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


View Poll Results: Between the XH G1 and XH A1, which one would you buy?
XH G1 for $7000, because I need the pro jacks and SDI. 40 10.00%
XH A1 for $4000, I don't need those pro jacks nor SDI. 360 90.00%
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Old October 14th, 2006, 08:41 AM   #106
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Yes, I realised what you meant as the replies came in Victor. But having an aperture control ring around the lens is more historical convention than it is a photographic desirability in my view.

DSLRs have long since abandoned the aperture ring around the lens, and cameras like the Z1 have replaced it with a beautifully damped, knured alloy knob thet's excellently placed to 'roll' your thumb across to imperceptably change aperture.

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Old October 15th, 2006, 11:28 PM   #107
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I understand what you mean Tom, yet all the 35mm cinema lenses have manual ring for iris opening and for good reason. I also think, when it comes to professional, moving image acquisition, ARRI/ZEISS is much higher standard then DSLRs and Z1.
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Old December 6th, 2006, 06:12 PM   #108
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In January 2006, I was looking toward the Panasonic HVX200 but I thought the P2 cards was too expensive in my opinion. So, I waited until November and was looking at the Canon XH-A1 vs Sony FX-7. The price for the Sony FX-7 was basically $1000 cheaper than the Canon XH-A1, but I really like the features on the Canon XH-A1. I placed an order for the Canon XH-A1 last Friday and it came in stock on Monday and will arrive tomorrow. I can't wait until tomorrow, it will be a early Xmas for myself.
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Old December 6th, 2006, 11:51 PM   #109
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In January 2006, I was looking toward the Panasonic HVX200 but I thought the P2 cards was too expensive in my opinion. So, I waited until November and was looking at the Canon XH-A1 vs Sony FX-7. The price for the Sony FX-7 was basically $1000 cheaper than the Canon XH-A1, but I really like the features on the Canon XH-A1. I placed an order for the Canon XH-A1 last Friday and it came in stock on Monday and will arrive tomorrow. I can't wait until tomorrow, it will be a early Xmas for myself.
I wish you a good shooting times on that one Anthony...
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Old December 17th, 2006, 04:39 PM   #110
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Honestly, I was leaning toward the FX1 because it was cheaper but honestly 800 lines of res (Canon's 24f) versus 500 lines (Sony's 30CF) well I think we know where this is going. I've seen great thing's produced with both but if I ever do a screen from digital projection I would really prefer 800 LOR. Even if I'm just doing an HDDVD or something. The A1 has it all, (at least all that I would want) so I'm going for that one.

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Old January 4th, 2007, 11:51 PM   #111
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Well that's it, I quit sitting on the fence and finally got the XH A1. I was going back and forth between the V1U and A1, and couldn't decide what I liked better: the color of the V1U image or the image detail in the A1. The whole dilemma was solved by a great price from Steve Nunez.
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Old January 5th, 2007, 06:03 AM   #112
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Well that's it, I quit sitting on the fence and finally got the XH A1. I was going back and forth between the V1U and A1, and couldn't decide what I liked better: the color of the V1U image or the image detail in the A1. The whole dilemma was solved by a great price from Steve Nunez.
Congrats! You won't be dissappointed. Sounds like you a got a great deal too.
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Old January 5th, 2007, 09:17 AM   #113
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Yeah, there's nothing to not like about the A1 (other than that you have to go to the menu to turn on and off the OIS, as you do with many other 1/3" chip cameras). Excellent price too.
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Old January 5th, 2007, 02:48 PM   #114
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Well that's it, I quit sitting on the fence and finally got the XH A1. I was going back and forth between the V1U and A1, and couldn't decide what I liked better: the color of the V1U image or the image detail in the A1. The whole dilemma was solved by a great price from Steve Nunez.
Congrats you lucky bastich. Had I seen that price I would snatched it right from under you. Good work Michael, keeping an eye out for the best deals. I hope to see footage from you. I have yet to see any of Canon's 1080 footage so I hope you post some. Good looking out to you man and again congrats.

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Old January 5th, 2007, 09:30 PM   #115
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Thanks guys, I'm off to some tropical islands through the middle of February. I'll make sure to post some footage.
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Old January 27th, 2007, 11:30 AM   #116
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Congrats Michael - I'd be buying the A1 as well (unless Sony comes up with a working fix for the 25p mode of the V1E).
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Old February 6th, 2007, 08:17 AM   #117
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i really wish if owners of the A1 could be able to upgrade to the G1 anytime !!!
SDI is cooland important when you need it, like shooting chroma at a studio !!!
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Old February 6th, 2007, 09:02 AM   #118
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But an A1 owner certainly *can* upgrade to a G1, at any time. Here are the steps:

1. Sell the A1.

2. Buy the G1.

I don't mean to be facetious, but that is the standard upgrade path and it's always available.
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Old February 6th, 2007, 09:44 AM   #119
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Or buy the G1 in the first place if you do a lot of studio work and need it.
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Old February 6th, 2007, 01:47 PM   #120
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Just had my first real play with a G1 at the Video Forum in London today, and must say I'm most impressed. Could do with a bigger side-screen, but the dedicated buttons, knobs and wheels really poke the V1 in the eye.
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