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Canon XH A1s

Professional Camcorders

XH A1s

    Canon XH A1s

    Demand the best: fast and flexible HDV shooting

    A compact and manoeuvrable camcorder that delivers professional-quality HDV1080i recording, the XH A1S provides total user control with a comprehensive array of custom settings and presets.

    • 1080i HDV recording (50i, 25F, optional 24F/30F/60i modes)
    • 1/3” 1.67MP 3CCD
    • 20x L-series HD Video Lens with simultaneous three-ring control
    • Enhanced audio functions
    • Full image control
    • Improved ease of use
    • Canon CPS Video Support

    Professional-quality HDV recording

    The XH A1S delivers 1080i HD recording with selectable frame rates of 50i and 25F. Choose 50i and shoot with ultra-crisp realism, or adopt 25F for the traditional look of film. 24F/30F/60i shooting modes are available via an optional upgrade, for truly global recording capability.

    The power of 3CCD and DIGIC

    High-resolution shooting is enabled by a 1/3” 1.67 megapixel 3CCD sensor system that works in harmony with Canon’s DIGIC DV II – a processor built to handle the amount of data required for HD.

    Canon L-series HD Video Lens

    Canon has redesigned the 20x L-series HD Video Lens to make it more comfortable to use, and more efficient in operation. The lens now features a new control ring design, as well as simultaneous, independent control of Focus, Iris and Zoom. Lens ring operation can be modified to suit the individual user’s needs.

    Fluorite lens elements and Ultra-Low Dispersion (UD) glass are used to combat chromatic aberrations, so users can expect exceptional clarity, while a shift-type Super Range Optical Image Stabiliser (OIS) helps ensure footage remains steady.

    Enhanced audio functionality

    Canon has increased the audio options on the XH A1S to give cameramen greater flexibility and control. The camera incorporates twin XLR audio inputs but adds independent limiters in manual mode and simultaneous use of built-in and XLR microphones. Independent XLR sensitivity settings are also included.

    Advanced image control

    The range of image adjustment functions has been expanded and includes options such as wider white balance adjustment (from 2000k to 15000k), selective RGB noise reduction options and Auto Gain Control (AGC) limit – with increased fine-tuning options. Up to nine Custom Presets can be stored in-camera or to SD memory card for easy transfer to a compatible Canon camcorder.

    More robust, easier to use

    The XH A1S is easy to use, featuring improvements in the layout of exterior buttons to prevent accidental operation. Mechanical refinements include sturdier terminals such as a 6-pin Firewire connection.

    Canon CPS Video Support

    Canon’s exclusive CPS Video Support offers users a priority repair service and email and phone support from a dedicated team.

    Product Specification


    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
    Independent Zoom, Iris and Focus rings
    Focal length 4.5 - 90mm (35mm eqv: 32.5-650mm)
    f-number f/1.6 - 3.5
    Aperture 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)
    Filter diameter 72mm
    Minimum illumination
    Auto mode Approx. 5 lux (shutter speed 1/50, Gain 18dB, 50i)
    Manual mode Approx. 0.3 lux (shutter speed 1/3, Gain 18 dB, 50i)
    Image stabilizer
    Image stabilization system Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer (lens shift system)
    Sensing method Angle detection and movement vector detection


