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Old September 15th, 2008, 12:47 PM   #1
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Critical question before buying an XL H1

Though they are older, I have two xL1 cameras and one of our recurring problems has made me reluctant to stay with them. With both cameras, we have had to replace the CCDs 3 or 4 times. The first time I asked Canon about this they said because the XL1 is not considered a professional camera, the CCDs are susceptible to dead pixels. These CCDs cost $1000 a pop. 3 months after the last CCDs were put in, we had more dead pixels. We take the normal precautions but this is water under the bridge. My burning question is, does this problem exist in the XL H1 series? Anybody have dead pixels out there?
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Old September 15th, 2008, 01:10 PM   #2
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on the XLH1 dead pixels can be mapped out - it's a tech job, you can't do it yourself, but way cheaper then replacing the CCD
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Old September 15th, 2008, 02:59 PM   #3
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Thanks for the quick response Peter. With the XL1, Canon told us replacement was the only fix. Appreciate the info on the XL H1.
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Old September 15th, 2008, 05:59 PM   #4
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Used 3 x XL1's under "African - Third World Conditions" for 10 years.
Each camera was sold for half a unit's initial purchase price.

Zero problems. Their respective owners are still working with them.

Upgraded to XLH1 - Zero Problems ,but purchase ruined personal financial status.
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Old September 15th, 2008, 07:10 PM   #5
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We've owned our H1 for a little over two years now, shot three projects with it (one was a feature), plus several theater tapings and have never had a single problem with the H1's CCDS or dead pixels.

It's been a marvelous camera.
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Old September 15th, 2008, 09:28 PM   #6
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we have used xl1's for years (about 10) and never had major problems - except wear and upgraded to h1's about 2 1/2 years ago - these cameras have been used for tv production ranging from snow/desert/rainforests/underground mines and have been used for 1000's of hours - we have had no problems at all (touch wood) - but as with any gear looking after the camera is of utmost impotance......
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Old September 16th, 2008, 10:57 AM   #7
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Thanks everyone for the info. We really appreciate it before investing.
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Old September 19th, 2008, 03:22 PM   #8
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Thank you for posting this information. Very good to know before a major purchase.
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Old September 22nd, 2008, 07:38 PM   #9
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I love my H1. There are always issues and the viewfinder remains one of them, but The H1 can make some pretty pictures and it has most features I need like recording to tape and lens interchangeability.
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