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&nbsp; The XH A1S comes with a Genuine Canon 20x HD lens that shows why the name Canon is synonymous with optical excellence. Canon reserves the L-Series designation for its highest quality photographic lenses. The Professional L Series Fluorite lens of the XH A1S ensures outstanding resolution, contrast and color reproduction, and delivers clarity and image quality you won&#39;t see with conventional optical glass lenses. And, because it&#39;s an ultra-low dispersion (UD) lens, chromatic aberration is reduced for brilliant results. The XH A1S&#39;s design gives you equally impressive operational performance. The design lets you operate the zoom using the lens barrel ring, the control on the camera&#39;s grip, or the control on the camera&#39;s handle. When using the zoom ring on the lens, you can control the speed of your zoom by varying the angle of the ring, or by varying the speed at which you rotate the ring. When using the grip control, you can zoom at 16 different speeds; or you can use the control to operate at a single zoom speed which you preset. When using the handle zoom control, you can operate the zoom at a single speed which you preset. You can also select high-speed zoom to increase the zoom speed when using either the grip or handle control. And, because the lens is designed with a zoom ring, you can operate zoom, focus and aperture using a single hand. This f1.6 - 3.5, 4.5 - 90mm lens gives you a wide view that - at its widest - is equivalent to a 32.5mm focal length lens on a 35mm camera. It also comes with two built-in ND filters, and can be enhanced with an optional wide converter to meet all your needs. SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer<br/> <br/> The XH A1S also comes with Canon&#39;s innovative SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS), which combines gyro- and image-sensors to give image stabilization through a wider range of camera motions. Some image stabilization systems correct one type of camera motion or vibration better than another. But Canon&#39;s SuperRange OIS corrects for a wide range of camcorder motion: the fast vibration you&#39;d experience while recording from a moving car; the medium-speed motion of hand-held recording; and the slower motion of body sway. No matter what you&#39;re recording and how you&#39;re recording it, the XH A1S&#39;s stabilization design corrects camcorder shake instantly. In addition, optical stabilization keeps your shot steady without a loss in image quality - something that can&#39;t be said for electronic image stabilization.
&nbsp; The XH A1S is equipped with three 1/3&#34; Native 16:9 CCDs (1.67 Megapixels) - the same image sensor that is at the heart of Canon&#39;s exceptional XL H1S and XL H1A. They deliver outstanding picture quality, highly accurate color reproduction, and a wide dynamic range with virtually no color noise. &nbsp;&nbsp; Video SD (4:3) when selected Approximate pixels 1,170,000 (1080 x 1080) Video SD (16:9) when selected Approximate pixels 1,560,000 (1440 x 1080) Video HD when selected Approximate pixels 1,560,000 (1440 x 1080) Still images SD (4:3) when selected Approximate pixels 1,170,000 (1080 x 1080) Still images SD (16:9) when selected Approximate pixels 1,560,000 (1440 x 1080)
&nbsp; DIGIC DV II HD is the next generation of Canon&#39;s exclusive DIGIC DV signal processing technology. Designed specifically for processing the immense volume of information in 1080i HD signals, DIGIC DV II ensures optimal image quality for HD video. Tonal reproduction has been increased for high image quality. Color reproduction has also been enhanced for improved color image quality - especially in skin tones, and dark and light scenes. The DIGIC DV ll processor also employs a new, hybrid noise reduction system that integrates two types of noise reduction. This, along with a new gamma system, reduces noise in monotone and shadow areas especially, for high definition images that are crystal clear. The XH A1S captures 1080 High Definition resolution video at 60i, 30F or 24F frame rates (or, 50i/60i with optional upgrade). It captures a true 16:9 widescreen HD image that&#39;s made for your broadcast and theatrical projects.
