Canon is replacing its popular XL H1 with two brand new high-end high definition XL range camcorders.

The XL H1S is for studio shoots while the XL H1A is for independent filmmakers and field work.

Both record HDV to tape, have a 1/3 inch 1.67 megapixel 3CCD sensor for 1080i HD image capture and include a 20x L-series HD video lens with separate focus, zoom and iris control rings.

XL H1S features Canon's Professional Jackpack: a full suite of studio standard connections comprising HD-SDI output - for uncompressed 1920x1080 HD video - Gen lock input and Time code input/output for multi-camera shoots.

The HD-SDI output of the XL H1S also now incorporates embedded audio and Time code data.

“Through continued interaction and consultation with professional camera operators, our research and development teams have ensured that the new XL H1S and XL H1A deliver what their workflows require,” said Karel Poortman, Canon European pro video specialist.

“With freedom to customise imaging settings and controls, these new models bring a distinct personality to the Canon range.”

The cameras will be priced at $9,000 for the H1S and $6,000 for the H1A.

Key features:

  • Professional quality 1080i HD output (50i, 25F)

  • High resolution 1/3” 1.67 Megapixel 3CCD system

  • 20x L-series HD Video Lens with separate focus, zoom and iris rings - offering simultaneous control

  • HDV recording

  • Professional Jackpack (XL H1S only): HD-SDI output (uncompressed 1920x1080, 4:2:2 colour space) with embedded audio; Gen lock in and Time code in/out for multi-camera shoots
    DIGIC DV II processor for fast, accurate HD data handling

  • Full image customisation and Cine Gamma controls; all settings (preset, function and display) saved to SD/MMC card are fully compatible with Canon XH series camcorders

  • Two-channel XLR audio recording with independent limiters and auto/manual settings
    Optional NTSC shooting (60i/30F/24F)

  • Interchangeable lens mount system