It is a high definition camcorder from Canon designed for the professional looking for a smaller, lighter weight HD camera.

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The Canon XH-A1S is a high definition camcorder from Canon designed for the professional looking for a smaller, lighter weight HD camera. It is capable of shooting full 1080p resolution and features a Genuine Canon 20x HD zoom lens with Professional L Series Fluorite. The Super-Range Optical Image Stabilization corrects camera movement and vibration while the Instant AF (Auto Focus) gives an ultra-quick, accurate focus and the DIGIC DV II HD image processor helps provide improved color reproduction and noise reduction. The XH A1S is equipped with three 1/3" Native 16:9 CCDs (1.67 Megapixels) which deliver outstanding picture quality, highly accurate color reproduction, and a wide dynamic range with virtually no color noise. It has a 0.57" viewfinder and 2.8" screen, both of which are LCD widescreens giving both the director and camera operator a view of the action. It can store still images with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, 848 x 480, 1440 x 1080, and 640 x 480 which can be stored to either a MultiMedia Card or SD Memory Card. Other notable features inlclude built in XLR terminals, external microphone holder and an accessory shoe for a camera light.

  • Power Supply (rated): 7.4V DC (battery pack)
  • Video Recording system:
    • HDV: HDV1080i; DV: DV specifications
    • Two rotating heads, helical scan azimuth recording, (Consumer VCR SD specifications)
  • Audio Recording system:
    • HDV: 2-channel recording MPEG1 Audio Layer II: (Sampling frequency 48 kHz, bit rate 384 kbps)
    • DV: 2-channel recording PCM digital recording: 16 bits (48 kHz), 12 bits (32 kHz, 12 bits selectable)
  • Image Sensor: (3) 1/3-inch Native 16:9 CCDs (1440x1080)
  • Total Pixels: Approx. 1.67 Megapixels each x 3
  • Effective Pixels:
    • HD approx. 1.56 Megapixels (1440 x 1080)
    • SD (4:3) approx. 1.17 Megapixels (1080 x 1080)
    • SD (16:9) approx. 1.56 Megapixels (1440 x 1080)
    • Tape Format: Video cassettes bearing the MiniDV mark
  • Tape Speed:
    • HDV/DV: SP mode 18.81mm/second
    • DV: LP mode 12.56 mm/second
  • Maximum recording time: HDV/DV: SP mode 80 min. DV:LP; 120 min.
  • Lens: Canon 20x HD L Series Zoom, f=4.5-90mm, f/1.6-3.5
  • Focusing System: TTL-video signal sensing system autofocus. Manual focusing possible.
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 20mm (wide macro), 1m (entire zoom range)
  • Frame Rate: 60i, 24F, 30F
  • Minimum Illumination:
    • NTSC: 6 lux (Shutter speed 1/60, Gain 18 dB)
    • PAL: 5 lux (Shutter speed 1/50, Gain 18 dB)
    • Manual mode (when Gain 18 dB, f/1.6, 60i/50i are selected)
    • NTSC: 0.4 lux (Shutter speed 1/4), PAL: 0.3 lux (Shutter speed 1/3) (when 60i/50i is selected)
  • Image Stabilization: SuperRange Optical (Lens Shift)
  • Filter Diameter: 72mm
  • Viewfinder: .57-inch widescreen, approx. 269,000 pixels
  • LCD Screen: 2.8-inch widescreen, approx. 207,000 pixels
  • Microphone: High-performance stereo electric condenser microphone
  • Recording Media: SD/SDHC (photos), MMC (photos)
  • DV Terminal: HDV/DV Special 6-pin connector (IEEE1394 compatible); both input/output
  • Video Terminal:
    • (a) Also serves as RCA pin jack (yellow); both input/output
    • (b) Also serves as BNC connector; output
  • Output Levels: -12 dBV (with 47-kohm load, 1 Vrms output level setting and -12 dB full scale)
  • Audio Terminal: XLR 3-pin jack (2 systems); Switchable between MIC/LINE
  • Microphone Terminal: 3.5mm stereo mini-jack
  • Operating Temperature range: 32 - 104° F (0 - 40° C)
  • Dimensions: 6.4 x 7.6 x 15.5 in. (163 x 192 x 394mm)
  • Weight (not including lens hood and eyecup): 4.7 lbs. (2135 g)
  • Weight (fully loaded): 5.3 lbs. (2400 g)
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