Canon XH-A1 3CCD HDV Underwater Camcorder Kit

Canon XH-A1 3CCD HDV Underwater Camcorder Kit
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XH-A1 3CCD HDV Underwater Camcorder Kit Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2HD at Your Fingertips
  • 3High Quality Images
  • 4Flip-Out LCD
  • 5Instant AF
  • 6Customizable
  • 7Optical Stabilization Feature

The Canon XH-A1 Underwater Camcorder Kit features the XH-A1 3CCD 1080i HDV Camcorder. This 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.

The Kit also includes the Equinox Pro 10 Mechanical Underwater Housing, designed for the Canon XH-A1 camcorder. Constructed with rugged and durable PVC material, with one-inch cast-acrylic faceplates and stainless-steel hardware. These materials help prevent corrosion.

Features include nine mechanical controls; power-on/off, record-start/stop, zoom-telephoto/wide, ND filter, auto focus/manual focus switch, push-button autofocus, auto white balance and two smooth-action gears for manual focus and iris.

The housing is rated to a depth of up to 250'. A rear-mounted internal LCD monitor for framing shots is included with the housing.

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.

XH-A1 3CCD HDV Underwater Camcorder Kit Specs

Signal System
HDV: 1080i/60i, 1080i/30f, 1080i/24f
Image Device
3 1/3" Native 16:9 CCDs at 1440 x 1080 (Interlaced)
4.5-90 mm (32.5-650 mm; 35 mm photo equivalent)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
Not Specified by Manufacturer
Horizontal Resolution
1080 Lines
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)
0.57" (269,000 Pixels)
Memory Card Slot
Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC)
Secure Digital (SD)
MultiMedia Card (MMC)
Shutter Speed Range
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
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)
6.4 x 7.4 x 13.8" (16.3 x 18.9 x 35 cm)
4.5 lb (2 kg)

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