Canon VIXIA GX10 4K Camcorder 2020 Detailed Review.
Canon VIXIA GX10 4K Camcorder: Into this challenging, churning market, Canon introduces the latest version of their VIXIA consumer camcorders, the GX10. But is it good enough to convince average users to purchase a separate device?
Canon VIXIA Overview
Grab the Canon VIXIA GX10 Camcorder to capture UHD 4K video at 60 fps, recording in MP4 to dual SD memory card slots. This camcorder packs several pro-style features into its compact form, including Dual-Pixel Autofocus (DPAF).
The GX10’s 1″ 8.29MP CMOS sensor and dual DIGIC DV 6 image processors support Wide DR Gamma with high sensitivity and low noise. Slow and fast-motion recording up to 120 fps offers special looks for highlighting sports and other special events.
Smooth, steady shooting is assisted by the GX10’s five-axis optical image stabilization. For composing and viewing your footage, the VIXIA GX10 incorporates a flip-out 3.5″ touchscreen LCD, and a 0.24″ electronic viewfinder.
The marquee feature here is that the VIXIA GX10 is Canon’s first 4K UHD consumer camcorder. Canon announced the GX10 alongside the professional-grade XF405 and XF400.
All three cameras feature a 1.0 inch, 4K UHD CMOS sensor and dual DIGIC DV6 Image Processors enabling 4K UHD video at a smooth 60 frames per second or slow-motion 120fps in Full HD mode. 4K refers to the camera’s resolution or the number of individual pixels each imagines contains.
More pixels create a more clear, lifelike image. The standard “Full HD” resolution, 1920×1080, served well for many years, but recently TVs and media sources have initiated the jump to “4K,” or 3840 x 2160. 4K images contain a full four times the pixels of a standard Full HD image and must be seen to be appreciated.
Though many users remain completely satisfied with standard HD, technology progresses ever forward, and 4K will soon become the new status quo
Though many people judge a camera’s quality on resolution alone, far more goes into making a quality image. Canon highlights their 1.0-inch image sensor which is sized comparably to a decent SLR camera and far larger than what you’d find in a smartphone.
In case you’re wondering why the size matters, every pixel of screen resolution corresponds to an individual pixel on the camera’s sensor. These photodiodes measure light and color and combine to create a complete image.
The VIXIA GX10 packs big image quality and advanced technology into a fairly compact, ergonomic design. An all-black design with white text, while not particularly interesting, lends the camera a sleek, professional look.
The camera body is larger than some we’ve encountered, but at 10.5” x 3.8” it’s still a fairly compact unit. At 3.0 pounds, it feels sturdy and well-built but still light enough for extended filming.
While a bit more limited than Canon’s pro models, the VIXIA GX10 still supports a number of accessories. As mentioned earlier, Canon offers wide-angle and telephoto lens adapters.
Additionally, the top of the camera houses a mini accessory shoe compatible with the Canon Directional Stereo Microphone (DM-100), Video Light (VL-5), and potential future accessories.
- UHD 4K Output up to 60 fps
- 8.29MP, 1″ CMOS Sensor
- Dual-Pixel CMOS Autofocus Feature
- Integrated 15x Optical Zoom Lens
We found the design, features, and image quality of the Canon VIXIA GX10 superb. Video quality and optical zoom blow any smartphone out of the water. While you could use an SLR, the camcorder format and video-first focus make the VIXIA a more comfortable, convenient video shooter.