Summary: As a former TV News photographer, I'm use to using cameras in the league of the Sony Betacam. Although the Canon XL H1 is not a Betacam, it has many of the same features that I find useful. I love having most of the camera controls externally available so adjusting the audio and video is quick. Also, being able to change out the lens is great!
Pros: Great Picture Quality, Great Zoom, Zoom range/performance
Summary: [...]Canon XLH1 Refurbished a great buy and it looks like new . The Camera came with Manual 20x LSll zoom lens and lens caps as well.I Saved over $5000 buying this camera . The best way to have a top of the line camera for HD .
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Zoom range/performance
Summary: This is a GREAT camera, I love it. I have one issue though that could mess you up if you are not aware of it. There is a selector for Skin Tone Detail, don't use it. It will make your video look soft. Other than that, this is a great system. Problems Encountered: Skin Tone DetailAreas in the picture that have skin-tone characteristics are detected when this function is called up in the menu, and the details in those areas will be softened to conceal skin imperfections,...
Summary: Great lens exchange capability, like with JVC's ProHD, butunlike with Sony's 1080i HDV camcorders. Typical andtraditional CANON front-heavy ergonomics -- big, huge lenswith a little body attached to it from behind. Problems Encountered: There is no uncompressed HD-SDI VTR recorder, not evenSony's HDCAM-SR decks will take in and record footage whollyuncompressed.
Summary: I bought this as a replacement for my Sony HVR-Z1U as I needed more horizontal res and 24P option that looked good. The lens gives noticeably more resolution than the Sony, and the 24P mode,(24F) once decoded by Cineframe's HDV capture, looks awesome. This looks so close to perfect ..
Summary: This camera is absolutely amazing. Perfect for indie filmmakers. I do not know why Canon called it 24f, when in fact the camera will record 24p footage despite the interlaced sensors. When you capture the HD footage, true 23.976 frames per second progressive footage Problems Encountered: 1. Zoom & Focus will not work simultaneously2.
Summary: Technically an outstanding camera, only 1 bad item: it is not a good shoulder camera. The HD lens is heavier then the lens of the miniDV. There is hardly any weight on your shoulder. The whole weight is on your right hand. You even need your left hand to support the weight.So I have to look for some extra tools. That's not very practical. But I love this camera! Images with the Mini35 in combination with an Angenieux film lens Problems Encountered: which choice to make?