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Canon GL2 Mini DV Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 125 reviews of Canon GL2 Mini 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. People are impressed by the zoom and price. The portability and image quality also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the viewfinder. The memory and battery get less positive reviews.

usability, image quality, portability, price, zoom

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 77/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Canon GL2 Mini 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 People are impressed by the image quality. The usability is also appreciated.

price, usability, image quality

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

This summary is based on the products: Canon GL2 Mini DV 3 CCD Camcorder & 1GB Pro Opteka Accessory KitCanon GL2 Mini DV 3 CCD Camcorder & 1GB Pro Opteka Accessory Kit

May, 2018

Expert review by : Dick Ridington (

Canon GL2 review


Canon GL2

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.

Sep, 2002

Expert review by : J.W. Olsen (

A Professional Camcorder at a Prosumer Price

Sep, 2002

Expert review by : Newbie (

Expert Review


The Canon GL2 Mini DV Digital Camcorder has three CCD image sensors, along with its 20X optical zoom and dramatic 100X digital-zoom lenses that helps take good pictures in dark or well lighted areas. Features: Professional L-series Fluorite lens,...

Awesome image quality and very good audio controls. Plus a great lens and sound

No stop frame function

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : The Digital Journalist (

Expert Review


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

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : D. Eric Franks (

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.

Oct, 2002

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built to last




Feb, 2007

Consumer review (

Not all its hyped up to be

Feb, 2005

Consumer review (

Awesome Camera


Excellent Features, Light, Exceptional Picture Quality

Lenses Not Interchangeable

Aug, 2004

Consumer review (

Serious Camcorder


Super picture even in low light, good sound, easy to use,

delicate, no single frame feature

Aug, 2004

Consumer review (

A terrific Camera, very easy to use!

Jul, 2004

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.


Built-in Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


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

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


Minimum illumination:6

Camera Flash

Type: None

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:2.5
Display Resolution:200000

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon GL/Canon GL2

Image Sensor

Total megapixels:0.41

Lens System

Filter size:2.28
Focal length range (f-f):0.165 - 3.31
Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.9
Max Focal Length:84mm
Min Focal Length:4.2mm
Optical Zoom:20
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Black / Silver

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

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

Other Features

Audio recording formats:PCM
Auto focus: Yes
Manual focus: Yes
Power consumption (typical):5.7
Power Requirements:7.2V, DC

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
DV port: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
S-Video in: Yes

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV

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


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD

Weight & Dimensions