Presenting the Canon XC15: This new 4k all-in-one camera from Canon could be considered the older brother to the XC10, with a variety of robust new features and abilities that augment the already strong XC line. These additions found here make the XC15 the perfect candidate for any end user as a run and gun camera, or even as a B camera for bigger shoots with a C300 mkII, or anywhere C-Log may be required.
4K Wide-Angle 10x zoom lens with Image Stabilizer
12 Megapixel one-inch 4K-compatible CMOS image sensor
Compact and ergonomic design
DIGIC DV 5 image processor
Advanced AF performance
High-quality low-light HD images
XLR input supports high-quality audio
Includes: XC15 (w/ lens cap), Hood Unit, Viewfinder Unit, Microphone Adapter MA-400, Unic Cable UN-5, Interface Cable EFC-300PCU/S, Remote Controller RC-6, CA-945 Compact Power Adapter, AC Cable A, LP-E6N Battery Pack, High Speed HDMI Cable HTC-100/S, Shoulder Strap.
Here's what's new for the XC15:
Advanced AutoFocus. A much faster, more agile autofocus – nearly twice as fast as comparable Canon models – lets you frame and capture crucial details easily and seamlessly. The autofocus has three speed settings available – high (the default), middle and low – to enable a range of special effects.
Additional automatic face detection and tracking functionality help bring key subjects into focus continuously as they move across the frame. When multiple faces are detected, the XC15’s AF system calculates the main subject, which can be overridden manually. And finally, for added visual impact, an advanced direction-determining algorithm also provides large bokeh during defocus mode.
Look/Image Settings & C300 mkII Compatibility. The XC15 includes the all new “Look Settings” for changing the gamma curves for stills and videos. Lifted directly from the C300 mkII, these looks are: Neutral, Production Camera and Color Matrix, have been added to the camcorder's user menu. Utilizing these settings helps add a cohesive look to your shots, and will help to minimize the amount of time you spend color grading in post.
In addition, the XC15 shares other image quality settings with cameras in the EOS line, including Canon Log, Wide DR and EOS Std, further helping you match looks and settings in post. It also has the same log curve used in the C300 Mark II, and three new shutter speeds with flicker reduction that matches the C300 mkII note for note. And you now have the ability to shoot in 24p mode for both 4K at 305 Mbps, same as the C300 mkII.
So if you’re a fan of the C300 mkII, the XC15 really gives you a lot of bang for your buck as a standalone unit, but it also makes it the perfect camera for C300 mkII owners who need a B Camera for those big shoots.
Highlight Priority. The XC15 has an all new Highlight Priority mode where the gamma is processed comparably to HDR modes in other camcorders. By reducing the mid- to high-brightness compression of the standard gamma mode, Highlight Priority helps to prevent loss of detail in high-brightness areas. Designed for display on a bright LCD TV, videos captured in Highlight Priority mode should be shown at a high-brightness setting to help ensure accurate portrayal of the effect.
All New Pro Audio Module with XLR Inputs and Precise Audio Control. The included Microphone Adapter MA-400 for the XC15 offers some huge improvements to the previous XC10 model. Two XLR-format audio ports enable direct connection to professional audio equipment such as microphones, wireless receivers, and m. The MA-400 allows manual or automatic audio level control and the ability to receive line level inputs. The MA-400 also includes a built-in microphone holder to allow mounting of a shotgun style mic directly to the unit. In addition, the MA-400 is fitted with a cold shoe mount that is longer than that offered on other comparable Canon cameras, to provide a larger support area for the adapter and any compatible microphone mounted.
4K UHD Wide-angle 10x Zoom Lens with Image Stabilizer. The XC15 incorporates a Canon 4K 10x wide-angle optical zoom lens, that offers a focal range of 24.1–241mm for photos and 27.3–273mm for video. The use of UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) and Hi-UD lens elements helps compensate for chromatic aberrations contributes to it’s ergonomic form factor. Perfect for on-the-go documentation. An innovative retractable lens barrel structure helps facilitate precise lens movement during zooming, while only extending the lens barrel by a mere 36.2mm.
The XC15’s 4K Wide-Angle 10x Zoom lens features individual focus and zoom rings for manual lens control with a rotation of approximately 71°, allowing for rapid and precise manual zooming. In addition, Canon Optical Image Stabilization enhances handheld operation of the camera via Three modes of Image Stabilization – Dynamic, Standard and Powered. These settings are idealized for a variety of shooting situations, including walking while shooting and long telephoto shots.
12 Megapixel One-inch 4K UHD-compatible CMOS Image Sensor. The XC15 features a Canon 12.0 MP 1-inch CMOS image sensor with 12 stops of dynamic range, and can handles both stills and video. The hybrid design makes the XC15 a true crossover device, capable of satisfying the needs of both video and still workflows. The XC15 is capable of recording both 4K UHD and Full HD (FHD) video, and still capture up to 12.0 Megapixels,
The advanced CMOS sensor uses Over-Sampling HD Processing for 1920 x 1080 capture. The use of oversampling technology means that the sensor provides not only high-quality 4K UHD but also exceptional HD quality akin to other Canon products such as the C500. The 12 Megapixel sensor adds the pixel density needed for high-quality still imagery, while the advanced image processing gives optimal results when shooting in both video and still modes.
