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
Summary: I'm a multi-media content creator on a tight budget who bought this camera looking for something that was a step above the high-end domestic-type camera I'd been using. The XA10 looked to tick all my boxes for features, flexibility and price. I quickly skimmed reviews & all seemed good, nothing I couldn't live with, but it seems I made one mistake - I didn't seek out any negative reviews or read between the lines of the more detailed reviews.
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'm sure this camera has some great features that fit other types of work perfectly, but it's not for me.<br /><br />One key component I needed was to have the date/time stamp recorded, not just in the data code. When the camera was announced, I called Canon to make sure this was available and assured that it was. But...it's not. In fact, with this cam, you can't even see the date/time even from the data code while in record mode. You can see it in playback mode only.
Excerpt: Avoid using zoom with this camera. Make the lens as wide as possible and leave it there. Do not use zoom. Instead, you move… as if using a prime lens. It is a good camera with good image quality and worth for price. Good focus assist, image stabilization. I projected & tested on a bigger screen and the image quality is excellent. The positioning of zoom placement in this camera is totally wrong. I wonder how Canon made such big mistake...?
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Great Picture Quality, Large Clear LCD