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The new Genuine Canon 20x HD Video Zoom Lens III with Professional L Series Fluorite is the latest in a long and distinguished line of industry-leading lenses from Canon. It has been specifically designed for demanding producers of High Definition video who require the ultimate in optical quality. This lens brings features which give the XL H1A user unprecedented control over zoom, focus and iris settings, delivering an even higher level of creative expression. Canon interchangeable XL Lens Mount Independent Manual Focus, Zoom and Iris Ring Zooming Responsive manual zoom ring with three settings (Slow, Normal, Fast) Increased weighting of zoom ring for smoother control Smooth zoom start and stop Selectable rotational angle of zoom between Wide and Tele (45&#176;, 60&#176; or 90&#176;)<br/> *Zoom Grip Lever has 16 zoom levels. Maximum and minimum speeds have been expanded. Handle Zoom Lever can be set to any of 3 speeds. Focusing Manual focus capability during zoom (in both Manual Focus and AF Modes) Selectable response on focus ring (Slow, Normal, Fast) Focus Limit (On/Off) Four selectable focus preset speeds Push AF Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer Two built-in ND Filters (1/32, 1/6)
Building on the superior image quality of the industry-leading XL Series, the XL H1A is built around a 3 CCD system with separate native 16:9 CCDs for red, green and blue. With the XL H1A, each 1/3&#34; CCD has 1.67M pixels delivering a full 1440 x 1080 image. The result is outstanding picture quality, highly accurate color reproduction and a wide dynamic range with virtually no color noise. &nbsp;
The latest generation of Canon&#39;s exclusive DIGIC DV signal processing technology, the DIGIC DV II HD Image Processor delivers the optimal image quality possible for both HD video and still images. The different color requirements of video and still images are recognized by the DIGIC DV II HD Image Processor and maximized for each type of output.
One of the hallmarks of the XL Series has been the vast range of adjustments, control functions and features to customize the camcorder to fit the user&#39;s exact needs. This is Complete Customization, which brings a higher level of tuning to help you realize your creative objectives with greater precision than ever before. New, wider ranges of adjustments can be found in Color Gain, Color Matrixes, Menu Display Adjustments, Custom Operation Functions, Preset File Sharing, Push AE, Iris Control, wider White Balance Color Temperature Range, Color Correction and Noise Reduction, to name just a few. Selectable Frame Rates: 24F, 30F, 60i<br/> (Optional Upgrade performed by Canon&#39;s Factory Service Center to add 50i/25F frame rates) Image Adjustments<br/> Gamma, Knee, Black, Master Pedestal (+/- 9 steps), Setup Level (+/- 9 steps), Sharpness (+/- 9 steps), Horizontal Detail, Horizontal/Vertical Detail Balance (+/- 9 steps), Coring (+/- 9 steps), Noise Reduction 1, Noise Reduction 2, Color Matrix, Color Gain (+/- 50 steps), Hue (+/- 9 steps), Master Red Gain (+/- 50 steps), Master Blue Gain (+/- 50 steps), Master Green Gain (+/- 50 steps), Six Color Matrixes (each color matrix can be adjusted +/- 50 steps)<br/> <br/> Menu Display Adjustments<br/> Rec Programs, Camera Data 1 (f/stop and Shutter Speed), Camera Data 2 (Exposure, White Balance, Gain), Zoom, Focus, ND Filter, Image Effects, Focusing Assist (Peaking and Magnification), Customize (Custom Function and Custom Preset), Video Recording Standard, DV Recording Mode, Frame Rate, Tape (Operation Mode, Time Code, DV Control), Tape Remainder (Normal, Warning, Off), Tape/Card (External Control, Image Stabilization, Image Size/Quality), Light Metering (Spot AE Point and Light Metering), Card (Drive Mode, Flash), Card Remainder (Normal, Warning, Off), Audio (Mic Mode, XLR, DV Audio), Dew Condensation, Battery (Normal, Warning, Off), Wireless Remote (Normal, Warning, Off)<br/> <br/> Custom Operation Functions<br/> Shockless White Balance/Gain, AE Response, High-Speed Zoom, Focus Ring Control, Button Operation, Rings Direction, Dials Direction, Focus Priority, Still Image Recording, Marker Level (Marker Brightness), Focusing Assist, B&amp;W Gearing Mode, Subject Distance Unit, Zoom Indicator, Color Bars, 1 kHz Tone, Wireless Remote, Power Save, Tally Lamp, LED, Beep, Record (Character, Magnifying)<br/> <br/> Additional Functions SDHC Memory Card/MultiMediaCard Slot (for storing custom presets, custom functions and photos) Sharing of XL H1A Custom Preset files with additional Canon XL H1A camcorders, as well as Canon XL H1S, XH A1, and XH G1 camcorders (XL H1 files may be shared with XL H1A, but XL H1 cannot read XL H1A files) Program AE Modes (Auto, Full Auto, TV, AV, Manual, Spotlight, Night), with Manual Mode located next to OFF for easier access Skin Detail Push AE (Usable in Manual Exposure Mode) Gain Settings (-3dB, 0dB, +3dB, + 6dB, +12dB, +18dB, +36dB, with fine tuning in 0.5dB increments from 0dB to +18dB) AGC Limit Iris Limit (Limits minimum iris setting to f/9.5) Iris control using LANC (while using optional ZR-2000) Custom Preset files<br/> Store 9 Custom Preset files on the XL H1A<br/> Store 20 Custom Preset files to a memory card White Balance Auto, Set (2), Preset (outdoor/indoor), Color Temperature (2,000 K to 15,000 K) Color corrections (16 areas, 2 regions) Selective Noise Reduction (enables application of NR to targeted color areas) Numbers used for Menu selection bar (EVF SETUP/Skin detail/Color correction) Two Custom keys Clear Scan (100 levels: 60.1 Hz - 203.9 Hz)
For the professional videographer, the XL H1A gives you the robust&nbsp;capabilities you need - no matter what the job. 6-Pin IEEE 1394 terminal, providing a more rugged connection when using external devices Component Video Out LANC Terminal Flash Accessory Shoe, supporting Canon EX Series Speedlites
The audio features of the XL H1A are designed to further enhance the flexibility and level of customization you expect from a Canon XL Series camcorder. Two Built-in XLR terminals providing +48V Phantom power 3.5 mm Microphone terminal 3.5 mm Headphone terminal, with reinforced metal base Separate sensitivity settings for each XLR input channel (Line/Mic) Simultaneous use of the built-in microphone and XLR input Two-step switching for line output level Higher sensitivity for XLR line input XLR/microphone sensitivity selection range, +12dB/+6dB/0dB/-6dB/-12dB Audio Limiter (On/Off) Choice of setting in automatic level control for both XLR channels for link or non-link (independent) of channels when both are set to microphone or line 1 kHz Reference Tone (-12dB, -18dB, -20dB) LR/LL/RR/monaural selectable for monitor output
In order to provide a high level of information to the XL H1A user, Canon has added new monitoring features to the comprehensive list available in the XL H1A. All together, they can significantly enhance the user&#39;s control over the video footage they create. 2.4&#34; Widescreen combination EVF/LCD Monitor (215,000 Pixels)<br/> Adjustable brightness, contrast, color and sharpness as well as Black &amp; White mode<br/> Comfortable shooting for any operator: Viewfinder is adjustable from front to back and side to side Aspect guides for industry-standard picture formats (4:3, 13:9, 14:9, 1.66:1, 1.75:1, 1.85:1, 2.35:1) Horizontal, Center and Grid Markers Remaining capacity displayed when using Focus Enhancements HDD Zebra pattern (70% -100%, selectable in 5% increments) Focusing Aides Peaking (adjustable gain and frequency) Magnifying, which can be recorded; Magnifying function is allocated to Photo button for easy access External monitor output, through the B/W viewfinder terminal to the component terminal of a larger monitor for manual focus confirmation. Multi-language support (9 languages) Custom Preset name display SDI bitmap display ALL display f/stop gray display Histogram &amp; EXIF display
In keeping with the Canon XL Series, the XL H1A provides the level of operating convenience demanded by professional users in the field. Memory cards can be formatted in the camcorder Color bar selection capability (two types each for NTSC &amp; PAL) To avoid accidental operation, the responsiveness of the buttons controlling shutter, zoom, focus, PUSH AF, AE LOCK, WB SET, AE shift dial, REC REVIEW, DE SEL, DE ON, End-Search and Gain Set can be set. Letterbox format supported when signals are converted during playback Default write &amp; protect Marker color specification Frame grab compatibility to SD/SDHC memory card during shooting or playback (1920 x 1080)

