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Canon XH A1S - Camcorder - High Definition - 1.67 Mpix - 20 x optical zoom - Mini DV (HDV) (3238B001)

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For the professionals who require a smaller, lighter weight HD camcorder but who won’t give up capability and performance, Canon offers the XH A1S.
  • MacMall Part #: 7713664 
  • Manufacturer Part #: 3238B001 
  • UPC: 013803101324 
  • Platform: Universal 

For the professionals who require a smaller, lighter weight HD camcorder but who wont give up capability and performance, Canon offers the XH A1S. Our latest in a family of high quality HDV camcorders, the XH A1S delivers advanced features and a wide range of image parameter controls to make your vision a reality- and at a very attractive price.

Starting with the superb Canon Genuine Canon 20x HD lens with Professional L Series Fluorite, the XH A1S adds 3CCDs, each of which is at 1440 x 1080 pixels. It also means you can be sure that your shooting in the field will be the best it can be with Canons SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization. It corrects for a wide range of camera movement and vibration, and combined with Instant AF (Auto Focus) youll get ultra-quick, accurate focus. The DIGIC DV II HD image processor finishes the picture with improved color reproduction and noise reduction - for a final result that delivers excellent image quality.

To further ensure that your vision is realized, the XH A1S gives you features that let you make manual adjustments to fine-tune your video- the ultimate in total image control. For those situations in which you need to let your camcorder take care of exposure and image controls, the automatic settings on the XH A1S will expertly assist you.

Youll find flexibility, versatility and capability in the extensive array of features and optional accessories of the XH A1S. It is bound to meet and exceed your highest expectations.


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

The XH A1S comes with a Genuine Canon 20x HD lens that shows why the name Canon is synonymous with optical excellence.

Canon reserves the L-Series designation for its highest quality photographic lenses. The Professional L Series Fluorite lens of the XH A1S ensures outstanding resolution, contrast and color reproduction, and delivers clarity and image quality you won't see with conventional optical glass lenses. And, because it's an ultra-low dispersion (UD) lens, chromatic aberration is reduced for brilliant results.

Three 1/3" Native 16:9 CCD Image Sensors with 1.67 Megapixels (1440 x 1080)

The XH A1S is equipped with three 1/3" Native 16:9 CCDs (1.67 Megapixels) - the same image sensor that is at the heart of Canon's exceptional XL H1S and XL H1A. They deliver outstanding picture quality, highly accurate color reproduction, and a wide dynamic range with virtually no color noise.

Canon DIGIC DV II HD Image Processor

DIGIC DV II HD is the next generation of Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV signal processing technology. Designed specifically for processing the immense volume of information in 1080i HD signals, DIGIC DV II ensures optimal image quality for HD video.

Complete Customization

Image, display and the functionality of the camcorder can be customized to suit your preference or application. This customization ensures that your XH A1S fits your creative, production and personal needs and preferences exactly. Settings can be saved to memory for easy retrieval or downloaded into other XH A1S and XH G1S camcorders via an SD memory card.

Industry-Standard Connections & Terminals

The Flash Accessory Shoe of the XH A1S supports Canon EX Series Speedlites, enabling you to use the proper lighting accessory to provide the illumination you need for practically any subject in any situation.

A robust 6-pin IEEE 1394 terminal is provided on the XH A1S to provide enhanced durability when using external devices, and an external EVF monitor output terminal is also fitted to allow the use of a component external monitor for more accurate image composing and video review.

Audio System

The two built-in XLR Terminals with independent audio level control on the XH A1S helps you to record audio at as high a level as your video. They provide phantom power and 3.5mm microphone and headphone terminals. With independent audio level control, you'll be in better command over the sound you record. You can simultaneously use the built-in microphone of the XH A1S and the XLR input, with individual sensitivity settings for each channel. The XLR sensitivity setting is selectable, from -12dB through +12dB. Line output level switching is provided, along with an audio volume lock to help prevent variations in the recorded sound.


