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Canon XH Series HDV Camcorders
Canon XH G1S / G1 (with SDI), Canon XH A1S / A1 (without SDI).


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Old March 17th, 2009, 10:13 PM   #16
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With the XHA1 (possibly fixed in the XHA1s), you cannot control BOTH zoom and focus at the same time as they seem to run off a single servo.
This was fixed on the XH A1s.
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Old March 20th, 2009, 02:36 PM   #17
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Instead of marks on the outside of the lens, you get a distance readout in the viewfinder and LCD accurate to 1/10 of a foot. That's better than marks on a manual lens because you can shift focus yourself without an assistant.
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Old March 20th, 2009, 05:53 PM   #18
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I own an XHA1 and I say: Go with the Pany! If for no other reason than avoiding HDV and getting to shoot on DVCPROHD.
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Old March 21st, 2009, 01:57 PM   #19
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Instead of marks on the outside of the lens, you get a distance readout in the viewfinder and LCD accurate to 1/10 of a foot. That's better than marks on a manual lens because you can shift focus yourself without an assistant.
Mmm...I'd rather have BOTH lense markings and LCD information. With a servo it limits repeatable ways to rack zoom/focus (apart from the Position Presets which is very mechanical and limiting). It's not a major limitation by any means but it is a consideration and can be improved on with a true manual lens....with the tradeoff of increased price of course.
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Old March 27th, 2009, 02:30 PM   #20
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Thank you for the help guys, it has helped me a lot in making my decision.

Im putting my Camera on sale on ebay tomorrow and will be looking to purchase my Canon XHA1 next week.

If anyone is interested in a Sony HVR-V1E please let me know.

Thanks again.
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Old April 1st, 2009, 05:24 AM   #21
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I agree with the poster who said that the options you're looking at are "sideways steps".

It's a shame you feel you need to keep using tape, because there are better options out there IMO. The HMC151 is an excellent camera and does not use HDV or P2. Then there's the EX1.
Perhaps you should get your hands on an XHA1 to see if it is indeed superior to your current camera.
I write as a happy XHA1 owner, who's decided to go tapeless at the first opportunity, and i'm looking at the HMC, EX1 or even the new JVC.

I will not be buying another HDV camera. It was great in it's time - and it's price point - but has been superseded by superior formats.

To top it all, the XHA1 is actually more expensive than the HMC, in the UK at least.

Of course, if you need to stick with tape, the A1 is probably the best bet.
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Old April 1st, 2009, 05:33 AM   #22
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Prices are on the rise Dom. I've just learn that the 151 is going up by 400 from today, so I presume Panasonic are doing this because Sony and Canon have upped their prices too. I'm sure it's just exchange rates at play.
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Old April 1st, 2009, 05:39 AM   #23
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You're right Tom. When I was looking at the HMC last week the retailer pointed this out to me. It's all to do with the Pound/Yen etc.

I think I'll have to do another gig with my XHA1 before i can justify the change. Perhaps Canon will have something new by then.
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Old April 1st, 2009, 05:54 AM   #24
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I will not be buying another HDV camera. It was great in it's time - and it's price point - but has been superseded by superior formats.
Such is progress. You shouldn't be looking at the 151 either if you believe the hype, as 1"/3 chips are ludicrously small. Canon do have a 1.6x CMOS (used in the 50D and so on), so it would make sense for them to utilise this in their next Red-bustin' camcorder.

But as I've just said in another post, I often like to finish a firework display at the end of a wedding film by putting the last and biggest firework into my variable slo-mo program. The rocket tales off at normal speed but slows gracefully to a still frame at its peak before I fade to black. You won't be doing that with a CMOS chip.

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Old April 1st, 2009, 08:01 AM   #25
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I have the XHA1 and while I love the camera I'm looking into tapeless recording.
The only thing in the same price range as the XHA1 is the upcoming Scarlet fixed lens.
Since I don't need a new camera soon I'll wait until Scarlet comes.
From all I've seen at the moment it will blow away the XHA1.
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Old April 1st, 2009, 10:15 AM   #26
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Is there a difference between the Canon Xha1 and the Canon Xha1s???
Which would you say is better?
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Old April 1st, 2009, 11:14 AM   #27
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Is there a difference between the Canon Xha1 and the Canon Xha1s???
Which would you say is better?
Yes Sam, and much has been written here. It'll only take you a monment to find the differences using the search box.
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Old April 10th, 2009, 07:50 AM   #28
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I own an XHA1 and I say: Go with the Pany! If for no other reason than avoiding HDV and getting to shoot on DVCPROHD.
I shot on DVCPRO50, and as a word of warning, it doesn't integrate with Vegas, which I think Sam mooted. AFAIK, the same applies to the HD100, as well. Fine with FCP, no play with Vegas or Premier (to my knowledge).

Raylight is a fix but I've never used it.
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Old April 11th, 2009, 07:51 PM   #29
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Yep Im a Vegas user as well.
Capture from XH-A1 into HDlink then edit in vegas 8.
No issues with cineform and vegas works with native hdv with no issues either.
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Why use HDlink to capture instead of just going straight into Vegas?
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Old April 11th, 2009, 11:24 PM   #30
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I'd recommend the XH-A1.
This is the video that convinced me - Letus Extreme and Canon XHA1 - First tests on Vimeo

I chose the XH-A1 over any sony camera simply because I hate all Sony products.
Just personal preference.
Horrible tech support, warranties, and products.
Everything is either too complicated, DRMed, or too weak.

It also came down to backup tapes and price.
I wanted a nice HD camera, and the HVX200 looked amazing, but at the time (6 months ago) it was more expensive and the cards are still at a ridiculous price.

If you want a good strong camera with tapes, go with the XH-A1.
It's an amazing piece of technology.
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