Canon XL2 Mini Dv Digital Camcorder has the Professional in Mind

The Canon XL2 MiniDV Digital Camcorder has all of the features a professional filmmakers require, and will allow novice filmmakers the ability to create high-quality films easily. You will have full control over each of the image settings, allowing you to fully-customize the look of every frame. The stock 20x Canon video lens is a thing of beauty and, of course, it is interchangeable with other lenses. With the Optical Image Stabilization System, this camera will eliminate any type of motion blur or shakiness due to rough shooting locations or unstable hands. The XL2 has an 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 experienced 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 presets. Then you can easily recall the presets with the press of a button. This is a great camera for a novice or experienced cinematographer.

Technical Description

  • Canon XL2 20x Zoom Complete System comes ready to use, with Canon 20x zoom lens.
  • To take advantage of the consumer shift towards widescreen TVs, Canon XL2 provides both 16:9 wide TV and 4:3 standard aspect ratio shooting formats.
  • 3 CCD 1/3 inch, gross 680K (each) progressive scan, horizontal pixel shift; 16:9: 960×480 effective pixels; 4:3: 720×480 effective pixels.
  • DV Streaming of high quality video over the Internet.
  • Variable frame rates.
  • Customizable Cine Look.
  • Total Image Control.
  • Canon XL Mount Interchangeable Lens System allows use of separately purchased add-on lenses.
  • Flourite Zoom Lens with Optical Image Stabilization.
  • SMPTE time code.
  • Custom Presets.
  • Professional Audio Connections.
  • Open Architecture Design.
  • 72mm filter thread on the 20x zoom for separately purchased effects and protection filters.
  • 20x Professional L-Series Fluorite optical zoom lens includes two neutral density filters to help control light.
  • 2.0-inch TFT color LCD monitor.
  • Focus and zoom preset positions.
  • Interval Timer.
  • Zebra pattern -(5 levels: 100%, 95%, 90%, 85%, 80%).
  • LANC terminal.
  • AAS advanced accessory shoe for using separately purchased Canon VL3, MA300, VFL-1 light, DM-50 mic, off the Canon XL2 power.
  • World Clock.
  • Built-in shoulder pad.
  • Wireless remote controller.
  • Dust gasket on tape door.
  • DV Terminal 4-pin connector (complies with IEEE1394/Firewire/iLink).
  • Video Terminal: RCA pin jack; input/output switching/BNC jack.
  • S-video Terminal.
  • Audio Terminal: RCA pin jack (L/R) 2 systems; input/output switching.
  • Microphone Terminal: 3.5mm stereo mini-jack unbalanced.
  • Camcorder dimensions 8.9 x 8.7 x 19.5 in. (225 x 220 x 496mm).
  • Canon XL2 body weight alone 5.3 lbs. (2410g).
  • Weight of full Canon XL2 with lens and battery 7.8 lbs. (3545g).

This camcorder is a good price for what can be accomplished and its worth checking out.


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