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XC15: the better connected UHD camera

When the low-cost Canon XC10 Ultra HD camcorder launched last year, one criticism was that it didn’t have professional audio connections.

That has been addressed with the XC15, which includes a new microphone adapter with dual XLR inputs, as well as improved autofocus and a 24p frame rate option.

“It has the same EBU image quality, but now we have high-quality audio and a waveform monitor. We are targeting the more professional user,” said James Burwood, product manager UK for professional imaging.

The compact camera is also designed to complement Canon’s Cinema EOS range, and has the ability to record with Canon Log gamma, offering 12 stops of dynamic range.

It records UHD at 24/25p to an internal CFast 2.0 card at up to 305Mbps, or HD to an SD card at up to 50Mbps. It also features a 1-inch CMOS sensor, built-in 10x optical zoom lens, ND filter, vari-angle touch LCD and rotating side handgrip.