mpgxsvcd: One simple question to Dpreview. With hindsight at your disposal would you still have produced this opinion piece or would you just have left it at the press release and moved on? Basically, was it worth the effort to produce this article in your opinion?
So the target audience does agree with the article?
Is the target audience commenting?
Jon H Laake: I bought a leather case for my rx100 mk I from China. It provides all the grip you'll ever need for a dimunitive camera like this. About 10 USD on eBay.
Those cases look nice! I was looking at those. Did it arrive quickly?
IEBA1: I agree with all the posts that wonder about the point of this article. Given how few "opinion" pieces are on DPreview, why the XC10 gets a positive opinion piece makes the whole web site suspect.
I laughed out loud at: "The XC10 represents an important step on the path to convergence between the still and video imaging worlds, though it’s important to recognize that it’s an early step."
Wha? Can you even find a camera any more that doesn't do both?
Years ago, I hacked a GH2 for fantastic video, stills, and augmented it to use cine servo zoom lenses for capabilities still lenses simply cannot provide. Last year I upgraded to a GH4 and haven't looked back. It is a stellar tool. You can see gobs of my technical videos here:
The only unique feature is the rotatable grip. Something I had on my first HD camcorder, the JVC GR-HD1. Yes, I'm an early adopter. Thats why it bugs me when I see article like this that are _years_ behind the curve.
Yes, exactly: the market muscle to sell institutions a high priced but under-featured camera that can't match the GH4. Thinking about that statement, I believe you're correct. They do have that power and they will probably succeed.
I don't think the camera has to have different features. I think companies will buy this in sets of 2 or more rather than individuals.
mpgxsvcd: I understand the argument that someone shooting ENG could want 4:2:2 and extremely high bit rates to satisfy a broadcast station requirement. However, what are they doing now if that requirement exists today? Have you ever had ENG footage rejected because it wasn’t 4:2:2? No cameras in this price range shoot 4K 4:2:2 internally right now. So does that mean that 4K is not used at all for ENG shooting?
In reality I am not sure that ENG shooters are even ready for 4K. It would be nearly impossible to transfer native 4K files with these high bit rates from the field. They would certainly have to transcode it down to heavily compressed 1080p at the very least. Then the benefit of high bit rate 4K would be lost.
Also the viewfinder is essential for outdoor field work like this. With the large viewfinder in place this camera is not small anymore. In addition the viewfinder appears to be attached to the LCD screen. That really does not look to be very durable at all.
No. In fairness the pivoting body and pivoting LCD accomplish two different things. Consider this: instead of looking at the former as a pivoting body, flip roles and look at is as a pivoting grip. Then the ergonomics become apparent. So the pivoting body is useful. The pivoting LCD is also useful.
It could very well be that few people will buy a single copy of this device, but many organisations will buy 10 or 20 copies. I think Canon may be to video equipment what IBM used to be to computer equipment: Nobody ever got fired buying IBM, the saying went, and so maybe today nobody ever got fired buying Canon. They're "safe" for the guy signing the purchase order.
Whether the product is innovative may not actually matter as much as the label. Canon may use the tech seen here, in an evolved form, in future cams or camcorders or whatever -- including suppositories... What matters is they may be filling a line item on any number of purchase orders etc.
Meanwhile, DPR killed several birds with one stone by running several pieces on the device: the anticipated responses to the claims here generated site traffic; Canonisti arrived to defend the indefensible, somebody at Amazon might be happily counting clicks, and in the final analysis, there's no such thing as bad publicity.
Mike99999: Canon informercial from a site sponsored by Canon. No surprises here...
This camera is a RX10-clone disguised to look like something better. The RX-10 has a target audience, but for 4K use I don't see why anyone would choose this Canon over the flexibility of a GH4.
I think it'd be more fair to Canon to recognize that people do like the 5DII video capabilities though. Pricing, size, etc. come into play but realistically Canon have made significant steps, just as Panasonic have.
The question is, will the XC10 be viewed as a significant step?
jukeboxjohnnie: Yes but photography is mainly a stills hobby I couldn't care less about video I've never used it on my camera since digital started
ozturert: I don't need this camera but I can see how useful this can be for some.Ups, sorry! I should have said "this is an extremely expensive and nonsense camera. my FZ1000 is much better and cheap!" :)
You're generally correct; your FZ is better and cheap.
There may be a user base for this, and there may be ways in which this is better than the FZ. However, no amount of optimism or stretching will make this the ground-breaking revelation that Canon or the media apparently want it to be.
