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The Canon XL H1S is a high-end shoulder mount HD camcorder aimed at professional videographers.

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large and clear LCD that makes it easy to work with

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recorded footage has a gorgeous, film-like quality

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well balanced for easy handling on your shoulder

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built-in mic gets great audio, although dual XLR jacks are available for specialty mics

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can handle on-location shots without worrying about getting damaged along the way

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image stabilization is very good, can handle moving around a bit without creating shaky footage

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plenty of features to help with the editing process (Genlock, SMPTE, etc...)

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works in a wide variety of shooting types, lots of versatility in the settings

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The Canon XL H1S 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 H1S 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 H1A, this model differentiates itself by including HD SDI, Genlock, and SMPTE timecode support, which is required for use in a multi-camera environment. The XL H1S is logical choice for professional videographers working within a multi-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

  • HD SDI, Genlock, and SMPTE timecode support           
  • dimensions: 8.9” x 8.7” x 19.5”

  • weight: 3995g (with lens)
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