Manufacturer: Canon Part number: 9549A001
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CNET editors' review
price range: $3,949.00
- Reviewed by: Ben Wolf
- Edited by: Aimee Baldridge
- Reviewed on: 04/17/2005
- Released on: 09/01/2004
The good: State-of-the-art DV imagery and controls; 24P mode; interchangeable lenses; native 16:9 capture; compatible with most XL1 lenses and accessories.
The bad: Strange ergonomics; stock lens is hard to focus manually and stock viewfinder doesn't help; no flip-out LCD monitor; pricier than the competition.
The bottom line: Canon returns to the state of the art in DV but doesn't set a new standard.
best camera on the market
by x l 2 on November 5, 2006
Pros: lenses, 16/9, audio . . .
Cons: no step by step white balance
Summary: ..filmed with xl2
Summary: ..filmed with xl2
there is a LCD screen!!
by muzakluvr4ever on October 10, 2006
Pros: there is an LCD screen!!
Cons: too expensive
Summary: CNET is wrong! there is a LCD screen. The viewfinder turns into an LCD. You just flip it open and the viewfinder turns into an LCD. Here is a picture....
Summary: CNET is wrong! there is a LCD screen. The viewfinder turns into an LCD. You just flip it open and the viewfinder turns into an LCD. Here is a picture.
The Canon XL2 is a dope choice for film makers thinking outside the box!!!
by videomaker818 on March 27, 2006
Pros: 24p, 16:9 ratio, inerchangable lens system, great professional features.
Cons: low internal illumination, expensive accesories, heavy as hell.
Summary: The Canon XL2 was designed for the experienced videographer, so getting the image you need isnt the easiest thing to accomplish. You got to take time and learn the features ...
Summary: The Canon XL2 was designed for the experienced videographer, so getting the image you need isnt the easiest thing to accomplish. You got to take time and learn the features & manipulate the settings to create perfection. Ofcourse, the image doesnt look much different than other prosumer cams shooting at 24p...right out the box, but once you turn the gain knobs, run the white balance & adjust the settings, you are dealing with something really powerful. Alot of XL2 users complain about not getting the best image quality for paying $5,000, and I dont blame them because I was the same when I first started shooting with mine. As a video maker, you must know how to assign your equiptment to different areas...for example, I use the XL2 for music videos, short films & anything else that needs to be shot with great detail...it also works good for live events like concerts and protesting marches. Now for home videos & documentaries... Sony's DCR2100 can do the job!!! If you have an XL2 and want the best quality ever, expiriment...dont be afraid to move knobs and change settings...plus, with a little color correction on your NLE system...you will be suprised at how dope the XL2 can be. If you are not into working with settings, light systems, etc...& just wanna turn on your cam and shoot, I recomend something more user friendly! The XL2 can get real heavy & accesories do costs alot, but if you are gonna spend $5,000 for the camcorder in the first place, you should know what you are getting into...you cant by a Ferrari for $200,000... get a flat & expect to buy a set of tires for cheap!!! Im only 19 years old & I have never been to school for film, but I have some experience & believe me when I say that...It shouldnt be up to the camcorder to produce great video, it should be up to the person behind the camcorder to make great video!!! Got questions? get at me at www.myspace.com/isupposeproductions
The best for shooting live Steam Locomotives
by choochoo1225pm on January 5, 2006
Pros: The best of everything for 40s' Steam Train's
Cons: doesn't like present day diesels
Summary: This camera is the way to go , if you love to shoot live steam train's from the 1940's. I use it all the time shooting a pere marquette ...
Summary: This camera is the way to go , if you love to shoot live steam train's from the 1940's. I use it all the time shooting a pere marquette 2-8-4 berkshire no. 1225 in owosso michigan.. It captures good sound & videos' great when the weather is fair.
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Looking for a rockin' non-hd cam - look no further,
by stevewells on September 25, 2005
Pros: Where to start - optics - looks - controls - duh!
Cons: Would be great if they were free but that's just un-American.
Summary: Listening to the whiners complaining about stupid issues about this camera got me off the couch and writing. This camera utterly rocks. Sure, in a few ("few" spelled more like "...
Summary: Listening to the whiners complaining about stupid issues about this camera got me off the couch and writing. This camera utterly rocks. Sure, in a few ("few" spelled more like "FOUR OR MORE" years when the whole HD thing shakes out it will not be the ultimate hot tamale it is today) Regardless, if you want an amazing automatic video camera with ultimate manualy control there is no equal. Period. This camera produce lucious video and audio. Yup, you can buy a less expensive camera and achieve quasi-similar results. Quasi = semi-sucks. Or you can step up and get the real deal. Go ahead, write about what a Canon-head I must be or whatever. I own no stock in Canon. I don't work for them. They just make amazing video cameras - several of which I own.
An excellent camera
by giowillis on June 30, 2005
Pros: Changeable optics, resolution,true native 16/9
Cons: Unease of handling, not as many controls as Panasonic AG-DVX 100AE
Summary: I use this camera for indie productions and I find it at a very high level, the definition is definitely brilliant but the contrast and color are not as good ...
