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The Canon XL H1A is a high-end shoulder mount HD camcorder aimed at professional videographers.

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functions are easy to access, don't have to hunt through menus

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durable construction, can handle heavy use in the field

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picture is very sharp, no details missed

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image stabilization accounts for minor shakes and bumps

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audio capture with built-in microphones is excellent, good expandability

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can change the lens for custom shots, wide-angle work

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controls are very simple to work with on the fly

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no option for 1080p, dedicated for breadcast purposes

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The Canon XL H1A is a high-end shoulder mount HD camcorder aimed at professional videographers. Marketed as a less expensive, feature-reduced version of Canon’s XL H1 released in 2006, this camera still features a 20x HD video lens with three manual adjustment focus rings (focus, zoom, iris) as well as an expanded variety of options for customizing the image, display, and operation controls. The XL H1A uses an interchangeable lens system complimented by three 1/3 inch 1.67 megapixel CCD image sensors and Canon's proprietary DIGIC DVII HD image processor. While very similar to Canon’s XL H1S, this model lacks HD SDI, Genlock, and SMPTE timecode support, which is required for use in a multi-camera environment. The XL H1A is logical choice for professional videographers working within a single-camera environment.


  • image sensor: 3 x 1/3" CCD           

  • gross pixels per sensor: 1670k pixel

  • effective pixels: 1560K pixel           
  • frame rates: 1080/60i, 480/60i, 1080/30F, 480/30, 1080/60i, 480/30F, 1080/24F, 480/24F
  • HDV media: miniDV
  • optical zoom: 20x
  • lens f-stop: F=1.6-3.5
  • focal length: f = 5.4-108mm           
  • LCD: Color 2.4" EVF/LCD, 215,000 pixels
  • microphone in: 2 x XLR

  • headphone: 3.5mm stereo mini jack
  • HDV/DV: 6 Pin IEEE1394           
  • dimensions: 8.9” x 8.7” x 19.5”

  • weight: 3995g (with lens)

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