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Canon GL1 MiniDV Digital Camcorder with Lens & Optical Image Stabilization

Canon GL1 MiniDV Digital Camcorder with Lens & Optical Image Stabilization
Canon GL1 MiniDV Digital Camcorder with Lens & Optical Image Stabilization


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Canon GL1 MiniDV Digital Camcorder with Lens & Optical Image Stabilization


Canon GL1 MiniDV Digital Camcorder with Lens & Optical Image Stabilization

MODEL- GL2 VENDOR- CANON FEATURES- GL2 Digital Camcorder With the GL2, Canon has created a camcorder with a wealth of features, each selected to elevate further the standard against which other camcorders are judged. The GL2 is a must-have for the person looking for the very best video-making experience. The GL2′s excellence begins with its outstanding Fluorite lens and includeThe Canon GL1 (and its big brother, the XL1) are helping to blur the line between consumer and professional video equipment. This camcorder borrows most of the professional-quality components from the XL1 and puts them into a more compact, affordable camera. Though it’s small enough to carry around and doesn’t cost much more than a top-of-the-line consumer camcorder, the GL1 produces such high-quality results that it could be used as a broadcast video camera. Great movies start with great CCD sensors, and Canon cuts no corners here. For the best possible picture quality, they use three separate 270,000-pixel CCD

  • MiniDV camcorder with 3 CCD technology
  • 20x optical, 100x digital, zoom with optical image stabilization
  • 2.5 inch color LCD and color EVF
  • Records digital stills onto MiniDV tape
  • Comes with wireless remote, battery pack, and power adapter

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  1. 110 of 111 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Optically Superior to Sony, July 10, 2001
    By 
    Joel Fisher (The Great State of Texas) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Canon GL1 MiniDV Digital Camcorder with Lens & Optical Image Stabilization (Electronics)

    This is one incredible camera. Here are some of the best features about it:

    -3CCDs

    -L Series Fluorite Lens

    -All Manual Controls

    -Progressive Scan

    -Optical Stabilization

    -Large Manual Focus Ring

    Of course, we all know that 3CCDs are far better than one… I need not go into more depth there. As far as the lens goes, some have argued that they see no difference of quality over that of Sony’s. This may be due in part to the fact that they are looking for a difference in resolution. When compared in numbers to some of the 3CCD models of Sony, you may think that this is a lower resolution camera (which can be a very deceiving thing). It is recognized that a camera with a high resolution in numbers does not equal a pleasing, or sharper image. When you compare the color of a Sony and this GL1 (or any other Canon against a Sony, for that matter), there will be no comparison. The Sony will inevitably lean towards the blues, giving a very cold, unnatural feeling, which can often result in having to waste time in post, by adding color corrections. The Canon will have a much warmer, more natural coloring. With deeper, richer blacks.

    The Progressive Scan (or frame mode) is beautiful. It gives the footage a much more film like jitteriness, instead of the liquid smooth interlaced footage that is usually the only option you have on most Sony camera models. It is called “frame mode” because it captures 30 FULL frames per second, instead of 60 FIELDS per second (top field and bottom field) being joined together to make the 30 frames, which when slowed down will show interlaced lines. Some say …that Progressive Scan is only meant for a “digital motor drive” where you capture 30 frames per second with the intent of getting still pictures from it. Yes, this is a possibility… but no, video is not really high resolution enough to use this for any real purpose other than having a somewhat grainy image for a home web site. I have not heard of ANY professional using it for anything other than to shoot a real project, as true video footage. Video to film transfer locations prefer people to use progressive scan to shoot on their GL1 or XL1 for film transfer. It loses much less quality in the process. There are many commercials and documentaries (as well as independent films) which have started shooting in progressive scan on the GL1 and XL1, in order to get the higher budget film look.

    The manual controls on this camera give you such control, that you can achieve truly professional results. You have control over – Shutter Speed, Aperture, Gain, White Balance, Focus, exposure, etc. If you want the choppy effect of Saving Private Ryan, or Gladiator’s battle scenes, just up the shutter speed to 250 or higher. Or if you want a lot of background blur, open the lens way up.

    Ah, yes… the image stabilization. You won’t get anything close to it on other brands. They all have a slight shake, and jitter, never truly stabilizing it, especially when zoomed. This one has none. It only floats. And of course, if you want that jittery handheld look of some of the new films and such, just turn it off. But when you want smooth, non jittery handheld shots it’s always there.

    If you are trying to decide what camera to get, always go down the Canon road. Almost all of them have features that Sony only tries to make up for with home userish built effects and such cheesy non-professional effects that one can achieve if they have a computer to edit on (and still want the effects by then. Why record it permanently, when you might change your mind later). Some Sony users complain about how Canon does not have good still picture resolution. I say, “who needs still pictures on a camcorder??” That should be left to 35mm, or a digital camera devoted to that form of media alone. I have yet to see a printable, good looking still even from a Sony. Both the video format, and the small included memory cards cannot handle the resolution required of this. With all the manual controls, the far superior color, and the incredible look of progressive scan, one must have only the choice to go Canon. If you are an aspiring documentary or commercial maker trying to decide between a GL1 and an XL1 (not likely), the advantage of the GL1 (besides the price) is that it is small. This allows you to be in crowds shooting, without stares from everybody. Or shoot where you would otherwise be unable. This can also be a downfall. It may look wimpy to the client (of course, once they see the footage, they will probably buy one themselves). ….

