Canon Updates the XC15 With addition of XLR Audio Module

September 1, 20161 Comment


I was never a fan of the XC10 and to be honest I don’t think the new XC15 priced at $2400 is going to do it for me either but hey this just might be the B-cam you’ve always wanted. For me the big issue is the lens and it’s variable f-stop zoom. Shooting video with variable f-stops is not fun. Zoom in and you have to change the exposure making the camera hard to use for run & gun. The new XC15 has the same issue.

XC15 module

The audio module will be helpful for a more robust audio capture experience with record level controls that are easy to get to. It does make the camera a little bulky up top.

XC15 now has an on-screen waveform monitor that should have been on the original as well since Canon considers it a professional camera but I digress it now has it.


  • 1″ CMOS Sensor and DIGIC DV 5 Processor
  • UHD 4K at up to 29.97 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 and Menu Options
  • Waveform Monitor Display
  • Three New Shutter Speeds
  • Highlight Priority HDR-Like Gamma
  • Rules Assignable to Files & Metadata
  • 24p Recording now an option

XC15 Press Info

Whether you’re an advanced amateur or professional 4K and HD videographer, a digital filmmaker needing a cost-effective 4K UHD/HD “B” or “C” camera, or a multimedia journalist in the field, the XC15 4K UHD Camcorder is the complete package to get you the high-quality footage you seek and do so easily and conveniently.

With a compact, portable body, the new XC15 4K UHD Camcorder is ideal for handheld editorial and news shooting or on-set TV and film shoots. Its different Look Settings can be used to make sure it pairs well with Canon Cinema EOS cameras as well as XF and XA series camcorders.

The XC15 4K UHD Camcorder’s compact design, advanced 12 Megapixel CMOS image sensor, wide-angle 10x zoom lens with Image Stabilizer and advanced autofocus delivers outstanding sharpness and color to bring virtually any project to life.

Equipped with features that will appeal to not only experienced videographers but also novice filmmakers, the Canon XC15 4K UHD Camcorder will help all users capture brilliant imagery quickly and easily, again and again.

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  1. Dom Melano says:

    Thanks you for the review.

    I’m waiting to see what replaces the Canon XF300/305; hopefully something that performs as well in low light as the Canon 5D MkIII and has the option of 4K and HD. That would be handy for bands in low light and interviews where you are dealing with a nervous interviewee.

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