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Reports about Canon XC10 lens sliding out when used on drone

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First reviews about the Canon XC10 aren’t really stellar, and now reports about the XC10’s lens “sliding out” when the camera is used on a drone appear to make the figures even worse. If true, this is particularly embarrassing since Canon touts the XC10 as made for drones.

Drone operator Scott Winn tested a Canon XC10, and says:

The lens is a high quality 4k lens that was specially built for this camera and isn’t some kit lens. But never the less it is a fixed lens. On occasion while flying this camera when we would looks straight down the lens would slide out, and we would have to land to fix it. Perhaps this was a prototype issue, but all it takes is some tape to fix that. The autofocus seemed to have a harder time than it did when shooting from the ground. On the ground it was near flawless, but in the air we couldn’t get it to keep focus.

Having to fix a sliding lens with tape isn’t what you are willing to accept on a $2,500 camera.

Canon’s new, 4k and WiFi enabled, XC10 camera (announcement) sells for $2,499 and is available for pre-order at B&H Photo | Adorama. Canon XC10 specs:

  • 4K Wide-Angle 10x Zoom Lens with Image
  • 12 Megapixel One-Inch 4K-Compatible CMOS Image Sensor
  • DiG!C DV 5 Image Processor
  • XF-AVC Codec for 4K 30p and Full HD 60p
  • Multiple Recording Modes and Frame Rates
  • Slow and Fast Motion Recording
  • Exceptional Still Capture Capability
  • High Speed Dual Pixel AF with Face Detection
  • CFast 4K Recording Technology
  • Canon Log and Wide Dynamic Range Gamma
  • Image Settings Compatible with Cinema EOS Cameras
  • Compact and Ergonomic Design
  • Wireless Operation
  • Workflow Versatility
  • Compatible with Multiple Canon Accessories
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