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#1 Tim Myers

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Posted 18 July 2007 - 07:16 PM

If anyone's had any experience using both the xh-a1 and xl-h1, I'm curious to hear which you prefer. I've been debating which camera to get for months, and finally have it down to these two. Price really isn't that big a deal, I'm mostly concerned with which cam will get me prettier footage. I would prefer shoulder mounted (hence my slight preference for the h1), but I've heard many complaints about its viewfinder. Would I be happier with the a1 for reasons other than saving cash? And is it true that the a1 pretty much IS the h1 in a smaller package and with a fixed lens? Is there any difference in their footage? Thanks!
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#2 will griffith

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Posted 19 July 2007 - 07:19 AM

which cam will get me prettier footage.

both about the same...except when you put the 6x wide on the H1. NICE!

I would prefer shoulder mounted (hence my slight preference for the h1)

The H1 is easier to hold for a long period of time, but not as easy as a true ENG cam
it is OK on your shoulder and gives good results with the 20x IS lens.
The A1 is about perfect size for a handycam if you like that form factor.

I've heard many complaints about its viewfinder.

The viewfinder on the H1 is junk. I use it for a info display only. color and sharpness are horrid.
The A1 display is adequate. Not as big as some, but gets the job done.
The displays/viewfinder are the only real bad thing on these cams, but not as bad in the A1's case

And is it true that the a1 pretty much IS the h1 in a smaller package and with a fixed lens? Is there any difference in their footage? Thanks!

Yes. They have basically the same chip.

Is there any difference in their footage?

Not a whole lot unless using a special lens on the H1 like the 6X wide or old 16x manual,
both of which are my favorite lenses for it. Also, the image stabilizer is better on the H1's
stock lens (20x) when compared to the A1.
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