HD Resolution with Selectable Frame Rates
The XL H1 features 1,080 lines of resolution shooting at 60 interlaced frames per second. It includes total Cine control, customizable settings, and a well-balanced design--for the creative control, flexibility, and advanced capability your video work demands. While the XL H1 does not have a true 24-frame progressive mode, it features a movie-like 24-frames-per-second frame rate that filmmakers can use to create the look and feel of movie film.
Three Native 16:9 Image Sensors
Building on the superior image quality of the industry-leading XL series, the XL H1 is built around a 3CCD system with a separate native 16:9 CCDs for each primary color. With the XL H1, each 1/3-inch CCD has 1.67 megapixels. The result is higher resolution, outstanding picture quality, highly accurate color reproduction, and a wide dynamic range with virtually no color noise.
Combination 16:9 EVF and LCD panel
Whether you're gathering news on the run or shooting documentary footage in an exotic location, the XL H1's big and bright 2.4-inch, 16:9 electronic viewfinder makes it is easy to operate your HD camcorder--no matter what your shooting style--and get the shot you need. Depending on your preference, the viewfinder can work in either EVF or LCD mode, and can be adjusted left to right and forward to backwards. Safe Area Markings (80%, 90%), Aspect Ratio Guides, B/W mode, and Zebra Pattern (70 - 100 IRE) make it easy to frame and check exposure, while Peaking and Magnifying Focus Help all assist you in composing your shot and getting the proper exposure. With the 20x HD video lens and the XL H1, you can also utilize the Distance Readout System (in either feet or meters).
For the professional videographer, the XL H1 gives you the capabilities you need--no matter what the job, no matter what the facilities. Multicamera shoots are no problem using Genlock synchronization or SMPTE time-code input and output. Also provided are uncompressed HD-SDI and SD-SDI output. The XL H1's professional JackPack brings together all these capabilities and lets you quickly and conveniently make the connection you need.
Total Cine Control
In addition, the XL H1 boasts three color matrixes for a wide range of color correction and two cine gammas for intricate adjustment of dynamic range. With the XL H1, you can control the total look of your video by fine-tuning all important picture settings:
The XL H1 provides four-channel recording with independent control of levels for each channel. The HD camera's audio capabilities also include Locked or Unlocked in DV Recording.
The flexibility of the XL H1 ensures you have the connectivity you require, whatever the project--including BNC video, component video, S-video, composite video, IEEE 1394, 2 audio LR connections with Phantom power, microphone terminal (3.5mm), vHeadphone terminal (3.5mm), LANC terminal, HD-SDI, Genlock, and Time-Code input and output.
Still Image Recording
In addition to all of the features and capabilities you'd expect from a Canon HD camcorder, the XL H1 also gives you the flexibility to record still images. The images can be captured at full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080), with all the custom settings. With many pre- and post-production, storyboarding, and continuity applications, still image recording is just another way the XL H1 delivers versatility.
The XL H1 is capable of recording and playing back high-definition (HD) images using DV cassette tapes. The camcorder records in HDV1080i and uses a Mode Select and a Frame Rate dial to select HD signals or SD signals and the frame rate.
The images recorded on the tape are configured as follows:
- Under the "HDV1080i" (HDV) specifications, 1,440 x 1,080 (16:9) images in 60 fields (or 50 fields for PAL) are recorded. (60i/50i recording)
- Under the "HDV1080i" (HDV) specifications, 1,440 x 1,080 (16:9) images in 30 frames (or 25 frames for PAL) are recorded. (30F/25F recording)
- Under the "HDV1080i" (HDV) specifications, 1,440 x 1,080 (16:9) images in 24 frames are recorded. (24F recording)