    AE mode 7 modes: Auto, Tv, Av, Manual, Spotlight, Night, Full Auto
    Photometry system
    Center weighted average Full Auto mode, Auto mode, Night mode, Tv mode, Av mode and Manual mode
    Evaluative photometry (128-segments) Spotlight mode
    Exposure adjustment
    AE lock YES.
    EXP. LOCK button (Auto mode, TV mode, AV mode only)
    AE shift YES.
    AE SHIFT dial (±2 levels; Auto mode, TV mode, AV mode only)
    Push AE function YES
    Gain setting Auto/Gain select (–3, 0, +3, +6, +12, +18, +36 dB). Set to Auto in Full Auto and Night mode, Spotlight mode is fixed at 0 dB.
    Gain fine tuning supported (0.5 dB increments).
    Frame rate setting 50i, 25F
    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 50i: 1/50 to 1/500 sec
    25F: 1/25 to 1/500 sec
    In night mode 50i: 1/3 to 1/500 sec
    25F: 1/3 to 1/500 sec
    Aperture value (HD 20x zoom) f/1.6, 1.8, 2.0, 2.2, 2.4, 2.6, 2.8, 3.2, 3.4, 3.7, 4.0, 4.4, 4.8, 5.2, 5.6, 6.2, 6.7, 7.3, 8.0, 8.7, 9.5, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 21, 22, CLOSE
    Image quality adjustment
    Skin setting YES.
    The skin detail setting can be made after making appropriate hue, chroma, area and Y level adjustments.
    Selective Noise Reduction YES. Independent RGB control.
    Custom preset YES (store up to 9 presets in-camera).
    Adjustable parameters: Gamma, knee, black, master pedestal, setup level, sharpness, H detail, H/V balance, coring, NR (1/2), colour matrix, colour gain, hue, independent RGB gain, colour matrix (6-axis adjustment)
    White balance
    Auto YES
    Preset/Set Outdoor (5600 K), Indoor (3200 K), Set (2 available), colour temperature (2000 K to 15000 K, 100 K increments)
    System TTL, 128 segments
    Mode Instant AF, Normal AF, MF, One-push AF, Preset focus
    MF operation Using Focus ring
    Manual focus while zooming possible
    Time code
    Countup system Rec Run, Free Run, Rec Run Preset, Hold
    Start value setting “00:00:00:00”, Set/Reset selectable
    Digital fade NO
    Still image recording YES (1920 x 1080)
    Zebra pattern YES (Level adjustment: selectable from 70%, 75%, 80%, 85%, 90%, 95%, and 100%)
    Colour bar YES - 2 types (selectable)
    Clear scan YES
    Memory card YES (SD / SDHC / MMC)
    REC review YES
    Standby switch NO
    Power safe YES
    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
    Wind screen YES (ON/OFF)
    LCD monitor
    Size 2.8 inch widescreen
    Pixels 207,000 dots
    Image quality adjustments YES (Brightness, Contrast, Colour, Sharpness, Backlight, Black and White supported)
    Movable YES
    Playback system
    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
    Date search YES
    Index search YES
    End search YES
    Data code display Date and time display, Shooting data
    Zero set memory YES


    Interface (jacks)
    Microphone inputs Front microphone jack (5V DC jack), 2x XLR inputs with 48V phantom power supplies
    Headphone output 3.5mm mini jack
    HDV/DV terminals Input/Output
    Video jacks AV mini-terminal (input/output), BNC jack (output), component jack (output), viewfinder component jack
    AV terminal 3.5mm 4-pin mini jack (V: input/output, A: input/output)
    Editing jack YES:
    LANC control jack
    IEEE1394 - 6 pin
    HD/SD-SDI jack No
    Time code jack No
    GENLOCK terminal No
    Memory card terminal YES (SD/SDHC/MMC)
    EVF jack D-terminal component jack (SD output only, including EVF symbols and display).
    Can be used simultaneously with HD component output.
    Analogue signal - DV signal conversion YES
    Microphone attenuation YES
    Microphone level meter YES
    World clock YES
    Tally lamp YES
    Remote control sensor YES
    Accessory shoe YES (EOS Flash units supported)
    Custom key YES (2 available)
    DV control YES
    Backup power supply Lithium coin battery (built-in)
    Battery pack power BP-930, BP-945, BP-950G, BP-970G lithium-ion battery


    CPS Video service YES


    W x H x D Approx 163 x 192 x 394 mm
    Weight (camera only) Approx 2135g
    Weight (fully equipped) Approx 2400g

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