Summary: Canon has done it again with another truly remarkable camera. The XLH1 and XLH1a are by far the best camera's in this price range. Actually this camera is better than most that cost 3 or 4 times as much. Great picture quality, very nicely laid out controls, fast auto focus, very clever image stabilizer and a enormous amount of flexibility. I have been a Canon fan and user for 20 years and have never been disappointed.
Summary: The XL H1 is a great camera, used with outstanding results by videographers around the world. If you have the budget and need the professional features not found on the XH A1, this camera is a great choice. Just in response to the review below, this camcorder records conventional HDV 60i, the identical format to that found on any Sony, JVC, or Panasonic camcorder. This footage can be played on any camera or deck supporting HDV.