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Canon XL H1A High Definition Camcorder (3249B001)

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For more than a decade, Canon has brought industry-leading lens optics and image processing expertise to the professional market with the XL Series camcorders.
  • MacMall Part #: 7531332 
  • Manufacturer Part #: 3249B001 
  • UPC: 13803101423 
  • Platform: Universal 

Exceptional Image Quality...Definitive Control...Professional Functionality

For more than a decade, Canon has brought industry-leading lens optics and image processing expertise to the professional market with the XL Series camcorders. In that time, leading videographers have come to rely on the superior image quality and ultimate creative control available to them through the XL Series' features and open architecture system.

The latest in that line is the Canon XL H1A HD camcorder. It has many of the features that have made the XL Series a favorite of independent filmmakers, corporate and event shooters. To complement these features, the Canon XL H1A has added an even higher level of customization options and capabilities which will make it an even more useful creative partner for the demanding videographer. With the XL H1A this remarkable capability is available at a lower price than ever before, offering users who have come to rely on their XL1, XL1s or XL2 camcorders the opportunity to make the move up to HD video.

The XL H1A has a wider range of image control settings and options, combined with the new Genuine Canon 20x HD Video Zoom Lens III with Professional L Series Fluorite. To back up that superb lens are three 1/3" Native 16:9 CCDs with 1.67M Pixels (delivering a full 1440 x 1080) and Canons exclusive DIGIC DV II HD Image Processor. The XL H1A is the compelling choice for anyone seeking to produce the best in high definition video.

Inputs & Outputs
A professional shooting environment requires control over the images you deliver. More than any other camera in its class, the XL H1 offers more of the options you need to get the task done easily and correctly, in the industry-standard manner.

Genuine Canon Optics
One of the most important components in a camera is
the lens. Interchangeability, filters, focus, presets and Optical Image Stabilization- just some of the advantages at your disposal with the XL H1.

Total Image Control

The XL H1 has everything you want to fine tune the images you capture to fit your situation and production needs. It's the flexibility you need for work in broadcast, studio, the field, events and more.

New Genuine Canon 20x HD Video Zoom Lens III with Professional L Series Fluorite

The new Genuine Canon 20x HD Video Zoom Lens III with Professional L Series Fluorite is the latest in a long and distinguished line of industry-leading lenses from Canon. It has been specifically designed for demanding producers of High Definition video who require the ultimate in optical quality. This lens brings features which give the XL H1A user unprecedented control over zoom, focus and iris settings, delivering an even higher level of creative expression.

Three 1/3" Native 16:9 CCD with 1.67M Pixels (1440 x 1080)

Building on the superior image quality of the industry-leading XL Series, the XL H1A is built around a 3 CCD system with separate native 16:9 CCDs for red, green and blue. With the XL H1A, each 1/3" CCD has 1.67M pixels delivering a full 1440 x 1080 image. The result is outstanding picture quality, highly accurate color reproduction and a wide dynamic range with virtually no color noise.

Canon DIGIC DV II HD Image Processor

The latest generation of Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV signal processing technology, the DIGIC DV II HD Image Processor delivers the optimal image quality possible for both HD video and still images. The different color requirements of video and still images are recognized by the DIGIC DV II HD Image Processor and maximized for each type of output.

Complete Customization

One of the hallmarks of the XL Series has been the vast range of adjustments, control functions and features to customize the camcorder to fit the user's exact needs. This is Complete Customization, which brings a higher level of tuning to help you realize your creative objectives with greater precision than ever before. New, wider ranges of adjustments can be found in Color Gain, Color Matrixes, Menu Display Adjustments, Custom Operation Functions, Preset File Sharing, Push AE, Iris Control, wider White Balance Color Temperature Range, Color Correction and Noise Reduction, to name just a few.

Connections & Terminals

For the professional videographer, the XL H1A gives you the robust capabilities you need - no matter what the job.

Audio System

The audio features of the XL H1A are designed to further enhance the flexibility and level of customization you expect from a Canon XL Series camcorder.


In order to provide a high level of information to the XL H1A user, Canon has added new monitoring features to the comprehensive list available in the XL H1A. All together, they can significantly enhance the user's control over the video footage they create.


In keeping with the Canon XL Series, the XL H1A provides the level of operating convenience demanded by professional users in the field.

Technical Specs

High Definition Yes
Video Resolution 1080i
Video Format DV
Minimum Illumination, lux 3
Image Stabilizer Yes
Image Stabilizer Type Optical
Lens System
Optical Zoom 20X
Optical Sensor Type CCD
Optical Sensor Size 1/3"
Native Aspect Ratio 16:9
Lens Type Interchangeable
Recording System
Video Recording System Details HDV: HDV1080i; DV: DV specifications<BR>Two rotating heads, helical scan azimuth recording, (Consumer VCR SD specifications)
Audio Recording System Details HDV: 2-channel recording MPEG1 Audio Layer II: (bit rate 384 kbps);<BR> DV: 2-channel recording PCM digital recording: 16 bits (48 kHz), 12 bits (32 kHz, 12 bits selectable)
Recording and Playback Times HDV/DV: SP mode 60 min. DV:LP; 90 min.
Memory / Storage
Recording Media Type HDV
Recording Media Details Recording Media: SD/SDHC, MMC
Viewfinder / Display
LCD Size 2.4 in
LCD Form Factor Flip-out and Twist
Viewfinder Color
Video Input
S-Video Input Yes
S-Video Output Yes
Video Input Details DV Terminal: HDV/DV Special 6-pin connector (IEEE1394 compatible)
Video Output Details DV Terminal: HDV/DV Special 6-pin connector (IEEE1394 compatible)
Audio Input
Microphone Type Built-in
Microphone Operation Mode Stereo
RCA (2 Audio Channels) Yes
Physical Details
Case Color Black
Tripod mount Yes
Width, inches 8.9
Height, inches 8.7
Depth, inches 19.5
Weight, lbs 5.5
Additional Information
Package Contents XL H1A Camcorder Body, Canon 20x HD Video Lens III, Camera Dust Cap, Lens Cap, Lens Dust Cap, Lens Soft Case, Lens Hood, Color Viewfinder Unit, Compact Power Adapter with AC Cable, Microphone Unit, External Microphone Holder Adjustment Band, Digital Video Cassette, DC Coupler, Battery Pack with terminal cover, SDC-32M Memory Card, Wireless Controller, (2) AA Batteries, Shoulder Strap, Component Video Cable, Stereo Video Cable, External Monitor Cable, Tripod Adapter Base
Manufacturer Information
Parts Warranty 1 year
Labor Warranty 1 year
Warranty Details Limited Warranty
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