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Canon XHA1SE Mini DV
Canon XH A1
Canon XL2 MiniDV
Sony HVR-Z5
Panasonic PV-DC352
Canon XHA1SE Mini DV  DV  Flash Media Camcorder
Canon XH A1 Mini DV Digital Camcorder
Canon Pro XL2 Mini DV Digital Camcorder
Sony HVR-Z5U Mini DV HD Camcorder
Panasonic PV-DC352
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Release Date
Jan 2011
Oct 2006
Feb 2006
Nov 2005
Feb 2007
Recording Format
Mini DV, DV, Flash Media
Mini DV, HDV
Mini DV
Mini DV
Mini DV
CCD Quantity
3.0
3.0
3.0
3.0
3.0
Optical Zoom
20.0 x
20.0 x
20.0 x
20.0 x
12.0 x
Recording System
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
NTSC
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Memory Still Resolution
1.67 MegaPixels
2.07 MegaPixels
0.68 MegaPixels
0.31 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
Flash Media
Use
Video

  • Canon's XH A1 and XH G1 are excellent camcorders for entry-level professionals and independent filmmakers, with hard-to-beat prices for what they offer.


  • Canon's XH A1 and XH G1 are excellent camcorders for entry-level professionals and independent filmmakers, with hard-to-beat prices for what they offer.

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    - With the three 1/3" (1440 x 1080 pixels) CCDs, the image quality is very pleasing.
    - Properly lit scenes look brilliant in playback.

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    - While this is not a good fit for the everyday casual user, for wedding videographers or independent film makers it may be the best option for your needs.
    - With a small design and great performance in bright and dim light, the Canon XH A1 outperforms most of the competition.
    - Video performance is very good with the Canon XH A1 thanks to the inclusion of three 1/3" CCDs.


  • - On the positive side, the XL2 shares the XL1's ability to record four separate 12-bit audio channels and now offers improved independent level controls for channels three and four.
    - Also new to the control layout are a couple of handy custom keys, which give you easy access to your favorite functions.

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    - The glass is coated with Canon's own flourite, which they claim is a driving force behind superior optical imaging.
    - The XL2 remains compatible with the XL series of lenses, and adds a new one to the previous three: a 20x optical zoom lens with "super range optical image stabilization" on board.

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    - The XL2 continues the XL1's legacy of providing nonstandard but easily accessed mechanical controls over all major camera functions: iris, shutter, gain, white balance, and so forth.

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    - The mini wired remote, with its own record, zoom, and photo buttons, is a welcome bonus for lefties.
    - A high-end Leica lens provides excellent detail and color, and the flash that sits behind the lens can swivel into place when needed.