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The best of both worlds,
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This review is from: Canon XA10 Professional Camcorder with 64GB Internal Flash Memory and Full Manual Control (Camera)
It is unbelievable how this camera can be so compact, and yet so pro.
The removable handle is brilliant!
When it's in place you have XLR microphone inputs and audio level controls, and flexibility in shooting angles.
When it is removed, it feels just like any consumer mini hand-held camera that you might take on a family outing - yet still has the same video quality!
For years I used the semi-pro Canon GL-1. It did a great job (as far as a Standard Definition camera) of allowing pro-quality video to be procured from a smaller device. You can't beat the a larger lens for low-light performance and video quality. It, however, lacked some important features, and manual control that are important for pro video. For example, manual audio control was lacking. To get such features, you needed to move up to a shoulder mounted camera like the XL-1 - which had a great lens, made great video, but wasn't something you would bring to the park with the kids. Forgetting the price difference for a moment - who wants to lug around a shoulder mounted camera when you are taking video of your family? Over the last few years, the cameras have gotten smaller, the manual controls in newer cameras have increased - but I haven't seen anyone 'put it all together' like Canon has with the XA-10.
The XA10 has the same lens and sensor used in larger Canon cameras.
In addition, it records video to an internal flash drive, AND has two SD card slots. This makes it ready to start recording on the spot, and also suitable for longer events and where the highest quality recording modes are used, where you need to swap out multiple cards. It even allows you to record to two devices at once, allowing a backup copy to be made in real time.
I am so pleased with this camera, and I have just scratched the surface of its available features.
To sum it up - I am looking forward to shooting pro quality work related videos with this camera, AND bringing it to Disneyworld!
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Initial post: Jul 22, 2011 2:25:58 PM PDT
Whats the difference between this camera and the Canon VIXIA HF G10?
besides the microphone thing on top and internal memory, what else?
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