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Canon GL2 MiniDV Digital Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom

Canon GL2 MiniDV Digital Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom
Canon GL2 MiniDV Digital Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom


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Canon GL2 MiniDV Digital Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom


Canon GL2 MiniDV Digital Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom

The Canon GL2 (like its predecessor, the GL1, and its big brother, the XL1) is helping to blur the line between consumer and professional video equipment. This camcorder borrows most of those cameras’ professional-quality components 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 GL2 produces such high-quality results that it could be used as a broadcast video camera. The Canon GL2 (like its predecessor, the GL1, and its big brother, the XL1) is helping to blur the line between consumer and professional video equipment. This camcorder borrows most of those cameras’ professional-quality components 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 GL2 produces such high-quality results that it could be used as a broadcast video camera. The 3 CCD Syste

  • 20x optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 100x) and image stabilizer
  • 2.5-inch LCD with 270-degree rotation
  • Save to MiniDV tape or MMC/SD card (8 MB SD card included)
  • Record for up to 65 minutes on one battery charge
  • A beam-splitting prism separates light passing through the lens into individual color components and each is sent to its own CCD.
  • Record for up to 65 minutes on one battery charge
  • 2.5-inch LCD with 270-degree rotation
  • 20x optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 100x) and image stabilizer
  • Save to MiniDV tape or MMC/SD card (8 MB SD card included)

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  1. 180 of 191 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great for filmmakers, June 4, 2003
    By 
    Colin (Oregon) –
    This review is from: Canon GL2 MiniDV Digital Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom (Electronics)

    I own this camera, and it’s my best friend. Well not really, but it’s the most amazing camera I’ve ever had. You get what you pay for, and you get a lot from this camera.

    This is however, NOT a camera that the general public should buy. It’s far to expensive, and really wouldn’t be worth it to someone who will be using this for filming say a birthday party. There are many features on this camera, which make it as wonderful as it is, but these features would likely be unused by someone new to video cameras. So if you are in this boat, save your money and get a different camera.

    What’s great about it? The image quality is better than anything I’ve seen before. With 3CCD, it’s good. Unlike the XL-1S, the GL2 has a 2.5 inch color LCD. However, I rarely use this. It takes up more battery power, and you can’t see it when there’s sunlight. I love the audio controls, and how it’s not only stereo microphone, but you can control the levels of your left and right audio, right there, on the camera. I love to convert analogue video into digitial video, and it’s almost too easy using the GL2. It’s great for getting your older stuff into a digital format, and being able to easily get it onto your computer.

    What’s bad about it? Really not a whole lot. The 1.7-megapixel photo mode is really uneeded. 1.7-megapixels really isn’t that good. The included 8MB card for these pictures isn’t enough. If you’re going to want to take digital pictures, then get a digital still camera, and don’t use the GL2 as a still camera.

    But I can’t stress enough that if you aren’t going to use this for more professional projects, then you really shouldn’t get this camera.

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  2. 48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Unit, June 17, 2006
    By 
    J. Nosek (Norridge, IL United States) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Canon GL2 MiniDV Digital Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom (Electronics)

    This unit is pretty awesome especially with frame.

    Also, a noteworthy thing is this camera first does 16 x 9 and then encoding producing a higher quality image than a comparable Sony model.

    I’ve actually owned the precursor unit to this one, the GL1, and was also pleased with it.

    This camera has the hotshoe feature and the longest OPTICAL zoom in its class.

    Optical VS Digital, optical definitely wins.

    This camera is all-a-round useful and also, this unit is actually the preferred camera of choice for many sports film-makers.

    If you take this thing to the slopes like i have, strangers will come up to you and instantly recognize the unit.

    Great with kenko lenses.

    Only actual thing I’ve seen is that it doesn’t like low light, so adding a VL-3 is a must, or a VL-10 is recommended.

    One thing to watch out for is that you must keep care of the camera. For example, you must get yourself a tape-head-cleaner. The Maxell’s are a good buy, but you could go OEM if you want to.

    Also, don’t cheap out on the cassettes.

    In my 6 years of using the GL1/GL2, I’ve always used TDK and JVC tapes. The JVCs come in a 6-pack and can be found a a best buy. The TDKs also come in a 6-pack, and you can find them at Costco.

    For more reference, I have pushed this camera beyond its specification as it has been rained on, snowed on, and frozen to the point where there is actually lag in the LCDs and yet, it still works like brand new.

    Definitely a good buy !

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  3. 86 of 93 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Too many GL2′s with “Remove The Cassette” problem., October 21, 2004
    By 
    L. Welsh (California) –
    This review is from: Canon GL2 MiniDV Digital Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom (Electronics)

    I bought a GL2 because I had used the GL1 and I liked it. The GL2 was just past the warranty and I kept getting the error message on the screen that said “Remove The Cassette” I paid almost $250.00 for the repair facility to replace the tape transport system which they said was bent. No camera in the world gets better treatment than this one believe me, $2,200 is a lot of money to me. Now the camera is doing the same thing again after less than 6 hours of use. I would strongly suggest doing some searches to see just how many people are having this problem. Mine is anything but an isolated incident. Go to google or dogpile and do a search under gl2 remove the cassette or go to camcorderinfo.com and read the many complaints about this problem in the Canon forum area.

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