Canon XH A1 1.67MP 3CCD High-Definition Camcorder with 20x Optical Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- DIGIC DV II HD image processor
- Three 1/3-inch 16:9 CCDs (1.67 megapixels)
- 2.8-inch widescreen LCD monitor , 0.57-inch viewfinder
- Captures true 1080 resolution, widescreen (16:9) HD video
- 20x HD zoom lens , Super-range optical image stabilization
- Captures true 1080 resolution, widescreen (16:9) HD video
- 2.8-inch widescreen LCD monitor; .57-inch viewfinder
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|Item Weight||10.6 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Media Format Digital Video||MiniDV, SD|
|Media Type||Mini DV;SD|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||1.67 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||3CCD|
|Package Height||9.5 x 10.1 x 17.8 inches|
|Shipping Weight||10.6 pounds|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd|
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The excellence of the XH A1 begins with its Genuine Canon 20x HD zoom lens with Professional L Series Fluorite. Super-Range Optical Image Stabilization corrects for a wide range of camera movement and vibration, and Instant AF (Auto Focus) ensures ultra-quick, accurate focus. The DIGIC DV II HD image processor then ensures improved color reproduction and noise reduction - for a final result that is the zenith of image quality.If you need advanced image control, the XH A1 gives you features that let you make manual adjustments to fine-tune your video. If you prefer to concentrate on your subject and let your camcorder take care of exposure and image controls, the XH A1 let you do that as well.
From the Manufacturer
Manufacturer Description Your vision...in high definition.
For the professional and serious non-professional alike, the XH A1 combines a wealth of features with the outstanding performance of a 3-CCD, high-definition camcorder.
The excellence of the XH A1 begins with its Genuine Canon 20x HD zoom lens with Professional L Series Fluorite. Super-Range Optical Image Stabilization corrects for a wide range of camera movement and vibration, and Instant AF (Auto Focus) ensures ultra-quick, accurate focus. The DIGIC DV II HD image processor then ensures improved color reproduction and noise reduction - for a final result that is the zenith of image quality.
If you need advanced image control, the XH A1 gives you features that let you make manual adjustments to fine-tune your video. If you prefer to concentrate on your subject and let your camcorder take care of exposure and image controls, the XH A1 let you do that as well.
With a wide range of features and optional accessories, the XH A1 is a versatile, flexible and powerful performer that is sure to meet your uncompromising standards.
Canon XH A1 Highlights
The image quality of high definition The XH A1 captures true 1080 high-definition resolution video at 60i, 30F or 24F frame rates (or, 50i/60i with optional upgrade). It captures a true 16:9 widescreen HD image that is made for your HD broadcast and theatrical projects.
Genuine Canon HD zoom lens The XH A1 comes with a Genuine Canon 20x HD zoom lens that shows why the name Canon is synonymous with optical excellence. This Professional L Series Fluorite lens ensures outstanding resolution, contrast and color reproduction, and delivers clarity and image quality you won't see with conventional optical glass lenses.
Instant AF With HD, focus is more critical than ever. Instant AF is the next generation of auto focus, designed with HD resolution in mind. It combines an external AF sensor with Canon's legendary auto focus system for fast and accurate focus. Together, the two sensors reduce focusing time -- even in low-light situations -- and improve focusing performance on difficult subjects.
DIGIC DV II HD image processor DIGIC DV II HD is the next generation of Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV signal processing technology. Designed specifically for HD, DIGIC DV II ensures optimal image quality for HD video, with improved color reproduction - especially in skin tones, and dark and light scenes. It also employs a hybrid noise reduction system that integrates two types of noise reduction, for high-definition images that are crystal clear.
Image control A variety of image control functions give you as much or as little exposure control as you want, and let you fine-tune your exposures for outstanding video:
- Total image control
- 9 custom presets and 2 custom keys
- 7 Program AE modes
- 2.8-inch widescreen LCD and .57-inch widescreen EVF give you bright, high-resolution views. The LCD and EVF can be used at the same time, giving both cameraperson and director or producer a view of the action.
