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Canon XL H1A

The Canon XL H1A is a HDV High Definition Professional Camcorder with a wider range of image control settings and options, combined with the new Genuine Canon 20 x HD Video Zoom Lens III with Professional L Series Fluorite. It also has three 1/3-inch Native 16:9 CCD with 1.67-megapixels (delivering a full 1440-by-1080), plus Canon’s exclusive DIGIC DV II HD Image Processor. It also comes with a 2.4-inch widescreen combination of EVF and LCD monitor.

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Canon XL H1A

The Canon XL H1A is a HDV High Definition Professional Camcorder with a wider range of image control settings and options, combined with the new Genuine Canon 20 x HD Video Zoom Lens III with Professional L Series Fluorite. It also has three 1/3-inch Native 16:9 CCD with 1.67-megapixels (delivering a full 1440-by-1080), plus Canon’s exclusive DIGIC DV II HD Image Processor. It also comes with a 2.4-inch widescreen combination of EVF and LCD monitor.

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The Canon XL H1A built around a 3 CCD system (Optical Sensor Technology) with separate native 16:9 CCD for red, green and blue. Each CCD comes with a 1.67-megapixels sensor resolution that delivers a full 1440-by-1080 image for outstanding picture quality, highly accurate colour reproduction and a wide dynamic range with virtually no colour noise. It is also designed with Canon DIGIC DV II HD Image Processor, the latest generation of Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV signal processing technology. The Image Processor delivers the optimal image quality possible for both HD video and still images. The different colour requirements of video and still images are recognized by the DIGIC DV II HD Image Processor and maximized for each type of output. It also comes with a Canon's interchangeable XL lens mount, new Genuine Canon 20 x HD video zoom lens III with Professional L Series Fluorite, has a maximum aperture range of f/1.6-3.5 and selectable rotational angle of zoom between Wide and Tele (45°, 60° or 90°). The zoom grip lever has 16 zoom levels, while the handle zoom lever can be set to any of 3 speeds (Slow, Normal and Fast). Besides that, the device is equipped with Manual focus capability during zoom (in both Manual Focus and AF Modes), selectable response on focus ring (Slow, Normal, Fast), Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer, Smooth zoom start and stop, digital photo shooting mode, and it comes with a two built-in ND Filters (1/32, 1/6). The Canon XL H1A is equipped with a 2.4-inch widescreen combination of EVF and LCD colour display (215,000-pixels) with adjustable brightness, contrast, colour and sharpness, along with Black and White mode. Its Viewfinder can be adjusted from front to back and side to side, plus it supports standard picture formats such as 4:3, 13:9, 14:9, 1.66:1, 1.75:1, 1.85:1, and 2.35:1. It is also equipped with a wider range of adjustments and settings in the likes of Colour Gain setting (-3dB, 0dB, +3dB, + 6dB, +12dB, +18dB, +36dB, with fine tuning in 0.5dB increments from 0dB to +18dB), Colour Matrixes (six colour matrixes and each colour matrix can be adjusted to more or less than 50 steps), Menu Display Adjustments, Custom Operation Functions, Preset File Sharing, Push AE modes (Auto, Full Auto, TV, AV, Manual, Spotlight, Night) with manual mode located next to the OFF button for easy access, wider White Balance with Auto/Set/Preset for outdoor or indoor, Colour Temperature (2,000k to 15,000k) Range, Horizontal/Vertical Detail Balance (more or less than 9 steps), Sharpness (more or less than 9 steps), Colour Correction and Noise Reduction (NR) with selective NR that enables application of NR to targeted colour areas. It is also fitted with Iris functions such as Iris Limit that limits minimum iris setting to f/9.5 and Iris control using LANC terminal (while using optional ZR-2000). The Canon XL H1A comes with SDHC memory and support Memory Card / Multi Media Card Slot for storing files, plus it supports Canon EX Series Speedlites connectivity. Other features that include two Built-in XLR terminals providing more than 48V Phantom power, 3.5mm Microphone terminal and 3.5mm Headphone terminal, with reinforced metal base. To avoid accidental operation, the responsiveness of the buttons controlling shutter, zoom, focus, push AF, AE lock, WB set, AE shift dial, end-search and gain set can be set. The Canon XL H1A also comes with a 6-Pin IEEE 1394 terminal, providing a more rugged connection when using external devices, component video out, colour bar selection capability (two types each for NTSC and PAL), Custom Preset name display, and supports Multi-language (up to 9 languages), plus external monitor output can be used through the B/W viewfinder terminal to the component terminal of a larger monitor for manual focus confirmation. It has a dimension that measures at 8.7-inch (22.1cm) in height, 8.9-inch (22.6cm) in width, and 19.5-inch (49.5cm) in depth plus it weights in at 5.5 pounds (2.5kg).

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