Canon XC15 4K Professional Camcorder


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An upgraded follow-up to the XC10, the Canon XC15 4K Professional Camcorder is enhanced for more professional use, providing for a more complete audio/video capture workflow in the same compact, ergonomic form factor.

The XC15 features a 1″ 12MP CMOS sensor capable of capturing up to UHD 4K resolution at up to 29.97 fps and 1080p at up to 59.94 fps. It has an integrated 8.9 to 89mm zoom lens with an f/2.8 to f/5.6 aperture. The lens has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 27.3 to 273mm in video mode. The lens offers separate focus and zoom rings and auto and manual focus controls.

The XC15 supports both CFast and SD cards. It records 4K video to CFast cards in an MXF wrapper at up to 305 Mb/s in an H.264-based, IntraFrame, 4:2:2, 8-bit codec. 1080p video is recorded on SD cards at up to 50 Mb/s in an H.264-based, Long-GOP, 4:2:2, 8-bit codec, also in an MXF wrapper. Still images are also stored to SD cards. Keeping 4K video separate from 1080p video and still images helps avoid data mix-ups.

The XC15 comes with the MA-400 microphone adapter, which connects to an XLR audio input. The MA-400 was originally designed for the C300 Mk II and is geared toward single-user applications such as run-and-gun newsgathering. It’s shoe-mountable from two different positions and offers an external mic holder.


Image Sensor
Sensor 1.0 Type CMOS
System Bayer pattern filter
Total pixels per sensor 13.36 MP (4224 x 3164)
Effective pixels per sensor Video Mode: approx. 8.29 MP (3840 x 2160);

Stills mode: approx.12 MP (4000 x 3000)

Minimum illumination AUTO MODE: PAL
50.00i:  Approx. 5.32 lux (at 1/50 sec. shutter speed)
25.00P: Approx. 2.68 lux (at 1/25 sec. shutter speed)
Manual Mode, PAL
50.00i/25.00P: Approx. 0.05 lux (shutter speed 1/2 sec.)
Horizontal Resolution 1700 lines or more (4K Recording),

900 lines or more (Full HD recording)

Zoom ratio 10x optical
Focal length Video Mode: 8.9 – 89 mm

(27.3 – 273 mm, 35 mm equivalent)
Stills Mode: 4:3 – 24.1- 241mm,/ 3:2 – 25 – 250 mm, /

16:9 – 27.3 – 273 mm (approx.)

Minimum focus distance 50 cm across entire zoom range;  approx. 8 cm at wide macro setting
ND filter Yes, single density built-in. 1/8 (3-step) equivalent
Zoom control Manual. 35 mm conversion markers provided
Focus control AF, Face detection and tracking, Push AF, AiAF

(Photo Mode) Manual focus ring
Touch Focus Function.

Iris control Auto, manual via control wheel
Aperture range f/2.8 – f/5.6 (W-T)
Filter diameter 58 mm
Lens elements/groups 12 Groups of 14 elements
Aperture blades 8 blade diaphragm. Mechanical shutter built in.
Image stabilization system Optical (lens shift) + electronic stabilisation.
Movie Mode IS options: Dynamic IS¹, Standard IS, Powered IS
Digital zoom No Digital Zoom. 2 x Digital Teleconverter via assignable button
Image Processor
Sampling accuracy YCC 4:2:2 (4K or Full HD, XF-AVC/MXF)
Bit depth 8-bit
Video storage media 4K: CFast 2.0™ card; Full HD/Photo: SD card

(Class 10 recommended for 50 Mbps)

Capacity Depends on card used
Recording time Depends on card capacity. 4K: CFast 2.0™ 64 GB approx. 25 min @305 Mbps.
Full HD 64GB SD card approx. 170 min @50 Mbps
Recording file format Material eXchange Format (MXF)
Recording format Video Format: XF-AVC.  Compression Format: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Recording frame Cfast 2.0 Card:
4K(3840 x 2160) Recording; 25.00P/24.00P

