Summary: This was definitely a great investment. There are so many options and features with this camera. At first I thought you would be allowed to film straight on to an SD card, but you actually need mini DV tapes for this camera. These tapes film for about an hour before you need to change it. Overall, great quality product and great HD quality film. I totally recommend this camera to anyone looking to film for events.
Robust, reliable, easy to use with good controls, decent lens, good jackpak
6 March 2014
Summary: I bought this Camcorder to record live seminar type events. I am A/V producer for an educational foundation. I specifically want the HDV format, although some would consider it an "orphan" technology. I also want the native widescreen image sensors and the switchability between HDV and widescreen DV.
Summary: 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't see with conventional optical glass lenses. And, because it's an ultra-low dispersion (UD) lens, chromatic aberration is reduced for brilliant results.
It does it all! Offers full control and flexability with accessories.
10 March 2013
Summary: From out of the box and straight to capture, this camera is worth evry dollar! Shoots great on the HDV tapes or from a Firestore FS-CF/200Pro external Firewire capture drive. The color reproduction is as good as my friends brand new 2012 Canon DSLR with better audio!! Do not let the low Megapixels fool you, it has great detail and saturation. This is thanks to the 3CCD widescreen elements.