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Canon XL H1A Camcorder Review

February 06, 2009
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Introduction

The Canon XL H1A ($5999 MSRP) offers some small but useful improvements to the first-generation XL H1. An upgraded 20x lens kit lens adds an iris ring to the focus and zoom rings. The in-camera color controls, already beyond what most camcorders offer, has been extended even further. Most importantly, Canon has increased the affordability of a shoulder - mount camcorder. In this latest generation, there are two versions. The XL H1A offers all the handling and controls. The XL H1S ($8999 MSRP) has an identical form factor, but adds uncompressed HD/SD-SDI output, Genlock and Timecode. Both camcorders are damn good, offering the performance and handling that can stand up to the most discerning critics. It's not perfect – the weight balance could be better and the audio was reduced from 4-channel to 2-channel (a minor downgrade). Overall, though, we like them very much.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Performance
  4. Low Light Performance
  5. Audio
  6. Compression & Media
  7. Manual Controls
  8. Still Features
  9. Handling & Use
  10. Playback & Connectivity
  11. Comparisons
  12. Conclusion
  13. Photo Gallery
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