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Canon Camcorder XH-A1. 3CCD HDV MiniDV Camcorder. Comes with Extras.
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Canon Camcorder XH-A1. 3CCD HDV MiniDV Camcorder. Comes with Extras.
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Product Identifiers
BrandCanon
ModelA1
UPC000138031013, 13803063769, 4960999352695, 572612300118, 572652400113

Key Features
Recording SystemNTSC
Optical Zoom20x
Digital ZoomNone
Storage TypeRemovable (Card/Disc/Tape)
Media FormatMini DV, Mini DV (HDV)
Resolution1.7 MP
Screen Size2.8"
Weight75.2 Oz.

Optical Sensor
Sensor Type3CCD
Sensor Size1/3"
Optical Sensor Qty3

Lens System
Lens TypeZoom lens
Lens ApertureF/1.6
Focal Length Range4.5mm - 90mm
Focus AdjustmentAutomatic, Manual
Lens Filter Size72 mm
Lens System FeaturesUD Glass
Auto Focus typeTTL contrast detection

Exposure
Max Shutter Speed1/16000 sec
Min Illumination0.4 lux
Min Shutter Speed1/3 sec
Exposure ModesAperture-Priority, Automatic, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority

Camera Flash
Flash TypeNone

Memory / Storage
Recording SpeedSP
Supported Flash MemoryMultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card
Video Recording Length80 Minutes

Viewfinder
Viewfinder TypeLCD
Viewfinder Diagonal Size0.57"

Dimensions
Depth13.78 in.
Height7.44 in.
Width6.42 in.

Display
Display TypeLCD
Display RotationRotating
Screen DetailsLCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.8" - color
Display Size2.8"

Microphone
Microphone TypeMicrophone - built-in - stereo
Microphone Operation ModeStereo

Connections
Connector Types1 x Control-L (LANC), 1 x DC power input, 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK), 1 x composite video/audio (input/output), 1 x headphones, 1 x microphone
Expansion Slot1 x SD Memory Card

Battery
Battery Form FactorManufacturer specific
Battery ManufacturerCanon BP-950G

Resolution
Effective Still Resolution2.0 MP
Effective Video Resolution1.6 MP

Other Features
Additional FeaturesBacklight Compensation, Color Viewfinder, Contrast Control, RGB Primary Color Filter, Sharpness Control, Still Shot Capability, accessories hot shoe, analog to digital conversion with pass through
High Definition Video Support1080i
Widescreen Video CaptureYes

Miscellaneous
Color Black
Night ModeYes
Shooting ModesDigital Photo Mode

eBay Product ID: EPID99990636

Reviews & Research

CNET Editors' reviewExcellent

  • THE GOOD

    Excellent video quality; extremely customizable; great lens and optical stabilizer; fast focus.

  • THE BAD

    No 720p recording capability; coarse, low-resolution LCD.

  • THE BOTTOM LINE

    Canon's XH A1 and XH G1 are excellent camcorders for entry-level professionals and independent filmmakers, with hard-to-beat prices for what they offer.

  • (C) 2014 CBS Interactive., a CBS Company. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Customer Reviews

Average review score based on 23 user reviews

88%

of customers recommend this product

Rating distributions

Feature ratings

  • Picture and sound quality
  • Ease of use
  • Battery life
  • Value for money
Created: 12/24/10

Canon XH A1 is a great camera.

I am a wedding videographer and love the Canon XH-A1. I now own three of them. They are reliable, portable and yet serious enough to get the job done. The color reproduction is great in good lighting and better than most in low-light. Although the results are acceptable using the camera in auto mode, you can get some fabulous footage in manual mode if you know what you're doing. The optical stabilizer does a good job and the 20x zoom lens allows me to get in tight from a considerable distance. The onboard mic is not the greatest, but if you set it properly it will yield acceptable results. It can yield terrible results if you set the input gain too high, though, so use caution. The optional XLR input with phantom power is a great option. I use it for a shotgun mic on one of my A1's and have also used it to tap directly into the sound system at the event. Although HDV tape is more expensive I highly recommend using it because it does yield better results. Overall a great camcorder for the money.

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Created: 08/02/10

Canon xha1

I bought a Canon XL1 MiniDV camcorder in 1998 and this was my upgrade to advanced design and HD capability. I've had great luck with Canons and this "prosumer" model is being put to use as a "run & gun" unit acquiring footage for a reality TV pilot. Its feature set is not that complicated and gives a wide range of flexibility for many shooting situations, particularly the 24, 30 and 60 frame options as well as full manual. The images are gorgeous, and for a used unit that I got for $1000 less than retail of approx. $3500 I have no complaints. I would buy it again. It's well built, compact and versatile and produces images as good or better than more expensive cameras.

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Created: 12/02/10

Great Camera

When a camera is used in a Hollywood feature film like "Crank 2" then it has to be good. The Canon XH A1 gives you what you pay for with superior picture quality, awesome focusing, ease of use, you can't go wrong with this camera. With so many options and controls it's no wonder this camera gets such high praise.

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Created: 03/09/11

xh-a1

Love this camera. Shoots in 1080i hd, easy to use, light weight. I decided to buy this camera due to the high rating it received.

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Created: 08/09/10

Canon XH A1

I love the camera. Since I first saw the camera, I really liked it. Now I have it in my hands and is spectacular, just love. It has many functions and shoot in SD and HDV. The suitcase that was included is excellent and fit perfectly all the camera accessories without stir or lost each other. The two batteries that was included provide a real long time. The only thing I did not like is that all the information displayed on the monitor of the camera is displayed on the external monitors where I connect my camera. I bought this camera to shoot the wedding of my brother and wanted it to have an excellent video quality.

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