Canon XC15 Brief Review



  • 13.36 megapixel 1” CMOS sensor
  • 4K at 25 fps
  • 1920x1080 HD at 50 fps or 25 fps
  • Maximum aperture f/2.8-f/5.6
  • ISO 160-20,000
  • 10x optical zoom
  • Image stabilization
  • 3 inch tilting touchscreen LCD
  • Hot shoe slot
  • Ports: HDMI, Microphone, headphone
  • Accepts SD or CF cards
  • Weighs 930g
  • Release Date: 2016-09-06
  • Final Grade: 91 4.55 Star Rating: Recommended

The Canon XC15 is a compact, pro-level 4K camera
Not all pro-level cameras are heavy -- the Canon XC15, designed for professionals in broadcast and TV, weighs just over two pounds but includes a good list of features.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 11/24/2016

The Canon XC15 may look more like a DSLR, but it’s actually a fixed-lens camcorder designed for pros that need to mix quality with portability.

The Canon XC15 shoots 4K video at 25 fps on a one inch sensor. According to Canon, the DIGIC DV 5 processor allows the camera to capture video with less noise. That imaging power is paired with a fixed lens, but one that features a solid 10x optical zoom as well as an f/2.8 - 5.6 maximum aperture.

New to the camera are “Look” modes, which the manufacturer says allows the XC15 to match the look of different models from other Canon cameras. That makes the XC15 a good option to use as a secondary B camera, Canon says.

Designed with 4K power, the camera still managed to pack everything into a body that weighs just over two pounds, making it ideal for pros that prioritize portability. The camera also features a tilting touchscreen and options for expanding the camera’s capability through a hot shoe slot as well as an optional viewfinder.

As a minor update to the older XC10, introduced last year, the XC15 expands the camera’s ports, now giving videographers the option of adding a micropphone (mic-free shooters can likely find a discount on the older XC10 — that and the “looks” feature appear to be the only changes).

The Canon XC15 is expected out sometime during September of 2016 with a list price of about $3,000.

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