Canon XL2 MiniDV Camcorder


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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. 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 among others.

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Recording Media: Tape Media, MiniDV

LCD Screen Size: 2 in

Interface Connection: 1 x 4-pin IEEE 1394, 1 x RCA Video In/Out, 1 x 4-pin BNC Video In/Out, 1 x 4-pin S-Video In/Out, 2 x XLR Audio In, 1 x Mini-phone Microphone, 2 x RCA Audio In/Out, 1 x Mini-phone Headphone, 1 x LANC, 1 x DC Power In

Product Type: Professional Camcorder

Image Stabilization: Optical

normalized-Weight: 84.8


Product Title: Canon XL2 MiniDV Camcorder

Manufacturer: Canon

Lowest Price: $679.00 from Adorama

Power Score: 4.1 | 8 Reviews

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Canon XL2

Strengths: Great for outdoor situations with plenty of light. Indoor situations as well so long as you have ample light. Sharp lens when focused.

Weakness: Automatic features not as stong as one would have thought. Low light situations a nightmare, especially with the automatic features. You don't want this camera for on the fly situations.

I would recommend the panasonic dvx100b over the canon xl2 and it is less costly and easier to handle. The canon xl2 has a 20 times zoom lens which is great but it carries a lot of baggage with it. Camera is overrated in my opinion.

By mortuary - Sep 8, 2006

One of the best 3-CCD entry-level profesional camcorder

Strengths: open strucutre - you can replace the 20x lens to 3x wide one; easy to use - the manual is well-written; many many good things ...

Weakness: the color view finder is a little difficulte to use; the weight is a little on the lens part - hard to balance

Overall, this is one of the best 3-CCD professional camcorder on the market. Although it is not like its HD brother from canon, XL-2 can handle routine work perfectly. Adjustments from 4:3 to 16:9 and 60i to 24p are just a knot away. It need some muscle to carry it around and the shoulder-pad is not very helpful. I've been user of Canon GL-2 for some time and this XL-2 is my upgrade to reach...
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By laomeng - Dec 12, 2005

This is a great camera, especially...

Strengths: 20x zoom lens with great stabilizer, XLR inputs, full 16:9 aspect resolution, 24P, 30P, great control over image quality and tonal adjustments including skin detail

Weakness: Front-heavy

This is a great camera, especially if you are doing sports or event videography. It's even better if you're doing mostly tripod-mounted work and you're not used to a heavier camera. However, this is not a good camera for family vacations or heavy heavy hand-held work if you are not used to the size and weight. What makes this camera stand apart from the other pro-sumer cameras is that it has a...
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By tonytang - Jan 12, 2005

Canon XL2 Mini DV Camcorder

The XL2 has an almost endless number of imaging adjustments you can make. A beginner might want to start by setting the Gamma and Color Matrix to Cine mode and see what it looks like. A more experience cinematographer might really be able to take advantage of the Knee, Coring and Skin Detail adjustments. In all, you can make fine adjustments to 15 items, which save automatically to three custom...
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By - Dec 1, 2004

Canon XL2

Canon XL2 receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 3.09 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #21 HDV camcorder of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's...
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