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CanonXL2 MiniDV Camcorder
 
4.7

(based on 39 reviews)

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    (28)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great picture quality (21)
  • Great features (16)
  • Great sound (16)
  • Durable (13)
  • Simple controls (13)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Movies/short films (18)
    • Documentaries (10)
    • Weddings (9)
    • Outdoor events / games (5)
    • Travel (5)
      • How long have you owned it:
      • A month or less

         

        50% 

        (3 reviews)

        One-to-three months

         

        Three-to-six months

         

        More than six months

         
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro videographer (6), Semi-pro (6), Enthusiast (5), Professional (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (3)

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    I wish i could afford one for myself!

    By llama4114

    from Ypsilanti MI

    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Great Zoom

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Canon XL2 MiniDV Camcorder:

      I have been using this camera for about a year and a half I love almost everything about it. great zoom and it is so easy to show my fellow students how to use. the only thing i dont like about it is the stabilization isn't the greatest when i full zoom. i dont know how many times i have ever so slightly nudged the tripod and the image shakes. so be sure it invest in a very stable tripod. the only other thing dont like is when where the shutter speed buttons are. while i like to use the "nub" where they are located to do pan when i am shooting from the ground but when i am doing other things i always seem the hit the shutter speed

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great Camera!

      By bboutwell

      from Philadelphia, PA

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Great Sound
      • Great Zoom
      • Zoom range/performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Documentaries
        • Movies/Short Films
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Canon XL2 MiniDV Camcorder:

        This is just a wonderful camera! I highly recommend this peace of equipment for anybody looking for a good professional rig.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Still the over all best DV CAM...

        By CMB

        from Fayetteville, TN

        About Me Pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Sound
        • Great Zoom
        • Zoom range/performance

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Documentaries
          • Home Movies
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Movies/Short Films
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Canon XL2 MiniDV Camcorder:

          Have not had time to shoot much with our new XL2 since we had to (after speaking with B%H) send the view finder to Canon. We too had never heard of such a thing but a T shaped metal piece diagonally inside the magnifying ocular was obscuring the view of the LCD and we are still waiting for Canon to service it. Otherwise the XL2 seem ok. It's not a beginners camcorder, still our choice since we need to update our PC systems before purchasing a (Pro) HD CAM. We are worried as to why B&H have discontinued both the XLh1a and s, we can only hope that new hardware is on the horizon in regards to HD camcorders. We are certainly hoping that Canon will continue with the truly marvelous XL series Camcorders and that they're intending to release new XL HD models.

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          4.0

          I wish to buy this cam again but i can't

          By Cayenne

          from Ghana

          About Me Semi-pro Videographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great Picture Quality

          Cons

          • Main fuse breaks easily

          Best Uses

          • Movies/Short Films

          Comments about Canon XL2 MiniDV Camcorder:

          This cam is great and good, i was very happy when i had it, it has vibrant pictures, that i love so much,got this cam fairly 7 months now, i will only recommend this to a friend only of the good features the xl2 got, i mostly use it for shooting music videos, until recently wasn't using it for some weeks, i took it 2 days ago to test locations, oops the cam is dead, the power will never on, tried everything still, there is no power,heard something with a sensitive main fuse on the xl2 can break easily and not user serviceable,in ma case i did nothing with the cam to get this problem, now i live in Ghana where there is no canon service center,i will soon send it back to the states to be checked, this is the most things that aren't so great about this cam, if really it's the fuse then it really not the best, with this kind of expensive cam, fuse shouldn't break easily that way. although i like this cam a lot but it broke my heart recently....

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          • No

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          5.0

          would buy this product time after time

          By Ian the camera man

          from San jose, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Videographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Sound
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Zoom range/performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Movies/Short Films
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Canon XL2 MiniDV Camcorder:

            I use the product as a primary shooting camera using different cameras from a sony to a panasonic and this camera blows them out of the water. It has great optics it performs really well in low light and its interchangeable lens system is really helpful.

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            5.0

            Amazing camera!

            By Dan

            from San Diego, CA

            About Me Video Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Zoom range/performance

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries

              Comments about Canon XL2 MiniDV Camcorder:

              I love this camera! It's the first pro level video camera I've owned and I couldn't be more happy with it.

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              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazing camera!

