Canon XH-A1 3CCD HDV Camcorder

Canon XH-A1 3CCD HDV Camcorder, 1080i, 16:9, 20x Lens, 24f Mode

Canon XH-A1 3CCD HDV Camcorder, 1080i, 16:9, 20x Lens, 24f Mode

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Canon XH-A1 Overview

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The Canon XH-A1 is an extension of the XL-H1 HDV camcorder. The camera is geared towards the videographer on a budget who isn't willing to compromise any of the professional attributes of its big brother. With the same high quality 1/3" CCDs, the camera yields an image both crisp and noise-free. The solid feeling is instantly apparent when operating the XH-A1; despite its modest frame, the camera performs like a pro!

Utilizing the highly efficient HDV compression format allows over an hour of high definition recording on a single miniDV tape! Featuring a 20x fluorite fixed lens, its superior optics gives professional level shooters ultimate image fidelity unmatched by the competition. Also included is the Instant AF auto-focus system, incorporating technology that helps reduce auto focus reaction time while increasing overall accuracy.

HD at Your Fingertips
The XH-A1 camcorder has three 1/3" 16:9 interlaced CCDs that capture images at 1080i resolution. The camcorder features selectable frame rates of 60i, 30 Frame and 24 Frame to allow the user to adjust to the assignment at hand and can switch back to SD resolution if needed. At the 30 Frame rate, broadcasters can capture fast motion like sports with confidence that each frame is captured individually and completely. Filmmakers can utilize the 24 Frame rate when creating the look and feel of movie film. The 60i frame rate, meanwhile, delivers exceptional resolution for shooting environments like ENG or Reality TV.
High Quality Images
The XH-A1 HD camcorder includes Canon's proprietary DIGIC DV II image processor. DIGIC DV II is an image processor that can process both HD and SD video signals as well as still photos. The highly effective chip ensures clean, noise-free footage with unmatched color fidelity.
Flip-Out LCD
The camera features a flip-out LCD capable of being viewed from both sides of the camera, a feature often overlooked on competitive cameras. The LCD provides ample resolution for more capable focus assistance. The display tucks cleanly under the handle when not in use, resulting in unfettered side controls.
Instant AF
Instant AF is an auto-focus assistant that dramatically increases both speed and accuracy when paired with HD technology. High Definition requires far more precision to get perfect focus than its standard definition counterpart. The increase in fidelity means the camera itself must work harder to find complete focus. If the auto-focus still doesn't satisfy, Canon has included independent rings for not only focus and zoom, but iris as well; A feature usually only afforded to high-end ENG systems.
The XH-A1 can be customized in a variety of different ways. The image itself can be tweaked to get an endless array of different styles. Additionally, all of these functions can be saved via a Secure Digital (SD) card, for future retrieval. This feature can also be used to transfer camera settings from one camera to another, which can save time during projects with multiple cameras.
Optical Stabilization Feature
Canon calls its image stabilizer Super-Range Optical Image Stabilization and it helps defeat camera shake from hand held shooting and even shake produced from a moving vehicle. Because it is an optical function, it can compensate for a greater degree of camera shake and avoids any loss in image quality unlike electronic or digital stabilizing methods.
In the Box
Canon XH-A1 3CCD HDV Camcorder, 1080i, 16:9, 20x Lens, 24f Mode
  • CA-920 Compact Power Adapter/Charger
  • DC Coupler
  • Battery Pack
  • Shoulder Strap
  • WL-D5000 Wireless Controller
  • Adapter Holder
  • Component Video Cable
  • Stereo Video Cable
  • 1-Year Parts and Labor Warranty
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    Canon XH-A1 Specs

    Signal System MiniDV
    HDV: 1080i/60i, 1080i/30f, 1080i/24f
    Image Device 3 1/3" Native 16:9 CCDs at 1440 x 1080 (Interlaced)
    Lens 4.5-90 mm (32.5-650 mm; 35 mm photo equivalent)
    72mm Front Lens Filter Thread
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Horizontal Resolution 1080 Lines
    Sensitivity f/1.6-3.5 mm
    Minimum Illumination Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Built-in Filters ND: 1/6, 1/32
    LCD Monitor 2.8" (207,000 Pixels)
    Viewfinder 0.57" (269,000 Pixels)
    Memory Card Slot Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC)
    Secure Digital (SD)
    MultiMedia Card (MMC)
    Shutter Speed Range 60i/30f
    1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/100, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, 1/4000, 1/8000, 1/15000, CS (Clear Scan)

    1/3, 1/6, 1/12, 1/24, 1/48, 1/60, 1/100, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, 1/4000, 1/8000, 1/15000, CS (Clear Scan)
    Gain Selection -3, ±0, 3, 6, 12, 18, 36 dB (36 dB, Camera Only)
    Tape Format Mini DV Cassettes
    Tape Speed 18.8 mm/s
    Maximum Recording Time 80 min
    Audio Dynamic Range Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Audio Signal Format HDV
    2 Ch/MPEG-1 Audio Layer II

