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Sony HDR-FX1

Sony HDR-FX1
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Canon XH A1

Canon XH A1
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Price $2,397 at 1 store $5,999 at 1 store $4,209 at 1 store $1,924 at 1 store $3,299 at 1 store
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4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.2 (4.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.9 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.9 (3.5 stars)
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Average user rating 3.5 stars out of 3 reviews 4.0 stars out of 36 reviews 3.5 stars out of 19 reviews 3.5 stars out of 55 reviews 3.0 stars out of 3 reviews
Release date November 16, 2005 November 15, 2004 November 01, 2006 July 15, 2002 September 14, 2006
The Bottom Line Though it lacks some audio flexibility and isn't recommended for 24fps shooting, the HDR-FX1 provides advanced consumers with professional-level video controls and entry-level pros with an affordable starting camcorder. Canon's XH A1 and XH G1 are excellent camcorders for entry-level professionals and independent filmmakers, with hard-to-beat prices for what they offer. This outstanding performer raises the bar for prosumer MiniDV camcorders.

Basic specs

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Wireless connectivity Info unavailable Yes (IrDA)
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable
Lens aperture F/1.8-2.1
F/1.6-2.8
F/1.6
F/1.6-2.9
F/1.6-2.8
Flash type Info unavailable No
None
None
Info unavailable
Media type Mini DV (HDV)
Mini DV (HDV)
Mini DV (HDV)
Mini DV
Mini DV (HDV)
Optical zoom 10 x
12 x
20 x
20 x
20 x
Optical sensor type CMOS
Super HAD 3CCD
3CCD
3CCD with Pixel Shift
3 ClearVid CMOS
Video input type Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Digital zoom Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable 100 x
1.5 x
Battery technology Info unavailable Lithium ion
Info unavailable Info unavailable Lithium ion
Image stabilizer Electronic (Super Steady Shot)
Optical (Super Steady Shot)
Optical
Optical
Info unavailable
Weight 1.5 lbs
4.4 lbs
4.7 lbs
2.6 lbs
3.3 lbs
Manual focus Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
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