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Canon XL2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 203 reviews of Canon XL2. 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. Views about the durability and size are generally positive. The design and image quality also get good opinions. The viewfinder and reliability get negative views.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon XL2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Canon XL2

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 55 user reviews of Canon XL2 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Views about the durability and image quality are on the whole positive. The size and design are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the reliability and portability.

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78% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon XL2 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder w/20x Optical ZoomCanon XL2 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Laurence Grayson (goodgearguide.com.au)

Canon XL2

 

Once you're over the disappointment that it's not the high-definition model many were predicting, you'll find Canon's XL2 a worthy successor to the su...

20X F1.6 flourite video lens, excellent video quality, a shoulder mount

A little heavy

A suitable model for professionals

Jul, 2005

Expert review by: Ben Wolf (cnet.com.au)

Canon XL2

 

A distinctively designed MiniDV camcorder for advanced amateurs and pros.

State-of-the-art DV imagery and controls ; 24P mode ; Interchangeable lenses ; Native 16:9 capture ; Compatible with most XL1 lenses and accessories

Strange ergonomics ; Stock lens is hard to focus manually and stock viewfinder doesn't help ; No flip-out LCD monitor ; Pricier than the competition

Apr, 2005

Consumer review by: gapfilms (cnet.com.au)

Canon XL2

 

I found the XL2 a great camera to use. The image quality is superb and easy to set manual functions. This is a good choice of camera for shooting your DV.

Great image quality, interchangeable lenses, strong construction, easy to use manual functions

Hard to manual focus, front heavy, no LCD screen, eye peace adjustment needs constant retightening. Gets heavy after long use

Sep, 2008

Consumer review by: bluesman (cnet.com.au)

Canon XL2

 

I am really pleased with my new xl2 , you have absolute control over the camera thanks to the the great design.

picture quality, custom presets ,simple to set up even in manual mode, pro results are an ease even to a first time vid cam buyer like myself well done canon , the lens is superb , the design has really been a winner

it just doesnt feel on your shoulder it definately needs a padded type arrangement to sit snugly with comfort on your shoulder. apart from this great vid cam

Nov, 2007

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):3.5 / 3.83 / 4
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-930, BP-945 / Li-Ion BP-930 BP-945
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-930

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera

Minimum illumination:0.8

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:49.6cm
Height:22cm
Weight:2.4kg/3.5kg
Width:22.5cm

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:5.08
Display Resolution:200000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Low light / Spotlight

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon XL2

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 3
Sensor Type:CCD / CMOS
Total MegaPixels:0.8

Lens System

Filter Size:7.2
Focal length range (f-f):5.4 - 108
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.6-3.5
Lens for SD:Body only
Max Focal Length:108mm
Min Focal Length:5.4mm
Optical Zoom:20
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix/800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3" ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3 )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

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

Other features

Auto Focus: Yes
Focus:Auto/Manual
I/O ports:AV - in\nAnalogue-in\nLANC / Headphone\n2x Phantom Powered XLR\nAnalogue-in\nAV\nLANC
Lens system:OIS, 5.4 - 108mm, 20x
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes

Ports & interfaces

DV port: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
PictBridge: No
S-Video In: Yes
S-Video Out: Yes

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/16000 - 1/6

Storage

Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV
Compatible memory cards: No

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Media Type:Mini DV
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:22 / 49.6
Height :22 / 49.6
Weight:2.41
Width:22.5