At least, that’s our opinion.
For sure, anyone buying 4K needs HDMI 2.0, and if you are buying an inexpensive TV not capable of displaying a high dynamic range (HDR), then you can forego HDMI 2.0a. However, if you’re going to buy a 4K TV and you want HDR (which is probably more important than resolution), then you should wait to get a TV with HDMI 2.0a, as this new specification is all about the transmission of HDR formats.
Presently, only the new, high-end 2015 TV’s have, or have the potential for HDMI 2.0a. But more and more will get this capability, and some of the current 2015 TV’s will be upgradeable.
HDMI 2.0a has very little to do with the HDMI cable; HDMI 2.0a is about the electronics in the TV that output the signal that goes to the cable.
Johnnie Behiri has provided a review of the Canon XC10 that does not sing it praises. It’s not that this camera is without merit, but on the whole, and with its current price tag, it’s not quite where it should be.
All in all I would expect a market leader like Canon to deliver a more solid product especially when the price tag is so high for what it is. I can sum up that working with the XC10 was simply tiring for me. Too much menu fiddling and “worries” about staying in focus but hey, who said that the way to produce nice looking images should be easy…