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Canon Breaks Broadcast HD Price Barrier

Selectable frame rate, 1080i and HD-SDI for under 10K

By Jack Fettman

Canon has raised more than a few eyebrows in the video arena since unveiling their Canon XL H1 with the interchangeable lens mount. They have fashioned the XL-H1 with advanced features that serious videographers can take advantage of to meet their needs either in the field or studio. Professionals can be confident of the uncompressed HD or SD-SDI output, 4:2:2 sampling, with Genlock input, and Time Code in and output.

The high definition 1080/60i,* 1440x1080 recording resolution, with 30 of 24 frame rate recording offers the broadcast ENG, commercial, documentary or serious video enthusiasts the capture of their talents and footage today in high definition to meet the requirements for the future.

Canon's XL-H1

Canon genuine optics is a cornerstone in the broadcast and professional world. They are known for their quality of imagery, contrast, and color reproduction. The XL-H1 kit supplies a powerful 20x HD video lens (5.4mm-108mm, f/1.6-f/3.5*), with Fluorite elements that will deliver the necessary information to take full advantage in outstanding high resolution.

20X HD Video Lens A View of the Controls

The captured information is processed within the unit by three 1/3" native 16:9 image sensor CCD’s with 1.67 million pixels each, plus Canon’s exclusive DIGIC DV II HD digital signal processing. The color-is accurate and exceptional, with a wide dynamic range and virtually no color noise.

To ensure maximum image quality under the most trying of shooting conditions, hand held, or at long focal lengths Canon has implemented their optical image stabilization that is a vari-angled prism that operates like a gyro to center the information from the lens to the sensor to eliminate vibration and improve the cameras performance with no loss of image quality.

Designed like a film camera, the side mounted 2.4," 16:9 color/B&W viewfinder is large and bright. It doubles as an LCD screen when the rubber eye-cup is flipped up. To assist the film, indie, or documentary videographer, various aspect guide ratios may be implemented on the viewfinder to define your footage towards ones destination. (16:9, 4:3, 13:9, 14:9, 1.66:1, 1.75:1, 1.85:1 and 2.35:1).

Pro-level recording requires total control of the color and video image. The XL-H1 allows you to take that full advantage of your artistic visions and have total control in hand. Control the color matrix and video settings by manipulating and composing the fine-tuning of the gamma for cine or news, evaluate and adjust the set-up and black levels, sharpness, color phase, gain or detail just to name a few.

For audio, the Canon XL H1 provides 2-channels of XLR balanced inputs with 48V phantom power and independent level control, locked, or unlocked, plus up-to 4 channels capability with the optional Canon MA-300.

The Canon XL H1 has custom presets and custom keys to recall camera adjustments in order to facilitate a smooth workflow. And the camera has a built-in SD/Multimedia Card slot that allows you to store camera custom presets, or transfer the camera settings to other XL H1 cameras.

Canon has created optional console software that allows you to adjust zoom and focus, plus all of the camera set-up functions and custom presets remotely, as well as e-mail them to other XL H1 users, Now through your PC via a single IEEE1394 cable, whether the camera is in a studio configuration, mounted on a crane, or is inaccessible or in a dangerous location, the console software allows you full control. It includes a wave form and vector display for measuring and adjusting video and phase parameters, and permits split screen viewing windows as a record preview monitor, with camera adjust settings capabilities to be ready for the next shot, and a playback control panel to view video recorded to the hard drive.

Depending your applications, extreme close-up shooting, wedding, corporate, film/documentary or broadcast, the Canon XL-H1 is that specific camera that will satisfy the variety of applications and configurations for High Definition videography, affordably under $10,000.

The Canon XL-H1 is available for $,999 with free shipping on the B&H web site — and make no payments for 90 days when you purchase using Bill Me Later.  

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