&nbsp; Image, display and the functionality of the camcorder can be customized to suit your preference or application. This customization ensures that your XH A1S fits your creative, production and personal needs and preferences exactly. Settings can be saved to memory for easy retrieval or downloaded into other XH A1S and XH G1S camcorders via an SD memory card. Image Control 1080 HD Capture with 60i, 30F or 24F Progressive frame rates Custom Functions Additional Features Custom Display &nbsp; &nbsp; Image Control<br/> <br/> A variety of image control functions gives you as much or as little exposure control as you want, and lets you fine-tune your exposures for outstanding video. You get Total Image Control, Exposure Lock for re-composing your shot after setting your exposure, AE shift (+/- 2 levels), Gain Setting, 2 Custom Keys, as well as: 7 Program AE Modes<br/> A variety of AE modes allow you to take as much or as little control of exposure as you need. Auto and Full Auto modes let you concentrate on your subject and the composition of your shot rather than exposure, or make it easy to maintain exposure during shots with lighting conditions that change. Manual lets you control every aspect of your exposure manually. With Tv priority, you select the shutter to match your subject; for example, you might select a shorter shutter speed for a fast moving subject. With Av priority, you select your aperture; for example, you might want more control over your depth of field. Spotlight gives you the optimal exposure for a brightly lit subject against a darker background. Night mode automatically adjusts exposure parameters to give you the best image possible of video recorded at night. 9 Custom Presets<br/> With the XH A1S, you can make set a variety of image quality adjustments and store them for later use or for exporting to other camcorders. The adjustments include: hue, color gain, sharpness, setup level, color matrix (Normal/CINE1/CINE2), gamma (Normal/CINE1/CINE2), auto knee/knee, black (normal/stretch/press), G gain, B gain, R gain, NR1, NR2, coring, master pedestal, horizontal frequency adjustment, H/V balance, and matrix settings (R-G/R-B/G-R/G-B/B-R/B-G). &nbsp;Custom Functions<br/> <br/> With the XH A1S&#39;s Custom Functions capability, you can establish the camera settings best suited to your preference. Three custom functions (C.Fn1, C.Fn2 and C.Fn3) are provided. Each custom function allows a total of 21 main items to be selected. All three custom functions can be recorded on a memory card, and can then be downloaded to another camcorder. Items include: Shockless WB/GAIN, AE Response, High-speed Zoom Setting, Focus Ring Response Characteristics, Ring/Dial Operation Direction Settings, Subject Distance Unit Setting, Color Bar Display, Remote Control Codes, and Tally Lamp Settings. Fine tuning of Gain can be made from 0dB to 18dB, in 0.5dB increments. And, with the +36dB Hypergain function, images can be captured even in the most challenging lighting conditions. &nbsp;Custom Display<br/> <br/> The Custom Display function lets you set 22 display items to create a custom menu to suit your specific needs. Once set, the functions can be recorded on a memory card, and can then be downloaded to another XH A1S or XH G1S camcorder. Items that can be selected include: Record Programs, Camera Data 1, Camera Data 2, Zoom, Focus, Neutral Density, Image Effects, Focus Assist Function, Customize, Recording STD, DV Record Mode, Frame Rate, Tape, Tape Remainder, Tape/Card, Light Metering, Card, Card Remainder, Audio, Condensation, Battery, and Wireless Remote. &nbsp;1080 HD Capture with 60i, 30F, or 24F Progressive frame rates<br/> <br/> The XH A1S delivers 1920 x 1080 HD, with the three Native 16:9 CCDs and the Genuine Canon 20x HD lens and DIGIC DV II Image Processor. They ensure that the XH A1S delivers the superb, high-quality High Definition video with vibrant color, crisp contrast and great detail - what you expect from Canon HD. The XH A1S also offers a full range of choices in selectable frame rates. You can choose between 60i, 30F progressive and 24F progressive settings to achieve just the look you want. 30F Progressive Frame Rate<br/> In addition to the standard interlaced video frame rate of 60i, you may choose to set the XH A1S to capture video in 30F (30 progressive frames, recorded in 60i) which is ideal for footage which will be uploaded to the Internet. It is also an excellent choice for capturing fast action shots and sporting events. In addition, this setting gives enhanced quality to still images captured after recording. 24F Progressive Frame Rate<br/> This setting gives a &#34;film look&#34; to the footage you record as the video frame capture rate is 24F, giving the appearance of the same frame rate as movie film. &nbsp;60i 50i Video Frame Rate Option<br/> <br/> With the XH A1S&#39;s versatile open-architecture approach, you can even customize your HD camcorder to record in both 60i and 50i (this optional upgrade must be performed by a Canon Factory Service Center).
