Creating a relatively inexpensive high-def camcorder with as much control as the A1/G1 is a challenge. We are excited to see that Canon has paid a great deal of attention to their audience, achieving a much better and useful end product. In fact, many times during the presentation, features were uniquely tied to professionals who had suggested a change. So, the A1/G1 are really a complete, thoughtul HDV solution that incorporates a lot of fine details. Along the way to making such a notable camcorder (it's notable, believe us, you'll be hearing all about this camcorder from 20 different sources, at least) there were a few compromises. First, it's pretty small considering the amount of functions packed into it. And, as you probably know, that means there's going to be a limited amount of space for buttons. One button that's not present that we thought would be necessary is a image stabilization button. Another factor, that is affected by limited size is the LCD screen size. It's not too shabby at 2.7" (16:9) with 207k pixels, however, we think a 3" is a minimum. You make think we're getting a little critical, with a .3" difference, but at a 18" viewing distance, that small of a difference in size is a bigger change than most would expect. Another compromise/consideration is the decision to go with the G1 versus the A1 to gain the Pro Jack Pack. While it might not seem like a big deal (a few thousand dollars seperates the two), you must consider the back end too. To utilize the HD SDI jack you'll need to plug it in somewhere. That "somewhere" is either a robust computer with HD SDI or a Pro HD Deck, which neither are inexpensive tools. All in all, we think the A1/G1 camcorders will raise the bar. Advanced shooters will find its unique features and professional options very attractive. Look for our full review coming soon. Also, we'd like to thank Canon for a great event.

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