Canon XLH1

User Manual

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Product Overview:
Shooting HD at 1080i with selectable frame rates (50i/25f), the versatile 1/3" 1.67 Megapixel 3CCD XL H1 features a new 20x HD VIDEO lens, HD-SDI output, Gen lock input and Time code input/output.


Canon XHL1


Image sensing device  
Image size: 1/3-inch CCD
System: 3-CCD horizontal pixel shift
Total pixels: 1.67 megapixels per CCD
Number of effective pixels (per CCD): HD: Approx. 1.56 megapixels
SD/4:3: Approx. 1.17 megapixels
SD/16:9: Approx. 1.56 megapixels
Optical zoom magnification: 20x HD VIDEO Lens
Focal length: 5.4 - 108mm
f-number: f/1.6 - 3.5
Aperture leaves: 6 leaves, iris diaphragm
Zoom speed: Handle zoom: Fixed speed (16 speed level settings available)
Grip zoom: Variable speed/Fixed speed (16 speed level settings available)
Filter diameter: 72mm
Minimum illumination  
Auto mode: Approx. 6 lux (shutter speed 1/50,Gain 18dB, i selected)
Manual mode: Approx. 0.4 lux (shutter speed 1/3, GAIN 18 dB, f1.6, i selected)
Image stabilizer  
Image stabilization system: Optical Image Stabilization (when HD 20x zoom XL5.4-108mm L IS II is installed, VAP compensation system is used)
Sensing method: Angle detection and movement vector detection
Shooting functions  
AE mode: Auto mode, Tv mode, Av mode, Manual mode, Spotlight mode, Night mode, Full Auto mode
Centre weighted average: Full Auto mode, Auto mode, Night mode, Tv mode, Av mode and Manual mode
Evaluative photometry (128-segments): Spotlight mode
Exposure adjustment AE lock: Included. EXP. LOCK button operation (Auto mode, TV mode, AV mode only)
Exposure adjustment AE shift: Included. AE SHIFT dial mode, AV mode only) operation (±2 levels) (Auto mode, TV mode, AV mode only)
Exposure adjustment Gain setting: Auto/Gain select (–3, 0, +3, +6, +12, +18 dB) Set to Auto in Full Auto and Night mode, Spotlight mode is fixed at 0 dB.
Frame rate setting: i - 50i recording, F1/F2 - 25F recording
Shutter speed  
Shutter speed setting: 13 levels (1/3, 1/6, 1/12, 1/25, 1/50, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, 1/4000, 1/8000, 1/16000 sec)
In Auto mode: 1/50 to 1/500 sec 1/25 to 1/500 sec
In Night mode: 1/3 to 1/500 sec 1/3 to 1/500 sec
Aperture value: f/1.6, 2.0, 2.8, 4.0, 5.6, 8.0, 9.5, CLOSE
Image quality adjustment  
Skin setting: The skin detail setting can be made after making the hue adjustment, chroma adjustment, area adjustment, and Y level adjustment.
Custom preset: Gamma adjustment, knee adjustment, black adjustment, master pedestal adjustment, setup level adjustment, sharpness adjustment, H detail adjustment, H/V balance adjustment, coring adjustment, NR (1/2) adjustment, colour matrix adjustment, colour gain adjustment, hue adjustment, RGB gain independent adjustment, matrix adjustment (6-axis adjustment)
White balance  
Auto: Yes
Preset/Set: Outdoor (5600 K), Indoor (3200 K), Set (2 available), Colour temperature setting
System: TTL, 128 segments
Mode: AF, MF, One-push AF, Preset focus (HD 20x zoom installed)
MF operation: Focus ring operation
Time code  
Countup system: Rec Run, free run, Recrun Preset, hold
Start value setting: “00:00:00:00”, Set, Reset selectable
Other Functions  
Digital fade: Yes (White, black fader)
Still image recording: Yes (1920 x 1080)
Zebra pattern: Yes (Level adjustment: selectable from 70%, 75%, 80%, 85%, 90%, 95% and 100%)
Colour bars: Yes
Clear scan: Yes
Memory card: Yes
REC review: Yes
Standby switch: Yes
Power save: Yes
DV recording: 16-bit 2ch (48 kHz), 12-bit 4ch (32 kHz) 4-channel synchronous recording is possible HDV recording: 2ch recording/MPEG1 Audio layer II, 4ch recording/MPEG2 Audio layer II
Wind screen: Yes (ON/OFF)
LCD monitor  
Size: 2.4-inch (Wide type)
Pixels: 215,000 pixels
Image quality adjustment; Yes (Brightness, Contrast, Colour, Sharpness Adjustment, Black and White supported)
Movable Yes. Front and back, and side to side adjustment