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Canon XL2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 248 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the battery and usability. The design and portability are also appreciated. Many are negative about the features and size, while there are some mixed comments about the reliability.

image quality, portability, design, usability, battery

value for money, viewfinder, color, size, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon XL2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon XL2

 

Review: The Canon XL series is the Porsche 911 of DV camcorders. Through continual technological upgrading, that Porsche has remained a state-of-the-art sports car for more than 40 years. And love it or hate it, no other car looks or drives like a 911.

State-of-the-art DV imagery and controls; 24P mode; interchangeable lenses; native 16:9 capture; compatible with most XL1 lenses and accessories

Strange ergonomics; stock lens is hard to focus manually and stock viewfinder doesn't help; no flip-out LCD monitor; pricier than the competition

Canon returns to the state of the art in DV but doesn't set a new standard.

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Canon XL2, Focus FS-4 and Final Cut Pro HD

 

Power ON the XL2 and choose your favorite exposure mode. Set the AspectRatio switch to 16:9. Set the Frame Rate switch to 24p. Press the XL2Menu button and enter "Camera Setup." Select either 2:3 or 2:3:3:2 Mode(the FS-4 will record either mode). Next,...

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Mini DV Camcorder Review: Canon XL2

 

While the Canon camcorder XL1 was initially designed to be a high-end consumer product, professionals soon found that the camera had the quality to do serious work, even on the big screen. The new XL2 starts with the professional in mind. Reworked from...

Native 16:9 ; Amazingly flexible imaging ; Fine audio inputs, controls

Relatively large, heavy ; Most expensive cam in class

The Canon XL2 takes the Mini DV format to its artistic limits.

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The Canon XL2

 

In early July, Canon video unveiled the long-awaited XL2 to the press in New York. This camera is the successor to the XL1 and the XL1S.

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Canon XL2

 

Canon XL2 3-CCD High Definition MiniDV Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom.

The XL2 brings a host of performance and convenience features to this class of video camcorder- benefits that can't be found in this combination on other high-end video cameras. They include: Canon Super Range Optical Image Stabilization in the...

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Alignment Issue

 

Disappointing. When you need your client the tape(s) you recorded with the XL2 you know there's going to be trouble. It seems Canon failed to produce a camera that complies with the strictest DV standards.

Great camera to shoot off the shoulder. Easy operation. Good picture quality

Tapes recorded with this camera can't be played back in a Sony environment This is due to an alignment issue (internal mechanics) ; Cannot record signal of both front mic and mic connected via XLR at the back

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Canon XL2

 

Disappointing. When you need your client the tape(s) you recorded with the XL2 you know there's going to be trouble. It seems Canon failed to produce a camera that complies with the strictest DV standards.

Great camera to shoot off the shoulder. Easy operation. Good picture quality

Tapes recorded with this camera can't be played back in a Sony environment This is due to an alignment issue (internal mechanics)

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"Alignment Issue"

 

Disappointing. When you need your client the tape(s) you recorded with the XL2 you know there's going to be trouble. It seems Canon failed to produce a camera that complies with the strictest DV standards.

Great camera to shoot off the shoulder. Easy operation. Good picture quality.

- Tapes recorded with this camera can't be played back in a Sony environment This is due to an alignment issue (internal mechanics).

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"Fantastic Performance With Affordability"

 

The Canon XL2 is a fantastic non-HD system that's perfect for entry-level professional videography.

Interchangeable lenses

Somewhat hefty

Consumer review by:

Canon XL2

 

The Canon XL2 is a fantastic non-HD system that's perfect for entry-level professional videography.

Interchangeable lenses

Somewhat hefty

Product Specifications

The Canon XL2 allows you to capture images closer to the finished product than ever before. Work that previously was limited to post-production can be simply and effectively accomplished in the field, in the camcorder. An Open Architecture philosophy, performance found only in much more expensive video cameras, Total Image Control and the solid foundation of Genuine Canon Optics, interchangeable lens capability and superb Canon image processing quality are united in the XL2. The XL2 brings a host of performance and convenience features to this class of video camcorder- benefits that can't be found in this combination on other high-end video cameras. They include: Canon Super Range Optical Image Stabilization in the standard lens; dual aspect ratios; various frame rate capabilities; image gamma and detail controls; skin detail control and convertible LCD display and among others. Unprecedented image control coordination between two XL2 cameras, remote computer camera control and direct video recording to computer are just a part of the capabilities of the XL2. Never before has so much creative power been put in the hands of the film maker, video artist, and corporate and event videographer.

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:19.5in
Height:8.7in
Weight:7.7lbs
Width:8.9in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Low light / Spotlight

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon XL2

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-3.5
Max Focal Length:108mm
Min Focal Length:5.4mm
Optical Zoom:20
Type:None/Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix/800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size: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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC/PAL
Media Type:Mini DV
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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