Canon launched a pair of new shoulder mount camcorders aimed at video pros this week called the XL H1S and XL H1A. Both are HD camcorders that provide advanced control and feature 20x HD Video lenses and more.
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Both use the Canon XL interchangeable lens system, three 1/3-inch, 1.67 MP CCD image sensors and DIGIC DVII HD image processing. The cameras also feature a six-pin IEEE 1394 terminal for high-speed connection to external hardware.
The H1S also offers a HD-SDI output with embedded audio and time code for raw, uncompressed 1.485 Gbps signal for live production environments. The Canon XL H1S HD camcorder will be available in June for $8999 and the XL H1A will be available mid-July for $5999.