Canon XH A1 comparison

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Canon XH A1

Canon XH A1
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Panasonic AG-HVX200

Panasonic AG-HVX200
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Canon Vixia HF G10 (Black)

Canon Vixia HF G10 (Black)
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Sony HDR-FX1

Sony HDR-FX1
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Price $4,249 at 1 store $29 to $4,299 at 2 stores $2,299 at 1 store $14 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.9 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.9 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.9 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.2 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 3.5 stars out of 19 reviews 4.0 stars out of 8 reviews 5.0 stars out of 2 reviews 3.5 stars out of 55 reviews 4.0 stars out of 36 reviews
Release date November 01, 2006 November 22, 2005 March 15, 2011 July 15, 2002 November 15, 2004
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. With its AG-HVX200, Panasonic raises the bar again, bringing us professional HD versatility and quality at a lower price than ever. While it's got a great shooter feature set and good video quality, the Canon Vixia HF G10 still feels a bit expensive for what it offers. This outstanding performer raises the bar for prosumer MiniDV camcorders. 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.

Basic specs

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Wireless connectivity Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Yes (IrDA)
Lens aperture F/1.6
F/1.6
F/1.8-2.8
F/1.6-2.9
F/1.6-2.8
Flash type None
Built-in
Info unavailable None
No
Media type Mini DV (HDV)
DV
DVCPRO
DVCPRO HD
P2 Card
Flash card
Mini DV
Mini DV (HDV)
Optical zoom 20 x
13 x
10 x
20 x
12 x
Optical sensor type 3CCD
3CCD
HD CMOS Pro
3CCD with Pixel Shift
Super HAD 3CCD
Video input type Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Digital zoom Info unavailable Info unavailable 200 x
100 x
Info unavailable
Battery technology Info unavailable Lithium ion
Info unavailable Info unavailable Lithium ion
Weight 4.7 lbs
Info unavailable 19.2 oz
2.6 lbs
4.4 lbs
Image stabilizer Optical
Optical
Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)
Optical
Optical (Super Steady Shot)
Manual focus Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
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