Waveform Monitoring. Also new for the XC15 is an integrated Waveform monitor. Accessed via an on/off button on the main display, the waveform of the current image can be displayed on-screen to check video-signal levels and characteristics such as exposure and make necessary adjustments.
Quality and features you've come to expect from Canon:
Compact and Ergonomic Design. The Canon XC15 4K UHD Camcorder is compact, ergonomic and lightweight, broadening the range of recording opportunities and possibilities for image expression – and offering innovative shooting potential in situations where a larger camera can't be used. Users will appreciate this camcorder for events such as weddings, video reporting, documentaries and other uses where increased mobility and an unobtrusive design is necessary. This allows the user to interact and record their subjects in a more personal way, while at the same time, limiting the amount of equipment that needs to be carried.
Rotating Handgrip. The handgrip on the XC15 4K UHD Camcorder can be rotated to various positions to allow for comfortable shooting at a variety of camera angles. The grip contributes to the camcorder's intuitive user interface (UI) with multiple easy-to-see and easy-to-adjust controls based on the familiar UI design of Canon EOS SLR cameras. Handgrip controls include the record button, as well as a thumb-control dial and a menu button that are smoothly recessed to prevent accidental activation while at the same time remaining easily accessible.
Integrated LCD with Touch Panel. A 3.0-inch 1.03-million-dot tilting LCD monitor provides the Canon XC15 4K UHD Camcorder with a bright, vivid-color display for shooting and playing back footage. The LCD's innovative two-axis parallel hinge mechanism allows the display to be placed in optimal positions for shooting at a variety of angles, from low to high. This LCD also integrates a highly advanced capacitive touch-panel for easy fingertip control of all camera functions and settings. Camera information can be displayed on-screen for clear and easy visual recognition of selected menu items, and users can also swipe from one menu page to another without vertical scrolling. The user interface borrows many of the concepts from the Canon EOS system making the camera intuitive to operate for users familiar with other Canon products. The XC15 4K UHD Camcorder also includes a removable viewing hood that can be used in bright or outdoor environments or where critical image viewing is needed.
To prevent unintended errors while accessing and adjusting critical settings, a dedicated Operation Lock turns off the XC15 4K UHD Camcorder's point-and-touch capabilities for the user-display panel to prevent accidental changing of important settings. This capability provides greater confidence and peace of mind during time-critical video and film production where there might not be the possibility for a second take.
Built-in Microphone. In addition to the detachable XLR module, the XC15 4K UHD Camcorder also features a built-in stereo microphone that can be used when a lower profile is needed or to capture scratch audio when used in conjunction with another camera or audio recording device. A separate mini-jack is also available for connecting to a variety of compatible microphones.
DiG!C DV 5 Image Processor. The Canon XC15 4K UHD Camcorder incorporates Canon's DiG!C DV 5 Image Processor. This advanced core technology component provides the image-processing power and speed that enables such features as 4K UHD video acquisition, Image Stabilization, slow and fast motion recording and precision AF. The DiG!C DV 5 Image Processor is integral in providing high image quality, advanced performance and convenient operability.
Automatic face detection and tracking will bring key subjects into focus and continuously maintain focus as they move across the frame. When multiple faces are detected, the XC15 4K UHD Camcorder's AF system determines the main subject. A touch-screen override is provided to enable users to select a different subject then the one selected by the camera.
For added visual impact, an advanced direction-determining algorithm also provides large bokeh during defocus mode.
High-sensitivity and High-quality Low-light HD Images. The XC15 4K UHD Camcorder's 1.0-inch sensor allows for larger photo sites resulting in improved low noise in low-light situations and an improved signal-to-noise ratio when compared to smaller sized sensors. The larger sensor also exhibits a more shallow depth of field at large apertures, providing greater depth of field control and creative options than camcorders using smaller sensors.
XF-AVC Codec for up to 4K UHD 30p and Full HD 60p. The Canon XC15 4K UHD Camcorder incorporates the Canon XF-AVC Codec to balance ease of workflow with a high standard of image quality. For 4K UHD up to 30p recording, XF-AVC Intra-Frame encoding is used, which captures all the detail and resolution of the CMOS sensor on a frame-by-frame basis, enabling edits to be made at any point in a motion sequence and high-quality stills to be extracted from any 4K UHD motion-image frame.
To provide direct compatibility with media recorded via the Canon Cinema EOS C300 Mark II camera, the Canon XC15 4K UHD Camcorder allows changes to be applied to image file names and metadata after a shoot, allowing for easier data management.
XF-AVC file names contain a unique camera ID, Clip number and a user-selectable code ID to uniquely tag the video clips captured during a specific shoot. Unique proxy file names also are available. Within the format's Metadata areas, the XC15 4K UHD Camcorder can now record Scene and Take numbers, in addition to Reel and Shot plus Circle Takes.
