2.8" Widescreen LCD and .57" Widescreen EVF provide you with bright, high-resolution views. The LCD gives approximately 207,000 pixels and the EVF, 269,000. The LCD and EVF can be used at the same time, giving both camera person and director a view of the action. The VF stows in the camcorder body when not in use, and can also point forward for self-portrait work.
Still Image Shooting capabilities turn your XH A1 into a valuable production tool for storyboarding, continuity and publicity shots, and other applications. You get single image shooting, continuous shooting, high-speed continuous shooting, histogram display, AEB, image quality selection, print order, protect, slide show, and index display. And, digital still images can be recorded in either digital color space or video color space. Image sizes are 1920 x 1080, 848 x 480, 1440 x 1080, and 640 x 480. Still image shooting records images to a MultiMedia Card or SD Memory Card. Metering modes include center-weighted average metering, evaluative metering, and spot metering.
Simultaneous Still Image Shooting lets you capture still images to memory card while you record video to tape. It also lets you capture still images to card from HDV footage for news applications or for creating storyboards.
Support for 9 languages including: German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, English, Chinese (simplified), and Japanese.
Analog-Digital Converter lets you use your XH A1 to convert the analog signal from your TV, VCR or analog camcorder to digital. Or use your XH A1 as a signal converter by connecting it between an analog device and another digital device.
Level Shot and Grid Marker features make it easy to keep your camera level or compose your shot with precision. Simply press the Level Shot Control button, and a horizontal marker appears in your viewfinder. Line up any horizontal lines in your shot -- such as the horizon -- to the marker and you can be sure your camcorder is level. The Grid Marker feature lets you compose your shot accurately in relation to a precise grid,
Canon CONSOLE Image Control & Storage Software Version 1.1 is an XH A1 accessory that lets you control key functions of the Canon XH A1 camcorder remotely through a PC, delivering camera set up and image adjustment capabilities wherever you are working. Commands and responses are exchanged through a single IEEE1394 cable.
Backwards compatible with the feature set of the XH A1 camcorder
Control all aspects of color and exposure settings
Measure and adjust video and phase parameters precisely with wave form and vector display
Control zoom, focus, white balance preset shift, shooting mode & frame rate, color correction, skin detail, sky detail, custom presets
Split screen views of record and playback control panels let you view video as it's recorded to the hard drive and simultaneously adjust camera settings for the next shot
Built-in XLR terminals (2) supply phantom power (+48 dB) and can be switched between LINE and MIC.
External Microphone Holder lets you attach an external microphone to your XH A1.
Internal Battery Compartment
Flash Accessory Shoe can accept a Canon EX Speedlite flash unit for still photography.
Letterbox Display during playback allow easy viewing of HD footage on any monitor, even a 4:3 monitor.