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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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’s exclusive CPS Video Support offers users a priority repair service and email and phone support from a dedicated team.
|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)
|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 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|
|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||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)
|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
|Countup system||Rec Run, Free Run, Rec Run Preset, Hold|
|Start value setting||“00:00:00:00”, Set/Reset selectable|
|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)|
|Memory card||YES (SD / SDHC / MMC)|
|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)|
|Size||2.8 inch widescreen|
|Image quality adjustments||YES (Brightness, Contrast, Colour, Sharpness, Backlight, Black and White supported)|
|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||Date and time display, Shooting data|
|Zero set memory||YES|
|Microphone inputs||Front microphone jack (5V DC jack), 2x XLR inputs with 48V phantom power supplies|
|Headphone output||3.5mm mini jack|
|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
|Time code jack||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 level meter||YES|
|Remote control sensor||YES|
|Accessory shoe||YES (EOS Flash units supported)|
|Custom key||YES (2 available)|
|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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