Summary: I bought this for multiple reasons, professional, and semi-professional use, looks as good as I hoped. The only problem is it can't record onto memory card, everything else is great!! I love the HD footage it captures, especially the slower frame rates.
Good balance of run-and-gun and video quality camera.
Francisco J Estrada, Amazon
9 August 2012
Summary: I purchased this camera about a year ago as my main for my special events video service side business and to do small documentaries. It also happens to be my favorite toy and something I show off to some of my friends. I've been shooting video since my early teens back when VHS cams were the norm. I've used this one in about a dozen weddings and other special events and a couple of documentary/interview videos and other mini projects.
Problem with having lot of dead pixels in Canon XH-A1s Camcorder - beware
7 July 2012
Summary: Hi I'm video production owner since 2002, It is one of the best low price hi-def professional camcorder with only one problem - dead pixels, I bought 6 this camcorders and 5 of them had a dead pixels or hot pixels. In my opinion should be a product recall for this problem - If Canon has honor will do it.
Summary: Love the camera: Great value for the price. I used the camera right out of the box on a video shoot for B roll. Now that I have a few shoots with it, i have moved it to one of my main position camera's. I plan on using the Camera on our crane for a shoot tomorrow evening.
Summary: This camera has two weaknesses: 1. 2.7" LCD screen 2. Flimsy front camera microphone Everything else destroys all other HDV cameras except for one: the SONY Z7U. The only advantage the XHA1s has over the Z7U is the price point. The Canon is significantly cheaper and that may be all you need to know if you are deciding which camera to buy. But the Z7U is truly the NUMBER ONE HDV camera ever made. If you ever used it, you'll agree with me.