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Canon XL2 0.8MP CCD

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Hand-held camcorders allow you to record your own video and make photoshots. You can always have such cameras with you to record the important moments of your life and share them with friends or family. You can even make your own movie!
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Long product name Canon XL2 0.8MP CCD :
The short editorial description of Canon XL2 0.8MP CCD

XL2 - 0.8 Megapixels, 20x, 1/3", CCD, LCD, Mini-DV
Canon XL2 0.8MP CCD:
The official marketing text of Canon XL2 0.8MP CCD as supplied by the manufacturer

- 3x 1/3” 800.000 pixel progressive scan CCDs.
- 50i & 25p frame rate.
- Total manual image control.
- Pro Quality 16:9 and 4:3 recording.
- XL interchangeable lens system.
- 20x optical zoom "L-Series" lens with zoom and focus presets.
- Super range Optical Image Stabilizer.
- Flourite lens component and 2 Independent neutral density filters.
- Professional audio and video connectivity - 4 audio channels with 2 built-in XLR connectors, phantonm power and BNC video output.
- SMPTE time code with Rec Run, Free Run and preset settings.
- IEEE1394 for remote camera control and direct recording to PC.
- Fully adjustable EVF and shared 2" LCD.

Professional’s choice
With 3x 1/3” 800k progressive scan CCDs, the broadcast quality XL2 is the flagship of the Canon range, setting the standard in versatile, light-weight professional digital video. Revolutionising its class, the XL2 provides full manual control over a myriad of variables, allowing all the fine adjustments necessary to satisfy even the most demanding professional videographer. Both 16:9 (960 x 576 effective pixels) and 4:3 (720 x 576 effective pixels) formats are supported. A 3rd generation signal processing LSI delivers outstanding Signal/Noise ratio performance, with high sensibility and low smear.

Cine feel
Film-like texture, tone and expression are now routine, with 25p recording and a special Cine Look mode. Gamma curve controls include Knee adjustments to tame white clipping and Black controls bring out or suppress detail in the low brightness areas. Colour matrix is selectable from Video and Cinema, while V Detail allows flexible resolution in the vertical direction. Skin Detail allows control over phase and chroma for softer, warmer skin tones. A Film Grain setting adds the warmth and natural compression of film. Manual control is provided over Master RGB, Setup level, Master Pedestal, Gain, Coring, Sharpness, Noise Reduction, Colour Gain and Hue.

Control Two custom keys instantly recall any chosen manual setting within the 8 main menu functions. Favourite settings can be saved to three custom presets. Independent control is provided over R Gain, G Gain and B Gain. White balance can be set to true white or adjusted manually.

Fluorite and aspheric elements in the 20x zoom lens eliminate both chromatic and spherical aberrations. A circular iris provides beautiful background blur and built-in neutral density (ND) filters allow the iris to open fully in harsh light conditions. The XL mount system is compatible with all XL video lenses, and over 60 Canon EF lenses via an optional adapter.

Go steady
Optical image stabilization (OIS) eliminates unwanted camera shake before the image reaches the sensor. SuperRange OIS extends IS by examining the image after it is received by the sensor and suppressing low frequency movements.

In sync
Both Rec Run and Free Run SMPTE time code is supported. 2 built-in phantom powered XLR jacks and a BNC jack for monitor output is provided. An IEEE1394 connection allows direct hard disk recording.

Short summary description Canon XL2 0.8MP CCD:
This short summary of the Canon XL2 0.8MP CCD data-sheet is auto-generated and uses the product title and the first six key specs.

Canon XL2, 0.8 MP, CCD, 1/3", 20x, 0.213 - 4.25" (5.4 - 108 mm), 2.83" (7.2 cm)

Long summary description Canon XL2 0.8MP CCD:
This is an auto-generated long summary of Canon XL2 0.8MP CCD based on the first three specs of the first five spec groups.

Canon XL2. Total megapixels: 0.8 MP, Sensor type: CCD, Optical sensor size: 1/3". Optical zoom: 20x, Focal length range (f-f): 0.213 - 4.25" (5.4 - 108 mm), Filter size: 2.83" (7.2 cm). Camcorder tape type: Mini-DV. Camera shutter speed: 1/16000 - 1/6. Display diagonal: 2", Display: LCD

