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Canon GL2 Mini DV Camcorder

We have collected and analyzed 5 expert reviews and 80 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 80/100 and users rate it 83/100. The average review date is May 27, 2006. We have compared these reviews to 369322 reviews from other Camcorders. The alaScore™ for this product is 77/100 = Good. Last update: Dec 14, 2018.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon GL2 Mini DV Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Canon GL2 Mini 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. People are impressed by the image quality. The usability is also appreciated.

price, usability, image quality

89% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon GL2 Mini DV 3 CCD Camcorder & 1GB Pro Opteka Accessory KitCanon GL2 Mini DV 3 CCD Camcorder & 1GB Pro Opteka Accessory Kit

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Dick Ridington (cnet.com)

Canon GL2 review: Canon GL2

 

Canon GL2

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.

Sep, 2002

Expert review by : J.W. Olsen (pcmag.com)

A Professional Camcorder at a Prosumer Price

 
Sep, 2002

Expert review by : Newbie (newbie.org)

Expert Review

 

The Canon GL2 Mini DV Digital Camcorder has three CCD image sensors, along with its 20X optical zoom and dramatic 100X digital-zoom lenses that helps take good pictures in dark or well lighted areas. Features: Professional L-series Fluorite lens,...

Awesome image quality and very good audio controls. Plus a great lens and sound

No stop frame function

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : The Digital Journalist (digitaljournalist.org)

Expert Review

 

The long-anticipatedCanon GL2 miniDV camcorder is finally on dealers' shelves and it's ahoney. Canon has made a significant number of improvements to the threeyear old (and now discontinued) GL1. Perhaps the most important is theaddition of manual...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : D. Eric Franks (videomaker.com)

Canon GL2 Mini DV Camcorder Review

 

The Canon GL2, one of the most anticipated new video cameras this year, is the successor to the popular GL1. Like a warm bowl of porridge, the GL2 is just right - not too small, not too expensive and yet it has nearly all of the features most advanced...

Superb audio ; Fully manual options ; Excellent exposure control

LCD seems flimsy

Awesome audio, vivid video and fantastic flexibility make this camcorder an outstanding option.

Oct, 2002

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Still Going

 

Regarding HD vs SD. HD is beautiful, but expensive.

Old Technology--yes, but that's not all bad. I have 2 of these and use them regularly in event video production. They are excellent cameras and a very good price. The glass is wonderful--sharp edge to edge with no vignetting. Learning the camer is fast...

I wish they had focus and zoom presets (achieve the shot you want and focus or zoom away, and return to the shot precisely with one push of a button). I also wish that the viewfinder was B&W with better resolution to help with fine manual focusing.

Dec, 2008

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Out of Date Technology

 

This camera was already old technology when I bought it 3+ years ago. I can't believe it is still for sale. I also own two HD cameras, including one that cost less than the GL2 and produces much better images.

Was once a good camera.

Noisy images. Poor dynamic range. Inaccurate colors. Soft, lo-def images. Lots of artifacts: aliasing, chroma bleeding, etc.

Nov, 2007

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Great Camera

 

When I used this for a group video project in English class we played the video on the projector and it still looked good despite how large the screen was.

I used this camera many times in my video tech class and it was awesome. Its definitely sturdy having survived so many kids roughly handling it. It has many lighting features that will help you film in different environments and the sound is great. Oh...

The LCD is a little small and the microphone picks up your voice but also everything else.

Jun, 2007

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Superb Product among Prosumer Cameras

 

Just take good care of it, the camera will last long enough more than you expect.

This product has been my first prosumer camera since I started my business way back 2004 and it accidentally fell off my tripod ( down to the floor) on my first wedding video coverage. I was so worried that I might not finished my first project for the...

battery runs out but the camera still healthy.

Jun, 2007

Consumer review (dell.com)

I Love it-Like Professional

 

GL2- excelent,easy,versatile-do everyting

only the batery if u use to long LCD die to soon

Mar, 2007

Product Specifications

Canon's superb optical stabilization system corrects camera shake instantly in the GL2 so even hand-held shots at full telephoto and shots taken from a moving car, for example, are smooth and steady. And since the stabilization system is optical, there is no loss of image quality inevitable with electronic image stabilizers. It perfectly complements the high picture quality of the DV. The Canon GL2 digital video camcorder uses the standard MiniDV cassette, producing the highest quality video possible from non-broadcast equipment. The MiniDV format standard delivers more than 500 lines of horizontal resolution. This is about a 25% improvement in picture quality over the best analog formats. On top of that, because it records both video and audio as digital data, this information can be transferred - without any loss of picture or audio quality - to a computer for editing, then transferred back to DV tape, without a reduction in either picture or audio quality. All of this is through the use of FireWire. The GL2 gives you the ability to take your videos to new levels of performance, whether you're a video professional or simply a highly discerning hobbyist. Your exploration of this remarkable camcorder should start with its lens: the GL2 is equipped with the highly acclaimed Canon Professional L-Series (luxury) Fluorite Lens. To further enhance your videos, there's an Optical Image Stabilizer to correct camera shake, plus there's a Precision Circular Iris and ND Filter for total control of the picture. The GL2 has three shooting modes: Normal Movie Mode, Digital Photo Mode, and the cinema-like Frame Movie Mode popularized by Canon's leading-edge XL1 and XL1S. The GL2 also offers both the standard 4:3 aspect ratio and 16:9 wide screen TV aspect ratio.

Audio

Built-in Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):120min/65min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera

Minimum illumination:6

Camera Flash

Type: None

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:12in
Height:5.4in
Weight:2.4lbs/2.6lbs/2.8lbs
Width:4.6in

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:2.5
Display Resolution:200000

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:8MB

Header

Localization:English
Manufacturer:Apple/Canon
Model:2
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon GL/Canon GL2

Image Sensor

Total megapixels:0.41

Lens System

Filter size:2.28
Focal length range (f-f):0.165 - 3.31
Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.9
Max Focal Length:84mm
Min Focal Length:4.2mm
Optical Zoom:20
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black / Silver

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:380Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:410Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD/3CCD with Pixel Shift
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

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

Other Features

Audio recording formats:PCM
Auto focus: Yes
Manual focus: Yes
Power consumption (typical):5.7
Power Requirements:7.2V, DC

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
DV port: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
S-Video in: Yes

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage

Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black & white fader / Fade trigger / Horizontal wipe/Black fader / Fade trigger / Overlap fader / Wipe fader/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 / Strobe / Trail/Black & White / Slim / Stretch / Strobe
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:5.35
Height:12
Weight:2.76
Width:4.65