XA10 professional camcorder is designed to be as compact as possible while still incorporating all of the features that professionals need in a camcorder. Let’s look at the size and weight first: the XA10 is 5.1 inches wide by 7 inches high by 8 inches long and it weighs just 1.71 pounds. That makes it lighter and less bulky than most other professional camcorders.
The XA10 has a detachable top-mounted handle that gives it a professional look and feel, aids in low-angle shooting and adds a measure of insurance for clumsy handlers. Not just for looks and convenience, the XA10’s handle also increases functionality by adding two XLR audio inputs with phantom power, along with an external microphone holder, an accessory shoe, manual audio level controls, a RECORD START/STOP button, an infrared light, a rear tally lamp and a zoom control. You can select a variable zoom speed or choose from 16 fixed zoom speeds.
The XA10 can record at the maximum AVCHD bit rate of 24Mbps at 1920 x 1080 and 4:2:0 color space. Different bit rate modes (24Mbps, 17Mbps, 12Mbps, 7Mbps and 5Mbps) let you seek an ideal balance between video quality and recording time. Anything recorded in high definition can easily be converted to standard definition while preserving the original HD video. This makes it easier to share video online.
The XA10 sees the world through a Canon 10x zoom lens with a 35mm-equivalent zoom range from 30.4mm to 304mm. The lens is equipped with an 8-blade iris, which forms a rounder aperture than a 6-blade iris and thus helps to produce a more pleasing out-of-focus background, commonly referred to as “bokeh.” Everything seen through the lens is captured by a 1/3-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel CMOS sensor, and is processed by Canon's DIGIC DV III image processor