Anyone use the Canon XH-A1?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by yayitsezekiel, Dec 9, 2009.

  1. yayitsezekiel macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2008
    Irvine, CA
    If so how do you like it? I was thinking about purchasing one for my films. :)
  2. PurpleLogix macrumors member


    Jul 2, 2009
    Sydney, Australia
    Great camera, used it to film weddings. Easy to use and I like the handle, especially when filming weddings (long speeches, dancing).

    Beautiful lens. Loved that camera:(

    Sold it as i no longer do weddings.
  3. Green2Delta macrumors member

    Sep 27, 2007
    I've owned an XH-A1 for a few months now and I like it alot. I'm currently using it to film a music video for my band. I haven't uploaded any of the footage to my computer yet, so I'm not sure how its gonna turn out. Hopefully it'll look good. I made the decision to get this camera after reading a lot of different reviews, and seeing the videos that put out. They're a Volkswagen enthusiest site and they film all their stuff with the XH-A1 and it looks AMAZING. Take a look:

    Also, I've read that the movie Crank 2 was filmed entirely with the Canon XH-A1. I haven't seen it yet, but I've got it on the Netflix queue. I've heard the movie wasn't that great, but I don't really care I just want to see how well they did with the XH-A1. :)
  4. pdpfilms macrumors 68020


    Jun 29, 2004
    Just don't expose it to heat, or use it in warm environments. Mine overheated constantly after 2-3 hour filming sessions, and required icepacks to cool it down. The heat it generated would end up adding terrible amounts of noise to the image.

    It's a great low-cost solution for HD in the field. With the tapeless workflows of most HD cameras a laptop and redundant backups are a must, which end up increasing the price of the operational package. Because the A1 shoots on MiniDV tapes, you've got hard copies of all your work which is great.

    However, I would recommend the EX-1 any day over the XH-A1 if you've got the funds and can afford to offload footage.
  5. OldCorpse macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2005
    compost heap
    I looked at the XH-A1, but after talking to a few people, decided to go for the Panny HMC-150... slightly more $ (not much), but much better overall, IMHO. Don't take my word for it, however, do a comparison.
  6. akdj macrumors 65816


    Mar 10, 2008
    There are definitely "better" options available. I quoted better because it's an opinion of course...though it's an opinion shared by many:)

    I've been a long time Canon fan, but the XH is getting a bit long in the tooth. In fact, all tape based HD recording is on it's way out the door. Tapeless is the way to go...the Panasonics offer a couple of great choices...check out the HMC-150 as mentioned or the HMC-40...or an HVX200 from the used market...they're going for a song right now. The HPX170 or HVX200a are the newer ($5k) models...the EX-1 as mentioned earlier has been updated, you might be able to find a deal on a used original. All of these options are tapeless. JVC also has a new 1/4" camera on the market at around 3k. Then there are the V-DSLR's...Canon 5d2/7d/1d4...Nikon D300s, D90, Panasonic GH1 are the front runners as of now.

    Again, as also mentioned...the Canon is a decent camera, albeit a bit on the dated side...not so much the hardware of the camera but your software choices to record to. Tape is just too time consuming these days, IMHO!


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