quality 120fps implemented in this revision.
Canon have today announced a ungraded version of their XC10 4K compact 1 inch sensor camcorder. The XC10 has a useful combination of small size and high quality recording with high bitrates and professional codecs. An all-in-one lens with a good range, automated settings and a built-in ND filter make it suitable for less experienced shooters who might otherwise be deterred by interchangeable lens cameras.
The new XC15 launched today has a near-identical design and specification, but with the addition of an XLR audio pack for professional audio. The pack is in fact the same MA400 microphone adapter that is offered as an optional accessory for the C300 mkII. It mounts to the top of the camera and connects via a proprietary Canon connector on the topside of the camera.
XLR Microphone Input Provides Audio Support in Addition to High-Quality 4K UHD Video Capture
MELVILLE, N.Y., September 1, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the XC15 4K Video Camcorder, a 4K UHD digital video camcorder for professional use that achieves high-image quality with a lightweight, compact body.
The new Canon XC15, which builds on the XC10 4K UHD digital video camcorder announced in April 2015, enables shooting with an external microphone through an XLR input and features the selection of visual-expression “Look” modes, including modes that allow it to match the look of other Canon professional cameras, making it ideal for use as a “B”-camera as well as for media and video-content productions.
The Canon XC15 ships with the MA-400 microphone adapter that, when attached, enables shooting with XLR-input microphones used in a wide range of media and content-creation applications. As a result, the camcorder supports the production of content that combines both high-image quality and high-sound quality with reduced noise. The MA-400 is also compatible with the EOS C300 Mark II camera.
Thanks to its high-sensitivity one-inch CMOS sensor and DIGIC DV 5 image processing platform with high calculation-processing power, the new XC15 is capable of capturing high-image quality and low-noise 4K UHD video. Additionally, the camcorder features a compact, lightweight body design, measuring approximately 5.0 x 4.1 x 4.8 inches (WxHxD) and weighs approximately 2.1 pounds while also sporting a 10x optical zoom lens1, which facilitates shooting in confined spaces and environments that demand mobility.