Equipment: Canon XL-H1 reviews on Pete's Scratchpad and HD for Indies

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Pete's ScratchPad has a great geeky review of the Canon XL-H1, testing it against motion artifacting as well as the SD lenses (older 20X and 3X). He kindly provides some MPEGs as well as frame grabs and lens tests.

HDForIndies has a very negative review of a screening of some XL-H1 footage by Canon. Apparently there were some problems with the 24F demo that Canon is providing so it may not be representative.

My own complaint? The Canon XL-H1 uses center-weighted metering for motion video. It has a tendency to overexpose and given the sensor's tendency to bloom, this is a Bad Thing. I found myself having to dial back the aperture during the conference yesterday. Also, the little $1600 Sony has a live histogram, the $9000 Canon doesn't?


I just saw the 24f mode on the H1 on a large HD Plasma Screen. It's looks Amazing like perfect film! I had no problems with the cameras exposure but then again I spent the time to tweak the cameras cinema settings. This cameras is astounding. I zoomed in on my brothers eyes and I could see his contacts.

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This page contains a single entry by Karen Nakamura published on December 20, 2005 5:52 PM.

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