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Canon XH A1

Canon XH A1
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Sony HDR-FX1

Sony HDR-FX1
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Price $1,999 at 1 store $5,895 at 1 store $14 at 1 store $1,939 at 1 store
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Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.9 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.2 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.9 (3.5 stars)
Average user rating 3.5 stars out of 3 reviews 3.5 stars out of 19 reviews 4.0 stars out of 36 reviews 3.5 stars out of 55 reviews
Release date November 16, 2005 November 01, 2006 November 15, 2004 July 15, 2002
The Bottom Line 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. 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. This outstanding performer raises the bar for prosumer MiniDV camcorders.

Basic specs

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