(305Mbps or 205Mbps)
Full HD Recording (1920 x 1080) 50Mbps: 50.00P;

35Mbps at 50.00i/25.00P/24.00P
4K(3840 x 2160) Recording; 25.00P/24.00P

(305Mbps or 205Mbps)
Full HD Recording (1920 x 1080) 50Mbps: 50.00P;

35Mbps at 50.00i/25.00P/24.00P
1280 x 720: 50/35 Mbps; 100P⁴

Slow/Fast motion Yes: 1/4x – 1200x speed ¹. Frame rate 25.00P
Interval Record Yes, Photo Mode only
Frame Record No.
Pre Record (cache record) Yes, in Full HD mode to SD card only.

5 Second pre-record time

Photo storage media SD card
Scan Reverse No
HD->SD conversion No
Internal Data Transfer No
Photo storage media SD card
Still Image quality 8.29 – 12 Mp depending on format


Monitor Panel
Monitoring Panel Type Capacitive touch screen LCD
Size 3-Inch /7.66cm
Dots approx. 1,030,000
Image quality adjustments Brightness, Backlight
Adjustable Yes. 2-axis parallel hinge mechanism
Waveform Monitor Yes
View Assist Function Yes, when High Brightness Priority selected in CP menu
Focus Assist Magnification. Area selectable via touch screen
Peaking Yes, Red, blue or yellow selectable
Zebra Yes. 70% or 100%, selectable
Markers Yes. Horizontal or grid markers white or grey
Size No EVF. Optical loupe viewfinder attachment

for LCD screen supplied

Audio in Built-in stereo microphone, 3.5 mm stereo mini jack external microphone, 2 x XLR via Microphone

Adapter MA-400

Audio Connection Canon 13-pin connector for Microphone Adapter MA-400
Headphone output 3.5 mm Stereo mini jack
Video monitor output No
HDMI Yes. Output only
HDMI Video  Output (Playback Mode) PAL
4K movie playback : 3840×2160/25.00P:


HD movie playback: 1920×1080/50.00P/50.00i

USB Yes, mini-B, Hi-speed, Output only
HD/SD-SDI output No
Time code Yes, via HDMI
Genlock No
Component out No
AV terminal No
DC input Yes
Remote Control Terminal No
Colour Bars Yes. PAL Model: EBU/SMPTE. Can be output via HDMI
Tally lamp Yes
Accessory shoe Yes, Coldshoe
Custom key No
Custom Dial No
Shooting functions
Exposure metering Movie mode: Standard, spotlight, backlight
Photo mode: Evaluative, centre-weighted, spot
Exposure compensation -2.0  – +2.0 stops in 1/3 stop increments (photos) and 1/4 stop increments (movies)
Custom Picture Settings Video Mode: Standard, Cinema EOS Std.,

Neutral, Production Camera, Colour Matrix off,

Canon Log, EOS Std., Wide DR, Cinema EOS
Std., high-brightness priority, user settings (1/2)
Photo Mode: Standard, Portrait, Landscape,

Neutral, Fidelity setting, Sepia, Monochrome, Clear, Autumn Leaves, user settings (1/2)


Auto Exposure mode AUTO/Programmed AE (P)/Shutter-priority AE (Tv)/Aperture-priority (Av) / Manual Exposure (M)/SCN (Portrait /Sports /Night Scene /Snow /Beach /Sunset /Low Light / Spotlight / Fireworks)
Exposure Lock Yes (in compatible modes)
Auto Gain Control setting Yes.
Auto Gain Control limit 28.5 dB
ISO Sensitivity Movie /Photo: ISO 160 – 20000
Movie Mode with Canon Log or Wide

DR selected: 500 to 20000

Gain setting 0.0 – 42.0dB
At the fine gain setting: Any setting in a 0.5 increment between 0.0 dB and 42.0 dB
Movie Mode with Canon Log or Wide DR selected: 9.0 dB (8.5 dB at fine gain setting) to 42.0 dB
Shutter speed
Control Modes Manual, Shutter Priority AE (Tv), Auto Slow Shutter On/Off
Shutter speed Movie Mode: 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6 to 1/2000 sec.

