Adjusting the gain on the XL H1A and XL H1S camcorders

Article ID: ART104943 | Date published: 05/11/2015 | Date last updated: 08/15/2015


Adjusting the gain on the XL H1A and XL H1S camcorders


Adjusting the Gain

The gain control adjusts the level of the video signal generated depending on the lighting and shooting conditions. Select automatic gain control, one of the preset gain level ranging from -3 dB to +18 dB or fine-tune the gain level in 0.5 dB increments.

  1. Set the <POWER> dial to , Tv, Av or M.

  2. Press the <GAIN> dial so that it pops out.

  3. Turn the <GAIN> dial to adjust the level.
    The selected level appears in the viewfinder and the GAIN LED will light in the viewfinder.

-3 dB

For lowest noise recording for indoor, low light or low contrast scenes.


Automatic adjustment of gain.

0 dB

Life like night/artificial light scenes.

+3 dB/+6 dB/+12 dB/+18 dB

Increases brightness in indoor or low-light scenes. Increases depth of field.

0 - +18, +36

Gain fine tuning.

Gain Fine Tuning

  1. Set the <POWER> dial to , Tv, Av or M.
  2. Set the GAIN dial to 0 - +18, +36.
    - The gain level currently set will be displayed.
  3. Press the SET button.
    - The gain level display will start flashing in the viewfinder.
  4. Turn the SELECT dial to set the desired gain level.
    - You can change the gain level in 0.5 dB increments within the range 0.0 to 18.0 dB. In CAMERA mode (only) you can also set the gain level to 36.0 dB.
  5. Press the SET button again.
    - The gain level display stops flashing and stays on.
  • When you select high gain levels, the picture may flicker slightly. The 36.0 dB gain level in particular, allows you to shoot video with a higher sensitivity but is more prone to the appearance of video noise and artifacts (white dots, vertical streaks or blocking).
  • When the GAIN dial is set to A (automatic gain control) you can activate the gain limit to prevent the camcorder from setting a level higher than a preset limit between 3 dB and 15 dB. Open the menu and select [CAMERA SETUP]. Select [AGC LIMIT], set the maximum gain level and close the menu.



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