Image sensor
Total megapixels *
A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 × 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 × 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).
0.8 MP
Sensor type *
A sensor is a convertor than measures a physical quality (light, temperature etc.) and displays this electronically on a device.
Optical sensor size
Optical sensors are electronic detectors that convert light, or a change in light, into an electronic signal. They are used in many industrial and consumer applications e.g. lamps that turn on automatically in response to darkness. Optical sensors come in many sizes.
Lens system
Optical zoom *
Indicates the optical zoom capacity, which is the number of times that the picture can be enlarged with the optics of the camera.
Image stabilizer *
This camera function compensates for slight shaking movements caused by an unstable position and ensures smooth footage even in suboptimal conditions.
Focal length range (f-f)
Measure of how strongly the system converges or diverges light. For an optical system in air, it is the distance over which initially collimated rays are brought to a focus. A system with a shorter focal length has greater optical power than one with a long focal length; that is, it bends the rays more strongly, bringing them to a focus in a shorter distance.For an optical system in air, the effective focal length (f and f′) gives the distance from the front and rear principal planes (H and H′) to the corresponding focal points (F and F′).
0.213 - 4.25" (5.4 - 108 mm)
Filter size
A filter is a screen, plate, or layer of a substance which absorbs light or other radiation or selectively absorbs some of its components e.g. a UV filter to reduce UV light. Filters come in various sizes.
2.83" (7.2 cm)
Camcorder tape type *
The type of tape used to record images from a camcorder, e.g. VHS, Video8.
Camera shutter speed
Determines the length of time the shutter lets light pass through the lens to the CCD. Shutter speed and aperture together determine exposure.
1/16000 - 1/6
Display diagonal *
Size of the display for this product, measured diagonally, usually in inches.
The description of display that can includes display type, resolution, size etc.
Display resolution
The number of distinct pixels in each dimension that can be displayed. It is usually quoted as width × height, with the units in pixels: for example, "1024 × 768" means the width is 1024 pixels and the height is 768 pixels. The higher the number of pixels, the sharper the image.
Minimum illumination
Also known as light sensitivity, this is the smallest amount of light needed for the camera to produce an image of useable quality.
0.8 lx
Ports & interfaces
PictBridge *
PictBridge is an industry standard introduced in 2003 from the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) for direct printing. It allows images to be printed directly from digital cameras to a printer, without having to connect the camera to a computer using common connectivity like USB or Bluetooth.
DV port
Allows to send digital video from the computer to the camcorder and record back onto tape.
Microphone in
The socket where a microphone is connected to the device.
S-Video in
Battery technology *
The type of battery in the device, e.g. nickel–cadmium (NiCd).
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery life (max) *
Maximum battery life. Mobile Mark™ (2002) is the standard often used to benchmark battery life time.
4 h
Weight & dimensions
Width *
The measurement or extent of something from side to side.
8.86" (225 mm)
Depth *
The distance from the front to the back of something.
8.66" (220 mm)
Height *
The measurement of the product from head to foot or from base to top.
19.5" (496 mm)
Weight *
Weight of the product without packaging (net weight). If possible, the net weight is given including standard accessories and supplies. Please note that sometimes the manufacturer leaves out the weight of accessories and/or supplies.
5.31 lbs (2.41 kg)
Other features
Auto focus
Device focusing a camera or other piece of equipment automatically.
Manual focus
Night mode
I/O ports
An interface on a device to which you can connect another device.
AV - in Analogue-in LANC
Source Testseek summary Average rating
Testseek has collected 11 expert reviews for Canon XL2 and the average expert rating is 85 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.
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Pros:Great pictures, versatile audio, interchangeable lenses. True progressive 24p and 30p; native 16:9 widescreen. Improved 20 X lens with focus/zoom preset. Extensive menus and comprehensive image controls. Huge, beautiful EVF. Uses existing XL-seri...
Good Great pictures, versatile audio, interchangeable lenses. True progressive 24p and 30p; native 16:9 widescreen. Improved 20 X lens with focus/zoom preset. Extensive menus and comprehensive image controls. Huge, beautiful EVF. Uses existing XL-series access...
Bad Heavy and awkward for handheld work. Small CCD area means all lenses are effectively 33 percent more telephoto, so wide angles are challenging.
Bottom line Canon reinvents its flagship DV camera as a 16:9, 24p-capable heavyweight contender. The XL2 leap-frogs the XL1S with crisp and detailed CCDs, true progressive scanning, 24p, native widescreen, and considerable tweakability. The Panasonic AG-DVX100A no...
ShootingAlthough it would be a waste to keep the camera in auto mode, it is possible to pick it up and fire away with excellent results. The auto focus had a hard time with slow shutter speeds (e.g. 1/30 and 1/24), but those arent speeds youll often...
First Impressions of Canons XL2 by - April 1st, 2005 Last night I had the pleasure of shooting a live event with Canons new XL2 DV camcorder. This was the first time I had handled the camera since its release in July, 2004. Being an owner of the olde...
The Canon XL2s robust construction contributes to the cameras considerable heft, but also its ability to withstand the day-to-day rigors of a typical DV shooters grind. Photos and figures by Barry Braverman. The Canon XL2 is the long-a...
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