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Canon XH-A1 / A1E / A1S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 389 reviews of Canon XH-A1 / A1E / A1S. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the size and design are on the whole positive. The image quality and price are also appreciated. There are mixed comments on the reliability and portability, while many are less positive about the viewfinder and memory.

usability, price, image quality, design, size

memory, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon XH-A1 / A1E / A1S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 user reviews of Canon XH-A1 / A1E / A1S from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the price and color. The zoom and size also get good views, whereas some have doubts about the design and portability.

usability, size, zoom, color, price

portability, design

95% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Canon XH-A1 / A1E / A1S


alaTest has collected and analyzed 182 user reviews of Canon XH-A1 / A1E / A1S from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the size and design. The image quality and price also get good opinions. There are some mixed reviews about the portability. Some have doubts about the reliability.

usability, price, image quality, design, size


92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Nov, 2017

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Canon XH A1

Jun, 2008

Expert review by: Chris Jager (

Canon XH-A1


Ever since the advent of digital video, Canon has been the uncontested king of prosumer level camcorders. From the all-conquering XL-1, to its elite H...

Exceptional high-definition image quality, huge level of customisability, professional components and design

Represents good value for money -- but only to those who can afford it, tiny low resolution LCD screen

Falling somewhere between the professional and high-end consumer markets, the XH-A1 is an outstanding high-definition camera that should suit anyone who is career minded about video.

Nov, 2007

Expert review by: Derek Fung (

Canon XH A1


Wedding videographers and indie film-makers should check out Canon's XH A1 if they require high-defintion output.

Outlook Though an impressive HD camera, its price (AU$6,499) and weight (2.33kg) means that this is not a camera for the average consumer, however its intended audience (independent film-makers, wedding videographers or serious and well-heeled...

Dec, 2006

Consumer review by: gapfilms (

Canon XH A1


This is a compact and light weight pro HDV camcorder. It is perfect for documentary filmmaking. Excellent image quality.

Excellent image quality, Light weight, High quality Canon lenses, Similar functions to the Canon XL camcorder range

No interchangeable lenses, Needs a shoulder mount set up, Plastic looking camera

Sep, 2008

Consumer review by: Kate (

Canon XH A1


Seen far better for this price range. The record stand by time is too short and the eye piece is terrible! Blurry and very small. The LCD screen is quite small too. Much prefer the Sony Z1 or save up and buy a P2.

Mar, 2008

Consumer review by: Sean (

Canon XH A1


Amazing Camcorder! Can't wait to get it. Not too big but not too small. Price is CHEAP!

Cheap, Good size, Lots of features, based on the XL-H1, Looks cool

24F isn't as good as 24p, but close to it

Sep, 2007

Consumer review by: Richard (

Canon XH A1


I've heard nothing but goods reviews on this new Canon HD Camcorder and I intend to purchase one in a few months when the novelty wears off and the price comes down

Shares "most" of the features of the much more expensive XL-H1

Doesn't permit interchangeable lenses

Mar, 2007

Consumer review by: gotahave (

Canon XH A1


this is 1 of the best corders I've ever used. went from GL2 to this and a world of difference for the better.

Feb, 2007

Product Specifications


Audio Dubbing: No
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Wind filter: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):7
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-970G
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-950G

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture


3D: No
3D compatibility: No
Camcorder type:Shouldercam
Minimum illumination:0.3 / 0.4
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Carrying Case

Recommended Use:For digital photo camera
Type:Soft case


Colour of product:Black

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in Display: Yes
Display diagonal:7.11
Display Resolution:207000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.1cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Low light / Spotlight/Night mode / Spotlight


Built-in Flash:N

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:16MB


Model:DCC-650/XH A1/XH A1S
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):156000
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 3
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:1.67

Lens System

Filter Size:7.2
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):32.5 - 650
Focal length range (f-f):4.5 - 90
Image stabilizer:No / Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.6/F/1.6-3.5
Max Focal Length:90mm
Min Focal Length:4.5mm
Optical Zoom:20
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.56Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.67Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3" ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3 )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical/Optical (SuperRange)

Other features

Auto Focus: Yes
Focus:Auto: Instant AF; Manual: Independent
I/O ports:-Headphone\n-Microphone\n-DV(out/in)\n-Analogue-in\n-AV\n-LANC
Lens focal range:f/1.6 - 3.5
Lens system:N
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Noise Reduction: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Resolution:640 x 480
Spotlight: Yes

Ports & interfaces

DV port: Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
Microphone in: Yes
PictBridge: No
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: No


Camera shutter speed:1/16000 / 1/3 - 1/16000

Still image

Still image resolution(s):1920 x 1080


Camcorder tape type:HDV / Mini-DV
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD, SDHC
Disc types supported: No

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Maximum frame rate:25
Maximum Video Resolution:1440 x 1080 / 1920 x 1080
Video Resolutions:1440 x 1080

Video Input

Faders:Black fader / White fader
Media Type:Mini DV (HDV)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Skintone


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder resolution:269000
Viewfinder screen size:0.57
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:25 / 35 / 39.4
Height :18.9 / 19.2
Weight:2.03 / 2.13 / 2.33