For HD recording up to 60p, AVC Long GOP (Group of Pictures) encoding is used to help maintain outstanding quality and efficient data rates.
Multiple Frame Rate options are available to meet a variety of production needs.
Multiple Recording Modes and Frame Rates. Multiple Recording Modes, Resolutions and Frame Rates make the Canon XC15 4K UHD Camcorder flexible in a variety of news, cinema and creative environments.
|Recording Mode||Format||Codec||Recording Media||Bit Rate||Frame Rate|
(3840 x 2160)
|MXF||XF AVC Intra|
H.264 Intra Frame 4:2:2/8bit
|CFast Card||305 Mbps||29.97P|
(1920 x 1080)
|XF-AVC Long GOP|
H.264 Long GOP 4:2:2/8bit
|SD Card||50 Mbps||59.94P||50.00P|
Slow and Fast Motion Recording. The Canon XC15 4K UHD Camcorder features Slow and Fast Motion recording. This allows the user to vary the playback speed of the recorded video. The XC15 4K UHD Camcorder is capable of recording Slow Motion down to 1/4x real-time, and Fast Motion up to a maximum of 1200x.
Superb Still Capture Capability. The Canon XC15 4K UHD Camcorder offers a true hybrid workflow solution for creative videographers who need to integrate both high-quality video and still acquisition into their productions. The camcorder offers the ability to capture both 4K UHD and HD imagery at a variety of frame rates and resolutions. Individual frames from the Canon XC15 4K UHD Camcorder's 4K UHD video can be extracted in camera or post and used as approx. 8.3-Megapixel still images. The camcorder is also a fully functional 12MP still camera complete with a mechanical shutter.
4K Frame Grab. In-camera still photos that are approximately 8.3 Megapixels can be extracted from 4K UHD video files. After creating a 4K UHD video movie, users can extract any frame they wish and convert it into a high-quality still photo.
Canon Log and Wide Dynamic Range Gamma. For professional users and anyone looking to get the most out of their camcorder, the Canon XC15 4K UHD Camcorder features Canon Log and Canon Wide DR Gamma curves that help maximize dynamic range and provide a wide exposure latitude.
Canon Log is ideal for post-production color-correction and grading where maintaining the highest possible image quality is of utmost importance for post processing. When using Canon Log, the XC15 4K UHD Camcorder can provide a dynamic range up to 800% or 12 stops.
Canon Wide Dynamic Range Gamma allows users to get many of the benefits of Canon Log but maintains an 18% gray point similar to Rec. 709 (the television standard). By using this setting, users can obtain the full dynamic range of the sensor without the need for extensive post-processing.
Wireless Operation. The Canon XC15 4K UHD Camcorder incorporates dual built-in 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz band wireless networks. This functionality provides both a Browser Remote and Browser Preview. By using Browser Remote, camcorder operations can be performed remotely from a web browser on a compatible smartphone or computer. Browser Preview allows users to look at still photos recorded in the camcorder without the need to remove media from the camcorder.
Workflow Versatility. The Canon XC15 4K UHD Camcorder provides a true hybrid workflow for professional filmmakers and videographers who want to integrate both high-quality video and still images into creative productions. It captures both 4K UHD and Full HD data files at a variety of frame rates and resolutions through an easy-to-implement capture, ingest, edit and render workflow that is fully compatible with industry-standard editing software.
A special-purpose version of Canon's XF Utility 3.1 software – available as a free download – accommodates the XF-AVC codec, streamlining both 4K and Full HD playback, as well as 8.3-Megapixel still-image extractions in JPEG or TIFF formats. For added flexibility, individual frames can be extracted from the XC15 4K UHD Camcorder's 4K UHD video output, either in the camera or during post-production.
CFast™ 4K UHD Recording Technology. Recording 4K UHD video requires professional-quality media capable of keeping up with the XC15 4K UHD Camcorder's 4K Codec. To meet these high data rate requirements, the camcorder features CFast™ recording technology. CFast™ is a next-generation non-proprietary recording solution supported by Canon and a variety of other manufacturers. Its high speed and durability are a perfect match to the XC15 4K UHD Camcorder and provides quality, performance and confidence in recording.
For HD recording an SD card slot is available to record directly to affordable SD cards when the higher data rates of CFast™ are not needed.
Compatibility with Multiple Canon Accessories. The hybrid nature of the Canon XC15 4K UHD Camcorder enables it to be compatible with a wide variety of Canon accessories. A cold shoe atop the XC15 4K UHD Camcorder provides communication to compatible accessories.
GPS Receiver: The GP-E2 GPS Receiver adds GPS information to the photo and movie data. The GPS information of MXF movies can also be viewed using the XF-Utility.
Battery Pack/Chargers: The XC15 4K UHD Camcorder is compatible with the EOS LP-E6N series of batteries and the LC-E6 battery charger.
Remote Controller: The RC-6 remote controller features a photo and movie mode. In photo mode, the user can initiate shooting straight away or on a 2-second delay. In movie mode, recording can be started and stopped with the press of a button.