The features of the XA10 are extensive and I must admit that I did not get to check on all of them, but I will expound on some of the most interesting features that makes this camcorder so popular (besides its obvious compact design).
First of all, we will discuss the internal 64 Gig flash memory along with the additional two SDXC memory slots. You can immediately start recording to your internal flash drive and if you happen to use up all the 64Gigs, your camcorder will automatically move over to your installed memory cards and record on them. If you should utilize all the memory that your camcorder can hold, you can actually record for days.
Secondly, with the Canon XA10 being a professional grade camcorder, it is no surprise that it features the Advanced Video Coding High Definition (AVCHD) codec. This codec uses MPEG 4 which is similar to the compression technology that Canon also used in their DSLR HD camcorders. This file format is able to be edited by most of the recent video editing software and can also be made into blu-ray disks. The maximum bit rate for the AVCHD is 24MB per second and the XA10 utilizes this fully because it is able to record at that rate at 1920 x 1080 and a color space of 4:2:0. The incorporated CMOS sensor will provide full HD recording without a lot of noise and blur. All of this put together guarantees you sharp and vivid images that are professional grade quality.
The 10x HD zoom is smooth with a wide angle view which enhances wonderful background images, especially due to its 8 blade iris. Additionally, it has a manual focus ring so that you can make adjustments precisely how you want them. Even at 10x zoom, you do not have to worry about blurry or shaky images – given that you weren’t running around, because the SuperRange optical image stabilizer helps to stabilize your images, thus making them clearer and it has 3 on modes.
One of the Canon’s XA10 camcorder’s feature that is non technical but highly regarded is the detachable handle; it also has two XLR audio input terminals built in with phantom power as well as infrared light, manual audio level control, an external microphone holder and more.
As mentioned in the previous paragraph, the camera is equipped with an infrared light for infrared recording under very low light conditions, which wouldn’t normally be visible with a regular camcorder. The infrared mode removes the infrared cut-off filter from the path of the optical view, thus allowing the infrared light to pass through the CMOS sensor. You can choose to record in either green or white light mode. The use of the infrared is great for professional videographers who will find themselves in situations where minimal light is present or needed.