Conclusion: I purchased the XA10 for it's pro-quality image output and, due to the type of shooting I mainly do, it’s accuracy on auto as it is described as having very accurate auto-features for face and subject tracking and for coping with changing lighting conditions etc - 'Smart Auto'. These features are important to me as I shoot almost completely outdoors and I film myself so obviously manual control of focusing etc is out of the question.
Pros: Compact Design, Ergonomic/comfortable to hold
Cons: Poor image quality, Short battery life, Poor Color Reproduction, Poor sound/audio, inconsistent performance
Excerpt: the file format AVCHD is the only format this camera supports. The result is compressed files with all your clips neatly placed inside. the trouble is that if you want to sort clips your forced to render them from software and very time consuming process. If you like to waste time choose this camera.
Conclusion: I purchased this product back in November of 2011 and everything seemed fine and I was happy with it. A couple of months ago when editing a video I noticed that some weird focusing issues were occurring. I then sent the unit back for service and the focus issue still exists. I haven't seen anyone else explain that they have a focus issue but mine is very evident. Maybe I got a bad unit?
Pros: a lot of features, compact size
Cons: problems focusing, face detction focus doesn't work, servicing item didn't fix problem
Excerpt: I purchased this product back in November of 2011 and everything seemed fine and I was happy with it. A couple of months ago when editing a video I noticed that some weird focusing issues were occurring. I then sent the unit back for service and the focus issue still exists. I haven't seen anyone else explain that they have a focus issue but mine is very evident. Maybe I got a bad unit?
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Large Clear LCD
Excerpt: i record live music, solved my issues with XLR features, manual volume control, attenuation. great picture quality. the bad... why do they only include file utility for pc based computers? i have spent three days trying to develop strategy for transferring my files. still not there. have new mac book pro with quad processor. no support, no help. my built in memory is almost full and i still don't know how to save my raw footage safely.
Excerpt: This is my second canon product that I've bought new within a year that has had problems straight from the box. The first was a 7D with bad cf and battery assemblies. This has the dreaded rattling switches that everyone is reporting. There is also another flaw that I noticed on my xa10: zooming when the lens is stopped down(closing the aperture/iris) I've noticed exposure flickering - this is in manual mode with a typical 180 shutter angle and f4.0 or smaller w/wo auto...
Summary: I hate to rate this one star but I want to get Canon's attention. The handle with XLR inputs on the copy I got rattles terribly (audible across a large room in a normal-- i.e., not quiet-- environment). I'd heard this was occasionally a problem but from the reviews it seemed like a bad batch had gotten through but was now corrected. I can say definitively this is not the case.
Conclusion: I have purchased so far 4 of these and had to return all of them due to the fact that the XRL handle has faulty switches that rattle and make so much noise, you can't even take a step without the noise carrying over to the audio that's being recorded from the mic. The image is amazing, but serious design flaw on the XLR handle rendering the entire camera useless.
Pros: good battery life, Good Low-Light Performance, Easy Computer Connectivity, Accurate, Vivid Colors, Compact Design, excellent image quality, durable, Ergonomic/comfortable to hold, Easy TV Connectivity, easy to use
Cons: Poor sound/audio, Flimsy Construction, xlr handle doubles as a baby rattle
Summary: I had a feeling that QC would be an issue, but come on this is a $2,000 professional camera. It is totally unacceptable that anything on this camera would make any noise when recording. Especially, when said item is directly above the microphones. So what is the culprit?... The F-ing controls for the XLR inputs on the handle! They rattle like a SOB. So needless to say this is going back. I am going to try another, but I have a feeling those will rattle too.