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Canon A1Canon XH A1 Camcorder - 1080i - 1.67 MP - 20 x optical zoom

Mini DV (HDV), 6 MB, F/1.6

The HDV1080i XH A1 is perfectly balanced for easy handheld shooting. Full control over image variables, with new ultra-fast Instant AF, makes the XH A1 an ideal digital filmmaker's tool. The 1/3" 1.67 Megapixel 3CCD XH A1 records HDV1080i onto MiniDV tape. The use of rectangular pixels delivers the superior quality of full widescreen resolution, as seen on a High Definition display. Selectable frame rates offer digital filmmakers 50i or 25F shooting. Benefiting from a 32.5-650mm (35mm r... Read more
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s.frings 9:28am on Monday, October 11th, 2010 
I have owned this camera for over 4 months and have loved it. If you buy this camera.. you have to know that the whole point is to use if manually, otherwise just buy an HV30 (great camera too)..
Squibler 8:52pm on Friday, September 10th, 2010 
if it could directly record HD video to SD card that would be great, like 5D mark II does. Comfortable to Operate,Good Image Stabilization. I researched this camera and its predecessor for about two years, carefully comparing its features with other devices. a very inexpensive in the pro-camcorder world with simple but complex features to keep you going for a long time without having to buy another camcord...
cuboctahedron 7:05am on Saturday, September 4th, 2010 
I have had the camera for over two years and ...  Lots of manual control. Auto setting works well.
LeonTotsky 8:08pm on Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 
Easy to transport to events with lighter weight. Nice picture. Comfortable to Operate,Great Features,Great Picture Quality,Great Sound.
opalaming 11:24pm on Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 
this is the best thing since sliced cheese! "Great Features","Simple Controls","Comfortable to Operate","Great Picture Quality","Great Sound". price is very good and the use one of the best "Durable","Versatile","Great Sound","Great Picture Quality","Comfortable to Operate","Great Features"
tryruiut 3:00am on Sunday, May 2nd, 2010 
Even after we got the cameras fixed, they stopped being recognized. After weeks of the runaround, I finally got on the phone with someone.
vommit 4:14am on Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 
Love it, Best Wide angle at its price! Compact Design, Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality, Improves Picture Quality.

