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The HDV1080i XH A1 is perfectly balanced for easy handheld shooting. Full control over image variables, with new ultra-fast Instant AF, makes the XH A...

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published 28/02/2008

I have used this camera in a professional situation and found the controls, the ability and the easy of use to be exceptional. WIthout doubt, this camera is the best on the market within it's price range. Especially important for me was the ability to shoot in low light and with a .7 lux ability this was easy. I found it's zoom to be incredible, and the detail under high zoom to be completely clear. Also the battery life was amazing, we were able to shoot for 9 hours without a problem.

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Product Information : Canon XH A1

Manufacturer's product description

The HDV1080i XH A1 is perfectly balanced for easy handheld shooting. Full control over image variables, with new ultra-fast Instant AF, makes the XH A1 an ideal digital filmmaker's tool. The 1/3" 1.67 Megapixel 3CCD XH A1 records HDV1080i onto MiniDV tape. The use of rectangular pixels delivers the superior quality of full widescreen resolution, as seen on a High Definition display. Selectable frame rates offer digital filmmakers 50i or 25F shooting. Benefiting from a 32.5-650mm (35mm range) Canon L-series 20x optical zoom lens with Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer, the XH A1 inherits the highest optical standards. Fluorite lens elements, Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) glass and multi-coating virtually eliminate ghosting, flare and chromatic aberration. Ultra-fast auto focusing with Canon's Instant AF system helps achieve the superb clarity and sharpness that defines HD images. The Focus Assist function aids manual focusing. The increased amount of data that must be stored when recording HDV means that more processing power is also needed. Canon's next generation DIGIC DV II processor has been developed to meet the demands of HDV, providing low-noise images with exceptional color reproduction. Split path processing handles movie and still image signals separately, according to their individual color requirements. With an internal battery system allowing the camcorder to operate in extreme environments, the compact XH A1 has been developed for balanced handheld shooting. Ideal for use on location, its controls are positioned for comfortable operation during long shoots. The XH A1 features separate rings on the lens body, allowing full, three-fingered manual control over focus, zoom and iris. A 2.8" widescreen LCD, discretely positioned on top of the XH A1's body, can be rotated for optimum shooting comfort. Footage can also be monitored in 16: 9 widescreen using the 0.57" EVF. A full range of image adjustments are available, including finely graded gain and matrix settings and color correction. Cine gamma settings are provided for digital filmmakers. With an additional 25F shooting mode the XH A1 is able to reproduce the look and feel of film. Presets are available for storing custom settings. An accessory shoe allows a range of peripherals to be attached to the camcorder, expanding shooting options. Two channel XLR audio inputs are also provided.

Product Details

Product Description: Canon XH A1 - camcorder - Mini DV (HDV), Canon XH A1S - camcorder - Mini DV (HDV)

Product Type: Camcorder - 1080i - widescreen

Media Type: Mini DV (HDV)

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Sensor Resolution: 1.67 Mpix

Effective Sensor Resolution: Video: 1.56 Mpix - Photo: 2.0 Mpix

Lens System: 20 x zoom lens - 4.5 - 90 mm - f/1.6, 20 x zoom lens - 4.5 - 90 mm - f/1.6-3.5

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 2 cm

Image Stabiliser: Optical, Optical (SuperRange)

Viewfinder: LCD monitor - 0.57" - colour

Display: LCD display - 2.8"

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

AV Interfaces: Composite video, Composite video/audio

Dimensions (WxDxH): 16.3 cm x 35 cm x 18.9 cm, 16.3 cm x 39.4 cm x 19.2 cm

Weight: 2.13 kg, 2400, 2.4 kg

Manufacturer: Canon

LCD Display Size: 2.80000244140625, 2.8

Recording Format: HDV; MiniDV; SD/SDHC Memory Card; MultiMedia Card, HDV

Optical System / Image Stabiliser: SuperRange Optical

Lens System / Max Focal Length: 0.0045, 0.7

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Size: 1/3, 1/3''

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Type: CCD, 3CCD

Lens System / Optical Zoom: 20x, 20

Handheld Position: Horizontal

Image Processor: DIGIC DV II


MPN: 1192B007AA, XH A1, 1192B005, 3239B006AA, 1192B001

Product Type: Camcorder - 1080i

Camcorder Sensor Resolution: 1.67 Mpix

Effective Video Resolution: 1.56 Mpix

Effective Photo Resolution: 2.0 Mpix

Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camcorder Media Type: Mini DV (HDV)

Optical Sensor Type: 3CCD

Optical Sensor Size: 1/3"

Optical Zoom: 20 x

Faders: White fader, black fader

Image Stabiliser: Optical, Optical (SuperRange)

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Media Included Qty: 1

Audio Signal Format: MPEG1 Audio Layer II, PCM

Features: Total Cine Control, Zebra pattern

AV Interfaces: Composite video, Composite video/audio

Image Processor: DIGIC DV II

Exposure & White Balance

Min Illumination: 0.4 lux, 0.3 lux

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority

Shooting Programs: Spotlight, low light

Special Effects: Black & White, Skintone

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

Max Shutter Speed: 1/16000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 1/3 sec

Auto Exposure Bracketing: 3 steps

Gain Selection: +12 dB, +18 dB, +3 dB, +6 dB, 0 dB, -3 dB, +36 dB

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range

White Balance Presets: Indoor, outdoor

Exposure Metering Zones: 128

Exposure Metering: Evaluative

Lens System

Type: 20 x zoom lens - 4.5 - 90 mm - f/1.6, 20 x zoom lens - 4.5 - 90 mm - f/1.6-3.5

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 32.5 - 650mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 2 cm

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive, manual

Filter Size: 72 mm

Features: UD glass

Additional Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

DV input: Yes

Additional Features: Backlight compensation, RGB primary colour filter, sharpness control, analogue to digital conversion with pass through, accessories hot shoe, contrast control


Viewfinder Type: LCD monitor

Viewfinder Colour Support: Colour

Viewfinder Diagonal Size: 0.57"

Viewfinder Resolution: 269,000 pixels


Type: 2.8" LCD display

Resolution: 207,000 pixels

Display Features: Rotating


Microphone Operation Mode: Stereo


Connector Type: 1 x headphones ¦ 1 x microphone ¦ 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK) ¦ 1 x composite video/audio (input/output) ¦ 1 x Control-L (LANC) ¦ 1 x DC power input

Memory Card Slot: SD card


Included Accessories: Lens hood, camcorder shoulder strap, audio / video cable, component video cable, IR remote control, DC coupler, power adapter with battery charger


Battery Type: Canon BP-950G

Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Included Memory Card: 16 MB SD

Image Storage: JPEG 1920 x 1080 ¦ JPEG 1440 x 1080 ¦ JPEG 640 x 480

Supported Memory Cards: MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 16.3 cm

Depth: 35 cm, 39.4 cm

Height: 18.9 cm, 19.2 cm

Weight: 2.13 kg, 2.4 kg


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