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Canon XL2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 271 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the battery and usability. The design and portability also get good views. There are some mixed comments about the reliability. There are some less positive views about the features and size.

image quality, portability, design, usability, battery

value for money, color, viewfinder, 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 79/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Canon XL2

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 59 user reviews of Canon XL2 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

image quality, design, portability, battery, build quality

value for money, features

83% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon XL2 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom, Standard definitionCanon XL2 3-CCD MiniDV Camcorder (Body Only)Canon XL2 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom

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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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Canon XL2

 

Once you're over the disappointment that it's not the high-definition model many were predicting, you'll find Canon's XL2 a worthy successor to the su...

20X F1.6 flourite video lens, excellent video quality, a shoulder mount

A little heavy

A suitable model for professionals

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Canon XL2 review

 

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

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 ; More expensive than the competition

Performance As noted in Features, both the stock 20X lens and the optional 3X lens are optimised for autofocus and equipped with imprecise, oversensitive focus rings and no true manual zoom control. However, the Canon XL2's stock lens does have some...

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Canon XL2

 

A distinctively designed MiniDV camcorder for advanced amateurs and pros.

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

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Canon XL2

 

XL1 owners have been asking for the XL2 for some years. 2001's XL1s was a comparatively minor upgrade. In the lifetime of the XL1 and XL1s we've seen the arrival of camcorders styled after broadcast rigs, and a multiplicity of features aimed at...

Excellent lens. Better balanced than the XL1/XL1s. Great widescreen capture. Huge range of accessories. High level of manual control. Progressive capture with film-style gamma curve.

Expensive. LCD screen poor. Viewfinder unbalanced. No markings on lens.

Though the connections between the components that make up the XL2 are the same as the XL1 - so all of your old accessories will still work - the ergonomics of the standard set-up are much improved. The XL1 is front-heavy, thanks to the large 16x zoom...

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SimplyDV Review: Canon XL2 DV Camcorder

 

When Canon updated its mega-successful XL1S in 2004, the XL2 caused a sensation among pro and semi-pro users. SimplyDV's Robin Davies-Rollinson took it for a spin

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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