Canon XH A1s reviews: HD camcorder

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This camcorder is a good all rounder.

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8.8 out of 10 based on 12 reviews.
Canon XH A1s: 20x optical zoom camcorder using SD card. See full product description

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Brozy, Cambridge Professional videographer

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Great all round tape HD video recorder.
Bad points:
To many buttons in to many different places.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 20 Jul 2011

Julian, Bidford on Avon Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Video quality
Functions
Bad points:
Weight
Size
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 7.0
Value for money 8.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 19 May 2010

Harry, ireland Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Well built, easy to use,good image quality,easy to export footage
Bad points:
internal battery
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 16 Aug 2010

mohammed, coventry Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Excellent picture quality
Bad points:
too many controls, and the sound is not that great, you need external mice for a better sound
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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6 of 11 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 11 Jun 2009

Alan, Paignton Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Unbeatable image quality, even in low light. You could spend thousands more on professional cameras and get no better quality or flexibilty. Probably the best quality fixed lens out there!
Bad points:
Not lightweight or small compared to consumer camcorders.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 6.0
Value for money 8.0
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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 09 May 2011

Melvyn, Sutton Bridge. LINCS Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
When I started looking into high quality video cameras, this is the one that caught my eye over 2 years ago. Now having obtained one I am delighted with the results so far. Although I have not used this camera for many hours (yet), I can honestly say that all the reviews about it are quite right. The video quality is excellent and so are the facilities offered with the camera. I am looking forward to many years of pleasure creating, I wouldn't say masterpieces, but near professional videos using this superb piece of equipment
Bad points:
A little on the heavy side, but not too bad
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 07 Mar 2011

colette, lurgan Professional videographer

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
good image quality + battery use time very good also very easy to handle
Bad points:
heavier than looks
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 01 May 2010

Product Features

Resolution quality HD
Optical zoom ratio 20
Type of memory card SDHC
Type of memory card SD
Type of image stabiliser Optical
Weight (g) 2135
Screen size (Inches) 2.8
Type of chip CCD
Release date 2009-09-07

Also known as: Canon XH-A1s

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Manufacturer's Description

A compact and manoeuvrable camcorder that delivers professional-quality HDV1080i recording, the XH A1S provides total user control with a comprehensive array of custom settings and presets.

Features

*1080i HDV recording (50i, 25F, optional 24F/30F/60i modes)
*1/3” 1.67MP 3CCD
*20x L-series HD Video Lens with simultaneous three-ring control
*Enhanced audio functions
*Full image control
*Improved ease of use
*Canon CPS Video Support
*Demand the best: fast and flexible HDV shooting

Professional-quality HDV recording
The XH A1S delivers 1080i HD recording with selectable frame rates of 50i and 25F. Choose 50i and shoot with ultra-crisp realism, or adopt 25F for the traditional look of film. 24F/30F/60i shooting modes are available via an optional upgrade, for truly global recording capability.

The power of 3CCD and DIGIC
High-resolution shooting is enabled by a 1/3” 1.67 megapixel 3CCD sensor system that works in harmony with Canon’s DIGIC DV II – a processor built to handle the amount of data required for HD.

Canon L-series HD Video Lens
Canon has redesigned the 20x L-series HD Video Lens to make it more comfortable to use, and more efficient in operation. The lens now features a new control ring design, as well as simultaneous, independent control of Focus, Iris and Zoom. Lens ring operation can be modified to suit the individual user’s needs.

Fluorite lens elements and Ultra-Low Dispersion (UD) glass are used to combat chromatic aberrations, so users can expect exceptional clarity, while a shift-type Super Range Optical Image Stabiliser (OIS) helps ensure footage remains steady.

Enhanced audio functionality
Canon has increased the audio options on the XH A1S to give cameramen greater flexibility and control. The camera incorporates twin XLR audio inputs but adds independent limiters in manual mode and simultaneous use of built-in and XLR microphones. Independent XLR sensitivity settings are also included.

Advanced image control
The range of image adjustment functions has been expanded and includes options such as wider white balance adjustment (from 2000k to 15000k), selective RGB noise reduction options and Auto Gain Control (AGC) limit – with increased fine-tuning options. Up to nine Custom Presets can be stored in-camera or to SD memory card for easy transfer to a compatible Canon camcorder.

More robust, easier to use
The XH A1S is easy to use, featuring improvements in the layout of exterior buttons to prevent accidental operation. Mechanical refinements include sturdier terminals such as a 6-pin Firewire connection.

Canon CPS Video Support
Canon’s exclusive CPS Video Support offers users a priority repair service and email and phone support from a dedicated team.


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