HF G10 vs XA10 The HF G10 is top of the line consumer camcorder and I was wondering how it compares to the XA10. Does XA10 have $500 worth of extra feature? How does the image quality compare? I am most concerned about how the camcorder will handle in low light situations. ie indoors, early evenings...
Will be using the camera to produce short web commercials and recording events that my company conducts.
The image sensor in the two cameras is the same so low light performance will be the same as well. The major difference here is going to be the added xlr compatiblity and the handle/shotgun microphone atachment. As Michael stated, and these were differences that I didn't realize, There is an IR capability and different encoding format on the XA10. The IR capabilitys wouldn't apply to you because they wouldn't match the other shots, think of the green light video you see on tv. I don't know as though you would notice the different encoding format either, and likely whatever you use to edit/burn your video will encode the video upon output. So a bit more versatile but also a bit bulkier camera.
If you watch the video Canon has about direct HD resolution it should answer your question, but I'll try and explain it here as well. Because the XA10 is shooting in the 1920X1080 resolution the effective size of each pixel is going to be larger. Larger pixles means a wider dynamic range. What that is going to mean for you in the end is that the camera will work better in both varied light settings as well as low light. The image sensor on the 5d is larger but packs in many more ppi, which is important when taking stills. So the advantage is the Direct HD resolution. No need for the camera to process the video into another resolution.
Just wanted to point out to this is the case for either the XA10 or G10 cameras, they both use direct resolution.
You guy's feedback has been extremely helpful. I will probably never use IR for my work even though that is a cool feature to have, but the added XLR option, the handle and the blu-ray encoding makes the XA10 really tempting. But since both the cameras will perform equally in low light and I usually use a separate mic (Zoom H1) to capture audio don't know if my boss will think $500 extra justifies the extra features. We will see :).
I just contacted Canon Tech Support. The Canon XA10 has shipped to Dealers!!!!! I just noticed Norman Camera's in Michigan has posted it as "in stock". However, I plan to purchase from One Call or Amazon.