Canon XH A1SE "PAL" High Definition HDV MiniDV Format Camcorder with HDV1080i Recording, 2.8" LCD Screen

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About Canon A1E

The Canon XH A1SE High Definition HDV Camcorder delivers advanced features and a wide range of image parameter controls to make your vision a reality- and at a very attractive price. Starting with the superb Canon Genuine Canon 20x HD lens with Professional L Series Fluorite, the
XH A1SE adds 3CCDs, each of which is at 1440 x 1080 pixels.

It also means you can be sure that your shooting in the field will be the best it can be with Canon's SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization. It corrects for a wide range of camera movement and vibration and combined with Instant AF (Auto Focus) you'll get ultra-quick, accurate focus. The DIGIC DV II HD image processor finishes the picture with improved color reproduction and noise reduction - for a final result that delivers excellent image quality.

To further ensure that your vision is realized, the XH A1S gives you features that let you make manual adjustments to fine-tune your video- the ultimate in total image control. For those situations in which you need to let your camcorder take care of exposure and image controls, the automatic settings on the XH A1S will expertly assist you. You'll find flexibility, versatility and capability in the extensive array of features and optional accessories of the XH A1S.

Canon A1E Features

  • Genuine Canon 20x HD Video Lens III with Professional L-Series Fluorite: The XH A1S comes with a Genuine Canon 20x HD lens that shows why the name Canon is synonymous with optical excellence
  • SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer: The XH A1S also comes with Canon's innovative SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS), which combines gyro- and image-sensors to give image stabilization through a wider range of camera motions
  • Three 1/3" Native 16:9 CCD Image Sensors with 1.67 Megapixels (1440 x 1080): The XH A1S is equipped with three 1/3" Native 16:9 CCDs (1.67 Megapixels) - the same image sensor that is at the heart of Canon's exceptional XL H1S and XL H1A
  • Canon DIGIC DV II HD Image Processor: DIGIC DV II HD is the next generation of Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV signal processing technology. Designed specifically for processing the immense volume of information in 1080i HD signals, DIGIC DV II ensures optimal image quality for HD video
  • Complete Customization: Image, display and the functionality of the camcorder can be customized to suit your preference or application. This customization ensures that your XH A1S fits your creative, production and personal needs and preferences exactly
  • Image Control: A variety of image control functions gives you as much or as little exposure control as you want and lets you fine-tune your exposures for outstanding video
  • 7 Program AE Modes: A variety of AE modes allow you to take as much or as little control of exposure as you need
  • 9 Custom Presets: With the XH A1S, you can make set a variety of image quality adjustments and store them for later use or for exporting to other camcorders
  • Custom Functions: With the XH A1S's Custom Functions capability, you can establish the camera settings best suited to your preference. Three custom functions (C.Fn1, C.Fn2 and C.Fn3) are provided. Each custom function allows a total of 21 main items to be selected
  • Custom Display: The Custom Display function lets you set 22 display items to create a custom menu to suit your specific needs. Once set, the functions can be recorded on a memory card and can then be downloaded to another XH A1S or XH G1S camcorder
  • 1080 HD Capture with 50i, 25F Progressive frame rates: The XH A1SE delivers 1920 x 1080 HD, with the three Native 16:9 CCDs and the Genuine Canon 20x HD lens and DIGIC DV II Image Processor
  • 25F Progressive Frame Rate: This setting gives a "film look" to the footage you record as the video frame capture rate is 25F, giving the appearance of the same frame rate as movie film
  • 50i Video Frame Rate Option: With the XH A1S's versatile open-architecture approach, you can even upgrade your HD camcorder to record in both 24F and 30F and 60i (this optional upgrade must be performed by a Canon Factory Service Center)
  • Industry-Standard Connections & Terminals: The Flash Accessory Shoe of the XH A1S supports Canon EX Series Speedlites, enabling you to use the proper lighting accessory to provide the illumination you need for practically any subject in any situation
  • Audio System: The two built-in XLR Terminals with independent audio level control on the XH A1SE helps you to record audio at as high a level as your video
  • Monitoring: To assist you in making sure that the shots you see are the shots you get, the XH A1SE has a number of enhancements in function monitoring
  • Operation: Improvements have been made to the manual zoom, manual focus and iris ring on the XH A1SE to further enhance its operability and which make it even easier to achieve your creative vision
  • Zooming: Responsive manual zoom ring with three settings (Slow, Normal, Fast) Three preset zoom speeds (Slow, Normal, Fast), Increased weighting of zoom ring for smoother control, Smooth zoom start and stop, Selectable rotational angle of zoom between Wide and Tele
  • Focusing: Manual focus capability during zoom (in both Manual Focus and AF Modes), Selectable response on focus ring (Slow, Normal, Fast), Focus Limit (On/Off), Four selectable focus preset speeds
  • Iris Ring: Improved ring design for better performance is an extremely useful function on the XH A1SE The manual iris adjustment ring allows you to adjust your f-stop with the same hand and in the same manner as you focus and zoom
  • Instant AF: With HD, focus is more critical than ever. It demands Instant AF: the next generation of auto focus, designed with HD resolution in mind. Because HD resolution is higher, focusing time is longer - it's harder to find perfect focus
  • SD Memory Card/MultiMediaCard Slot (for storing custom presets, custom functions and photos) allowing the sharing of XH A1SE Custom Preset files with other XH A1S', as well as Canon XL H1S, XL H1A and XH G1S camcorders
  • 2.8" Widescreen LCD and .57" Widescreen EVF provide you with bright, high-resolution views. The LCD gives approximately 207,000 pixels and the EVF, 269,000. The LCD and EVF can be used at the same time, giving both cameraperson and director a view of the action
  • Still Image Shooting capabilities turn your XH A1S into a valuable production tool for storyboarding, continuity and publicity shots and other applications

