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Canon GL1 DV Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 92 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the design and color. The usability and portability are also appreciated, whereas comments about the reliability and value for money are different. There are some critical views about the viewfinder and battery.

image quality, portability, usability, color, design

battery, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon GL1 DV Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 71/100 = Good quality.

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(Based on 92 reviews)

2 expert reviews

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Amazon.com review summary for Canon GL1 DV Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 31 user reviews of Canon GL1 DV Camcorder from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

image quality, usability, design, color, battery

97% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Canon GL1 MiniDV Digital Camcorder with Lens & Optical Image Stabilization

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Review: Canon GL1 Camcorder

 

Canon introduces the newest addition to its family of Mini DV camcorders, the GL1. A smaller, more compact version of the XL1; there's no missing the family resemblance

In addition to a small speaker, Canon has provided a headphone jack to monitor audio. Other jacks include FireWire, S-video, A/V in and out and LANC edit control

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Canon GL-1 DV Camcorder

 

Canon, more than any other manufacturer of still and video cameras, has listened carefully to the market, and they've heard what professionals want and need. Considering the time lapse between estimating what we want, and being able to deliver it to us...

In the meantime, for those professional photojournalists who wanted to add digital video to their toolbox, the big problem has been the sheer size of the instrument. As wonderful as the XL-1 is, it's still tough to imagine a photojournalist carrying...

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Photographers best mate

 

Very compact and reliable under extreme climate, hot and wet

Mounting of microphone is weak

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GL1 Review

 

Unbelievable Picture quality. Colors are amazingly VIVID.

Expensive but worth it. This is Not a Beginners Camera

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very good camera

 

very good picture quality

it's successor is announced

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Ease with Quality

 

The camera is light and easy to handle.

Flip screen is small. Extension microphone uses mini plug.

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Good choice, top video camera.

 

Produces great quality. Style makes it easy to use.

Cannot see input volume, nor control input volume.

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Best video money I ever spent

 

Far exceeded my expectations. Worth three times the money.

Neither viewfinder hi-res enough for precise manual focus

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Do Not Buy This Camera or Any Canon

 

Very sharp images when it works

No durability or reliability

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Do Not Buy This Camera or Any Canon

 

We were among the first to purchase the GL-1. I had to drive to NJ from my home in Maryland. It took ...

Very sharp images when it works

No durability or reliability

Product Specifications

High performance comes second nature to the Canon GL1. Whether your application is event videography, film making, shooting for the Web, or simply capturing family memories, the GL1 adapts to your lifestyle, producing studio-quality results every time. The power is in your hands. Full manual control allows you to call the shots, for unsurpassed flexibility. Form and function are successfully blended to create a camcorder that is simple to operate, yet capable of dazzling any audience.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:10.7in
Height:5.3in
Weight:2.6lbs
Width:4.6in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Auto mode lock / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight/Sand & snow / Spotlight

Header

Localization:English
Manufacturer:Canon
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon GL1

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.9
Max Focal Length:84mm
Min Focal Length:4.2mm
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black / White

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:250Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:270Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black & white fader / Fade trigger / Horizontal wipe
Digital Zoom:100
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Slim / Stretch / Strobe
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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