HDV filmmaking at its best.
Developed using the feedback of professional cameramen, the XL H1A takes high quality HDV recording to new levels. Separate focus, zoom and iris rings – plus full audio options – give total control.
The XL H1A records High Definition Video (HDV) 1080i to tape media – providing the highest quality in its class. While 50i shooting delivers crisp and true-to-life video, the camcorder’s 25F shooting option is designed to give the look and feel of traditional film.
The XL H1A’s 1/3” 1.67 Megapixel 3CCD system delivers outstanding quality on your HD monitor.
With a 20x optical zoom, the camcorder’s L-series HD Video Lens has three control rings – providing separate manual focus, zoom and aperture control. Manual focus is possible while the zoom ring is being used. The sensitivity of the focus ring can even be customised. The lens has a Fluorite element to correct chromatic aberrations; a Vari-angle Prism Optical Image Stabilizer (VAP OIS) compensates for camera shake. The option to attach different lenses is also available with the XL interchangeable lens mount.
DIGIC DV II is an image processor designed to handle the large amount of image data that HD video contains. It features advanced noise reduction technology, providing images that are defined by true colours over a wide tonal range. Split path processing allows still image and video signals to be handled separately – for optimal quality.
A full suite of image adjustment functions is available, including gain and matrix settings. In addition, a special CINE mode allows moviemakers to easily match the precise characteristics of film – perfect for direct transfer.
To help filmmakers return to their favourite camera setup, custom settings are easily saved to SD/MMC cards. Cards can be shared between camcorders and can even be transferred to Canon’s XH series models.
The XL H1A features 2-channel XLR audio recording: each channel has an independent limiter and full auto/manual options. The supplied stereo microphone can also be used as a mono microphone recording to one channel.
For international filmmakers, the XL H1A can be upgraded to NTSC and PAL shooting. This option brings a complete range of capture settings: 60i, 50i, 30F, 25F and 24F.
Every XL H1A user benefits from the support of Canon’s CPS Video Service. Offering numerous benefits, fast repair turnaround is guaranteed.
|Image sensing device|
|Image size||1/3-inch CCD|
|System||3CCD horizontal pixel shift|
|Total pixels||1.67 megapixels per CCD|
|Number of effective pixels (per CCD)||HD: Approx. 1.56 megapixels |
SD/4:3: Approx. 1.17 megapixels
SD/16:9: Approx. 1.56 megapixels
|Optical zoom magnification||20x HD Video Lens supplied |
Zoom, Iris and Focus rings
(Interchangeable lens system)
|Focal length||5.4-108mm (35mm eqv: 38.9-778mm)|
|f-number||f/1.6 - 3.5|
|Aperature leaves (Number of leaves)||6 leaves, iris diaphragm|
|Zoom speed||Handle zoom: Fixed speed |
(16 speed level settings available)
Grip zoom: Variable speed/Fixed speed
(16 speed level settings available)
|Auto mode||Approx. 6 lux (shutter speed 1/50, Gain 18dB, i selected)|
|Manual mode||Approx. 0.4 lux (shutter speed 1/3, Gain 18 dB, f1.6, i selected)|
|Image stabilization system||Optical Image Stabilization (when HD 20x zoom XL5.4-108mm L IS III is installed, VAP compensation system is used)|
|Sensing method||Angle detection and movement vector detection|
|Center weighted average||Full Auto mode, Auto mode, Night mode, Tv mode, Av mode and Manual mode|
|Evaluative photometry (128-segments)||Spotlight mode|
|AE lock||Included. EXP. LOCK button operation (Auto mode, TV mode, AV mode only)|
|AE shift||Included. AE SHIFT dial operation (±2 levels) (Auto mode, TV mode, AV mode only)|
|Gain setting||Auto/Gain select (–3, 0, +3, +6, +12, +18 dB) Set to Auto in Full Auto and Night mode, Spotlight mode is fixed at 0 dB.|
|Frame rate setting|
|Shutter speed (Tape recording)|
|Shutter speed setting (at Tv priority)||13 levels (1/3, 1/6, 1/12, 1/25, 1/50, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, 1/4000, 1/8000, 1/16000 sec)|
|In auto mode||i selected: 1/50 to 1/500 sec |
F1 selected: 1/25 to 1/500 sec
|In night mode||i selected: 1/3 to 1/500 sec |
F1 selected: 1/3 to 1/500 sec
|Aperature value (HD 20x zoom)|
|Image quality adjustment|
|Skin setting||The skin detail setting can be made after making the hue adjustment, chroma adjustment, area adjustment, and Y level adjustment.|
|Selective Noise Reduction||2 selectable levels|
|Custom preset||Gamma adjustment, knee adjustment, black adjustment, master pedestal adjustment, setup level adjustment, sharpness adjustment, H detail adjustment, H/V balance adjustment, coring adjustment, NR (1/2) adjustment, color matrix adjustment, color gain adjustment, hue adjustment, RGB gain independent adjustment, matrix adjustment (6-axis adjustment)|
|Preset/Set||Outdoor (5600 K), Indoor (3200 K), Set (2 available), Color temperature setting|
|System||TTL, 128 segments|
|Mode||AF, MF, One-push AF, Preset focus |
(HD 20x zoom III installed)
|MF operation||Using Focus ring |
Manual focus while zooming possible
|Countup system||Rec Run, free run, Recrun Preset, hold|
|Start value setting||“00:00:00:00”, Set, Reset selectable|
|Still image recording|
|DV recording||16-bit 2ch (48 kHz), 12-bit 2ch (32 kHz)|
|HDV recording||2ch recording/MPEG1 Audio layer II|
|Control||Independent limiters and auto/manual settings|
|Size||2.4-inch (Wide type)|
|Image quality adjustments||YES (Brightness, Contrast, Color, Sharpness Adjustment, Black and White supported)|
|Movable||YES (Front to Back and Left to Right)|
|Frame playback||DV recording: Forward/Reverse |
HDV recording: Forward only
|Slow playback||DV recording: Forward/Reverse |
HDV recording: Forward only
|2x speed playback||DV recording: Forward/Reverse |
HDV recording: Forward/Reverse (1x speed)
|1x speed playback||DV/HDV recording: Forward/Reverse|
|Cue/Review||DV recording: 11.5x speed |
HDV recording: 8x speed
|Data code display|
|Zero set memory|
|Microphone inputs||Front microphone jack (5V DC jack), 2 x rear microphone XLR inputs with phantom power supplies|
|Headphone output||3.5 mm mini jack|
|Video jacks||S jack (input/output), BNC jack (output), component jack (output)|
|AV terminal||RCA pin (V: input/output, A: input/output 2 systems)|
|Editing jack||YES: |
LANC control jack
IEEE1394 - 6 pin
|Time code jack||NO|
|Memory card terminal||YES|
|EVF jack||2 Jacks: |
1 used with colour LCD/EVF (supplied)
1 can be used with external monitors
|Analogue-signal - DV signal conversion|
|Microphone level meter|
|Remote control sensor|
|Backup power supply|
|Battery pack power|
|CPS Video service||YES|
|W x H x D||Approx 226 x 220 x 496 mm|
|Weight (camera only)||Approx 2560g|
|Weight (fully equipped)||Approx 3995g|
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