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Canon’s new XC15 has pro audio inputs

Canon XC15 camcorder

5 September 2016

Canon have just announced the XC15, an updated version of their easy-to-use broadcast quality camcorder, the XC10, which I reviewed last year.

It looks very similar to the original model. The main difference is that it comes bundled with an audio adapter that allows the use of XLR pro microphones. The MA-400 (which costs $500 on its own) fits on the accessory shoe. As well as two XLR inputs, there’s a holder for a shotgun microphone, and physical control switches and dials under a clear cover on the top. It has a similar function to the detachable top handle for my XA20: I find it really handy to be able to adjust audio levels with dials rather than touchscreen.

The new model also adds 24p recording in 4K and 1080p, a waveform monitor, movie looks that match the C300 Mk II, a highlight priority mode, and a new touch panel with an operation lock. I liked the XC10 as an easy-t0-use broadcast quality camera for non-specialists, and the XC15 looks like a significant improvement. It will be available at the end of September.

Preorder the XC15 at Adorama