              By PRvideoGuy

              from UT

              About Me Pro Videographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Great Features
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries
                • Movies/Short Films

                Comments about Canon XL2 MiniDV Camcorder:

                I use the XL2 for ENG, documentary, and narrative projects, and this camera performs excellently in all three areas. I have used the XL series of camcorders since film school, and have used it along-side various models from the DVX line of camcorders during the same shoots. The XL2 usually produces my 'key shots' while the DVXs serve as fail-safe wide shots or another ancillary use.

                I have read many reviews about the XL2's low light performance compared to a DVX. My experience is that while a DVX performs adequately in low light right out of the box, the XL2 captures a more professional looking picture due mostly to its superior control over the depth of field. The Mechanical image stabilization (non digital) built into the 20x lens makes all the difference in the world for a hand-held shots with zoom. Since zooming is a very easy way of lowering the depth of field, and since documentary and ENG projects often don't allow time to set up a tripod, I find that the XL2 out performs other SD camcorders in professional-looking picture quality.

                To get the best pictures, the Xl2 does require a working knowledge of video capture theory (shutter speed, aperture, progressive vs. interlaced, depth of field, etc.). If I have a project where I need to bring an intern to operate a second camera, I will likely put him/her on the DVX since I can trust that camera as fool proof. At the same time, I do not expect to get the most 'key' pictures from the DVX anyway.

                The XL2 is definitely my star.

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                5.0

                Great Camcorder!

                By Jim Minister of knobs

                from Kilmichael, Ms.

                About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Worship Service

                  Comments about Canon XL2 MiniDV Camcorder:

                  I manage the video at my church, and we purchased the XL-2 Camcorder about a month ago. I am very impressed with the ease of use,the quality of the picture, and with the Canon lens. The set-up was a breeze! Over all we are very pleased with this camera.

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                  5.0

                  Great Camcorder

                  By Ty

                  from St Petersburg, FL

                  About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable to Operate
                  • Durable
                  • Great Features
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Simple Controls
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Documentaries
                    • Home Movies
                    • Movies/Short Films
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Canon XL2 MiniDV Camcorder:

                    I am a senior in high school pursuing a career in cinematography. This camera was a great starting point. Easy to use and not bulky. Lens detach and attach with no problem and picture quality is excellent.

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                    5.0

                    Awesome!

                    By Redwing

                    from Harlan, KY

                    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable to Operate
                    • Durable
                    • Great Features
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Sound
                    • Simple Controls
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts
                      • Documentaries
                      • Movies/Short Films
                      • Weddings

                      Comments about Canon XL2 MiniDV Camcorder:

                      All I need to say about this camera, It is Awesome! I have had it almost a year now and so far it does everything Canon says it will do, but it is not for a beginner.

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                      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Amazing Quality amazing value!

                      By Hans

                      from Albany Oregon

                      About Me Pro Videographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable to Operate
                      • Durable
                      • Great Features
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Great Sound
                      • Simple Controls

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Documentaries
                        • Movies/Short Films

                        Comments about Canon XL2 MiniDV Camcorder:

                        The canon Xl-2 is a camera with the ability to produce professional images. The 3-CCD's combined with Canons "L" series lenses gives you true color and stunning images. The price on this camera is worth every penny! Very affordable and BH has the best deals along side the best service!

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                        4.0

                        Very good camera, beautiful design.

                        By AVP

                        from Easton, PA

                        About Me Pro Videographer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable to Operate
                        • Durable
                        • Great Features
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Great Sound
                        • Simple Controls
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Documentaries
                          • Movies/Short Films

                          Comments about Canon XL2 MiniDV Camcorder:

                          I agree with everything good previous reviewers stated below and I will say it again that this camera is the BEST and prettiest DV camera out there. It gives you that "organic" look versus the DVX100 that to me is too "electronic".

                          The only thing that this camera does not deserve a 5 star is because of the SERIOUS auto focus problem, especially with the 3X lens, which is horrible, slow and since I had problems regarding focus before with this camera, I can't trust taking this camera to shoot any live productions. Only what I can stop and re-take the shot such as corporate video. I have owned this camera since 2006 and because of the focus problem, I have used it very little. The reason I need a good auto focus camera is because I use it on a Steadicam Ultra. Don't get me wrong. it is a beautiful camera and I'm keeping it.

