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Canon GL1 DV Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 128 reviews of Canon GL1 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. Reviewers are impressed by the size and design. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are negative about the battery and price.

usability, image quality, portability, design, size

price, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon GL1 DV Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon GL1 DV Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 72 user reviews of Canon GL1 DV Camcorder 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. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and portability. The design and image quality also get good opinions. Opinions are divided on the price. There are some critical reviews about the reliability and durability.

usability, image quality, design, portability, battery

size, zoom, durability, reliability

92% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Jan, 2020

Expert review by : PC Magazine (pcmag.com)

Canon Elura 10, GL1

 

The Canon Elura 10 ($1,150 street) is an upright camera smaller than a dinner roll. Canon achieved the compact size by placing functions like the S-Video–out, microphone, and headphone jacks on a small docking unit, retaining IEEE 1394, composite...

Apr, 2009

Expert review by : Don Collins (videomaker.com)

Review: Canon GL1 Camcorder

 

Canon introduces the newest addition to its family of Mini DV camcorders, the GL1. A smaller, more compact version of the XL1; there's no missing the family resemblance

In addition to a small speaker, Canon has provided a headphone jack to monitor audio. Other jacks include FireWire, S-video, A/V in and out and LANC edit control

Feb, 2000

Expert review by : Dirck Halstead (digitaljournalist.org)

Canon GL-1 DV Camcorder

 

Canon, more than any other manufacturer of still and video cameras, has listened carefully to the market, and they've heard what professionals want and need. Considering the time lapse between estimating what we want, and being able to deliver it to us...

In the meantime, for those professional photojournalists who wanted to add digital video to their toolbox, the big problem has been the sheer size of the instrument. As wonderful as the XL-1 is, it's still tough to imagine a photojournalist carrying...

Oct, 1999

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Do Not Buy This Camera or Any Canon

 

Very sharp images when it works

No durability or reliability

Jul, 2003

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Do Not Buy This Camera or Any Canon

 

We were among the first to purchase the GL-1. I had to drive to NJ from my home in Maryland. It took ...

Very sharp images when it works

No durability or reliability

Jul, 2003

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Be a movie maker!

 

Makes recording fun, easy and professional.

I can't use it enough!

May, 2003

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Be a movie maker!

 

If you are looking to simply capture those precious moments in life or want to make broadcast quality productions, this is the camera for you.

Makes recording fun, easy and professional.

I can't use it enough!

May, 2003

Consumer review (epinions.com)

GL1 Vs GL2

 

Vivid color and sturdy housing.

Not as sharp as VX2000 or Canon GL2

Oct, 2002

Consumer review (epinions.com)

GL1 Vs GL2

 

Image Quality:

Vivid color and sturdy housing.

Not as sharp as VX2000 or Canon GL2

Oct, 2002

Consumer review (epinions.com)

The magic is in the "3CCD"'s

 

I spent several months looking for the perfect camera in the "prosumer" market. I found the GL1, even after several years on the market, is still the best value for your money. With a $250 rebate from Canon right now, it is well worth the extra money...

Image quality and color, flip out LCD screen, solid build, Canon reputation.

Audio not optimized for voices, less than precise battery life indicator.

May, 2002

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