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Canon GL2 Mini DV Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 245 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the build quality and color. The usability and portability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the memory and battery, and the viewfinder and size get mixed reviews.

image quality, portability, usability, color, build quality

battery, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon GL2 Mini DV Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Canon GL2 Mini DV Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Canon GL2 Mini DV Camcorder from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com.

image quality, usability

89% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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A Professional Camcorder at a Prosumer Price

 

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Canon GL2

 

Review: Canon replaces its popular three-CCD GL1 MiniDV camcorder and goes after Sony's VX2000 with the GL2, offering a superior 20X zoom lens, a 1.7-megapixel photo mode, and excellent color fidelity at a price point similar to the VX2000's. The...

Excellent image quality and color fidelity; 20X optical zoom; two-channel audio control; 1.7-megapixel still image capture; lightweight

Too many controls per button; onboard microphone is omnidirectional; mediocre battery life with included cell

This outstanding performer raises the bar for prosumer MiniDV camcorders.

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Canon GL2 Mini DV Camcorder Review

 

The Canon GL2, one of the most anticipated new video cameras this year, is the successor to the popular GL1. Like a warm bowl of porridge, the GL2 is just right - not too small, not too expensive and yet it has nearly all of the features most advanced...

Superb audio ; Fully manual options ; Excellent exposure control

LCD seems flimsy

Awesome audio, vivid video and fantastic flexibility make this camcorder an outstanding option.

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Canon GL2

 

The long-anticipated Canon GL2 miniDV camcorder is finally on dealers' shelves and it's a honey. Canon has made a significant number of improvements to the three year old (and now discontinued) GL1. Perhaps the most important is the addition of manual...

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Great Camera

 

The bottom line, this camera is great, i do suggest getting it used from http://ww.onequality.com so it is more affordable.

This camera is great for all kinds of applications, its lightweight, compact, and shoots awesome video and still shots

It is not cheap

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"Great Camera"

 

The bottom line, this camera is great, i do suggest getting it used from http://ww.onequality.com so it is more affordable.

This camera is great for all kinds of applications, its lightweight, compact, and shoots awesome video and still shots.

It is not cheap.

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Canon GL2

 

Although this camera has superb video and ease of use I can not recommend it at this time. If Canon could fix the issue with the tape deck getting stuck I would highly recommend this camera and actually buy a few more.

Awesome video and easy to use once you read the manual

Major issue with tape deck getting stuck and not ejecting the tape. Not good when you are shooting a wedding and you can not change tapes. There are ton of similar complaints online and Canon has not addressed it as of yet

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Great video not reliable at all.

 

Although this camera has superb video and ease of use I can not recommend it at this time. If Canon could fix the issue with the tape deck getting stuck I would highly recommend this camera and actually buy a few more.

Awesome video and easy to use once you read the manual

Major issue with tape deck getting stuck and not ejecting the tape. Not good when you are shooting a wedding and you can not change tapes. There are ton of similar complaints online and Canon has not addressed it as of yet

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"Great video not reliable at all."

 

Although this camera has superb video and eas... 

Awesome video and easy to use once you read the manual

Major issue with tape deck getting stuck and not ejecting the tape. Not good when you are shooting a wedding and you can not change tapes. There are ton of similar complaints online and Canon has not addressed it as of yet

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"Great video not reliable at all."

 

Although this camera has superb video and ease of use I can not recommend it at this time. If Canon could fix the issue with the tape deck getting stuck I would highly recommend this camera and actually buy a few more.

Awesome video and easy to use once you read the manual.

Major issue with tape deck getting stuck and not ejecting the tape. Not good when you are shooting a wedding and you can not change tapes. There are ton of similar complaints online and Canon has not addressed it as of yet.

Product Specifications

Canon's superb optical stabilization system corrects camera shake instantly in the GL2 so even hand-held shots at full telephoto and shots taken from a moving car, for example, are smooth and steady. And since the stabilization system is optical, there is no loss of image quality inevitable with electronic image stabilizers. It perfectly complements the high picture quality of the DV. The Canon GL2 digital video camcorder uses the standard MiniDV cassette, producing the highest quality video possible from non-broadcast equipment. The MiniDV format standard delivers more than 500 lines of horizontal resolution. This is about a 25% improvement in picture quality over the best analog formats. On top of that, because it records both video and audio as digital data, this information can be transferred - without any loss of picture or audio quality - to a computer for editing, then transferred back to DV tape, without a reduction in either picture or audio quality. All of this is through the use of FireWire. The GL2 gives you the ability to take your videos to new levels of performance, whether you're a video professional or simply a highly discerning hobbyist. Your exploration of this remarkable camcorder should start with its lens: the GL2 is equipped with the highly acclaimed Canon Professional L-Series (luxury) Fluorite Lens. To further enhance your videos, there's an Optical Image Stabilizer to correct camera shake, plus there's a Precision Circular Iris and ND Filter for total control of the picture. The GL2 has three shooting modes: Normal Movie Mode, Digital Photo Mode, and the cinema-like Frame Movie Mode popularized by Canon's leading-edge XL1 and XL1S. The GL2 also offers both the standard 4:3 aspect ratio and 16:9 wide screen TV aspect ratio.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):120min/65min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:12in
Height:5.4in
Weight:2.4lbs/2.6lbs/2.8lbs
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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:8MB

Header

Localization:English
Manufacturer:Apple/Canon
Model:2
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon GL/Canon GL2

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 / Silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:380Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:410Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD/3CCD with Pixel Shift
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/Black fader / Fade trigger / Overlap fader / Wipe fader/Black fader / Overlap fader / Window wipe
Digital Zoom:100
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Mirror / Mosaic / Sepia / Strobe / Trail/Black & White / Slim / Stretch / Strobe
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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