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Canon XHA1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 reviews of Canon XHA1. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the color and zoom. The usability and image quality are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed opinions about the durability. There are some critical views about the size and portability.

price, image quality, usability, zoom, color

portability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon XHA1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by: Videomaker (

Canon XH-A1 HDV Prosumer Camcorder Review


The Real Deal

Manual iris ring, Numerous image customization options, 20x optical zoom, XLR inputs

A tad front heavy, LCD display is small, Pricey

Jun, 2014

Expert review by: David Kender (

Canon XH A1


The Canon XH A1 is poised to win over a host of videographers looking to make the switch to HD. Billed by Canon as the XL H1 in miniature, we can tell you that the statement is hardly exaggeration.

Nov, 2006

Expert review by: Digital Arts (

Canon XH-A1 review


This model was reviewed as part of our group test of HD camcorders . Last year, Canon's XH-A1 bowled us over with its keen price and exceptional capabilities in low light. But the market has moved forward – particularly Sony's offerings. The HVR-V1E...

Apr, 2008

Consumer review by: Richtiger (



I have been using the XHA1s model for over 2 years now and found it to be extremely reliable, hard wearing and great quality. This camera takes a while to get used to, especially if you have come from a cheaper more consumer type. The XHA1 records to...

Sturdy, professional image and sound quality, has great manual controls, everything is adjustable if desired

Average low light performance, LCD screen is too small, flimsy plastic port covers on rear, hard to hand hold for long as it gets heavy,

Mar, 2011

Consumer review by: cosMICK (



Great for video enthusiasts, would be more realistic priced for the quality if the price was at least $1500 lower.

I love it, I want it! A real low to mid range broadcast quality camera capable of high end results in the correct hands!

Its still a low to mid range quality broadcast level camera and its a canon guaranteed to be more plastic than metal parts...

Mar, 2009

Consumer review by: minutman (



This camera can be made to 'sing' in the right hands. It can challenge Broadcast vid cams at 5 times the price. But be honest though - if you don't have experience with serious HDV Broadcast-style cams, do yourself a favour and go for something easier...

This is a camera which in the right hands is as good as a Broadcast camera. For its price it is simply amazing. As a pro with over 20 years experience in Broadcast, this is the camera I've been waiting for in terms of quality and price.

Not so much as a 'con', but unless users know how to 'swing camera', this is not for them. If you want 'point and shoot', there are some excellent, cheaper HDV cams on the market which will give similar results without the lifetime 'learning curve'....

Jul, 2008

Consumer review by: nigel1500 (



The Canon A1 is a great semi/pro video camera. HDV is here to stay and the A1 has mastered the image quality. Although the camera is a bit pricey is performance and manual controls all get a tick from me. Only downside is that the LCD is a quite low...

Excellent video quality- HDV is a big step up from DV Lens delivers sharp image, optical stabilization is very useful Manual controls are quite good Auto focus is very quick

LCD screen is not high resolution The A1 is quite pricey for what it is

Apr, 2008

Consumer review by: Nicholas (

Canon XH A1


For an entry into the pro camcorder arena this is in my opinion the current best buy, super image quality, great lens , intuitive controls. It hard to fault and beats just all at the same price that Sony, jvc or Panasonic offer... currently!

Nothing, nope I really cannot think of anything.

Mar, 2008

Consumer review by: Anne (

Canon XH A1


Lightweight for a cam with a proper lens. Not much heavier than a handycam.

The image can be a bit grainy in low lighting.

Mar, 2008

Product Specifications


Audio dubbing: No


Battery life (max):7
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-970G


3D compatibility: No
Camcorder Type:Shouldercam
Minimum illumination:0.4


Color of product:Black


Built-in display: Yes
Display Diagonal:2.8
Display Resolution:207000


Built-in flash:N

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):156000
Sensor Type:CCD
Total megapixels:1.67

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.28 - 25.6
Filter size:2.83
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.28 - 25.6
Focal length range (f-f):0.177 - 3.54
Image Stabilizer: No
Optical Zoom:20

Other Features

Auto focus: Yes
Focus:Auto: Instant AF; Manual: Independent
I/O ports:-Headphone\n-Microphone\n-DV(out/in)\n-Analogue-in\n-AV\n-LANC
Lens system:N
Manual focus: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Resolution:640 x 480

Ports & interfaces

DV port: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
PictBridge: No
S-Video in: No
S-Video out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity: No


Camera shutter speed:1/16000 / 1/3 - 1/16000


Camcorder tape type:HDV / Mini-DV
Disc types supported: No


Maximum frame rate:25
Maximum video resolution:1440 x 1080
Video Resolutions:1440 x 1080


Viewfinder screen size:0.57

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.8 / 9.84
Weight:4.48 / 5.14