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Canon XH-A1 / A1E / A1S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 378 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the design and portability. The usability and image quality also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the viewfinder and reliability.

value for money, image quality, usability, portability, design

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon XH-A1 / A1E / A1S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon XH-A1 / A1E / A1S

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 19 user reviews of Canon XH-A1 / A1E / A1S from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

usability, value for money, build quality, image quality, zoom

design

95% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon XH A1 Professional MiniDV Camcorder (20x Optical Zoom, ¿HDV1080i recording)Canon XH A1S - Camcorder - High Definition - widescreen - 1.67 Mpix - optical zoom: 20 x - Mini DV (HDV)

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Amazon.com review summary for Canon XH-A1 / A1E / A1S

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 124 user reviews of Canon XH-A1 / A1E / A1S from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

value for money, usability, portability, image quality, design

features, reliability

93% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon XH A1 1.67MP 3CCD High-Definition Camcorder with 20x Optical ZoomCanon XH-A1S 3CCD HDV High Definition Professional Camcorder with 20x HD Video Zoom Lens IIICanon 1724B001 WD-H72 Wide Converter Lens for Compatible Canon Camcorders

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Canon XH A1

 

All things considered it feels comfortable shooting with the XH A1; though it weighs almost five pounds, it's still considerably lighter than most. All the buttons and controls sit in logical locations, grouped roughly by function and generally in the...

Excellent video quality; extremely customizable; great lens and optical stabilizer; fast focus.

No 720p recording capability; coarse, low-resolution LCD.

Canon's XH A1 and XH G1 are excellent camcorders for entry-level professionals and independent filmmakers, with hard-to-beat prices for what they offer.

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Canon XH A1 Digital Camcorder Review

 

Giving independent videographers something to choose from besides its popular but long-in-the-tooth GL2, Canon offers up two HDV models designed to appeal to the prosumer and entry-level pro markets. Derived ...

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Canon XH A1S Camcorder Review

 

In the burgeoning market of hand-held pro camcorders, the tape-based Canon XH A1S isn't anything close to ground-breaking. Still, with a $4000 price tag, it is a reasonably-priced model that's loaded with features and did quite well in our performance...

We like the Canon XH A1S, but its tape-based recording system is a bit outdated in our increasingly non-linear world. Many pro camcorders are beginning to include the ability to record video to memory cards-just like the bulk of the consumer camcorder...

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Canon XH A1 Camcorder Review

 

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. The manual control suite is simply outstanding and the...

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Canon XH A1 Review

 

The XH A1 by Canon is an extremely portable professional level camcorder powered with Super - Range Optical Image Stabilizer and Digic DV II processor. Read on to know more about the features and advantages of this high definition camcorder.

With so many features, Canon XH A1 is surprisingly easy to operate and an outstanding camcorder for independent filmmakers and entry level professionals. It is extremely customizable and produces excellent quality videos. $4999.95 is a hard to beat...

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Prosumer Camcorder Review: Canon XH-A1 HDV

 

First, the XH-A1 and XH-G1 are nearly identical prosumer camcorders, except the G1 has a professional jack pack, with an HD SDI, genlock and time code terminal each. This additional jack pack separates the price tags: $3,999 (A1) and $6,999 (G1)....

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

A tad front heavy LCD display is small Pricey

The XH-A1 is an extremely powerful camcorder wrapped around a very approachable HDV tape format that is bound to please prosumer and professional shooters.

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Canon XH A1 HDV Camcorder

 

The XH A1 shares its design structure with both the GL1 and the XL2. The body and chassis is most definitely GL1 with a single ?barrel shape topped with an attached top mounted swooping handle containing the stereo microphone at its tip. This handle...

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Canon XH A1

 

The XH A1 high-definition camcorder has so much going for it that all of the other manufacturers will have to sit up and take notice, again.

Stunning image and lens quality; lightweight; value

Distorted audio at higher SPLs from onboard mics

As impressive as its features are, the XH A1 is surprisingly easy to operate. This is a great choice for broadcasting applications for users ranging from professionals to film students. Overall, this is an incredible value for a video camcorder that...

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Canon XH A1

 

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Canon XH-A1

 

Ever since the advent of digital video, Canon has been the uncontested king of prosumer level camcorders. From the all-conquering XL-1, to its elite H...

Exceptional high-definition image quality, huge level of customisability, professional components and design

Represents good value for money -- but only to those who can afford it, tiny low resolution LCD screen

Falling somewhere between the professional and high-end consumer markets, the XH-A1 is an outstanding high-definition camera that should suit anyone who is career minded about video.

Product Specifications

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.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-950G

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:13.8in/15.5in
Height:7.4in/7.6in
Weight:4.7lbs/5.3lbs
Width:6.4in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.1cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Low light / Spotlight/Night mode / Spotlight

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:16MB

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:XH A1/XH A1S
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6/F/1.6-3.5
Max Focal Length:90mm
Min Focal Length:4.5mm
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.56Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.67Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3 ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3" )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical/Optical (SuperRange)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Media Type:Mini DV (HDV)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Skintone
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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