Canon has launched its smallest professional digital video camera ever, the XA10. The compact model offers mobility and versatility for semi-pros, advanced amateurs or budding film makers. The camera fits into the palm of your hand but is packed with features including a detachable handle for low-angle shooting, XLR inputs, infrared, a microphone holder and loads of manual features, including a focus ring. The pixel size of the new HD CMOS Pro 1/3 inch sensor is 260% larger than previous sensors in Canon cameras this size, giving it higher sensitivity in low-light conditions and a wide dynamic range. The Auto Dynamic Range Control ensures that there is no image loss due to overexposure or loss of details in the shadows.The XA10 has Instant Auto Focus and Face Detection for razor-sharp subjects, while the 8‑bladed iris gives a natural background-blur. The combined effect of these features make each frame closer to what the human eye sees in the real world, resulting in stunning video capture. The XA10 will be available from April 2011 through Canon dealers nationally.