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Canon XM2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 270 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the color and design are overall positive. The usability and value for money are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the features.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon XM2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon review summary for Canon XM2


alaTest has collected and analyzed 74 user reviews of Canon XM2 from The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on

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62% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Canon GL2 MiniDV Digital Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom

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Canon WD 58H Wide angle lens


I found it easy to use with little effort and it provides an appropriate amount of added coverage for filming wide shots for my videography business. I will likely purchase others for additional camcorders that I am using. Having this as original...

Original company quality accessory


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Canon WD-58H 58mm 0.7x Wide Angle Converter Lens with Lens Hood


A wide angle lens is an essential accessory for a Canon GL-series camcorder if you're shooting indoors or even outdoor scenery. The strength of the .7x lens is that you still can use the full range of your 20x zoom lens and keep focus. The downside...

Full zoom (focus) throughout lens, limited vignetting

Makes GL camcorder front-heavy, lens cap doesn't latch like standard GL cap


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A wide angle lens is an essential accessory for a ...


A wide angle lens is an essential accessory for a Canon GL-series camcorder if you're shooting indoors or even outdoor scenery. The strength of the .7x lens is that you still can use the full range of your 20x zoom lens and keep focus. The downside is...

Full zoom (focus) throughout lens, limited vignetting

Makes GL camcorder front-heavy, lens cap doesn't latch like standard GL cap

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Canon CB-920 Car Battery Adapter / Charger, for BP-900 series Batteries


This item is misrepresented. I am disappointed and wasted my money. It claims to be a generic of Canon' CB-920 which is used to charge batteries AND power a camcorder. This is only a charger. These people are not honest.

Works as a charger only

This item IS NOT work as a Car Battery Adapter to power a camcorder. It is a charger ONLY. It is misrepresented

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Canon X-M2


Reviewing a high-end camcorder from Canon is comparable to taking a Lamborghini Diablo for a 'test' drive -- critical opinion, however informed, is pr...

Superb image quality, 20x optical zoom, affordable for a professional unit

No zooming ring, inbuilt microphone below average, standard-def only

Serious users will find plenty to love about the X-M2, which combines plenty of premium features with a price tag that most people can afford. It might be getting a little long in the tooth, but this is still one of the best MiniDV cams on the market.

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Canon XM-2


The outstanding performance of the Canon XM-2 raises the bar for prosumer MiniDV camcorders.

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 DM-XM2 camcorder test


The XM2 is a major improvement over the XM1 with the added bonus of manual audio controls and solid-state memory card capabilities for stills. The lens produces excellent detail - helped by the optical image stabiliser - and feels good when focusing,...

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The XM2 also has strong competition from Sony's PDX10, which has the added benefit of true widescreen capture. The PDX10 costs over £500 more than the XM2, but includes an XLR input in that price that will set you back an extra £145 on the XM2

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SimplyDV Review: Canon XM2 DV Camcorder


With its comprehensive digital and analogue video and audio inputs, together with its professional-standard features, the DM-XM2 is a worthy successor to the XM-1.


Product Specifications

The new Canon XM2 camcorder has the latest technology and many useful sound and picture adjustments and enhancements to cater for a variety of shooting situations and preferences. Its highly sensitive 3CCD unit achieves 540 lines horizontal resolution and super low light performance. A new Super Pixel Shift provides a wider dynamic range for movies, reducing vertical smear, and gives 1.7 mega-pixel high-resolution digital photos. The camcorder's professional L-Series fluorite lens provides 35mm and broadcast TV quality. It can deliver extremely sharp images and high magnification with less color aberrations. An Optical Image Stabilizer keeps the image steady with no loss of quality. And video recordings made with the Canon XM2 will sound as good as they look with the "Direction Accurate" microphone giving accurate stereo ambiance and less mechanical background noise. The microphone frequency has three modes to match recording conditions (normal, voice, windscreen). Manual adjustments on the XM2 include buttons for color and light adjustment, such as Color Phase, Color Gain, Camera Sharpness and Setup Level. Other features are Zebra Pattern, to indicate overexposure, Interval Timer, to record at selected times, and Clear Scan, to record a CRT monitor. A Custom Key can be used to assign functions used frequently. The new Canon XM2 digital camcorder is the ideal choice for recording broadcast or web content, making educational videos or registering an event like a wedding.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


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:Sand & snow / Spotlight

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:8MB


Product Type:Power adapter (car) + battery charger
Subcategory (MG):Power adapters and chargers


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon CB/Canon DM/Canon XM2

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.9
Max Focal Length:84mm
Min Focal Length:4.2mm
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Black / Silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:440Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:470Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD with Pixel Shift
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Power Device

Input Connector Qty:1
Input Connector Type:Automobile cigarette lighter
Voltage Provided:7.2V

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:PAL
Digital Scene Transition: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 / Slim / Stretch / Strobe / Tracer


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD