April 30, 2008: Canon has expanded its professional video camcorder line-up with the addition of two new high-performance digital video cameras, the XL H1S and XL H1A, both of which HDV recording and feature an interchangeable lens system.
The new models replace the award-winning XL H1, which was introduced in November 2005. Boasting an updated styling and new features to meet professional videographers’ needs, the H1S and XL H1A feature the same outstanding optics and high-performance image processor as other models in the XL-series. However, they add a manual iris ring, and enhanced customisation of image-quality and shooting-function settings plus support for HD video capture.
Both models include two-channel audio performance and include two built-in XLR terminals with separate audio-input sensitivity settings. They can simultaneously record sound from an external microphone and the supplied internal microphone. Line output level switching, an audio (manual) limiter and a new metal headphone jack for reliable connectivity are other new features that expand their capabilities.
A new 20x HD Video Zoom Lens XL 5.4-108 mm L IS III is offered with both models. It has a fluorite lens element, which minimises chromatic aberration and comes with Canon’s SuperRange Optical Image Stabilisation system. Multi-coating enables the lens to correct for a variety of aberrations while an SR coating minimises ghosting. In response to advanced professional needs, the XL H1S is unique to the market place, incorporating an HD-SDI terminal that supports the output of uncompressed video with embedded audio and LTC time code.
Both models feature three 1/3-inch CCDs, each with 1.67 million pixels covering each primary colour .Canon’s proprietary DIGIC DV II HD digital signal processing chip allows both recording and playback of high-resolution HDV 1080i-format video. Twenty-three Custom Presets are provided for functions such as gamma, which determines tonal characteristics and colour matrix, which adjusts colour during shooting. There are also 21 types of Custom Functions for matching specific user needs or shooting applications. Custom Display (22 types) settings allow camera operators to tailor the display to their shooting style.
Canon’s XL interchangeable lens-mount system enables users to select the most appropriate lens for any shooting situation. In addition to exclusive XL-series video lenses, the system also permits the use of Canon EF lenses (but not EF-S lenses) with the optional EF Adapter XL. The Canon XL H1S (estimated RRP $13,999) and Canon XL H1A (estimated RRP $8,999) will be available from June 2008 through Canon dealers nationally. For more information, phone Canon on 1800 021 167, or visit the website at www.canon.com.au.