The Flash Accessory Shoe of the XH A1S supports Canon EX Series Speedlites, enabling you to use the proper lighting accessory to provide the illumination you need for practically any subject in any situation. A robust 6-pin IEEE 1394 terminal is provided on the XH A1S to provide enhanced durability when using external devices, and an external EVF monitor output terminal is also fitted to allow the use of a component external monitor for more accurate image composing and video review.
&nbsp; The two built-in XLR Terminals with independent audio level control on the XH A1S helps you to record audio at as high a level as your video. They provide phantom power and 3.5mm microphone and headphone terminals. With independent audio level control, you&#39;ll be in better command over the sound you record. You can simultaneously use the built-in microphone of the XH A1S and the XLR input, with individual sensitivity settings for each channel. The XLR sensitivity setting is selectable, from -12dB through +12dB. Line output level switching is provided, along with an audio volume lock to help prevent variations in the recorded sound.
&nbsp; To assist you in making sure that the shots you see are the shots you get, the XH A1S has a number of enhancements in function monitoring. They include a display of remaining recording capacity when using an external Focus Enhancements FS-CV Hard Disk Drive Recorder, as well as an external EVF Monitor Output Terminal.
&nbsp; Improvements have been made to the manual zoom, manual focus and iris ring on the XH A1S to further enhance its operability and which make it even easier to achieve your creative vision. Zooming<br/> Responsive manual zoom ring with three settings (Slow, Normal, Fast)<br/> Three preset zoom speeds (Slow, Normal, Fast)<br/> Increased weighting of zoom ring for smoother control<br/> Smooth zoom start and stop<br/> Selectable rotational angle of zoom between Wide and Tele Focusing<br/> Manual focus capability during zoom (in both Manual Focus and AF Modes)<br/> Selectable response on focus ring (Slow, Normal, Fast)<br/> Focus Limit (On/Off)<br/> Four selectable focus preset speeds Iris Ring<br/> Improved ring design for better performance is an extremely useful function on the XH A1S. The manual iris adjustment ring allows you to adjust your f-stop with the same hand and in the same manner as you focus and zoom. You can thereby control all aspects of the image with your fingertips, while keeping the camcorder steady. In addition, the Iris limit is selectable. Instant AF<br/> <br/> With HD, focus is more critical than ever. It demands Instant AF: the next generation of auto focus, designed with HD resolution in mind. Because HD resolution is higher, focusing time is longer - it&#39;s harder to find perfect focus. Canon&#39;s Instant AF combines an external AF sensor with Canon&#39;s legendary auto focus system for fast and accurate focus. Together, the two sensors reduce focusing time - even in low-light, low contrast, or high brightness situations - and improve focusing performance on difficult subjects. The XH A1S gives you a choice of two AF modes for different shooting applications: Normal AF changes focus at a speed that appears natural and doesn&#39;t distract the viewer Instant AF changes focus as rapidly as possible and is designed for applications in which quick focus is more important than other considerations - for example, in news gathering or documentary work
&nbsp; SD Memory Card/MultiMediaCard Slot (for storing custom presets, custom functions and photos) allowing the sharing of XH A1S Custom Preset files with other XH A1S&#39;, as well as Canon XL H1S, XL H1A and XH G1S camcorders 2.8&#34; Widescreen LCD and .57&#34; 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 cameraperson and director a view of the action. The LCD 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 A1S 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. Support for 9 languages including: German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, English, Chinese (simplified), and Japanese. Analog-Digital Converter lets you use your XH A1S to convert the analog signal from your TV, VCR or analog camcorder to digital. Or use your XH A1S 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. 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 A1S. Internal Battery Compartment Flash Accessory Shoe can accept a Canon EX Speedlite flash unit for still photography. Letterbox Display during playback allows easy viewing of HD footage on any monitor, even a 4:3 monitor. 1 Year Parts and Labor Limited Warranty