To assist you in making sure that the shots you see are the shots you get, the XH A1S has a number of enhancements in function monitoring. They include a display of remaining recording capacity when using an external Focus Enhancements FS-CV Hard Disk Drive Recorder, as well as an external EVF Monitor Output Terminal.


Improvements have been made to the manual zoom, manual focus and iris ring on the XH A1S to further enhance its operability and which make it even easier to achieve your creative vision.

Additional Features:
  • SD Memory Card/MultiMediaCard Slot
  • 2.8" Widescreen LCD and .57" Widescreen EVF
  • Still Image Shooting capabilities
  • Support for 9 languages including: German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, English, Chinese (simplified), and Japanese.
  • Analog-Digital Converter
  • Level Shot and Grid Marker
  • Built-in XLR terminals (2) supply phantom power (+48 dB) and can be switched between LINE and MIC.
  • External Microphone Holder
  • Internal Battery Compartment
  • Flash Accessory Shoe
  • Letterbox Display

Technical Specs

Product Type Camcorder - 1080i
Camcorder Sensor Resolution 1.67 Mpix
Effective Video Resolution 1.56 Mpix
Effective Photo Resolution 2.0 Mpix
Widescreen Video Capture Yes
Camcorder Media Type Mini DV (HDV)
Optical Sensor Type 3CCD
Optical Sensor Size 1/3"
Optical Zoom 20 x
Image Processor DIGIC DV II
Image Stabilizer Optical (SuperRange)
Features Zebra pattern
Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
Audio Signal Format MPEG1 Audio Layer II, PCM
Interfaces Provided Composite video/audio
Exposure & White Balance
Min Illumination 0.3 lux
Exposure Metering Evaluative
Exposure Metering Zones 128
Exposure Modes Program, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority
Shooting Programs Spotlight, night mode
Special Effects Black & White, Skintone
White Balance Custom, automatic, presets
White Balance Presets Indoor, outdoor
Max Shutter Speed 1/16000 sec
Min Shutter Speed 1/3 sec
Exposure Compensation ±2 EV range
Gain Selection +12 dB, +18 dB, +3 dB, +6 dB, 0 dB, -3 dB, +36 dB
Lens System
Type 20 x zoom lens - 4.5 - 90 mm - f/1.6-3.5
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 32.5 - 650mm
Focus Adjustment Automatic, manual
Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive, manual
Filter Size 72 mm
Features UD glass, built-in 1/32 neutral density filter , built-in 1/6 neutral density filter, fluorite glass
Additional Features
Low Lux / Night Mode Yes
Additional Features Backlight compensation, sharpness control, analog to digital conversion with pass through, histogram display, AE lock, accessories hot shoe, brightness control
Viewfinder Type LCD - LCD
Viewfinder Color Support Color
Viewfinder Diagonal Size 0.57"
Viewfinder Resolution 269,000 pixels
Type 2.8" LCD display
Resolution 207,000 pixels
Display Form Factor Rotating
Display Features Contrast control
Microphone Operation Mode Stereo
Connector Type 1 x headphones ¦ 1 x microphone ¦ 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK) ¦ 1 x composite video/audio (input/output) ¦ 1 x composite video output ¦ 1 x component video output ¦ 1 x Control-L (LANC)
Memory Card Slot SD card
Included Accessories Lens hood, camcorder shoulder strap, audio / video cable, component video cable, IR remote control, power adapter with battery charger
Battery Type Canon BP-950G
Details 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )
Memory / Storage
Memory Card Slot SD card
Included Memory Card 16 MB SD
Image Storage JPEG 1920 x 1080
Manufacturer Warranty
Service & Support 1 year warranty
Service & Support Details Limited warranty - parts and labor - 1 year
Dimensions & Weight
Width 6.4 in
Depth 15.5 in
Height 7.6 in
Weight 5.29 lbs
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