Canon XH A1S
In the burgeoning market of hand-held pro camcorders, the tape-based Canon XH A1S isn’t anything close to ground-breaking. Still, with a $4000 price tag, it is a reasonably-priced model that’s loaded with features and barely missed a beat in our performance tests.
Under the hood, the XH A1S is very similar to the Canon XL H1A, its larger sister model. They both have three 1/3-inch CCD sensors, and they both record HD video to tape using the HDV codec.