Canon reveals ultracompact XA10 professional camcorder

The diminutive Full HD Canon XA10 video camera is equipped with a 1/3in CMOS Pro sensor

Canon has announced what the company describes as its smallest professional digital video camera ever. The Canon XA10 is a Full HD (1080p) digital camcorder with a HD CMOS Pro 1/3in sensor; according to Canon, the sensor is 260 per cent larger than those in previous Canon cameras of a comparable size.

The XA10 can record footage using the AVCHD codec at 24 megabits per second to its 64GB of memory or to its dual SDXC-compatible memory card slots.

The Canon XA10 camcorder is equipped with a 30.4mm wide-angle lens with a 10x optical zoom, a 3.5in touchscreen, a built-in IR lamp for night shooting, a focus ring and customisable control dials. Other features include face detection, "instant autofocus" and two XLR inputs for audio.

Pricing for the Canon XA10 has not been released. The camcorder will be available in Australia from April 2011.

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