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Canon XA10

We have collected and analyzed 8 expert reviews and 327 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 91/100 and users rate it 90/100. The average review date is Nov 22, 2012. We have compared these reviews to 369525 reviews from other Camcorders. The alaScore™ for this product is 88/100 = Very good. Last update: Dec 10, 2018.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Canon XA10


alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Canon XA10 from The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Comments about the price and memory are on the whole positive. The portability and design also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the color and battery.

usability, design, portability, memory, price

battery, color

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon XA10 Professional Camcorder with 64GB Internal Flash Memory and Full Manual ControlCanon XA10 Professional Camcorder with 64GB Internal Flash Memory and Full Manual Control

Dec, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Canon XA10


alaTest has collected and analyzed 38 user reviews of Canon XA10 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and size. The price and portability are also appreciated. Many are negative about the memory. Views are divided on the battery.

usability, portability, price, size, image quality


92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon XA10 Professional Camcorder with 64GB Internal Flash Memory and Full Manual ControlCanon XA10 Professional Camcorder with 64GB Internal Flash Memory and Full Manual Control

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Videomaker (

Canon XA10 Pro Camcorder Reviewed


In the pro world of videography it's hard to take anything this small too seriously. However, the XA10 is larger than life in terms of features, usability, and quality imaging.

Detachable handle, XLR audio inputs and mic mount, Small form makes it extremely portable

Lightweight body lends to increased camera shake

Feb, 2012

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Canon XA10 review


The XA10 will be of interest to professionals and purists alike

Jun, 2012

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Canon XA10 review


Canon's XA10 professional level camcorder combines full manual controls, 64GB of internal memory and the ability to accept XLR audio inputs from the likes of pro microphones.

If you’ve got the cash, and the desire, the Canon XA10 is a camcorder with few flaws. The zoom is impressively versatile and controls easy to access, with only the small viewfinder a significant negative, dwarfed by the likes of the huge storage...

Apr, 2012

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Decent Amateur Camera


I think that this camera has great video quality and some really nice options. But it is poorly designed. The shoe mount for the audio xlr ports is shaky and the audio cuts occasionally. It is difficult to navigate the settings but you can learn how to...

Jan, 2016

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GREAT camera


I debated for a long time between going with the XA10 or a DSLR for narrative short films. After over a year of using the XA10 I can report it was definitely the right choice. Full manual control, real lens wheel and pro sounding XLR audio ins. And the...

Nov, 2015

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Not bad for those on a tight budget


We have been using this camera for a couple of years now to capture b-roll for how-to and product overview videos and have been happy with the results for the most part. Overall the picture quality is pretty good. If you are planning on run and gun use...

Sep, 2015

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Best Camera Ever For Almost Everything


As a primary provider for live streaming, I can never use this camera for those events, nor for live capturing to ANY capture software in HD without an expensive interface device of some sort.That being said, on any shoot, pro or pedestrian, if you...

Feb, 2015

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Good for the price range


Set this up in a Pod Cast studio. It is good for that, but not so easy to navigate the menus. Especially if you like to shoot in manual. Below I put I would not recommend to a friend because I don't want someone needing pro features thinking this a...

Dec, 2014

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Nice step up


Upgraded from a Canon HF m41 camcorder, which I thought did a nice job for work videos. Then I shot some video (fairly low light too) at the XA10's highest quality and was really amazed at how crisp and clear it was. One nice feature I like the ability...

Nov, 2014

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Perfect for Elementary Students


We recently started up a Broadcasting Program at our elementary school. The students learn how to operate digital cameras (DSLR and video cameras). This particular product is professional, yet manageable for my elementary 5th and 6th graders to use...

Nov, 2014

Product Specifications


Audio dubbing: Yes
Audio formats supported:MP3
Audio system:Dolby Digital / Dolby Digital 2.0
Built-in Microphone:No / Yes
PCM digital audio:16-bit/48 kHz


Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-808
Video recording time:1.8


3D compatibility: No
Camcorder Type:Handheld camcorder
Camera playback:Movie
Image processor:DIGIC DV III
Image quality adjustment:Brightness
Minimum illumination:0.1 / 1.5
Photo effects:Black&White, Negative film, Neutral, Sepia, Vivid
Shooting modes:Aperture priority, Manual, Shutter priority / Aperture priority, Shutter priority


Color of product:Black
LED Indicators: Yes


Built-in display: Yes
Display Diagonal:3.5
Display resolution (numeric):922000
Touch screen: Yes


Built-in flash: No


Closest Focusing Distance:0.787 / 2.36
Face detection: Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto / Auto/Manual / Manual
Macro focusing range:0.02

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (image):2.07
Effective megapixels (movie):2.07
Optical sensor size:1 / 3 / 1/3
Scan technology:CMOS
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total megapixels:2.37

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.2 - 12
Digital Zoom:2 / 200
Filter size:2.28
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.2 - 12
Focal length range (f-f):0.167 - 1.67
Image Stabilizer:No / Yes
Image stabilizer type:Optical
Maximum aperture number:2.8
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):12
Minimum aperture number:1.8
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):1.2
Optical Zoom:10

Light Exposure

Light exposure modes:Auto / Auto, Manual
Scene modes:Beach, Fireworks, Night, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Spotlight / Beach, Fireworks, Night, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):-5 - 45
Operating temperature range (T-T):-5 - 45

Other Features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 8
Audio Output:1
Auto exposure: Yes
Auto focus: Yes
Horizontal resolution:900
Manual exposure: Yes
Manual focus: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):3.2

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Cables included:AC, USB
Handheld remote control: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite video out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
DV port: No
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
Mini HDMI ports quantity:1
Mini-USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
PictBridge: No
S-Video out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connector type:Mini-USB B
XLR in: Yes


Camera shutter speed:1/2000 / 1/6 - 1/2000 / 1/6 - 1/2000; 1/2 - 1/500

Still Image

Continuous shooting mode: Yes
Maximum image resolution:1920 x 1080


Camcorder media type:HDD, Memory card / Memory Card
Camcorder tape type: No
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD, SDXC
Disc types supported: No
Flash memory:64
Internal storage capacity:64
Memory slots:2


Analog signal format system:NTSC
Capture modes:FXP, LP, MXP, SP, XP+ / FXP, LP, MXP, XP
Dual shot (video & photo): Yes
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD
HD-Ready: Yes
Maximum frame rate:30
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Pre-record: Yes
Supported video modes:1080p
Video capturing speed:30
Video compression format:AVCHD, H.264, MPEG4 / H.264, MPEG4
Video formats supported:AVCHD,H.264,MPEG4 / H.264,MPEG4
Video Resolutions:1440 x 1080 / 1920 x 1080


Viewfinder screen size:0.24

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:6.34 / 6.97 / 8.07
Height:3.03 / 6.97 / 8.07
Width:3.03 / 5.12

White Balance

White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Manual, Shade, Tungsten / Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Shade, Tungsten / Auto, Daylight, Fluorescent, Shade