What's in the Box

What's in the Box XL H1A Camcorder Body Canon 20x HD Video Lens III Camera Dust Cap Lens Cap, Lens Dust Cap, and Lens Soft Case Lens Hood Color Viewfinder Unit CA-920 Compact Power Adapter with AC Cable Microphone Unit External Microphone Holder Adjustment Band HDVM-E63PR Digital Video Cassette DC-920 DC Coupler BP-950G Battery Pack with terminal cover SDC-32M Memory Card WL-D5000 Wireless Controller (2) AA Batteries (for WL-D5000) SS-1100 Shoulder Strap DTC-1000 Component Video Cable STV-250N Stereo Video Cable External Monitor Cable Tripod Adapter Base


Standard Definition or High Definition

High Definition

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: (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 60 min. DV:LP; 90 min.


Canon 20x HD Video Zoom XL 5.4-108 mm L IS lll

Lens Mount

XL interchangeable lens system

Focusing System

TTL-video signal sensing system autofocus. Manual focusing possible (20x zoom XL 5.4-108mm L IS III installed)

Minimum Focusing Distance

20mm (wide macro), 1m (entire zoom range): (20x zoom XL 5.4-108mm L IS III installed)

Frame Rate

60i, 24F, 30F

Minimum Illumination

60i, 7 lux (1/60 shutter speed); 30F, 4 lux (1/30 shutter speed); 24F, 3 lux (1/24 shutter speed)

Image Stabilization

Optical (VAP)

Filter Diameter

72mm (20x HD Video Zoom XL 5.4 - 108 mm L IS III Lens)


2.4-inch widescreen, TFT color EVF/LCD Monitor, approx. 215,000 pixels


High-performance stereo electric condenser microphone

Recording Media

SD/SDHC, MMC (photos only)

DV Terminal

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

Output Levels

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

S-video Terminal

4-pin mini-DIN; both input/output

Audio Terminal

(a) Also serves as RCA pin jack (white/red, L/R) both input/output (2 systems)
(b) 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)


8.9 x 8.7 x 19.5 in. (226 x 220 x 496mm)

Weight (not including lens and battery pack)

5.5 lbs. (2500 g)


8.7 lbs. (3935 g)

Compatible Supplies & Accessories

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