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Canon GL1 DV Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 134 reviews of Canon GL1 DV Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and size. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the viewfinder and battery. There are some mixed views about the durability and price.

usability, image quality, portability, size, 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 76/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 72 user reviews of Canon GL1 DV Camcorder from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the battery and portability. The design and image quality also get good comments. Opinions are divided on the price, and some have doubts about the reliability and durability.

usability, image quality, design, portability, battery

size, zoom, durability, reliability

92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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

Dec, 2015

Expert review by: PC Magazine (

Canon Elura 10, GL1


The Canon Elura 10 ($1,150 street) is an upright camera smaller than a dinner roll. Canon achieved the compact size by placing functions like the S-Video–out, microphone, and headphone jacks on a small docking unit, retaining IEEE 1394, composite...

Apr, 2009

Expert review by: Don Collins (

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

Feb, 2000

Expert review by: Dirck Halstead (

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...

Oct, 1999

Consumer review by: Kuno Schulz (

Photographers best mate


Very compact and reliable under extreme climate, hot and wet

Mounting of microphone is weak

Jul, 2003

Consumer review by: muhammad Wally (

GL1 Review


Unbelievable Picture quality. Colors are amazingly VIVID.

Expensive but worth it. This is Not a Beginners Camera

Dec, 2002

Consumer review by: ener (

very good camera


very good picture quality

it's successor is announced

Jul, 2002

Consumer review by: (

Ease with Quality


The camera is light and easy to handle.

Flip screen is small. Extension microphone uses mini plug.

Apr, 2002

Consumer review by: (

Good choice, top video camera.


Produces great quality. Style makes it easy to use.

Cannot see input volume, nor control input volume.

Apr, 2002

Consumer review by: Larry Hammond (

Best video money I ever spent


Far exceeded my expectations. Worth three times the money.

Neither viewfinder hi-res enough for precise manual focus

Apr, 2002

Consumer review by: paytontremaine (

Do Not Buy This Camera or Any Canon


Very sharp images when it works

No durability or reliability

Jul, 2003

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


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


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


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


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


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD