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.
BEWARE - Canon refuses to sell/provide a service manual for the Canon XH A1
Ezra Thunder, Amazon
13 October 2010
Summary: I have owned the Canon XH A1 for more than two years, and I love the quality of the High Def., BUT I now have lint behind my viewfinder that I find impossible to reach and remove, and my built-in microphone is sagging. I emailed Canon about the problem with the lint behind my viewfinder, but they said I would be required to send the camcorder to one of their three factory authorized centers in the U.S. to have it cleaned.
Pros: The XH A1 is the size and weight of a Sony HVR-Z1-it's just a couple of ounces below 5 pounds when loaded with tape and battery. It's a well-balanced but heavy handful, so long-duration handheld takes are fatiguing unless you have supplemental
Cons: The VF and LCD are bright and sunlight-readable, though not overly detailed (250 to 300 TVl/ph resolution). Respon-siveness is better than the XL H1's LCD, which suffered from smear and lag.