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Canon XH G1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 reviews of Canon XH G1. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the viewfinder and usability. The price and durability also get good opinions, but there are some less positive views about the size and portability.

image quality, durability, price, usability, viewfinder

portability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon XH G1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Canon XH G1 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the price. The image quality is also appreciated.

image quality, price

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Canon XHG1 1.67MP 3CCD High Definition Camcorder with 20x Optical Zoom

Nov, 2015

CNET Editors' Choice

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (

Canon XH review: Canon XH


Canon XH 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 from the same technology that 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.

May, 2007

Expert review by: Will Holloway (

Canon XH G1 and XH A1


The Canon XH A1 and XH G1 are, quite simply, awesome cameras. Coming on the heels of the XL H1 introduction, the A1 and G1 are welcome additions to Canon's HDV offerings.

Jul, 2007

Expert review by: Dirck Halstead (

Camera Corner Review: Review of the Canon XH G1 and XH A1 Camcorders


Earlier this year, Canon introduced its first High Definition DV camcorder, the XL H1. In my opinion and those of many critics, it is the best High Definition camcorder on the market in its price range. When comparing the Canon to other manufacturers...

I experienced the same thing when the first Canon XL was introduced. In that case, the viewfinder assembly would snap off, simply by leaving it on a car seat. I went through three of those cameras in a month, but again it was because the cameras were...

Nov, 2006

Expert review by: Andrew Burke (

New HDV Camcorders Canon XH G1 & A1 | Free Video Player | New Vidcasts


Our own Morgan Paar was on hand in New York to see the new HDV offerings in the form of the XH G1 and XH A1. He wrote back saying, "These look great and having Canon glass, you know they will shoot a great image." These two are Canon's first HDV...

Look for the XH A1 in time for Halloween, and the XH G1 soon after

Oct, 2006

Expert review by: Derek Fung (

Canon XH G1


Canon's new XH G1 gives production houses and TV studios a new HD shooting option with plenty of features and impressive output.

Outlook Though an impressive HD camera, its price (AU$11,499) and weight (2.33kg) means that this is not a camera for the average consumer, however its intended audience (production houses and TV studios that require live-switching) should be well served.

Dec, 2006

Expert review by: (

Canon XH G1 Camcorder Review


Designed for handheld shooting, the Canon XL G1 combines industry standard technology with intelligent operation.

Adjustable image controls including matrix, gain and colour correction give you a wide range of creative shooting options.

May, 2012

Consumer review by: tellaroberts (

great professional camera


obviously this camera is not for practical uses. but it is great for those who want to use it for movie making hobies. or even those who wish to enter the film making industry.

Quality Construction

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Nov, 2009

Consumer review by: vcdmusik (

Canon XH G1 Review


Mode, speeds manual focus considerably. Canon provides seven gain levels: 36dB, 18dB, 12dB, 6dB, 3dB, 0dB, and -3dB (although, irritatingly, you can only program three on the L/M/H switch. At its lowest gain, video looks incredibly smooth, and even as...

Excellent video quality

Low-resolution LCD

Oct, 2008

Consumer review by: gnipping (

Canon XL2: Go PRO for less


The Canon XL2 is the pro-sumer miniDV camcorder that is most often spotted on the sets of low budget and independent films. Not because it is a cheap option, but because for a fraction of the cost of a professional rig, you can deliver the same...

Interchageable lens system, 2xXLR inputs built in, adjustable viewfinder position

Not good for low light performance, bulky when compared to consumer units, not HD

May, 2007

Product Specifications

For the professional, the XH G1 combines a wealth of features with the outstanding performance of a 3 CCD, High Definition camcorder. The excellence of the XH G1 begins with their Genuine Canon 20x HD zoom lens with Professional L Series Fluorite. Super-Range Optical Image Stabilization corrects for a wide range of camera movement and vibration, and Instant AF (Auto Focus) ensures ultra-quick, accurate focus. The DIGIC DV II HD image processor then ensures improved color reproduction and noise reduction - for a final result that is the zenith of image quality. If you need advanced image control, the XH G1 gives you features that let you make manual adjustments to fine-tune your video. If you prefer to concentrate on your subject and let your camcorder take care of exposure and image controls, the XH G1 lets you do that as well. Plus, Canon's Professional Jackpack on the XH G1 gives HD-SDI Out, SD-SDI, SMPTE Time Code In/Out (selectable) and Genlock Input capabilities - a feature unmatched in this category of camera. With a wide range of features and optional accessories, the XH G1 is a versatile, flexible and powerful performer that is sure to meet your uncompromising standards.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


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

Dimensions & Weight


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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:16MB


Model:XH G1
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6
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

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


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD