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Panasonic AG-AC130Canon XL H1A
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Name AG-AC130XL H1A
European name ?AG-AC130XL H1A
US name ?AG-AC130XL H1A
lowest US price (4641) $ 
On the market since October 2011 June 2008
Test preview

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slashCAM rating ?not yet testedVery good
test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode
Video

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Video formats ? MiniDV
AVCHD
MiniDV
HDV
Recording Medium SD Card
SDHC card
SDXC card
MiniDV/HDV-Cassette
video resolutions EU ?AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/25p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/50p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/25p
HDV 1440 x 1080/50i
MiniDV 720 x 576/50i
MiniDV 720 x 576/25F
HDV 1440 x 1080/25F
video resolutions US ? HDV 1440 x 1080/60i
HDV 1440 x 1080/24p
HDV 1440 x 1080/30p
MiniDV 720 x 480/60i
720 MiniDV x480/24p
MiniDV 720 x 480/30p
Max Bitrate ?24 Mbit/s25 Mbit/s
Compression format ? DV
MPEG4
DV
MPEG2
on-board memory ?  
Optics
Optics Manufacturer ?  Canon
Optical Zoom ?21 x20 x
Wide Angle 16:9 ? 39 mm
Filter diameter ? 72 mm
Image Stabilization ?optical
optical
ND Filter ? 2
Exchangable optics ?No
Yes
Image Sensor
Number of sensors ?33
Size of image sensor ?1/3 inch
1/3 inch
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ? 1560000 Pixel
Image Sensor Type ? CMOS
CCD
Controls
White Balance ? auto
manual
presets
Focus ? auto
manual
Minimum shutter time ? 1/16.000
Maximum shutter time ? 1/3
Apperture control ? auto
manual
AE-Shift
Infrared recording ? No
Expanded Focus ? Yes
Peaking ? Yes
Signal Processing
Zebra ?  Off
70-100%
Histogram ?waveform
No
adjustable sharpness ? Yes
Adjustable color ? Yes
Cinegamma ? Yes
Black Strech ? Yes
Knee ? Yes
Colorbars ? Yes
Misc.
Shot Transition ? Yes
Custom Presets ? Yes
Set Time Code ? Yes
Configuration

Connections
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FBAS ?
synonymous: RCA, composite
  In
Out
YC ?
synonymous: S-Video
  In
Out
YUV ?
synonymous: Component Signal
  Out
HDMI ? Out
No
DV / HDV (FireWire) ?
synonymous: ILink / IEEE-1394
In
Out
In
Out
USB ?USB 2.0
No
Microphone / Audio input ?  XLR
Cinch
Headphones ? 3.5 mm mini-jack
Lanc ? Yes
Time-code interface ?  
Genlock ?  
Accessory shoe ?  Standard
HD-SDI ?No
 
Misc.
Weight (without battery)  3435 g
Weight (with battery)  3750 g
Battery type  Canon BP-950G
Battery capacity  5200 mAh
Charger ? external
Remote control  Yes
Size
Height  226 mm
Width  220 mm
Depth  496 mm
Relative Size ?0246
Viewfinder
Viewfinder available ?Yes
Yes
Color Viewfinder ?Color
Color
Viewfinder format ? 16:9
Viewfinder pixels ?1226000 Pixel 215000 Pixel
Display
Display available ?Yes
Yes
Color display ?Color
Color
Display size 3,4 Inch2,4 Inch
Display format ?16:916:9
Display pixels ?921000 Pixel 215000 Pixel
Touch Screen ?  
External controls
Manual Zoom ? Rocker
Ring
Manual Focus ?  Ring
Manual Aperture ? Menu
Focus switcher ? Yes
ND Filter ?Yes
Yes
Exp Lock ? Yes
Gain ? Yes
White balance ? Yes
Push AF ? Yes
Audio Levels ? Yes
Custom Keys ?
synonymous: User buttons
  
Audio

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Audio Formats ? MiniDV: 2x48kHz 16bit PCM
MiniDV: 4x32kHz 12bit PCM
HDV: 2x48kHz 16bit MPEG 1
HDV: 4x48kHz 16bit MPEG 2
Microphone ? Stereo internal
external XLR
Audio Control ? auto
manual
Audio levels ? Viewfinder
display
Still

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Recording Medium ? SD Card
Medium included ? 16 MB
Effective pixels ? 1560000 Pixel
Resolutions ? 1920x1080
1440x1080
848x480
640x480
Standard ? JPEG Exif 2.2
Flash ? No
Misc.

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Specials  optional upgrade for NTSC recordingsimulataneous video signal at RCA and BNC output
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Test results

Test pictures
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luminance resolution
chrominance resolution
lens distortion
test small ISO image
noise / internal microphone
test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode ?
Test image 12 lux optimized ? 
Manufacturers URL  Website Canon
slashCAM rating
Lowlight ? Good
Resolution ? Very good
Color performance ? Very good
subj.Picture impression ? Very good
Optical Zoom ? Satisfactory
Wide Angle ? Satisfactory
Configuration / image ? Very good
Configuration / sound ?  Excellent
Handling ? Very good
Portability ? Sufficient
Photo function ? Sufficient
Optics ? Good
Dynamics ? Very good
Conclusion slashCAM
slashCAM rating ?not yet testedVery good
Total score ?
(maximal 570)
 405
Pros  + Excellent resolution in brightness and color
+ interchangeable lenses
+ 4 audio channels for HDV
+ Very well equipped
Cons  - unergonomical on the shoulder
Conclusion  The Canon XL H1A has excellent CCDs, which in some aspects tap the full resolution potential of HDV.In combination with very good dynamic behavior and the consistent colors this provides a very good image impression.The standard lens is not satisfying: for less distortion and chromatic aberrations as well as for more wide angle pros need to go for an additional (more expensive) optics.
More information

Reviews and Forums
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