    Lastly, I just want to say that I would highly recommend this camera, but if you can afford it, go with the XL1 (…), it is even better!

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  2. 106 of 109 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    feature packed, December 5, 2001
    By 
    Shelley Gammon “Geek” (Kaufman, Texas USA) –
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    This review is from: Canon GL1 MiniDV Digital Camcorder with Lens & Optical Image Stabilization (Electronics)

    I have been using the GL1 for nearly 3 years now. I take it out on shoots for a website I work on… sometimes I create QuickTime Movies, sometimes I take stills from footage and convert the stills to .JPG files.

    The 30-lux capacity means you can walk into a subdued lighting environment such as a dining room lit by a single candle and get very good, balanced exposure. It is not like an infrared camera or anything, however… there must be SOME non infrared light, or you get nothing.

    The 30x zoom can’t be beat. You can be 50 yards away from a person and zoom in and get a shot of their nose… in many ways, it must be seen to be appreciated.

    Considering the features, the unit is light-weight, but newer digital camcorders of similar strengths are now on the market for far less and weigh half as much. Still, the GL1 is easy to hold with one hand while using the eye piece or the LCD panel.

    I only have a few criticisms. For one, the unit does not ship with a firewire cable. If you are ordering this item for its firewire compatibility, you will need to order a 6-to-4 pin firewire cable separately. (6-pin for your Mac, 4-pin for the GL1).

    Also, the GL1 has a tendency to eat tapes. For a while, I thought I was just getting deffective tapes, but a co-worker got a DV deck and the deck was able to view and use the tapes without difficulty. Just viewing the tapes on the DV deck seemed to “fix” whatever the GL1 perceive was wrong with the tapes. On occasion I will get an all red “WARNING: EJECT TAPE” display on the LCD panel… I then eject the tape, rewind it a bit on the DV deck and then I can use it fine for several weeks w/ the GL1. This has been a problem from day one and I have head-cleaning tapes.

    The unit has a tripod screw mount on the bottom and a hot shoe on top, so it’s a good piece of hardware for professionals.

    The battery that ships with the unit will only run for about 30 minutes on a full charge… but that’s 30 minutes of actual recording, rewinding, etc. I highly recommend getting an additional 2 hour battery as back-up, especially if you’re stuck somewhere and don’t have the luxury of having an AC wall socket nearby. You can run the camera straight off AC power, but it is awkward… you must run the cord from the GL1 to the charger and the charger is then plugged into the wall. This extra cord does not come with the unit and you must buy it separately. It would have been nice if they had included this cord as well as a DC charger for the car.

    Back when I was ordering this item, I spoke with Canon directly to ask them information about the firewire capabilities, etc. Afer speaking to a customer service rep. for over 1 hour, it was obvious that the folks answering the phones for Canon absolutely know NOTHING about their own products or terminology used in photography or videography… if the answers are not in the little book in front of them, they are worse than uninformed… they tell you the wrong information. If you want more information about the features of this camera, seriously examine the specs featured here on Amazon and read all of the reviews.

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  3. 38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Yes, it’s expensive. Yes, you get what you pay for., November 3, 2001
    By 
    Floatplane Guy “imelanson” (Redmond, WA, USA) –
    This review is from: Canon GL1 MiniDV Digital Camcorder with Lens & Optical Image Stabilization (Electronics)

    First, the visceral. The image quality is stunning, and the creative license and possibilities afforded through DV are staggering. With a GL1 and a good NLE like Premiere, the only limit is your creativity. Effects that just a few years ago started at tens of thousands of dollars on film can now be rendered realtime.

    Now the practical. I spent a fair bit of time looking through the market at the ‘low pro’ end. Canon’s GL1 and XL1 were clearly in the running, as were several Sony products. What finally sold me on the GL1 was the flourite lens, which to my eye has a noticeably brighter image, as well as the optical image stabilization, which provides a more natural looking view also. I have to say that I find the manual zoom feature useless as it’s a servo controlled focus rate, and very difficult to ‘stop’ in a slow focus. I’ve found that using the ‘automatic/manual’ focus switch to allow the camera to bring the subject into focus, then switching immediately to ‘manual’ to lock the focus is very effective as a workaround. The only time this doesn’t work well is at the limit of either the optical focus or the digital focus when the subject is poorly defined versus its background. In these situations, the rangefinding system seems to ‘hunt’, giving a nauseating soft in/out blur. Truthfully, using the camera under these cirucumstances is rare, and this is the only criticism I’ve got for the system. An often overlooked feature of DV is that the audio quality is about the same as CD, and is digital. This means that even your home movies now have DAT audio quality! Despite many comments to the contrary, I’ve been very favourably impressed with the quality of the audio, including the stereo separation.

    I also mentioned the XL1, but the only difference I could see was perhaps better audio, and for the considerable extra expense and size, it wasn’t a good tradeoff for me.

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