Canon has the real world experience of more than a decade of producing and refining the legendary XL Series camcorders for the most demanding users. Now we bring you the fruit of those developments in performance and capability to our latest lightweight 3CCD HD camcorder, the XH A1S. It delivers the features you need most in a compact, easy to manage handheld package, with all the versatility you've come to expect from Canon.
Development of the focus and zoom operations has resulted in a revised shape for better handling and more responsive feel, allowing for smoother, more accurate movements. Manual focusing during zooming is now possible in auto focusing mode, allowing the focus to be adjusted during a zoom and a Focus Limit setting to allow for better control in quick action situations. The iris ring has also been modified with a change to the physical shape and a selectable iris limit feature added.
To provide a higher level of image control, the XH A1S offers Gain settings selectable in 0.5dB increments from -3 to +18dB for greater fine tuning of the picture. Additionally, you'll have extended upper and lower limits of the color temperature setting for White Balance adjustable in ºK, so you can find just the right setting in a wider variety of lighting situations. The focus assist (peaking) frequency level and gain is now adjustable for even greater control over image setup parameters and a host of custom functions are now supported including: Zoom speed switching between high-, normal- and low-speeds, zoom ring and focus ring response switching to meet the specific taste and needs of the shooter and even the directionality of the focus/zoom ring is now selectable.
The XH A1S puts at your fingertips the most sophisticated, industry-standard connections and terminals needed by the most demanding professionals in the field. The XH A1S has added a component connector for a camera operator and an external monitor output signal. This makes it easier than ever to check manual focus settings or have crew or clients view the subject image as a shot is being composed or recorded. Also, a new 6-pin IEEE 1394 connector provides greater durability in the field.
To ensure that the audio you capture with the XH A1S is as spectacular as the video, we've added a manual audio limiter to prevent distortion, along with the ability to simultaneously use the built-in microphone and XLR input (2-channel) for maximum flexibility. Add to that increased sensitivity with the manual operation of the XLR line input and line output level switching and you'll see the XH A1S gives you more choice than ever before.
When using a compatible external Hard Disk Drive, the remaining memory is now displayed in the EVF, so there is no need to guess the recording time left on the HDD during a shoot.
Enhanced operational features on the XH A1S provide even greater ease of use in the field. A convenient push button has been added for the Auto Exposure setting. The default shutter speed has been changed from 1/30 to 1/60, delivering smoother video. The layout of the control dial has been changed, to place the "M" (manual) mode adjacent to OFF for added convenience. To further ease operation, the XH A1S has been designed to avoid erroneous operation of various functions including the AE shift dial, BARS/FADE control, RecReview and End Search. Anti-slip protuberances have been added onto the grip to improve camera handling. The tripod base plate can be changed to allow the use of large screw tripods. Both the normal and large base plates are included.