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Dale Davies |
Canon has introduced the newly refined and upgraded hand-held XH A1S and XH G1S HD camcorders. Both cameras have enhanced features, including greater image control and improved audio capabilities.

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The Canon XH A1S and XH G1S HD camcorders incorporate an expanded array of controls for customizing the image, display and operation to match individual needs. Utilizing the industry's most affordable digital video recording media – HDV tapes – both models are ideal for long-format applications such as wedding and event videography, digital filmmaking, documentary production, government and media education.

To improve lens operability, the new Canon XH A1S and XH G1S HD camcorders are equipped with a function to customize the "operational feeling" of the camcorder. Acceleration and deceleration have been added to the zoom when starting and stopping in the zoom key mode to achieve a more natural zoom sensation during filming. The new camcorders provide users with a broad range of image/color settings, camera-control functions, and viewfinder display choices. Video can be captured and output in multiple frame rates to meet the demands of diverse production assignments. These frame rates include: 60i for mainstream production; 30F for perfect frame grabs or Web delivery; and 24F for emulating the look of motion-picture film. Canon's Factory Service Center can also provide an optional upgrade to add 50i and 25F frame rates. The camcorders can be switched in all frame rates between 1080-line 16:9 aspect ratio HD video and 480-line 4:3 aspect ratio SD video (or 576 lines in 50i or 25F mode).

The Canon XH G1S HD camcorder includes industry standard terminals, which are a trio of connections that provide professionals with outstanding quality and versatility: HD-SDI/SD-SDI Output, SMPTE Timecode Input/Output, and Genlock Input. The HD-SDI connection outputs an uncompressed 1.485 Gbps digital signal with embedded audio and LTC Timecode (SMPTE 299M), reducing the number of cables and improving the camera operator's mobility, enabling easy seamless integration into broadcast studios. To complement the XH G1S HD camcorder's 24F frame rate mode, the model adds flags when outputting video through HD-SDI (which normally outputs 60i). These flags allow compatible hardware or software to locate the frames needed for removal during professional editing, resulting in native 24F video.


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