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Modern Classic SLR Series Canon A-1 - Specifications
Type: 35mm SLR (Single-Lens-Reflex) camera with electronically controlled, multiple-mode AE (automatic exposure) and focal plane shutter. Format: 24 x 36mm. Photographic Modes: Six modes, including 5 AE modes: Shutter-speed priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Programmed AE, full AE flash photography with specified Canon electronic flashes, and stopped-down AE, as well as manual override. Interchangeable Lenses: Canon FD lenses (usable with 4 full aperture metering AE modes and with stopped-down AE) Canon FL lenses (usable with stopped-down AE). Standard Lenses: Canon FD 55mm and 50mm lenses. Viewfinder: Fixed eye-level pentaprism. Field of View: 93.5% vertical and 95.3% horizontal coverage of the actual picture area. Magnification: 0.83X at infinity with a standard 50mm lens. Focusing Screen: Standard split-image microprism rangefinder Viewfinder Information: Displayed in the form of LED digital readout below the visual field. Includes shutter speed, aperture, flashing warning of incorrect exposures and settings bulb indication, charge completion indicator with specified Canon flash units, manual aperture control signal, error indication for incorrect stopping-down operation. Shutter speed and aperture data displayed in 1/2 step increments. Viewfinder information can be cancelled by turning off the viewfinder display switch. Dioptric Adjustment: Built-in eyepiece is adjusted to standard -1 diopter. Eyepiece Attachments: Angle Finders A2 and B, Magnifier S, 10 different Dioptric Adjustment Lenses S for eyesight correction and Eyecup 4S. Eyepiece Shutter: Built-in. Keeps out extraneous light during self-timer or remote control operation. Mirror: Instant-return type with shock-absorbing mechanism No image cut-off in the viewfinder even with the FD 400mm telephoto. AE Mechanism: Electronically controlled. Employs 3 LSIs with 12L, one Linear LSI and one Bi-MOS IC for light metering. AE Mode Selection: By means of the AE mode selector. Two main settings: Tv for shutter-speed priority AE, Av for aperture priority AE. Light Metering System: Through-the-lens (TTL) Central Emphasis metering by silicon photocell located just above eyepiece lens. Light reaches the silicon photocell after passing through a Fresnel lens condenser. ISO Film Speed Setting: ISO 6 to ISO 12800 in 1/3 step increments. With lock. Meter Coupling Range: EV2 to EV 18 at ISO 100 with FD 50mm f/1.4 lens. In the programmed AE mode, meter coupling range depends on the programmed shutter speed and aperture combinations. Exposure Compensation: +2 f/stop scale gradations in increments of 1/3 of a gradation, with 1/4, 1/2, 1, 2, and 4 markings. Exposure Memory: EV is stored and locked when the exposure memory switch is pressed. When pressed, the shutter-speed/ aperture combination can be changed for the same EV stored in the memory. Exposure Preview: Viewfinder digital readout activated by pressing the shutter button halfway, or by pressing the exposure preview switch or the exposure memory switch. Stop-down Lever: Operates when pushed in. Stopping-down an FD lens is possible only when the aperture ring is disengaged from the "A" mark. Manual Override: Possible by disengaging the FD lens from the "A" mark and setting the AE mode selector to Tv. Aperture manually controlled with aperture ring, shutter speed with AT dial. Shutter: Cloth focal plane shutter with four spindles. Electronically controlled, stepless, from 30 sec. to 1/1000 sec. Shock and noise damper mechanisms are incorporated. Shutter Speed Scale: B, 30, 15, 8, 4, 2, 1, 2, 4, 8,15 30, 60, 125, 250, 500, 1000 plus P (with the AE mode selector at Tv). "P" setting is required for programmed AE mode. Intermediate speeds not on the scale cannot be set. Aperture Scale: (with the AE mode selector at Av). Shutter Release Button: Oversized, 2-step button with electromagnetic shutter release. Pressing it halfway activates meter circuit; pressing it all the way sets shutter in operation. Can be locked by setting the main switch to "L" to prevent accidental shutter release. With cable release socket. Power Source: One 6V silver oxide battery (Eveready No. 544, UCAR No. 544, JIS 4G13, Mallory PX28) or alkaline manganese battery (Eveready No. 537, UCAR No. 537, Mallory 7K34). The battery lasts approximately one year under normal use. Battery is loaded into the battery chamber on the front of the camera body. Battery Check: A red LED on top of the camera flashes on and off to indicate power level when the battery check button is pressed. Flashing frequency decreases with power level. Main Switch: 2 positions: "A" and "L". At "L" all circuits are off and the shutter button is locked as a safety feature. Doubles as self-timer lever. Cancellation of Camera Circuit: Shutter and self-timer operation cancelled by setting main switch to "L" or by pressing battery check button. Multiple Exposure: Possible by setting multiple exposure lever before winding film advance lever to recock shutter. Frame counter does not advance. Unlimited. Self timer: Electronically controlled. Activated by pressing shutter button. A choice of 2 or 10 seconds time lag is available. Red LED flashes on and off to indicate its operation. Flashing frequency increases 2 sec. before shutter release. Flash Synchronization: X-synch at 1/60 sec., FP- and M-syneh at 1/30 see. and slower. Flash Coupling: Aeeessory shoe has eontaets for directly coup" Ied flash units and automatic flash control eontaets for automatic exposure. JIS-B (PC) type flash terminal with shock preventive rim on front of the body. Automatic Flash: Full AE flash photography with Canon Speedlites 199A, 177A, 155A and 133A. Shutter speed automatically set. Aperture automatically controlled aeeording to the flash settings. Back Cover: Opened by pulling up rewind knob. Removable for attaching Data Back A. With memo holder. Film Loading: Easy film loading with multi-slot take-up spool. Film Advance Lever: Single-stroke 120 throw with 30 stand-off. Winding with several short strokes is possible. Automatic winding possible by mounting Canon Motor Drive MA or Power Winder A. Frame Counter: Additive type. Counts back frames as film is rewound. Automatically resets to "S" upon opening back cover. Does not advance during multiple exposure. Film Rewinding: By pressing the rewind button and cranking the rewind knob. Rewind button automatically resets when the film advance lever is turned. Other Safety Devices: Camera will not function when power level is insufficient. Use of self-timer is impossible with shutter speed set at "B". Film winding is impossible while shutter is in operation. Lockable controls. Size: 141 x 91.5 x 47.5mm (5-1/2" x 3-5/8" x 1-7/8") body only. Weight: 620 g (1 lb. 6 oz.) body only, including battery. With the 50mm f/1.8 lens: 800g (1 lb. 12-3/16 ozs.). With the 50mm f/1.4 lens: 860g (1 lb. 14-5/16 ozs.)

