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Canon XHA1 1.67MP CCD 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 XHA1 1.67MP CCD Black :
The short editorial description of Canon XHA1 1.67MP CCD Black


Canon XHA1 1.67MP CCD Black:
The official marketing text of Canon XHA1 1.67MP CCD Black as supplied by the manufacturer
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.

HDV1080i 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 XHA1 1.67MP CCD Black:
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Canon XHA1, 1.67 MP, CCD, 1/3", 156000 MP, 20x, 0.177 - 3.54" (4.5 - 90 mm)
Long summary description Canon XHA1 1.67MP CCD Black :

Canon XHA1. Total megapixels: 1.67 MP, Sensor type: CCD, Optical sensor size: 1/3". Optical zoom: 20x, Focal length range (f-f): 0.177 - 3.54" (4.5 - 90 mm), Focal length (35mm film equivalent): 1.28 - 25.6" (32.5 - 650 mm). Camcorder tape type: Mini-DV. Camera shutter speed: 1/3 - 1/16000. Display diagonal: 2.8", Display: LCD

This is an auto-generated long summary of Canon XHA1 1.67MP CCD Black based on the first three specs of the first five spec groups.
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
Sensor type *
A sensor is a convertor than measures a physical quality (light, temperature etc.) and displays this electronically on a device.
Optical sensor size
Optical sensors are electronic detectors that convert light, or a change in light, into an electronic signal. They are used in many industrial and consumer applications e.g. lamps that turn on automatically in response to darkness. Optical sensors come in many sizes.
Effective megapixels (movie)
156000 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)
Focal length (35mm film equivalent)
1.28 - 25.6" (32.5 - 650 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)
Camcorder tape type *
The type of tape used to record images from a camcorder, e.g. VHS, Video8.
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.
1/3 - 1/16000
Display diagonal *
Size of the display for this product, measured diagonally, usually in inches.
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.
269000 pixels
Viewfinder screen size
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
Color of product *
The colour e.g. red, blue, green, black, white.
Maximum frame rate
This is the maximum frame rate, also known as frame frequency and frames per second (FPS). It is the frequency (rate) at which an imaging device produces unique consecutive images called frames. The term applies equally well to film and video cameras, computer graphics, and motion capture systems. Frame rate is most often expressed in frames per second (FPS) and is also expressed in progressive scan monitors as hertz (Hz).
25 fps
Audio dubbing
Ports & interfaces
DV port
Allows to send digital video from the computer to the camcorder and record back onto tape.
Microphone in
The socket where a microphone is connected to the device.
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
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.
9.84" (250 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.
4.48 lbs (2.03 kg)
Other features
Auto focus
Device focusing a camera or other piece of equipment automatically.
Manual focus
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Testseek has collected 21 expert reviews for Canon XHA1 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...
Good 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.
Bad 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.
Bottom line 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...
Good Stunning image and lens quality; lightweight; value...
Bad 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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