Summary: I use this camera for indie productions and I find it at a very high level, the definition is definitely brilliant but the contrast and color are not as good as Panasonic . Although it has interchangeable optics which make it unique in its way the controls over image and color are semi professional.
It is understandable that ,due to the optics, the price is definitely higher than panasonic but the results in image quality are a bit lower.
Another point of discuss is the unease of use and handling.
The design is in my opinion excellent.
Very good camera
by WesCoughlin on June 14, 2005
Pros: Video quality, 24p works well, great manual controls, changable lenses, xlr microphone, true 16 by 9, great audio controls
Cons: Not as good as actual film or HD (best dv aroundthough), LCD is very poor
Summary: Overall I had some choices of choosing from sony, panasonic and canon. I decided to go with the canon even though it was spendy, but im happy with my choice ...
Summary: Overall I had some choices of choosing from sony, panasonic and canon. I decided to go with the canon even though it was spendy, but im happy with my choice and would do the same again. Anyone considering a panasonic over xl2, i would highly reviese, mostly because the panasonic lens is crap compared to the xl2.
Pros: takes a superb, smooth image. lots of control of the settings, the lens is very nice.
Cons: as said by many - it is pricey - the viewfinder is terrible and a pure ripoff. HD is coming. But if you can't wait 2 years for the HD system to be ready - it is a great choice.
Top Shelf DV, no HD yet?
Pros: I have always been a Canon buyer and the XL2 is certainly one that stands out. Although no HD yet, this DV can't be beat. The noise issues of the XL line have been taken care of, at least on mine. I don't normally rate products, but I stand behind this pr
Cons: No HD yet? I would love to see the XL come out with an HD version, and I am sure its not far off. Still a little disappointed in the viewfinder.
Easy on the eyes... not on the wallet!!
Pros: seemingly endless
Cons: innital hit on Funds$$ but well worth it for New Indy Film maker
- Manufacturer: Canon
- Part number: 9549A001
- Description: Broadcast quality with total creative control With 3 x 1/3" 800k progressive scan CCDs and full manual control over all image settings, the XL2 represents the last word in flexible, broadcast quality miniDV.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Camcorder
- Camcorder Media Type Mini DV
- Optical Sensor Size 1/3"
- Optical Sensor Type 3CCD
- Min Illumination 5.5 lux
- Analog video format NTSC
- Image Stabilizer Optical
- Max Shutter Speed 1/15000 sec
- Shooting Programs Low light,
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Outdoor,
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Camera Flash None
- AV Interfaces S-Video,
- Type Canon 20 x x Zoom lens - 5.4 mm - 108 mm - F/1.6-3.5
- Lens System Mounting Canon XL
- Lens aperture F/1.6-3.5
- Features Aspherical lens,
Built-in 1/32 neutral density filter,
Zoom preset position,
Built-in 1/6 neutral density filter,
- Optical Zoom 20 x
- Lens system type Zoom lens
- Min focal length 5.4 mm
- Max focal length 108 mm
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- Filter Size 72 mm
- Focus Adjustment Manual,
- Min Focus Range 0.8 in
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive,
- Low Lux / Night Mode Yes
- DV input Yes
- Additional Features Progressive scan CCD system,
Display brightness control,
Accessories hot shoe ,
Auto power save,
Digital noise reduction,
- Remote control Remote control - Infrared
- Included Accessories S-Video cable,
Camcorder shoulder strap,
IR remote control,
Power adapter with battery charger,
Audio / video cable
- Viewfinder Type LCD
- Type 2 in LCD display
- Connector Type 1 x DC power output,
1 x Microphone,
1 x Composite video/audio (input/output),
1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK),
1 x Control-L (LANC),
1 x Headphones,
1 x S-Video input / output
Memory / Storage
- Media type Mini DV
- Video Recording Modes LP,
- Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( Included )
- Audio input type Microphone
- Microphone type Detachable
- Microphone Operation Mode Stereo
- Microphone technology Electret condenser
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
Viewfinder / Display
- Display Features Rotating
- Viewfinder Color Support Color
- Width 8.9 in
- Depth 19.5 in
- Height 8.7 in
- Weight 7.7 lbs
- Ikelite Underwater Systems marine case for camcorder (34929737)599.95
- Tiffen Steadicam Pilot-AA Camera Stabilization System (Sled, Vest, Arm, Back Pack Transport, 5.8 #8221; LCD, AA Battery Mount) (33612570)3795.00
- Canon FU-1000 Monochrome Viewfinder (7032382)1599.99
- Canon HC 3200 - case for camcorder (31118507)600.00
- Canon WP V4 - marine case for camcorder (35138638)499.00
- Nikon WT-3A Wireless Transmitter for Nikon D200 Digital SLR Camera (33614749)599.95 - 838.00
- Portabrace PKB-275PV - hard case for camcorder (35112263)578.95 - 589.00
- Sony CLM-V55 LCD monitor (34636090)498.00 - 499.99
- Thermodyne SHAN-B900 - hard case for camcorder (31055438)584.95
- Thermodyne SHAN-HPX300 - hard case for camcorder (34223625)569.95