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Canon XC15 4K Professional Camcorder

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Canon XC15 4K Professional Camcorder


Availability: Expected June 2017


  • 1" CMOS Sensor and DIGIC DV 5 Processor

  • UHD 4K at up to 25 fps

  • Integrated f/2.8-5.6/8.9-89mm Zoom Lens

  • XLR Audio Input & MA-400 Mic Adapter

  • 24p Mode for 4K and 1080p Video

  • New Looks/Menu Options,

  • Three New Shutter Speeds

  • Waveform Monitor Display

  • Highlight Priority HDR-Like Gamma

  • Rules Assignable to Files & Metadata

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The Canon XC15 4K Professional Camcorder is compact and discrete featuring 4K UHD/Full HD internal video recording with professional XLR audio that is easy to use, with footage that can be seamlessly integrated with other professional Cinema EOS cameras.


The Canon XC15 features a 1" 12MP CMOS sensor capable of capturing up to Ultra HD 4K resolutions at up to 25 fps and 1080p at up to 60p, and an integrated f/2.8 - 5.6, 8.9 to 89mm zoom lens, which has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 27.3 to 273mm in video mode. The camera has separate focus and zoom rings and offers auto and manual focus controls. The XC15 supports both CFast and SD cards like the XC10 did. 4K video records to CFast cards in an MXF wrapper at up to 305 Mbps in an H.264-based, IntraFrame, 4:2:2, 8-bit codec; while 1080p video writes to SD cards at up to 50 Mbps in an H.264-based, Long-GOP, 4:2:2, 8-bit codec, also in an MXF wrapper. Still images are also written to SD cards. Keeping 4K video separate from 1080p and stills will help avoid data mix-ups.


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


Highlighted Features:

  • XLR audio input for MA-400 microphone adapter
  • Includes MA-400 microphone adapter
  • New and revised menu options such as internal mic trimming
  • New looks for movies and still photos
  • Movie looks incorporated from the C300 Mk II
  • 24p mode for both 4K (at 305 Mbps, like in C300 Mk II) and 1080p video
  • Waveform Monitor display
  • Three new shutter speeds matching the C300 Mk II for flicker reduction
  • Scale display based on 1/24 sec shutter speeds in following with the 23.98 sequence
  • Shutter speed display can be switched to a shutter angle display
  • Highlight Priority, a new gamma that provides the same effects as HDR
  • Rules can be assigned to file names and metadata after filming
  • Operation lock for when operating the camera with cross keys


Standard Features:

  • Upgraded follow-up to the XC10, enhanced for a more professional audio/video workflow
  • 1" 12MP CMOS sensor
  • Captures up to UHD 4K at up to 25 fps and 1080p at up to 50p
  • Integrated f/2.8 - 5.6, 8.9 - 89mm, 10x optical zoom lens with an ND filter
  • DIGIC DV 5 Image Processor
  • Separate focus and zoom rings
  • Auto and manual focus controls
  • Supports both CFast and SD cards
  • 3" LCD Display
  • Detachable viewfinder
  • 720p high-frame rate recording
  • 160 to 20,000 ISO range
  • Canon Log Gamma and Wide DR Gamma


Image Sensor



1.0 Type CMOS


Bayer pattern filter

Total pixels per sensor

13.36MP (4224 x 3164)

Effective pixels per sensor

Video Mode: approx. 8.29MP (3840 x 2160); Stills mode: approx.12MP (4000 x 3000)

Minimum illumination

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 - 89mm (27.3-273mm 35mm equivalent) 
Stills Mode: 4:3 - 24.1 -241mm,/ 3:2 - 25 - 250mm, /16:9 - 27.3 - 273mm (approx.)

Minimum focus distance

50cm across entire zoom range; approx. 8cm at wide macro setting

ND filter

Yes, single density built-in. 1/8 (3-step) equivalent

Zoom control

Manual. 35mm 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


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



Video storage media

4K: CFast 2.0TM card; Full HD/Photo: SD card (Class 10 recommended for 50Mbps)


Depends on card used

Recording time

Depends on card capacity. 4K: CFast 2.0TM 64GB approx. 25 min @305Mbps. 
Full HD 64GB SD card approx. 170 min @50Mbps

Recording file format

Material eXchange Format (MXF)

Recording format

Video Format: XF-AVC. Compression Format: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

Recording frame rate (PAL model)

CFast 2.0TM 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 
HDMI Out: 
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; 100P

Slow/Fast motion

Yes: 1/4x - 1200x speed2. Frame rate 25.00P

Interval Record

Yes, Photo Mode only

Frame Record


Pre Record (cache record)

Yes, in Full HD mode to SD card only. 5 Second pre-record time

Scan Reverse


HD->SD conversion


Internal Data Transfer


Photo storage media

SD card

Still Image quality

8.29 - 12Mp depending on format


Monitor Panel


Monitoring Panel Type

Capacitive touch screen LCD


3-Inch /7.66cm


approx. 1,030,000

Image quality adjustments

Brightness, Backlight


Yes. 2-axis parallel hinge mechanism

Waveform Monitor


View Assist Function

Yes, when High Brightness Priority selected in CP menu

Focus Assist

Magnification. Area selectable via touch screen


Yes, Red, blue or yellow selectable


Yes. 70% or 100%, selectable


Yes. Horizontal or grid markers white or grey




No EVF. Optical loupe viewfinder attachment for LCD screen supplied



Audio in

Built-in stereo microphone, 3.5mm 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

3.5mm Stereo mini jack

Video monitor output



Yes. Output only

HDMI Video Output (Playback Mode)

4K movie playback: 3840x2160/25.00P; 1920x1080/50.00P/50.00i; 720x576/50.00P 
HD movie playback: 1920x1080/50.00P/50.00i; 720x576/50.00P


Yes mini-B, Hi-speed, Output only

HD/SD-SDI output


Time code

Yes, via HDMI



Component out


AV terminal


DC input


Remote Control Terminal


Colour Bars

Yes. PAL Model: EBU/SMPTE. Can be output via HDMI



Tally lamp


Accessory shoe

Yes, Coldshoe

Custom key


Custom Dial


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, Color 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


Auto Gain Control limit


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


Slow Shutter (SLS)


Clear Scan




Infrared shooting mode


Built-in IR lamp


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




GPS Information (Optional Accessory)

Latitude/Longitude/Elevation, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

White balance





6 Presets: Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten (incandescent lamps or halogen bulbs), Fluorescent H (3-wavelength type fluorescent), Fluorescent (white fluorescent)

Shockless WB


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




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



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


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: 6.0W3/Playback: 4.1W

Continuous Recording Time

Approx.: 110 mins (maximum) / 75 mins(typical)

Canon XC15 4K Professional Camcorder includes
  • MA-400 Microphone Adapter for EOS C300 Mark II
  • CA-945 Compact Power Adapter for C300 & C300 PL
  • LP-E6N Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1865mAh)
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Hood
  • Lens Cap
  • Cable for Microphone Unit
  • Cable Clamp
  • Viewfinder
  • USB Cable
  • High-Speed HDMI Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty

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