Studio Monthly By Bruce A. Johnson xl h1Superb Optics, Genlock and HD-SDI Out, All In A Compact HDV Package While Canon has turned out dozens of great still cameras and lenses over the years, when the DV revolution came about the company was relatively unknown in the video world. Canon’s consumer cameras were a mixed lot — anyone remember the original ZR? Now that was weird. And even when the XL1 came out, it certainly wasn’t perfect. I ought to know, I bought one and own it to this day. But give Canon credit, it was committed to fixing its problems and improving the camera. Learning from its fixes on the XL1, many additions and modifications on the XL1s, and many more on the XL2, which I also own, here comes Canon again with the XL H1. It’s no exaggeration to declare the XL H1 a worthy successor to its older siblings. Canon has solved many of the problems that annoyed users with the XL1 and XL2 and has added some exciting features that make this much more than an HDV camera. read more...

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