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Old March 30th, 2009, 04:49 PM   #31
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Is the A1S viewfinder better than the A1? My biggest issue is setting focus on the A1, which I find very difficult. Resolution isn't there to nail it without zooming in and magnifying.
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Old March 31st, 2009, 07:44 PM   #32
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And they fixed the mic. holder with better screws.

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I believe you're mistaken, Tripp. OIS CAN be assigned to a button. Also the audio issue you mention is what it should be now,
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Old April 3rd, 2009, 08:23 AM   #33
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Hi everybody !

This is my first post here and I want to talk about the Canon XH-A1s, especially the price. I am looking for the XH-A1s since last december. Here in Québec ,there are few shops that you can buy professionnal camcorders. Around January 15 th, the price of the XH-A1s was 3499 $ CAD at a shop called L L Lozeau in Montreal. That is around 2800 $ US. I was very surprised by this awesome price. In middle March, the price was 3699 $ CAD which is, to me, still very good. But this morning, I went to the site and the price was 4499 $ CAD !!!
I just couldn't believe that !!!
So, my question is, should I wait to the summer to buy it or is it just the normal price for this fantastic camcorder ? Thank you for reply !!

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Old April 3rd, 2009, 10:59 AM   #34
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You've got to ask yourself what $4500 CAD will buy you in the Sony, JVC and Panasonic shop. It may be that Canon have overstepped the mark a bit as a $1kCAD price increase on an oldish camera seems a bit steep.
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Old April 3rd, 2009, 11:10 AM   #35
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B&H sells the XH-A1s for $3600 U.S., and that converts to $4500 Canadian. Therefore, the current price seems right at your Canadian shop.

The XH-A1 -- the older model -- sells (sold) for $1000 U.S. less. Are you sure the first price you saw wasn't for the XH-A1 (old model)?

That said, if you find a price that is much below the B&H price, it is very possible the dealer is not reputable and not upfront about what you are really getting.
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Old April 3rd, 2009, 11:16 AM   #36
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Thanks Tom,

Well, the fact is, I am not in a hurry to buy a camcorder and i'm patient. My mind is really on the XH-A1s, I think I should wait to the summer. But I can't understand why the price raised 1K in 4 months...

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Old April 3rd, 2009, 11:26 AM   #37
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Hi Jack !

I'm 100 % sure that it wasn't the XH-A1, it was the XH-A1s at 3499 $ CAD. I went to that shop and it is an authorized Canon dealer. It is not a scam like a Pro Nation Photo. I know that B and H has good prices for camcorders , anyway, I think i'll wait...
Thanks Jack !
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Old April 3rd, 2009, 11:33 AM   #38
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It's possible that the lower price was a mistake.

In any case, if you're not in a hurry, something even greater may come out in the next few months!
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Old April 3rd, 2009, 11:41 AM   #39
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I'm going to wait few months, maybe sometime I will wake up and look on the ground and I will see a beautiful brown cardboard box with XH-A1s written on it ... Just kidding !

Thanks again Jack !
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Old April 5th, 2009, 07:11 AM   #40
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Prices grow and grow in Poland. I bought my XH A1s for 13200 PLN in February. The price exceeded 14500 in March and now it's about 16000.
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Old April 6th, 2009, 11:46 AM   #41
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Jack, I can confirm the sudden price increase you saw at l.l.lozeau. Thankfully for me, I price matched the $3600 Can price at another Canadian retailer just hours before the price went up to $4500

However the xh a1s is available on sale at vistek.ca (great store) for $4000 Can (regular price is $4800 Can). I don't believe you will see the camera for sale in Canada for much less then $4000 anytime soon.

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Old April 6th, 2009, 03:01 PM   #42
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Hi Brad !
Lucky you are !!! I wish I could find the same price somewhere on internet. Vistek seems to be a very good web site to buy. Anyway, I am looking everyday for the prices and I think I'll wait another few months. Did you purchase the camcorder from Vistek or another shop in Canada ?

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Old April 7th, 2009, 02:43 PM   #43
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Hi there,

After MUCH research and absolutely no hands on experience with it (eep!), I've almost decided that I am going to buy the A1s, BUT before I do I wanted to know a list of the pet peeves and cons that this camera has to offer.

I also wanted to clarify that it is actually a side load camera. (one of those things I'd kick myself for if I didn't check).

Lastly, what is the warranty that comes with the Camera, is there an extension you can get with Canon and would you recommend extending the warranty.

CHEERS!

Cons:

1. Tape based

2. HDV codec

3. slightly high image noise levels

4. low light sensitivity slightly low

5. factory warranty not as good as some, but probably not even an issue as the A1s improved the most fragile features

6. very small flip out viewfinder

7. focus is a little hard to get perfect because of the small viewfinder (and my aging eyes)

8. IAF can tend to ocassionally do a quick hunt, so manual focus has to be used in certain situations

9. no 60P or 720P

Except for those few cons, it's a great camera.

It is certainly the best tape based HDV camera available.
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Old May 18th, 2009, 12:25 PM   #44
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I find the XH A1 focus ring a bit jumpy sometimes, sometimes it's tricky to get it right on to the focus distance you want. Often I overshoot the focus distance I want by quite a way. I set the focus speed to slow and it didn't help. Maybe I'm just too ham fisted but my cameraman complained about it during our last film as well
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Old May 18th, 2009, 02:52 PM   #45
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Maybe I'm just too ham fisted but my cameraman complained about it during our last film as well
I have a dvx100 and a xh-a1 and there is no comparison between the 2 when it comes to accurate focusing.
Correct manual focusing is very difficult with the xh-a1, the too small lcd doesn't help that much and the feedback you get from the distance meter in the viewfinder is a joke. I only wished the lcd was much bigger and had more resolution and that it was like the hvx200, square, keeping the camerainfo clutter out of the picture.
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