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Technical specifications

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The HDV1080i XH A1 is perfectly balanced for easy handheld shooting. Full control over image variables, with new ultra-fast Instant AF, makes the XH A1 an ideal digital filmmaker's tool. The 1/3" 1.67 Megapixel 3CCD XH A1 records HDV1080i onto MiniDV tape. The use of rectangular pixels delivers the superior quality of full widescreen resolution, as seen on a High Definition display. Selectable frame rates offer digital filmmakers 50i or 25F shooting. Benefiting from a 32.5-650mm (35mm range) Canon L-series 20x optical zoom lens with Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer, the XH A1 inherits the highest optical standards. Fluorite lens elements, Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) glass and multi-coating virtually eliminate ghosting, flare and chromatic aberration. Ultra-fast auto focusing with Canon's Instant AF system helps achieve the superb clarity and sharpness that defines HD images. The Focus Assist function aids manual focusing. The increased amount of data that must be stored when recording HDV means that more processing power is also needed. Canon's next generation DIGIC DV II processor has been developed to meet the demands of HDV, providing low-noise images with exceptional color reproduction. Split path processing handles movie and still image signals separately, according to their individual color requirements. With an internal battery system allowing the camcorder to operate in extreme environments, the compact XH A1 has been developed for balanced handheld shooting. Ideal for use on location, its controls are positioned for comfortable operation during long shoots. The XH A1 features separate rings on the lens body, allowing full, three-fingered manual control over focus, zoom and iris. A 2.8" widescreen LCD, discretely positioned on top of the XH A1's body, can be rotated for optimum shooting comfort. Footage can also be monitored in 16: 9 widescreen using the 0.57" EVF. A full range of image adjustments are available, including finely graded gain and matrix settings and color correction. Cine gamma settings are provided for digital filmmakers. With an additional 25F shooting mode the XH A1 is able to reproduce the look and feel of film. Presets are available for storing custom settings. An accessory shoe allows a range of peripherals to be attached to the camcorder, expanding shooting options. Two channel XLR audio inputs are also provided.

Product TypeCamcorder - 1080i
Width6.4 in
Depth13.8 in
Height7.4 in
Weight4.7 lbs
Main Features
Camcorder Sensor Resolution1.67 Mpix
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution1.56 Mpix
Camcorder Effective Still Resolution2.0 Mpix
Widescreen Video CaptureYes
Media TypeMini DV (HDV)
Color SupportColor
Optical Sensor Type3CCD
Optical Sensor Size1/3"
Min Illumination0.4 lux
Shooting ModesDigital photo mode
Shooting ProgramsSpotlight, low light
Special EffectsBlack & White, Skintone
Digital Scene TransitionWhite fader, black fader
Image StabilizerOptical
Max Shutter Speed1/16000 sec
Min Shutter Speed1/3 sec
Exposure ModesProgram, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority
Auto Exposure Bracketing3 steps
White BalanceCustom, automatic, presets
Remote ControlRemote control - infrared
Media Included Qty1
Supported Resolution1080i
Pro Camcorder Features
Audio Signal FormatMPEG1 Audio Layer II, PCM
FeaturesTotal Cine Control
Memory / Storage
Flash Memory16 MB flash - SD Memory Card
Image StorageJPEG 1920 x 1080 JPEG 1440 x 1080 JPEG 640 x 480
Lens System
TypeZoom lens - 4.5 mm - 90 mm - f/1.6
Focal Length4.5 mm - 90 mm
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera32.5 - 650mm
Focus AdjustmentAutomatic, manual
Auto FocusTTL contrast detection
Min Focus Range0.8 in
Lens ApertureF/1.6
Optical Zoom20 x
Zoom AdjustmentMotorized drive, manual
Filter Size72 mm
FeaturesUD glass
Additional Features
DV inputYes
Low Lux / Night ModeYes
Digital Still Camera FunctionYes
Search ModesDate search, photo search
Additional FeaturesBacklight compensation, RGB primary color filter, sharpness control, analog to digital conversion with pass through, accessories hot shoe, contrast control
Viewfinder TypeLCD
Viewfinder Color SupportColor
Viewfinder Diagonal Size0.57"
Viewfinder Resolution269,000 pixels
TypeLCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.8" - color
Display Form FactorRotating
Display Format207,000 pixels
TypeMicrophone - built-in
Microphone Operation ModeStereo
Connector Type1 x headphones 1 x microphone 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK) 1 x composite video/audio (input/output) 1 x Control-L (LANC) 1 x DC power input
Expansion Slot(s)1 x SD Memory Card
Included AccessoriesLens hood, camcorder shoulder strap
Cables Included1 x A/V cable 1 x component video cable 1 x DC coupler cable
Power DevicePower adapter + battery charger - external
Supported BatteryCanon BP-950G
Supported Battery Details1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )
Universal Product Identifiers
Part Number1191B001



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