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Canon XH A1 Shoulder camcorder 1.67MP Black

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Hand-held camcorders allow you to record your own video and make photoshots. You can always have such cameras with you to record the important moments of your life and share them with friends or family. You can even make your own movie!
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Long product name Canon XH A1 Shoulder camcorder 1.67MP Black :
The short editorial description of Canon XH A1 Shoulder camcorder 1.67MP Black

XH A1, 1/3" 1.67MP 3CCD for HDV1080i

Canon XH A1 Shoulder camcorder 1.67MP 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 tool.

-1/3" 1.67MP 3CCD for HDV1080i
-20x optical zoom lens with OIS
-Instant AF and Focus Assist
-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.
Short summary description Canon XH A1 Shoulder camcorder 1.67MP Black:
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Canon XH XH A1, 1.67 MP, 20x, 0.177 - 3.54" (4.5 - 90 mm), 2.83" (7.2 cm), HDV, 1/16000
Long summary description Canon XH A1 Shoulder camcorder 1.67MP Black :

Canon XH A1, XH. Total megapixels: 1.67 MP. Optical zoom: 20x, Focal length range (f-f): 0.177 - 3.54" (4.5 - 90 mm), Filter size: 2.83" (7.2 cm). Camcorder tape type: HDV. Camera shutter speed: 1/16000. Display diagonal: 2.8", Display: LCD