- Captures true 1080 resolution HD video at 60i, 30F, 24F
- Three 1/3-inch 16:9 CCDs with 1.67 megapixels (1440 x 1080)
- Complete customization
- 9 custom presets; 2 custom keys
- Compact design
- Manual iris ring
- 2 built-in XLR terminals with line level and phantom power
- External microphone holder
- SD memory card slot
- Flash accessory shoe (Supports Canon EX Speedlites)
- Fully compatible with optional Canon Console Image Control & Storage Software Version 1.1
- Optional 50i/60i upgrade available
- One-year parts and labor limited warranty
What's in the box
XH A1 high-definition camcorder, DC coupler (DC-920), component video cable (DTC-1000), stereo video cable (STV-250N), wireless controller (WL-D5000), shoulder strap (SS-1000), battery pack (BP-950G), 16MB SD card (SD-16M), HDV tape (HDVM-E63PR)
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Top customer reviews
Canon's made the XH-A1 very easy to use for a novice like me and my producer's husband who IS an expert camera person. The quality is super and the camera can do so many things that high end cameras DO.
The Mini-DV media is now becoming a bit dated since everyone seems to be making cameras that feed into chips. Perhaps thats why the unit was a bit cheaper but if you use new cartriges on every shoot the quality is great; we use only Premium Sony MINI DV's. They are inexpensive and even if used more than once don't seem to get degraded. Besides, my producer justs downloads them to the editing software immediately so nothing gets degraded on the hard drive anyway.
The owners manual is huge and explains the numerous bells and whistles that all the big shots know how to use but right out of the box I was shooting great scenes.
The controls are easy to use and the camera comes with all the cables needed to hook up a director's tv monitor. With the large battery we can shoot all day and have power to spare.
The camera really does fit the professional and the consumer as well so both should be happy. Don't put off buying the best low-priced HD on the market. By the way, my old GL-2 has lots of accessories that fit the XH-A1 too like the pricey wide angle lens, the long life batteries and more.
I originally started with the GL-2 and have just stayed with Canon ever since. There quality is fabulous; I've never had a problem, (YES...I'm knocking on wood).
For my 1st ever indie-documentary shoot, I took this camera to the back roads, dirt and grime included, in a hot and humid Philippines countryside. It survived blood splatters from the event. Then, I went to film two weddings and a rock band show back to back in the US.
The weight and size was perfect for travel without compromising the video quality and feature set.
So, Until I get my hand on the new RED HD camera, this will be my side-kick for any HD video assignments in the near future.
The extended battery pack fits well and I did not experience any of the ejection problems others reported.
If there is an improvement I'd like to suggest for the next version: get rid of the mini-DV video cassette for pure digital hard drive storage.
Also, for loud sounds (such as concerts), use manual setting and perform sound checks with a good headset.
I have only been impressed with this camera (as I often am with any Canon products). Battery conservation is excellent, audio is crisp, custom options abound, manual controls are easily accessible, low-light situations are not a problem (+6 to +32 gain! use sparingly, of course), and the image is fantastic for HDV.
Some people have been complaining about the smaller LCD flip-out monitor. I have not found this to be a problem thanks to Canon's focus assist features (2x magnify and the high-contrast mode).
I have one very small complaint: make the MIC->XLR switch a hardware switch! It's annoying to switch it in the camera menu. All the other audio control switches are hardware, so why not that?
Overall, this is a 5-star product at a very reasonable price. 24f, 30f, and 60i modes all perform beautifully. If you're looking for the right hardcase, I have been very pleased with the Pelican 1550 Case w/Foam (Black)
The quality of the HD footage is extremely nice. Be aware that the SD quality is not as good as a real SD camera, and SD 4:3 has blurring issues. But then this is an HD camera so it is refined for HD. Recommend taping and editing in HD and output SD if that is what is needed.
Also, this camera needs a lot of light, even though it is 3-CCD it requires a bit more light than a 3CCD SD camera. Get a good light if shooting indoors.
And since this camera has so many features it requires the user to sit down and learn it before venturing out to do real work.
All in all it was a great investment and has increased the quality of my work.