Canon A1E Specifications

Power Supply (rated)
7.4V DC (battery pack)
Video Recording system
HDV: HDV1080i; DV: DV specifications
Two rotating heads, helical scan azimuth recording, (Consumer VCR SD specifications)
Audio Recording system
HDV: 2-channel recording MPEG1 Audio Layer II: (Sampling frequency 48 kHz, bit rate 384 kbps)
DV: 2-channel recording PCM digital recording: 16 bits (48 kHz), 12 bits (32 kHz, 12 bits selectable)
Image Sensor
(3) 1/3-inch Native 16:9 CCDs (1440x1080)
Total Pixels
Approx. 1.67 Megapixels each x 3
Effective Pixels
HD approx. 1.56 Megapixels (1440 x 1080)
SD (4:3) approx. 1.17 Megapixels (1080 x 1080)
SD (16:9) approx. 1.56 Megapixels (1440 x 1080)
Tape Format
Video cassettes bearing the MiniDV mark
Tape Speed
HDV/DV: SP mode 18.81mm/second
DV: LP mode 12.56 mm/second
Maximum recording time
HDV/DV: SP mode 80 min. DV:LP; 120 min.
Canon 20x HD L Series Zoom, f=4.5-90mm, f/1.6-3.5
Focusing System
TTL-video signal sensing system autofocus; Manual focusing possible
Minimum Focusing Distance
20mm (wide macro), 1m (entire zoom range)
Frame Rate
50i, 25F,
Minimum Illumination
PAL: 5 lux (Shutter speed 1/50, Gain 18 dB)
Manual mode (when Gain 18 dB, f/1.6, 60i/50i are selected)
NTSC: 0.4 lux (Shutter speed 1/4), PAL: 0.3 lux (Shutter speed 1/3) (when 60i/50i is selected)
Image Stabilization
SuperRange Optical (Lens Shift)
Filter Diameter
.57-inch widescreen, approx. 269,000 pixels
LCD Screen
2.8-inch widescreen, approx. 207,000 pixels
High-performance stereo electric condenser microphone
Recording Media
SD/SDHC (photos), MMC (photos)
DV Terminal
HDV/DV Special 6-pin connector (IEEE1394 compatible); both input/output
Video Terminal
Also serves as RCA pin jack (yellow); both input/output
Also serves as BNC connector; output
Output Levels
-12 dBV (with 47-kohm load, 1 Vrms output level setting and -12 dB full scale)
Audio Terminal
XLR 3-pin jack (2 systems); Switchable between MIC/LINE
Microphone Terminal
3.5mm stereo mini-jack
Operating Temperature range
32 - 104° F (0 - 40° C)
6.4 x 7.6 x 15.5 in. (163 x 192 x 394mm)
4.7 lbs (2135 g) (not including lens hood and eyecup)
Weight (fully loaded)
5.3 lbs (2400 g)
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