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Canon XL1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 293 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the battery and color. The design and usability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the resolution and features, while there are some mixed views about the portability.

image quality, usability, design, color, battery

price, viewfinder, features, resolution

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon XL1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon XL1

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 17 user reviews of Canon XL1 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

portability, color, usability, design, durability

price

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon DM-XL1s Professional Mini DV CamcorderCanon XL1S Digital CamcorderCanon EF-XL adaptor for XL-1/XL-1S

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Amazon.com review summary for Canon XL1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 77 user reviews of Canon XL1 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.

price, image quality, usability, design, durability

features, viewfinder

94% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon XL1 Digital Camcorder KitCanon XL1S MiniDV Digital CamcorderCanon XL1S MiniDV Digital Camcorder

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Canon XL1S (Body Only)

 

Pleasing image quality; wealth of controls; interchangeable lenses; many optional accessories available.

Lack of shoulder mount hampers handheld shooting; insufficient viewfinder resolution; add-on XLR microphones require optional adapter.

This three-CCD MiniDV camera offers many professional camcorder features at an entry-level-pro price.

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Canon XL1 Review

 

Is the Canon XL1 still the best camera for filmmakers on a budget? This review of the Canon XL1 will give you all the information you need to decide if this camera is right for you.

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Expert Review

 

As readers of The Digital Journalist are aware, we have been enthusiasticabout Canon's XL1 since it arrived on the market in late fall of 1997.The camera was designed to a professional instrument, aimed at thenew generation of television and film...

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The New Canon XL-1S

 

Well...after much fiddling and testing with the new "XL1s" it looks like Canon has a winner.

The comments above by Larry Kausch - ProMax Instructor, Support, and Demo Artist.

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New Canon XL1 Accessories

 

As any regular reader of The Digital Journalist is well aware, we have been enthusiastic about Canon's top-of-the-line video camcorder, the XL-1, since its introduction two years ago. It still is leading the way as far as innovative design and...

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Canon XL-1 Review

 

Before I start what will be a very lengthy review of this camera, the first truly professional mini dv camcorder priced under $12,000, I think I should correct something I said to a member of the NPPA discussion list when he asked about it (I was in my...

Best Buy!

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XL1S camcorder

 

The menu system has been shifted around, which was necessary, so that you now move up and down the menu using the iris wheel and select by pushing it. While this is an improvement on the previous system, the menu button's still a pain to find while...

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Canon XL1S (Body Only)

 

it feals cool to have a pro camcorder in my house

better than i imagined and you can zoom in to things really well

hard to set up perfectly like you want it

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"great Quality and bigger than i imagined!"

 

it feals cool to have a pro camcorder in my house

better than i imagined and you can zoom in to things really well

hard to set up perfectly like you want it

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Canon XL1S (Body Only)

 

Great camera It has all the controls on the body so you don't have to go looking through menu's for them. The open architecture design allows you to change the viewfinder, shoulder pad and lens, all very nice features. I have used it for live events...

Open architecture, Ergonomic design, long battery life, optical image stabilization

Akward at times, Low rez viewfinder, front heavy

Product Specifications

Canon pursued imaging greatness resulting in the ultimate digital camcorder system, the XL1S. It starts with a highly intelligent "open architecture" design, which allows you to customize your XL1S with the widest variety of optional accessories available. Plus you have extensive control over picture and sound adjustments to tailor the "look and feel" of each recording to your preference or even your clients'. Whether you define yourself as an imaging enthusiast, professional videographer or digital filmmaker there is a Canon XL1S digital camcorder configuration that's just right. Which one is right for you? The Canon XL1S is not one, but many different cameras. Interchangeable lenses and viewfinders allow the XL1S to be tailored for optimal performance in any shooting condition. Incorporating high-precision optics and features found only previously on top-end professional gear, the XL1S raises the standard for others to follow.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):105min/90min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:16.3in/16.5in
Height:8.4in/8.7in
Weight:3.7lbs/6.4lbs
Width:8.3in/8.8in

Display (Projector)

Type:None.

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Aperture-priority / Auto mode lock / Photo mode / Shutter-priority / Slow shutter / Spotlight/Aperture-priority / Auto mode lock / Shutter-priority / Slow shutter / Spotlight/Slow shutter / Spotlight/Spotlight / Slow shutter

Header

Localization:English
Manufacturer:Canon
Model:S/XL1S
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon DM/Canon XL1

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.6
Max Focal Length:88mm
Min Focal Length:5.5mm
Optical Zoom:16
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black / Silver/Black / Silver/Dark gray / White

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:250Kpix/300Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:270Kpix/320Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3 / 1/3"/1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3 ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3" )
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/PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Fade trigger/Black fader / Fade trigger/Fade trigger
Digital Zoom:2/32
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode/Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode/Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode / Normal movie mode
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD