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Camcorders


April 2008

Canon XH G1 and XH A1: portability, performance, professional results

The Canon XH G1 and XH A1 are compact camcorders designed for professional users looking for high performance, portability, reliability and flexibility.

The XH G1 also has a set of professional connectors for studio work.

Both HDV camcorders have a 20x optical zoom lens and Canon’s super-fast Instant AF system. The camcorders are also each equipped with three 1/3-inch 1.67 megapixel CCDs which record HD 1080i video onto MiniDV tape – the same system used by the XL H1 camcorder. High quality optics are provided by Canon’s L-series lens which has Fluorite lens elements and Ultra-low Dispersion glass for greater clarity. A Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer helps keep images rock-steady. The XH series camcorders include Canon’s DIGIC DV II processor, which is specially designed for HDV data streams and produces low-noise images with vivid colour.

Both models are ergonomically designed for easy handling, with separate rings for focus, zoom and exposure, making three-finger operation possible. Also included are a rotating 2.8-inch widescreen LCD viewfinder and a 0.57-inch EVF.

A wide range of image adjustments are available, including gain and colour matrix settings, colour correction and CINE Gamma settings. The XH series of camcorders offer full manual control, with both functionality and operability fully customisable – this flexibility extends to a customisable display. All customised settings can be stored on an SD card and easily transferred to other XH camcorders. This way, all cameras on a multi-shoot can be perfectly matched.

The XH series camcorder kit

XH camcorders offer a 25 full frames shooting mode to produce video footage with the look and feel of film. Two-channel XLR audio inputs are provided and footage can be easily transferred to a PC for editing using a Firewire connector.

In addition to this, the XH G1 also includes Canon’s ‘professional jackpack’ a suite of industry-standard connections designed for the professional studio. These include an HD-Serial Digital Interface output for transporting uncompressed video at full 1920 x 1080 resolution with 4:2:2 chroma subsampling, plus time code and embedded audio.

The XH series offers it all - portability, flexibility, affordability, not to mention professional HD performance.

To find out more about the Canon video products mentioned in this article or to try out or purchase Canon video products, contact your nearest Canon video dealer. For contact details just click here.


