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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 10th, 2007, 04:22 AM   #16
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I hope Canon will be able to fix it. Perhaps some A1 have poor back focus. Let you know how Canon handles this/Erik
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Old March 10th, 2007, 05:05 AM   #17
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I haven't noticed a back focus problem, but I have noticed the "plastic skin" shot in SD with the A1. That's how I describe it anyway. It's like skin detail is over adjusted, but it's off. I have other issues regarding SD with the A1 and I've never owned a camera that requires so much tweaking for such a seemingly simple thing. When the time comes where I find some SD settings I can live with, I'll post them here. HD though doesn't have this problem.

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Old March 10th, 2007, 08:32 AM   #18
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I could neither see the effect in HDV - or at least, it is not that obvious. So it could be a mere SD problem. My cam came back from service yesterday. The techs there also tested the whole 'plastic skin' issue. One of them told me, that it's definetly NOT a back focus problem or -in their eyes- a problem to be fixed at all. "That's just the way the camera is. " Well, he admitted, that the image would in fact look quite soft in SD without tweaking. "But you know, all type of Canon cams got some weak points. For example, the XM2 (Gl2) has a strange, somehow built-in color shift towards margenta..." He also mentioned, that -when opening the cam, to fix a broken earphone-jack- he was quite impressed, how good the manufacturing quality was - "much better than the GL2."

Looks like I'll have to live with this effect, diminish it by tweaking the settings-and turn to HDV postpro as quickly as possible. For I love the cam apart from this point -it has so many pros- that's okay for me.
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