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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
When looking for a professional video camera, the Sony HVR Z7U is a great option. It features interchangeable lenses, which is one of the first handheld camcorders to offer this as an... More
When looking for a professional video camera, the Sony HVR Z7U is a great option. It features interchangeable lenses, which is one of the first handheld camcorders to offer this as an option. This 1.1 MP camcorder comes packed with plenty of other features, such as recording in either high-definition or standard definition, up to 12x optical zoom, screw holes for secure attachment to a tripod, and a high-quality Carl Zeiss lens. Additionally, this Sony camcorder offers HD/SD-SDI or HDMI output and records on miniDV cassette tapes which can hold 40–60 minutes of high-definition video. The viewing screen on the Sony HVR Z7U is a 3.2-inch Xtrafine LCD, which provides up to four times more pixels than other handheld professional video cameras. Slow motion is no problem with this 1.1 MP camcorder, since the Smooth Slow Rec feature records images much faster than other cameras. Color correction has been improved in this Sony camcorder, resulting in better visual quality in both black and white and color videos. Six different settings are available to capture the best appearance based on the location and light balance. Professional videographers will be pleased with the myriad of new and unique features on the Sony HVR Z7U. Less
Key Features   
Media Format Mini DV (HDV) • Mini DV Flash card • DVCAM • DV
Recording System NTSC NTSC
Type Consumer Professional
Storage Type Removable (Card/Disc/Tape) Removable (Card/Disc/Tape)
Other Features   
High Definition Video Support 1080i 1080i
Widescreen Video Capture Yes Yes
Battery   
Battery Form Factor Manufacturer specific Manufacturer specific
Microphone   
Microphone Operation Mode Stereo -
Display   
Display Rotation Rotating Rotating
Display Type LCD LCD
Viewfinder   
Viewfinder Type LCD -
Memory / Storage   
Recording Speed SP -
Supported Flash Memory MultiMediaCard • SD Memory Card -
Camera Flash   
Flash Type None None
Exposure   
Exposure Modes Automatic • Manual • Shutter-Priority • Program • Aperture-Priority Manual
Lens System   
Lens Type Zoom lens Zoom lens
Auto Focus type TTL contrast detection -
Lens System Features UD Glass -
Focus Adjustment Automatic • Manual -
Optical Sensor   
Sensor Type 3CCD -
Miscellaneous   
Night Mode Yes -
Shooting Modes Digital Photo Mode -
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Canon A1 Camcorder - Black
Canon A1 Camcorder - Black
$3,999.00
Sony HDV HVR-Z7U Camcorder - Black
Sony HDV HVR-Z7U Camcorder - Black
$2,999.00

Product Review Summary

4.7
Based on 12 user reviews
73% recommend this product
5 stars
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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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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
5 stars
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2 stars
1 star
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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