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  Canon XH A1 Camcorder - Black

Canon XH A1 Camcorder - Black

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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 A1 an ideal digital filmmaker's... More
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. Less
Capture and store your memories directly to the hard disk drive with the DCR-SR68 Handycam camcorder. A professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens delivers high-resolution images,... More
Capture and store your memories directly to the hard disk drive with the DCR-SR68 Handycam camcorder. A professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens delivers high-resolution images, while a 60x optical/2000x digital zoom lets you record close-up action from a distance. Equipped with Face Detection technology, capturing faces is a cinch. In addition to built-in video light, this camcorder has a vibrant 2.7" touch panel display (measured diagonally) which rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles. Less
Key Features   
Media Format Mini DV (HDV) • Mini DV Flash Media • Hard disk drive • Flash card
Recording System NTSC NTSC
Type Standard Standard
Storage Type Removable (Card/Disc/Tape) Internal & Removable
Other Features   
High Definition Video Support 1080i -
Additional Features Still Shot Capability • Color Viewfinder • analog to digital conversion with pass through • accessories hot shoe • Sharpness Control • Backlight Compensation • Contrast Control • RGB Primary Color Filter Still Shot Capability • face detection • USB 2.0 Compatibility • Built-In Speaker • Dolby Digital AC-3 (2 channel) Recording • Backlight Compensation • Touch-Screen Control
Face Detection - Yes
Widescreen Video Capture Yes Yes
File Format   
Still Image Format - JPEG
Digital Video Format - MPEG-2
Battery   
Battery Form Factor Manufacturer specific Manufacturer specific
System Requirements for PC Connection   
Operating System Supported - MS Windows 7 • MS Windows Vista • MS Windows XP SP3
Microphone   
Microphone Operation Mode Stereo Stereo
Display   
Display Type LCD LCD
Display Rotation Rotating Rotating
Viewfinder   
Viewfinder Type LCD None
Memory / Storage   
Recording Speed SP HQ • SP • LP
Digital Storage Media - HDD
Supported Flash Memory MultiMediaCard • SD Memory Card SDXC Memory Card • Memory Stick PRO Duo Mark2 • Memory Stick PRO Duo • SDHC Memory Card • SD Memory Card
Camera Flash   
Flash Type None -
Exposure   
Exposure Modes Automatic • Manual • Shutter-Priority • Program • Aperture-Priority Automatic • Program
Lens System   
Lens Type Zoom lens Zoom lens
Auto Focus type TTL contrast detection TTL contrast detection
Lens Manufacturer - Carl Zeiss
Lens System Features UD Glass Built-in lens shield
Focus Adjustment Automatic • Manual Automatic • Manual
Optical Sensor   
Sensor Type 3CCD Advanced HAD CCD
Miscellaneous   
Night Mode Yes Yes
Shooting Modes Digital Photo Mode Digital Photo Mode
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Canon XH A1 Camcorder - Black
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Product Review Summary

4.7
Based on 12 user reviews
73% recommend this product
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Pros
  • Great Design (5)
  • Easy to Use (4)
  • Quality Construction (4)
  • Good Value (2)
  • Compact (2)
  • Lightweight (2)
  • Powerful Zoom (1)
  • Rich Features (1)
  • Good Sound (1)
  • Excellent Picture Quality (1)
Cons
  • Heavy (3)
  • Overpriced (2)
  • Bad in Low Light (1)
  • Lacks features (1)
  • Weak Zoom (1)
Good For
  • Professionals (4)
  • Travel (2)
  • Home Movies (2)
  • Special Events (2)
  • Everyday Use (1)
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Consumer Reviews

2

The right Equipment

byemblueroofing Dec 31, 2009
5 Helpfuls 6 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros It is inexpensive for a professional camera.  It works like a charm.
Cons My camera didn't come with any accessories and that would be nice.
Recommended it? Yes

The Canon XH-A1 is an excellent choice.  I bought as a new videographer and have enjoyed it ever since.  It has worked without fail and provided great footage for all of my needs.

It is suprisingly light weight and easy to handle.  The camera is easily run, with a little bit... Read full review »

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CANON XHA1 TOTALLY ROCKS!!

bysoundart777 Nov 16, 2006
4 Helpfuls 5 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros XLR inputs, 20X Zoom, custom presets, afordable
Cons None
Recommended it? Yes

Canon does it again. You just have to get your hands on this incredible HDV camcorder. I am definitely upgrading my production camcorders (I currently own XL1, XL1s and XL2). The features and quality of the footage of the XHA1 is over the top! The image quality of the flip out LCD screen is so... Read full review »

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Product Review Summary

4.0
Based on 4 user reviews
100% recommend this product
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Pros
  • Lightweight (2)
  • Compact (2)
  • Easy to Use (2)
  • Great Design (1)
  • Quality Construction (1)
  • Good Value (1)
Cons
  • Lacks features (1)
  • Expensive (1)
Good For
  • Home Movies (2)
  • Special Events (2)
  • Everyday Use (1)
  • Travel (1)
  • Gifts (1)
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120

Good for Beginners

bybean_jolly Oct 13, 2010
Helpful? 1 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Lightweight, Easy to Use
Recommended it? Yes

This compact camcorder is aimed at beginner crowd. It has compact design which makes it good for day to day use. It also has decent features. However, you should skip this camcorder if you are looking for professional quality videos and effects. My complain about the camcorder is its price, which... Read full review »

145

You are professional with that camcorder

byconsultme4less Sep 22, 2010
Helpful? 1 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Lightweight, Easy to Use, Compact
Recommended it? Yes

A friend of mine bought that camcorder and showed me how to use it. It is great and I can not wait to buy one. It is pricey but it is more than worth that money and prices are coming down anyhow. You can shoot videos like a pro and do whatever you can do with these great videos. Read full review »

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