Canon XH A1 reviews: MiniDV storage Full HD camcorder

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This camcorder is a good all rounder.

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9.3 out of 10 based on 4 reviews.
Canon XH A1: Horizontally held, 20x optical zoom camcorder using SD card. See full product description

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Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 20
Media format MiniDV
Type of memory card SD
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 1
Type of image stabiliser Optical
Widescreen recording Yes
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/16000
Weight (g) 2130
Weight (g) 2030
Screen size (Inches) 2.8
Maximum aperture telephoto 3.5
Maximum aperture wide 1.6
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 32.5
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 650
Type of chip CCD
Release date 2006-12-05

Also known as: Canon XH-A1, XHA1, CANON XHA1

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Manufacturer's Description

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.

  • 1/3" 1.67MP 3CCD for HDV1080i
  • 20x optical zoom lens with OIS
  • Instant AF and Focus Assist
  • DIGIC DV II for HD
  • Compact design
  • Focus, zoom and iris rings
  • Widescreen LCD and EVF
  • Complete image control
  • Cine gamma and custom presets
  • Hot-shoe and XLR audio

A digital filmmaker’s tool, the HDV1080i XH A1 is perfectly balanced in the hand.

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.

Canon optics
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.

Instant AF and Focus Assist
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 colour reproduction. Split path processing handles movie and still image signals separately, according to their individual colour requirements.

Compact design
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.

Focus, zoom and iris rings
The XH A1 features separate rings on the lens body, allowing full, three-fingered manual control over focus, zoom and iris.

2.8" LCD
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.

Complete image control
A full range of image adjustments are available, including finely graded gain and matrix settings and colour correction.

Cine gamma
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.

Accessory shoe and XLR audio
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.

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