(in 1/4-step increments)
Photo Mode: 0.5 sec., 0.4 sec., 0.3 sec., 1/4 – 1/2000 sec. (in 1/3-step increments)

Shutter Angle Yes
Slow Shutter (SLS) Yes
Clear Scan No
Infrared shooting mode No
Built-in IR lamp No
Wi-Fi & GPS Specifications
Wireless LAN standards IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz band) / IEEE 802.11a/n

(5GHz band* )
*5GHz band not available in Qatar

Supported Wi-Fi Functions Photo Mode: Playback (in browser) from SD card; Download and save images to user terminal device via web browser.
Supported Browser for Remote Operation Internet Explorer, Safari (iOS), Safari (Mac OS),
Android standard browser
Remote Operation Control Features Aperture, Focus, WB, Shutter Speed, ISO/Gain, Shooting Mode, Start/Stop Recording
Live view image Resolution Camera setting mode: 680 x 383;

Simplified setting: 284 x 160

Authentication Systems Open/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
Encryption WEP64, WEP128, TKIP, AES
GPS Information (Optional Accessory) Latitude/Longitude/Elevation,

Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

White balance
Auto YES
Preset 6 Presets:  Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten (incandescent lamps or halogen bulbs), Fluorescent H

(3-wavelength type fluorescent), Fluorescent (white fluorescent)

Shockless WB Yes
Manual setting Set 1, Set 2 (Default 5,500K)


Time Code
Countup system Regen/Rec Run/Free Run/Preset (Non-Drop Frame)
Start value setting “00:00:00:00”, Set/Reset selectable
Recording Linear PCM (2ch, 16 bit, 48 kHz)
Audio Settings (Movie Mode) Built-in Mic Wind Screen:   Auto High/Auto Low/Off
Internal mic attenuator:     Auto / On / Off
Built-in Mic Frequency: Response: Normal, low-range boosting, low-range cutting, mid-range boosting, low and high-range boosting
Built-in Mic Directionality: Monaural / Normal / Wide / Zoom: MIC Att. Auto / On / Off : MIC Low Cut. On/Off:  Audio limiter, On/Off: Audio compressor: High/Low/Off
Supplied Lens hood, (Loupe) Viewfinder Unit, Microphone Adapter MA-400, Battery Pack LP-E6N, High Speed HDMI Cable (HTC100/S), Compact Power unit CA-945, Unit Cable UN5, AC Cable, Interface Cable (IFC-300PCU/S),

Shoulder Strap

Optional Canon Battery Charger LC-E6/LC-E6E,

Remote Controller (RC-6)
GPS receiver GP-E2, Canon DM-E1 Microphone, Unit Cable UN-5/UN-10
Canon PROTECT Filter 58 mm, Canon ND4-L Filter 58 mm, Canon ND8-L Filter 58 mm

Battery Type LP-E6N  (7.2v,1865 mAh) supplied
Power Consumption Approx. Max. Recording: 6.0W²/Playback: 4.1W
Continuous Recording Time Approx.: 110 mins (maximum) / 75 mins(typical)
Dimensions Approx. 128 x 102 x122 mm (body only)

Approx. 132 x 221 x 238 mm (with viewfinder unit, MA400 and lens hood)

Weight (camera only) Approx. 955 g Body Only, approx. 1590 g fully equipped
Weight (fully equipped) Approx. 1040 g (with lens hood, battery,

CFast 2.0 card and SD card)

Operating Temperature range Approx. 0°C to 40°C, 85% (relative humidity)

Approx. -5°C to 45°C, 60% (relative humidity)


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