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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 really like the size and design. The portability and image quality also get good feedback, 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 75/100 = 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 are also appreciated. There are some mixed comments about the price. The reliability and durability get less positive reviews.

usability, image quality, design, portability, battery

size, zoom, durability, reliability

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

This summary is based on the products: Canon GL1 MiniDV Digital Camcorder with Lens & Optical Image StabilizationCanon GL1 MiniDV Digital Camcorder with Lens & Optical Image Stabilization

Dec, 2018

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

 

Image Quality:

Vivid color and sturdy housing.

Not as sharp as VX2000 or Canon GL2

Oct, 2002

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)

The magic is in the "3CCD"'s

 

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

Product Specifications

High performance comes second nature to the Canon GL1. Whether your application is event videography, film making, shooting for the Web, or simply capturing family memories, the GL1 adapts to your lifestyle, producing studio-quality results every time. The power is in your hands. Full manual control allows you to call the shots, for unsurpassed flexibility. Form and function are successfully blended to create a camcorder that is simple to operate, yet capable of dazzling any audience.

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:10.7in
Height:5.3in
Weight:2.6lbs
Width:4.6in

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:Auto mode lock / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight/Sand & snow / Spotlight

Header

Localization:English
Manufacturer:Canon
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon GL1

Lens System

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

Miscellaneous

Color:Black / White

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:250Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:270Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
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
Digital Scene Transition:Black & white fader / Fade trigger / Horizontal wipe
Digital Zoom:100
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Slim / Stretch / Strobe
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD