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

Detailed Features

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
  • bvseo_sdk, net_sdk,
  • CLOUD, getAggregateRating, 110ms
  • bvseo-msg: The resource to the URL or file is currently unavailable.;
  • bvseo_sdk, net_sdk,
  • CLOUD, getReviews, 31ms
  • bvseo-msg: The resource to the URL or file is currently unavailable.;

Canon Professional Network

Inspiration, education, product information and news updates to deliver the definitive coverage for Canon professional photographers and videographers, as well as advanced enthusiasts, around the world.