Power Supply (rated)

7.4V DC (battery pack)

Video Recording system

HDV: HDV1080i; DV: DV specifications
Two rotating heads, helical scan azimuth recording, (Consumer VCR SD specifications)

Audio Recording system

HDV: 2-channel recording MPEG1 Audio Layer II: (Sampling frequency 48 kHz, bit rate 384 kbps)
DV: 2-channel recording PCM digital recording: 16 bits (48 kHz), 12 bits (32 kHz, 12 bits selectable)

Image Sensor

(3) 1/3-inch Native 16:9 CCDs (1440x1080)

Total Pixels

Approx. 1.67 Megapixels each x 3

Effective Pixels

HD approx. 1.56 Megapixels (1440 x 1080)
SD (4:3) approx. 1.17 Megapixels (1080 x 1080)
SD (16:9) approx. 1.56 Megapixels (1440 x 1080)

Tape Format

Video cassettes bearing the MiniDV mark

Tape Speed

HDV/DV: SP mode 18.81mm/second
DV: LP mode 12.56 mm/second

Maximum recording Time

HDV/DV: SP mode 80 min. DV:LP; 120 min.


Canon 20x HD L Series Zoom, f=4.5-90mm, f/1.6-3.5

Focusing System

TTL-video signal sensing system autofocus. Manual focusing possible.

Minimum Focusing Distance

20mm (wide macro), 1m (entire zoom range)

Frame Rate

60i, 24F, 30F

Minimum Illumination

NTSC: 6 lux (Shutter speed 1/60, Gain 18 dB)
PAL: 5 lux (Shutter speed 1/50, Gain 18 dB)
Manual mode (when Gain 18 dB, f/1.6, 60i/50i are selected)
NTSC: 0.4 lux (Shutter speed 1/4), PAL: 0.3 lux (Shutter speed 1/3) (when 60i/50i is selected)

Image Stabilization

SuperRange Optical (Lens Shift)

Filter Diameter



.57-inch widescreen, approx. 269,000 pixels

LCD Screen

2.8-inch widescreen, approx. 207,000 pixels


High-performance stereo electric condenser microphone

Recording Media

SD/SDHC (photos), MMC (photos)

DV Terminal

HDV/DV Special 6-pin connector (IEEE1394 compatible); both input/output

Video Terminal

(a) Also serves as RCA pin jack (yellow); both input/output
(b) Also serves as BNC connector; output

Output Levels

-12 dBV (with 47-kohm load, 1 Vrms output level setting and -12 dB full scale)

Audio Terminal

XLR 3-pin jack (2 systems); Switchable between MIC/LINE

Microphone Terminal

3.5mm stereo mini-jack

Operating Temperature range

32 - 104° F (0 - 40° C)


6.4 x 7.6 x 15.5 in. (163 x 192 x 394mm)

Weight (not including lens hood and eyecup)

4.7 lbs. (2135 g)


5.3 lbs. (2400 g)

XH A1S Box Contents

XH A1S Box Contents XH A1S Camcorder with lens cap CA-920 Compact Power Adapter WL-D5000 Wireless Controller DTC-1000 Component Cable Lens Hood SDC-32M SD Memory Card Two R6/AA Batteries AC Cable Tripod adapter base BP-950G Battery Pack STV-290N Stereo Video Cable IFC-300PCU USB Cable DC-920 Power Supply Coupler SS-1100 Shoulder Strap HDVM-E63PR Digital Video Cassette Eyecup External microphone holder adjustment band

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