Canon intros less-expensive version of XL H1
Two modestly enhanced versions of the XL H1 offer HD videographers a bit more choice.
If you've been waiting for something revolutionary to replace Canon's two-year-old
Like its fixed-lens, handheld counterparts, the
Basic specs remain the same. They use three 1.67-megapixel, 16:9-aspect, 1/3-inch CCDs coupled with the Digic DVII image processor, and the lens is still a 20x zoom with Canon's SuperRange optical image stabilization system. For both models, Canon concentrated on improving the H1's usability and adding more granularity to the controls. The lens especially has been upgraded. Though it uses the same optics, Canon has addressed user complaints about its operational feel and responsiveness and increased the iris adjustability to 1/16-stop increments from 1/4-stop. They also include increased gain and white balance ranges, selective-color noise reduction, and more color adjustments. Though the camcorders drop from 4-channel to 2-channel audio, it now supports simultaneous on-camera and XLR mic inputs.