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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 *
0.8 MP
Sensor type *
Optical sensor size
Lens system
Optical zoom *
Image stabilizer *
Focal length range (f-f)
0.213 - 4.25" (5.4 - 108 mm)
Filter size
2.83" (7.2 cm)
Camcorder tape type *
Camera shutter speed
1/16000 - 1/6
Display diagonal *
Display resolution
Minimum illumination
0.8 lx
Ports & interfaces
PictBridge *
DV port
Microphone in
S-Video in
Battery technology *
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery life (max) *
4 h
Weight & dimensions
Width *
8.86" (225 mm)
Depth *
8.66" (220 mm)
Height *
19.5" (496 mm)
Weight *
5.31 lbs (2.41 kg)
Other features
Auto focus
Manual focus
Night mode
I/O ports
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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