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Canon XH A1s

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 reviews of Canon XH A1s. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the durability and design. The usability and image quality also get good feedback, but there are some mixed reviews about the battery. There are some less positive comments about the size and portability.

image quality, usability, design, durability

portability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon XH A1s is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Jeremy Stamas (

Canon XH A1S


The XH A1S is very similar to the Canon XL H1A, its larger sister model. The differences land in the in realms of price, size, and design.

Not as good as its big sister, the Canon XL H1A, and not as strong as the competition from Sony either.

Sep, 2009

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Canon XH A1s


Great all round tape HD video recorder.

To many buttons in to many different places.

Aug, 2011

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Canon XH A1s


Unbeatable image quality, even in low light. You could spend thousands more on professional cameras and get no better quality or flexibilty. Probably the best quality fixed lens out there!

Not lightweight or small compared to consumer camcorders.

Jun, 2011

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Canon XH A1s


When I started looking into high quality video cameras, this is the one that caught my eye over 2 years ago. Now having obtained one I am delighted with the results so far. Although I have not used this camera for many hours (yet), I can honestly say...

A little on the heavy side, but not too bad

Apr, 2011

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Canon XH A1s


Well built, easy to use,good image quality,easy to export footage

internal battery

Sep, 2010

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Video quality Functions

Weight Size

Jun, 2010

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Canon XH A1s


good image quality + battery use time very good also very easy to handle

heavier than looks

Jun, 2010

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Canon XH A1s


Excellent picture quality

too many controls, and the sound is not that great, you need external mice for a better sound

Jul, 2009

Product Specifications


Built-In Microphone: Yes
Wind filter: Yes


Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-930, BP-945, BP-950G, BP-970G


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


Colour of product:Black


Built-in Display: Yes
Display diagonal:7.11 / 7.112
Display resolution (numeric):207000

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):1.56
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 3 / 25.400 / 3
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:1.67

Lens System

Filter Size:7.2
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):32.5 - 650 / 32.500 - 650
Focal length range (f-f):4.5 - 90 / 4.500 - 90
Image stabilizer: Yes
Optical Zoom:20

Other features

Auto Focus: Yes
Lens focal range:f/1.6 - 3.5
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Noise Reduction: Yes
Spotlight: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DV port: Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
PictBridge: No
S-Video Out: No


Camera shutter speed:1/3 - 1/16000

Still image

Maximum image resolution:1920 x 1080
Still image resolution(s):1920 x 1080


Camcorder media type:Memory card, Videotape
Camcorder tape type:HDV
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD, SDHC
Disc types supported: No


Full HD: No
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:39.4 / 39.400
Height :19.2 / 19.200
Weight:2.13 / 2.135
Width:16.3 / 16.300