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Image sensor
Total megapixels *
A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 × 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 × 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).
1.67 MP
Lens system
Optical zoom *
Indicates the optical zoom capacity, which is the number of times that the picture can be enlarged with the optics of the camera.
Image stabilizer *
This camera function compensates for slight shaking movements caused by an unstable position and ensures smooth footage even in suboptimal conditions.
Focal length range (f-f)
Measure of how strongly the system converges or diverges light. For an optical system in air, it is the distance over which initially collimated rays are brought to a focus. A system with a shorter focal length has greater optical power than one with a long focal length; that is, it bends the rays more strongly, bringing them to a focus in a shorter distance.For an optical system in air, the effective focal length (f and f′) gives the distance from the front and rear principal planes (H and H′) to the corresponding focal points (F and F′).
0,177 - 3,54" (4,5 - 90 mm)
Filter size
A filter is a screen, plate, or layer of a substance which absorbs light or other radiation or selectively absorbs some of its components e.g. a UV filter to reduce UV light. Filters come in various sizes.
2,83" (7,2 cm)
Disc types supported *
The types of disc which can be used with this device.
Camcorder tape type *
The type of tape used to record images from a camcorder, e.g. VHS, Video8.
Built-in flash *
The product has an internal flash. A flash produces a brief very bright light, used for taking photographs in poor light.
Camera shutter speed
Determines the length of time the shutter lets light pass through the lens to the CCD. Shutter speed and aperture together determine exposure.
Display diagonal *
Size of the display for this product, measured diagonally, usually in inches.
Built-in display *
A display which is part of the product, so you do not need to attach another display.
The description of display that can includes display type, resolution, size etc.
Display resolution
The number of distinct pixels in each dimension that can be displayed. It is usually quoted as width × height, with the units in pixels: for example, "1024 × 768" means the width is 1024 pixels and the height is 768 pixels. The higher the number of pixels, the sharper the image.
207000 pixels
269000 pixels
Viewfinder screen size
Camcorder type *
There are various types of camcorder (personal video camera) e.g. handheld camcorder, shouldercam.
Shoulder camcorder
Minimum illumination
Also known as light sensitivity, this is the smallest amount of light needed for the camera to produce an image of useable quality.
0.4 lx
3D *
The device can be used with 3D technology.
Color of product *
The colour e.g. red, blue, green, black, white.
Maximum video resolution *
This is the maximum resolution of video images. Resolution is a measure of the degree of detail visible.
1440 x 1080 pixels
Video resolutions
The amount of detail that can be seen in the video image.
1440 x 1080 pixels
Ports & interfaces
PictBridge *
PictBridge is an industry standard introduced in 2003 from the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) for direct printing. It allows images to be printed directly from digital cameras to a printer, without having to connect the camera to a computer using common connectivity like USB or Bluetooth.
HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a compact audio/video interface for transferring uncompressed video data and compressed/uncompressed digital audio data from a HDMI-compliant device ("the source device") to a compatible computer monitor, video projector, digital television, or digital audio device. HDMI is a digital replacement for existing analog video standards.
S-Video out *
The port (socket) where the output for the S-Video is connected.
S-Video in
DV port
Allows to send digital video from the computer to the camcorder and record back onto tape.
Battery technology *
The type of battery in the device, e.g. nickel–cadmium (NiCd).
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery life (max) *
Maximum battery life. Mobile Mark™ (2002) is the standard often used to benchmark battery life time.
7 h
Battery type
Description of battery supplied with the product, such battery form factor (e.g. AA/AAA).
Weight & dimensions
Width *
The measurement or extent of something from side to side.
6,42" (163 mm)
Depth *
The distance from the front to the back of something.
13,8" (350 mm)
Height *
The measurement of the product from head to foot or from base to top.
7,44" (189 mm)
Weight *
Weight of the product without packaging (net weight). If possible, the net weight is given including standard accessories and supplies. Please note that sometimes the manufacturer leaves out the weight of accessories and/or supplies.
5,14 lbs (2,33 kg)
Other features
640 x 480 pixels
Auto focus
Device focusing a camera or other piece of equipment automatically.
Lens system
Type of lens in this product, expressed as its characteristics including lens, zoom capability, focal length, 35 mm equivalent focal length, and aperture range.
Photo mode
Device can take photos.
Auto: Instant AF; Manual: Independent
I/O ports
An interface on a device to which you can connect another device.
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Testseek has collected 21 expert reviews for Canon XH A1 and the average expert rating is 90 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.
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I spent several hours with the new Canon XH-A1. Chuck Biddle of ICVideo in Louisville generously loaned the camera to Microfilmmaker Magazine for review and also donated his time and discussed his experiences with the camera to help inform the review...
Pros:Class-leading 800+ TVl/ph detail. Comprehensive color tweaks; clean pictures with multiple noise-reduction options. Good focusing aids. Simultaneous SD and HD output. 60i, 24F, and 30F modes. FireWire remote control. 20x zoom. Highly customizable...
Class-leading 800+ TVl/ph detail. Comprehensive color tweaks; clean pictures with multiple noise-reduction options. Good focusing aids. Simultaneous SD and HD output. 60i, 24F, and 30F modes. FireWire remote control. 20x zoom. Highly customizable.
24F and 30F modes degrade vertical resolution. Audio options not as flexible as they could be. No letterboxed down-conversion while shooting. No S-Video I/O.
Canons XL H1 set the resolution standard for sub-$10,000 camcorders, and the XH series camcorders uphold that standard at lower cost, weight, and size. The XH A1 offers all of the capability of the XL H1, except for lens inter-changeability and the pr...
Canon’s reputation for outstanding image quality carries over throughout their product lines and, in this high-definition world that allows us to create everything from Blu-ray to YouTube videos, getting serious about camcorders is becoming more m...
Stunning image and lens quality; lightweight; value...
Distorted audio at higher SPLs from onboard mics...
In manual mode, the Canon XH A1 HDV camcorder produces images that retain good detail at both ends of the IRE scale. The Canon XH A1 is as close to perfect as any camcorder in its price range, with great resolution, very high contrast rat...
You can unlock a new Pandoras box when you connect this camcorder via FireWire to a compatible laptop with Canon Console software. Console is like Adobe/Serious Magic DV Rack, with vectorscope, waveform monitor and DVR functions, but with camera contr...
David Hague Up until recently, Sony has lead the way in the HDV charge – if you discount the Canon XLH1 that is. In fact, if you think about it, since the release of the FX1 (and consumer based HC1), Sony has in effect churned through three generati...
The Canon XH A1 is poised to win over a host of videographers looking to make the switch to HD. Billed by Canon as the XL H1 in miniature, we can tell you that the statement is hardly exaggeration. The manual control suite is simply outstanding and the pe...
The XH A1 high-definition camcorder (US$3,999) has so much going for it that all of the other manufacturers will have to sit up and take notice, again. In this class of video equipment, the XH A1 is relatively lightweight at just over four pounds, b...
High-definition camcorder offerings have ramped up over the past year, with compact models priced as low as $1,000 or less arriving from Sony and Canon. At the same time, higher-end models from both companies have also hit the streets that are so packe...
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