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Canon XL-H1 / H1A / H1S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 75 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the color and resolution. The usability and image quality are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed comments about the portability. Many are critical about the reliability and connectivity.

value for money, image quality, usability, resolution, color

control panel, connectivity, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon XL-H1 / H1A / H1S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon XL H1A Camcorder Review

 

The Canon XL H1A ($5999 MSRP) offers some small but useful improvements to the first-generation XL H1A. An upgraded 20x lens kit lens adds an iris ring to the focus and zoom rings. The in-camera color controls, already beyond what most camcorders...

The Canon XL H1A ($5999 MSRP) is a great budget option for those who need the size or handling that accompany shoulder-mount camcorders. The video quality is excellent, including accurate colors and high resolution. The level of fine detail control,...

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Canon XL H1 Camcorder Review

 

The Canon XL H1 - you've seen it, you've studied it, and you've put it on your wish list. Now we have the complete review. This HDV camcorder with a $8999 (MSRP) price tag has just about everything you want in a professional camcorder: 30F and 24F...

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Camcorder Review Canon XL H1A HDV Camcorder

 

Whether you feel you're ready to enter the professional realm of cinematography or you're a serious amateur, Canon's XL H1A is here to meet your expectations. The latest of Canon's professional line is a loaded weapon that comes equipped with an HD 20x...

HD lens Endless customization Highly-accurate color reproduction

Front-heavy Small LCD screen Can't adjust the shoulder pad

Canon has given professional cinemaniacs a vast array of shooting options at an affordable price.

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Camcorder Review: Canon XL H1 HDV

 

Although we used a tripod for most of the shots, we went handheld for a portion to test how well the camera felt as we moved around. Not surprising, the image stabilization offered by the 20x HD lens was top notch. Canon has placed all the important...

Excellent Resolution On-camera controls Canon HD lens

Lack of support for proprietary HD

A unique feature of the XL H1 is its ability to record better than HDV quality video to a hard drive for editing. HDV video goes through quite a compression feat to fit onto Mini DV tape, but Canon allows more options when tape is taken out of the...

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Focus, Zoom and Trick Out Your Canon XL H1

 

Getting precise focus has always been a bit of an issue with the XL series, and now that it's shooting HDV it has lots of company. There isn't one HD camera viewfinder that even approaches HD resolution, and the XL H1's is no exception. To try and...

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Camera Corner Review: The Canon XL H1

 

Canon has always taken a "wait and see" attitude when it comes to introducing its new video products. Then, once it has determined the direction the market is going in, they do their homework, and come up with something that is beyond anything the...

However, this is not a camera for a backpack VJ or an ordinary videophile. It is just too heavy. This is meant for heavy-duty, hard-core (sic) professional use. If you are a filmmaker you can put those "prime" Panavision lenses on it, and the camera...

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Camera Corner Review:The Canon XL H1

 

Canon has always taken a "wait and see" attitude when it comes to introducing its new video products. Then, once it has determined the direction the market is going in, they do their homework, and come up with something that is beyond anything the...

One problem, as of the time this review was written, is that at present there is no plug-in solution that will allow HD editing from the tape. Canon has been working with Apple for the past few weeks, and my guess is that by the NAB convention later...

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Canon XL H1

 

While Canon has turned out dozens of great still cameras and lensesover the years, when the DV revolution came about the company wasrelatively unknown in the video world. Canon's consumer cameras were amixed lot — anyone remember the original ZR?...

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Decent Quality, but has major function flaws"

 

I use this camera for a lot of live broadcast... 

Good picture, HDV, sturdy feel, good range of audio settings

No independent focus and zoom, limited color controls, iris settings

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Canon XL H1

 

I use this camera for a lot of live broadcasting. My biggest gripe about the camera is that you cannot independently zoom and focus, so if you are zooming, you cannot focus, and can't zoom while focusing. You would have to get a separate lens to be...

Good picture, HDV, sturdy feel, good range of audio settings

No independent focus and zoom, limited color controls, iris settings

Product Specifications

For more than a decade, Canon has brought industry-leading lens optics and image processing expertise to the professional market with the XL Series camcorders. In that time, leading videographers have come to rely on the superior image quality and ultimate creative control available to them through the XL Series' features and open architecture system. The Canon XL H1S HD camcorder has all the features that have made the XL Series a favorite of independent filmmakers, corporate and event shooters, in addition to broadcast and news markets. To complement these features, the Canon XL H1S has added an even higher level of customization options and capabilities which will make it an even more useful creative partner for the demanding professional. Industry-standard connections and terminals along with a wider range of image control settings and options are combined with the new Genuine Canon 20x HD Video Zoom Lens III with Professional L Series Fluorite. To back up that superb lens are three 1/3" Native 16:9 CCD with 1.67M Pixels (delivering a full 1440 x 1080) and Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV II HD Image Processor. The XL H1S is the compelling choice for anyone seeking to produce the best in high definition video.

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

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:19.5in
Height:8.7in
Weight:5.3lbs/5.5lbs
Width:8.9in

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Night mode / Spotlight/Night mode / Spotlight

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:16MB/32MB

Header

Manufacturer:Apple/Canon
Model:H1/H1A/H1S
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon XL

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-3.5
Lens for SD:Body only/Canon XL 5.4-108mm L IS III lens
Max Focal Length:108mm
Min Focal Length:5.4mm
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.56Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.67Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3 / 1/3"/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)

Pro Camcorder Features

Professional:Professional

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader/Black fader / White fader
Media Type:Mini DV (HDV)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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