VIDEO SYSTEM
Video System HDV
CCD
Type 3x 1/3" CCD horizontal pixel shift
Total pixels 1.67MP x 3
Effective pixels HD: Approx. 1.56 megapixels SD/4:3: Approx. 1.17 megapixels SD/16:9: Approx. 1.56 megapixels
Filter RGB Independent Primary Colour
LENS
Optical Zoom 20x
Digital Zoom N/A
Focal length 4.5 - 90mm
Maximum aperture f/1.6
Minimum focusing distance 20mm
Image Stabilizer YES (optical, lens-shift)
Filter diameter 72mm
Wide Attachment YES (OPTIONAL ACCESSORY)
LCD
Screen size 2.8", widescreen 16:9 format
Pixels 207,000
Manual adjustment Brightness, Contrast, Colour, Sharpness, Black and White Mode, skin tone, sky detail
Multi image screen NO
VIEWFINDER
Screen size 0.57"
Pixels CL 269,000
MINIMUM ILLUMINATION
Minimum Lux. 0.4 lux (in Manual Mode)
Night Mode YES
Super Night Mode NO
FOCUS
Auto/Manual YES
Control Auto: Instant AF; Manual: Independent focus ring; Focus preset: Button selection
AE MODE
Program AE 7
Full Auto, Auto, Spotlight, Low Light, Tv, Av, Manual
BACKLIGHT COMPENSATION
Backlight compensation Manual Control
WHITE BALANCE
Type TTL
Auto YES
Set/Preset YES
Lock YES
SHUTTER SPEED
Maximum 1/16,000s
Slow 1/3s
CUSTOM KEY
Custom Key Yes
STILL IMAGE
Capture image size 640 x 480, 848x480, 1440 x 1080, 1920 x 1080
Continuous shooting mode YES
Auto Exposure Bracketing YES
imultaneous Photo Recording YES
Selecting AF Frame Function NO
Photo Button YES
TIME BASE CORRECTOR
Time base corrector NO
SELF TIMER
Self timer NO
REC. REVIEW/REC. SEARCH
Rec. review/Rec. search YES (depending on recording format)
RECORDING MODE
LP mode YES (SD mode only)
Extended Recording mode (ELP mode) NO
SEARCH
Still image NO
Date YES
MEMORY CARD
Multi Media Card YES
Secure Digital Card YES
Movie Recording NO
AUDIO
System SD: PCM digital recording (48 kHz, 16 bits or 32 kHz, 12 bits selectable) HD: MPEG1 Audio Layer II(Sampling frequency: 48 kHz)(Bit rate: 384 kbps)
Manual Rec. level control YES
Audio Dubbing NO
TERMINAL
Headphone YES
Microphone YES
USB NO
DV YES (out/in)
Direct Print NO
Analogue-in YES
AV YES
S-video NO
LANC YES
HD-SDI / SD-SDI output YES
Timecode I/O (switchable) YES
Gen lock input YES
Built-in charger YES
ACCESSORY SHOE
Accessory shoe YES (hot shoe)
BUILT-IN VIDEO LIGHT
Built-in video light NO
BUILT-IN FLASH
Built-in flash NO
PC CONNECTION KIT
Digital Video Solution Disk NO
DV Network Solution Disk NO
Application software NO
USB cable NO
WIRELESS CONTROLLER
Wireless controller WL-D5000
ANALOGUE DIGITAL CONVERTER
Analogue digital converter YES
BATTERY PACK
Type Lithium-Ion
Battery included in the kit BP-950G
Long life Battery BP-970G
Longer recording time- a) Approx. 7 hours
DIMENSIONS
W x H x D 163mm x 189mm x 350mm
Weight 2100g
VIDEO SYSTEM
Video System HDV
CCD
Type 3x 1/3" CCD horizontal pixel shift
Total pixels 1.67MP x 3
Effective pixels HD: Approx. 1.56 megapixels SD/4:3: Approx. 1.17 megapixels SD/16:9: Approx. 1.56 megapixels
Filter RGB Independent Primary Colour
LENS
Optical Zoom 20x
Digital Zoom N/A
Focal length 4.5 - 90mm
Maximum aperture f/1.6
Minimum focusing distance 20mm
Image Stabilizer YES (optical, lens-shift)
Filter diameter 72mm
Wide Attachment YES (OPTIONAL ACCESSORY)
LCD
Screen size 2.8", widescreen 16:9 format
Pixels 207,000
Manual adjustment Brightness, Contrast, Colour, Sharpness, Black and White Mode, skin tone, sky detail
Multi image screen NO
VIEWFINDER
Screen size 0.57"
Pixels CL 269,000
MINIMUM ILLUMINATION
Minimum Lux. 0.4 lux (in Manual Mode)
Night Mode YES
Super Night Mode NO
FOCUS
Auto/Manual YES
Control Auto: Instant AF; Manual: Independent focus ring; Focus preset: Button selection
AE MODE
Program AE 7
Full Auto, Auto, Spotlight, Low Light, Tv, Av, Manual
BACKLIGHT COMPENSATION
Backlight compensation Manual Control
WHITE BALANCE
Type TTL
Auto YES
Set/Preset YES
Lock YES
SHUTTER SPEED
Maximum 1/16,000s
Slow 1/3s
CUSTOM KEY
Custom Key Yes
STILL IMAGE
Capture image size 640 x 480, 848x480, 1440 x 1080, 1920 x 1080
Continuous shooting mode YES
Auto Exposure Bracketing YES
Simultaneous Photo Recording YES
Selecting AF Frame Function NO
Photo Button YES
TIME BASE CORRECTOR
Time base corrector NO
SELF TIMER
Self timer NO
REC. REVIEW/REC. SEARCH
Rec. review/Rec. search YES (depending on recording format)
RECORDING MODE
LP mode YES (SD mode only)
Extended Recording mode (ELP mode) NO
SEARCH
Still image NO
Date YES
MEMORY CARD
Multi Media Card YES
Secure Digital Card YES
Movie Recording NO
AUDIO
System SD: PCM digital recording (48 kHz, 16 bits or 32 kHz, 12 bits selectable) HD: MPEG1 Audio Layer II(Sampling frequency: 48 kHz)(Bit rate: 384 kbps)
Manual Rec. level control YES
Audio Dubbing NO
TERMINAL
Headphone YES
Microphone YES
USB NO
DV YES (out/in)
Direct Print NO
Analogue-in YES
AV YES
S-video NO
LANC YES
HD-SDI / SD-SDI output NO
Timecode I/O (switchable) NO
Gen lock input NO
Built-in charger YES
ACCESSORY SHOE
Accessory shoe YES (hot shoe)
BUILT-IN VIDEO
Built-in video light NO
BUILT-IN FLASH
Built-in flash NO
PC CONNECTION KIT
Digital Video Solution Disk NO
DV Network Solution Disk NO
Application software NO
USB cable NO
WIRELESS CONTROLLER
Wireless controller WL-D5000
ANALOGUE DIGITAL CONVERTER
Analogue digital converter YES
BATTERY PACK
Type Lithium-Ion
Battery included in the kit BP-950G
Long life Battery BP-970G
Longer recording time- a) Approx. 7 hours
DIMENSIONS
W x H x D 163mm x 189mm x 350mm
Weight 2030g