It seems to be a decent camcorder with the capabilities of a P&S stills digicam, or vice-versa. I don't think it's capable of cold fusion and sincerely doubt it will even come close to curing cancer.
Cool story bro.
Why are you reading about a camcorder?
If the XC10 were a big deal, would it need press pieces explaining that it's a big deal?
myung keun: I love this concept and I do feel like it's the right direction, but I would never invest in a system that offers 4k or 20k that has rolling shutter. It just doesn't make sense to invest that much money into a body and lenses, external displays, rigs, microphones etc. and have a system that I cannot do a decent pan with.
Ps: Talking about it, does anybody have information on that particular matter in this particular case?
This is fixed lens (so there are no other lenses in which to invest) and there don't seem to be actual XLRs (I don't know what your audio lines are set up for right now).
more people claim to have had this camera than those who claim to own it or just want to own it.
That is funny.
princecody: Why would I buy this when the Panasonic FZ1000 is only a fraction of the cost? Someone please enlighten me regarding this outrageous price tag :)
Wait, if we can only speculate about the build quality of the Canon, we're using its weight as some sort of indication that it's more resilient than the FZ? So if it weighed another 2 kg, would it then be even better?...
People are using mobile phones and their videos are run on CNN.
Could this find a market as an entry-level pro webcam? The browser interface is actually a good choice IMO. Sound could be an issue with no XLRs but I suppose unbalanced lines could work.
Donnie G: It's wonderful to see the trolls whipped up into a feeding frenzy over Canon's XC10 multi-media camera, especially since, on this site, that usually means that Canon has hit another grand slam home run out of the marketplace ballpark. Canon's fresh approach to camera design ergonomics, distilled from their Cinema EOS cameras, is a very clear indication of the form any mirrorless EOS DSLR replacement will take in the future. Imagine a mirrorless EOS Rebel with no need of a battery draining EVF and no need for a mirror box to support an OVF because it would have a simple removable eye loupe that attaches directly to the live view display. You would control the sensor display from the grip via a joystick when the loupe is attached. Ah, but first things first. :))
A mirrorless EOS Rebel with no EVF or mirror box to support an OVF, but rather a loupe attaching to a live view display is a compelling idea. I'd like that.
The XC10 is unremarkable.
shutterbobby: Funny I had the MV1..the 1st digital video & still cam from Canon about 20 yrs ago,at the same price as this one.DV quality video & stills good enough for web work back then..made money with this as well.Sure there is a market for this....
The MV1s were nice machines and they had that BP-9something charger if memory serves, and our cables would always twist and strip... Sure, users made money using those, but now things are different. I used the last one in a fixed location; reliable and worth the money back then.
Quality today is somehow vital and irrelevant at the same time We all want better tones, better dynamics, an end to rolling shutter issues, etc. OTOH some guy with an iPhone 6P has uploaded a video before the fancy gear is even unpacked.
The best part of the advertorial was the bit about "Even DPReview would benefit from this type of camera." Well, yes, if it sells via the site I suppose DPReview will benefit. Congrats.
Other than that though... Meh... Calling this some sort of revolution is unfounded, and the primary reason the author has to list for whom this device is intended is that it is ostensibly unclear for whom this device in intended...
Will Jackie Treehorn buy 20-30 cameras for his company? I doubt it. Skin tones are poor, and low light performance is unremarkable.
We've shot Canon since the first EOS 6x0 series. The following decade we got the Kodak/Canon hybrids. Then actual Canon DSLRs, and so on, and I'm sure many here have similar backgrounds. If Canon thought this device would be exciting, they've lost the plot.
Nos 4, 1, 2 my top three pics, in that order. Great shots.
rallyfan: I think the pricing is actually bad news for J fans and Nikon 1 fans.
In the past, the 1s were priced a bit high IMO and they didn't seem to sell very well. Maybe I'm mistaken but that's the impression I got. Then, 1s would show up at deep discounts and there were bargains to be had.
As a result I learned that this is a nice system. It's very small and has great burst/AF performance compared to other small MILCs, and with the deep discounts previously available it was very compelling.
The new J seems nice. Granted, the 4K/15fps thing seems silly at first (upon closer examination, it's borderline idiotic, but oh, well -- the other features are great). However the new cam is priced well from the start, and may sell better, meaning there may not be deep discounts.
I hope it flops and is sold off in fire sales, because I think this is a great camera! I can get by with a single battery and sell the lens anyway.
Now I wonder what their next move might be. A V series 1 along similar lines but with the viewfinder differences implemented would also be very interesting.
These are great cams overall!