If you are in the market for a top-of-the-line video camera that offers features that others are still just adding, then the Canon XH-A1S 3CCD high-definition camcorder might be one that needs a definite look.Not only does it use the entire range of Canon accessories that you might have picked up if you were have slowly built up a multi-camera carrybag, but you will also find that it offers Canon's unique Auto Focus system as well as shoot at a resolution of 1440 by 1080 which means that you can take high-definition video with this camcorder.Of course, Canon has upgraded the XH-A1S - which was offered last year for the first time - already, but this camcorder still can hold its own as it offers a 1/3-inch three-range image processor so that you can shoot in low light and still have great video. Further, in SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer mode, you will find that even handheld shots at a full 20X extension will be rock steady.One of the interesting features of the A1S is that out of the box it comes with with a 28 mm wide-angle lens that effectively is a 35 mm lens when you are using Canon's various modes and when you shoot with this at its full extension, using stablization, you can actually handhold what amounts to 700 mm focal length images that are sharp and blur free.Much of this is handled by the DIGIC DV II image processing engine that not only controls the image stablization, but also such items as auto focus and, as well as frame rate (30 or 24) as well as ultimate resolution. The DIGIC lets you shoot in 16:9 high-definition mode so that your video is ready for airing as soon as you have had a chance to look at it through its three-inch imaging LCD. (There's also a through the lens peep mode that let you work around the LCD when you are in bright light and the LCD display washes out.)Although this is not as flexible as some of Canon's newer models which allow you to have up to 30 automatic modes available, the A1S still offers you up to 22 automatic modes, based on the standard modes that are built into the camera such as daylight settings, sunlight settings, backlight settings, low-light settings and more.Two amazing options you are sure to like are the excellent audio reproduction system as well as the focus system already mentioned. Instant Focus can't be beaten and the 60i/30/24 shooting modes are also great, as well.Even though Canon just announced the upgrade to this capable camcorder, this is no slouch and if you want to save a little something and still have great videography, you can always buy this one first as you save up for the newer one, and who know, you may never put it down or purchase the second one.