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Canon XH A1S Camcorder Review

In the burgeoning market of hand-held pro camcorders, the tape-based Canon XH A1S isn't exactly revolutionary.

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Introduction

In the burgeoning market of hand-held pro camcorders, the tape-based Canon XH A1S isn't anything close to ground-breaking. Still, with a $4000 price tag, it is a reasonably-priced model that's loaded with features and did quite well in our performance testing.

Under the hood, the XH A1S is very similar to the Canon XL H1A, its larger sister model. They both have three 1/3-inch CCD sensors and they both record HD video to tape using the HDV codec. The big difference between the two is size and design—the XH A1S is a hand-held model that doesn't have a removable lens system, while the XL H1A is shoulder-mounted and can use any XL series of lens.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Color & Noise Performance
  4. Motion & Sharpness Performance
  5. Low Light Performance
  6. Audio
  7. Compression & Media
  8. Manual Controls
  9. Still Features
  10. Handling & Use
  11. Playback & Connectivity
  12. Other Features
  13. JVC GY-HM100 Comparison
  14. Sony HDR-FX1000 Comparison
  15. Canon XL H1A Comparison
  16. Conclusion