Canon has just officially announced its new 4K camera that has been rumored for some time. The new Canon XC10 is a digital camcorder that’s designed for both 4K video recording and 12-megapixel still photographs.
While Canon has been bringing serious video capabilities to its still cameras in recent years, this new camcorder is a step in the other direction: a video-centric camera that also captures serious still photos.
In addition to capturing 4K video or 12-megapixel stills, users of the camera also have a third option: extracting still photos from video footage. A built-in function lets you pull 8-megapixel photographs from 4K video you record.
The camera is compact: it measures less than 5 inches in each of its dimensions (4.9x4x4.8 inches) and weighs 2.3 pounds when loaded with a battery pack and two memory cards. It’s a camera that can even be loaded onto a drone, Canon says.
Inside the XC10 is a 1-inch CMOS sensor with 12 stops of dynamic range and an ISO range of 160 to 20,000. On the front of the camera is a 10x f/2.8-5.6 zoom lens with a 2x digital teleconverter and optical image stabilization. The lens has a 35mm-equivalent range of 24.1-241mm for still photos and 27.3-273mm for video.
On the back of the camera is a tilting LCD touchscreen, and on the side is a rotating hand grip. Despite what rumors suggested, the handgrip does not appear to be a removable one.
Codecs include XF-AVC Intra for 4K and XF-AVC Long GOP for Full HD. Picture modes include Canon Log Gamma, Wide DR, and EOS Standard.
Other features include a DIGIC DV5 processor, 5-axis image stabilization during Full HD recording, microphone and headphone jacks, a built-in microphone, 5GHz and 2.4GHz networking, a mechanical shutter for eliminating rolling-shutter effects, 3.8 frame per second still photo capture, multiple aspect ratios, and a built-in ND filter.
There’s also a viewfinder attachment that allows you to shoot eye-level and see things clearly in direct sunlight.
Here’s a short video by Canon that introduces the XC10:
The Canon XC10 will be available starting in June 2015 with a price tag of $2,499.