The XH G1 (MSRP $6999) and and XH A1 (MSRP $3999) are two new three-CCD HD camcorders ready for release by Canon USA starting in October (November for the XH G1). Both cameras include the same exact imaging system as Canon's XL H1, including three 1/3-inch 16:9 CCDs and the ability to record 1080i video in both 60 interlaced and 24 frame rate modes.
Broadcasters, Event videographers, and cinematographers with tight budgets will appreciate Canon's flexible, powerful and feature rich XH A1 and XH G1 HD camcorders. Whether on set, in the field, or shooting a feature film, these two camcorders offer selectable frame rates and deliver stunning industry standard 1080 High Definition video.
For the purposes of this review we will be looking at what we believe to be the top five features of the XH G1, although many of the features discussed are included on the XH A1 (and will be noted accordingly).
Top FIVE Features of the New Canon XH-G1 HD Camcorder:
1) Professional JackPack Interface - "Broadcast Necessities" (XH G1 exclusive)
* 10-bit, 1.485Gbps Uncompressed HD-SDI output with Embedded Audio and Embedded SMPTE TimeCode (Standard Definition output when in SD Mode) * Analog Component output (both High Definition and Standard Definition Modes) * Genlock input * SMPTE TimeCode Input and TimeCode Output * Downconvert to Standard Definition upon Playback capability (SDI, Component, FireWire)
2) Three 1/3rd-inch, 1.67 megapixel (1440 x1080 native) 16:9 High Definition CCD's
Utilizing the same imaging chipset as Canon's flagship XL H1 camcorder, these three High Definition CCD