    Input and Output Connectors Audio: XLR (x2 Input)
    BNC Video
    Component Video
    Composite Video
    Microphone: 3.5 mm
    Headphones: 3.5 mm
    LANC Terminal
    Power Requirements 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
    7.4 VDC
    Power Consumption 7.8W with Power Supply
    Operating Temperature 32-104°F (0°-40°C)
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 6.4 x 7.4 x 13.8" (16.3 x 18.9 x 35 cm)
    Weight 4.5 lb (2 kg)

    Canon XH-A1 Reviews

    XH-A1 3CCD HDV Camcorder is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 135.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best lens and pro controls in its class! Just recently purchased a second one. This camera performs extremely well in many different situations. Tapeless workflow would be nice but the performance at the price cannot be beat. HDV in 30f is primarily what we use in most situations and paired with Apple's FCP ProRes 4:2:2 and adjustments you can get a very clean key as well. But its best feature is its lens; for a fixed lens it has great focal capabilities and the controls are very ergonomic; after initial setup for custom prefs. there is very little need for menu navigation. Only con is the mic which is expected with cameras in this class but it has phantom power XLR so just get a short shotgun. All in all a great product and best value!
    Date published: 2009-02-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A+ for the XH-A1 I am very pleased with my Canon XH-A1!! I am an amateur film maker, and the picture quality from this camera is excellent. I work in Horror mostly, and need low light shots. In this regard, it has not let me down. There are many neat features with the camera like, full controls(zoom/rec/stop) from the handle, for low angle shots, XLR input, adjustments for shutter speed/zoom speed/white balance/ecc. It also has preset buttons to save that info and pull it up on the fly.It is a little heavy at about 5 pounds, and can not produce 1080p, but still gives a very nice picture, and is not difficult to maneuver. So in the end?? A very good camera, in a nice price range, Two thumbs up.
    Date published: 2008-07-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from More than I expected I thought I was taking a risk by buying another HDV (miniDV) camcorder when the trend seems to be to go tapeless. I guess I was wrong; the superb HD picture, the quality, is breathtaking! After comparing my output with some AVCHD camcorders in the same price league the difference in PQ was substancial with no visible artifacts at all, and what I lost in having to capture the tapes, I gained in editing fast and direct, no re-encoding, no downconverting, no sluggish performance.Cons?, the zoom ring could be a little faster, and it does get heavy after a while on your hand (thats why I also bought the Steady stick)Give it a try!, this thing is a piece of beauty!!!...
    Date published: 2008-12-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good camera BUT... Other than the cons I stated below, I love this camera. Highly recommended! Expertise: Corporate-commercial-industrial-wedding videographer Problems Encountered: Negative aspects:1- You cannot focus and zoom at the same time on manual. That goes for the XL-2 and Xl-h1 as well. ( I own all)2- LCD colors are not accurate. It has a little magenta cast.3- No HDMI. Why?? Disappointing for a new HD camera. Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Canon XL-h1 / XL-2 / DVX-100B / PD 170 Items I Recommend: Firestore FS-4 HD (Don't wear out your XH-a1's heads capturing video!)
    Date published: 2008-01-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Picture ...If you know what you're doing. The flexibility ofnumerous manual controls combined with Canon's great picturequality in 1080 HD means great looking video. However, ifyou're new to pro video, it's going to be a learning curve.I did a lot of reading and practicing before I feltcomfortable manipulating all of the manual controls. Expertise: Intermediate Problems Encountered: The only real problem is the shotgun microphone mount. It isalways in the way when in the camera bag, and it's too bigfor the shotgun mic I have. I had to make a little Styrofoamadapter. Previous Equivalent Item Owned: JVC GR-HD1 Items I Recommend: XLR Wireless Lav Mics, Large barrel shotgun mic
    Date published: 2007-09-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great camera with one flaw. I absolutely love this camera, but the one flaw I've noticed is that there is noticeable chromatic aberration (green and purple fringe on high contrast borders) when the zoom is fully wide. If that's an issue for you, either make sure you never shoot fully wide or consider a (way) more expensive camera. Other than that, this thing is no doubt the best value out there. I was recently at a workshop that used XH-A1s, G1s, and XL-XHs almost exclusively, and the Canon representative there said that the stock optics are exactly the same for each camera.
    Date published: 2008-11-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Incredible Camera for the Price I have had such a great experience with this camera. I have shot a wedding, a high school basketball highlight video, class projects, a camp video and some fun ones with my friends. Each project presented different challenges and I have yet to find anything this camera cannot do (except for maybe fetching and rolling over, I'm still working on it). The picture is excellent. The manual zoom, focus, and iris rings are (to me) the most useful features on this camera. It looks professional, it makes me look professional, and it delivers the best quality shot for the price. If you are researching a camera, I highly recommend considering this model. I hope this helped. God Bless!!!
    Date published: 2008-09-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from You get allot of bang for the buck The Canon XH-A1 is amazing. It basically has everything you need for a prosumer camcorder and at a great price. The only thing this camcorder is missing is an HDMI port the the camera but it does offer a Component output. It has a very nice picture even in Standard Definition and the HD is amazing. The 20x zoom is unbelievable on this camera. All the other Manufacturers can't even come close to offering a zoom this good on a prosumer camera. The onboard microphone isn't great but I recommend buying the Rode NTG-2 phantom or battery powered microphone. It is a good investment and is a great microphone The low light picture is really not that great so I would recommend buying a light for this camera.
    Date published: 2008-03-25
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