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Canon XL H1

Canon XL H1
alaScore 77

5 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 reviews of Canon XL H1. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the color and image quality are on the whole positive, whereas comments are divided on the price.

image quality, color

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon XL H1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : Ben Wolf (

Canon XL review


Canon XL

Very high resolution; extensive image controls; interchangeable lenses; compatible with the Canon XL system of lenses and accessories; compatible jack pack is ideal for multicam studio work.

No true progressive shooting; strange ergonomics; stock lens hard to focus manually; pricier than the competition.

Canon's semipro high-definition XL H1 video camera is a winner for event, reality, ENG, and documentary shooters, but its price is high.

Feb, 2006

Expert review by : David Kender (

Canon XL H1


The Canon XL H1 features three 1/3" CCDs. Each CCD has a gross pixel count of 1.67MP. The effective pixel count during HDV recording is 1.56MP. In standard definition (DV) recording in 16:9 the effective pixel count in the same, 1.56MP per CCD. In DV...

Nov, 2006

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THE GOOD: Very high resolution. Extensive image controls. Interchangeable lenses. Compatible with the Canon XL system of lenses and accessories. Compatible jack pack is ideal for multicam studio work. THE BAD: No true progressive shooting. Strange...

Jun, 2006

Product Specifications


Audio formats supported:PCM
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes


Battery life (max):5
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)


3D: No
Camcorder type:Shouldercam
Minimum illumination:0.5
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes


Colour of product:Black


Built-in Display: Yes
Display diagonal:6.1
Display resolution (numeric):215000


Built-in Flash: No
Built-in light: No


Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):1.17
Number of CCDs:3
Optical sensor resolution:1560000
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 3
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:1.56 / 1.67

Lens System

Filter Size:7.2
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):38.9 - 778
Focal length range (f-f):5.4 - 108
Image stabilizer: Yes
Interchangeable lens: Yes
Maximum aperture number:3.5
Minimum aperture number:1.6
Optical Zoom:20

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40

Other features

Aperture range (F-F):1.6 - 3.5
Auto Focus: Yes
Flash memory:16
I/O ports:- IEEE1394\n- EVF \n- SD in/out\n- S-Video\n- Headphone
Lens focal range:5.4 - 108
Lens system:Canon XL / XL interchangeable
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):7.8

Packaging Content

Handheld remote control: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite Video Out:1
DV port: Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1 / 2
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S-Video In: Yes
S-Video Out: Yes

Still image

Maximum image resolution:1920 x 1080


Camcorder media type:Videotape
Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD
Disc types supported: No


Analog signal format system:NTSC
Maximum frame rate:25



Weight & Dimensions

Depth:49.5 / 49.6
Height :22 / 22.1
Weight:2.4 / 3.75