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                          5.0

                          Excellent Choice

                          By Dennis111

                          from Arkansas

                          About Me Pro Videographer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable to Operate
                          • Durable
                          • Great Features
                          • Great Picture Quality
                          • Great Sound
                          • Simple Controls
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Corporate
                            • Documentaries
                            • Editing
                            • Movies/Short Films

                            Comments about Canon XL2 MiniDV Camcorder:

                            This is an excellent camera. Color reproduction is very good, not over saturated like consumer camcorders which do this to 'enhance' the image. Advanced settings allow for many different situations, even a 'film like' look. A little front heavy because the advanced stabilization is built directly into the lens. Great stabilization though. I love using this cam. I recommend the Davis & Sanford ProVista tripod with FM18 head. Very stable and works well with this cam.

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                            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Best wildlife camera

                            By AA

                            from Pennsylvania

                            About Me Getting started

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Great Features
                            • Great Picture Quality
                            • Great Sound
                            • Simple Controls
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                            • Heavy
                            • Small LCD screen

                            Best Uses

                            • Documentary
                            • Movies/Short Films
                            • Nature
                            • Sports
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Canon XL2 MiniDV Camcorder:

                            Just started shooting wildlife/documentaries, and think this is the best camera for the purpose. It comes with a combo of goodies such as:

                            (1) Progressive shooting (24p, 30p)
                            (2) True widescreen (16:9)
                            (3) Time-lapse recording
                            (4) Detachable lens (add EOS lenses w/ adaptor)
                            (5) Professional audio
                            (6) Multi-camera timecode sync
                            (7) Tons of menu settings to tweak image

                            You could also look up presets (specific menu settings) on various XL2 forums for almost any shooting situation.

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                            4.0

                            Top of the line prosumer

                            By Steve

                            from New York City

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Great Features
                            • Great Picture Quality
                            • Great Sound
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                            • Uncomfortable

                            Best Uses

                            • Movies/Short Films
                            • Special Events

                            Comments about Canon XL2 MiniDV Camcorder:

                            The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is because the viewfinder/mic comes loose once in a while and you cannot output BNC and composite video at the same time. Other wise this is a great camera, definitely a durable camera. This is the second one we have gotten for our productions.

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Excellent camera

                            By bagg22

                            from San Jose, CA

                            About Me Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Great Features
                            • Great Picture Quality
                            • Simple Controls

                            Cons

                            • Poor Battery Life
                            • Uncomfortable

                            Best Uses

                            • Movies/Short Films
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Canon XL2 MiniDV Camcorder:

                            I almost bought a used XL-1s thinking the XL-2 was simply an XL-1s with some superficial changes. I couldn't have been more wrong. Bottom line is this is an excellent buy for the price if you don't think you'll need an HD camera real soon. The bigger viewfinder is a great help, especially when shooting 16:9. And I love the fact it provides higher resolution in 16:9 compared to 4:3. Most of my shooting in the future will be in widescreen format.

                            The camera does get heavy when used hand-held for a period of time and is not particularly well-balanced but its not that big of a deal for the type of shooting I do.

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                            4.0

                            Easy to use

                            By the cheeseman

                            from memphis tn

                            About Me Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable to Operate
                            • Durable
                            • Simple Controls

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Special Events
                              • Weddings

                              Comments about Canon XL2 MiniDV Camcorder:

                              I shoot weddings, honor bands and depositions. Just easy for me to use does a good job. Only thing would be a little wider angle lens....the 20x doesn't go as wide as the lens on my gl3.

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                              5.0

                              "What a joy to hold and use"

                              By Jamal.f

                              from Ocala,Fl

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable to Operate
                              • Durable
                              • Great Features
                              • Great Picture Quality
                              • Great Sound
                              • Simple Controls
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                              • Adjustable shoulder mount

                              Best Uses

                              • Family
                              • Special Events
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Canon XL2 MiniDV Camcorder:

                              The easy ans layout of the functions and te options available. Best product for the price!

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                              5.0

                              Best camera ever

                              By Fornever Productions

                              from Denver, Colorado

                              About Me Semi-Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable to Operate
                              • Durable
                              • Great Features
                              • Great Picture Quality
                              • Great Sound
                              • Simple Controls
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                              • Heavy

                              Best Uses

                              • Family
                              • Movies/Short Films
                              • Special Events
                              • Sports
                              • Weddings

                              Comments about Canon XL2 MiniDV Camcorder:

                              This camera has given me even more love for video production. As a student at the Art Institute of Colorado, I have been given many assignments, with unusual specifications. This camera can handle them with ease. Very easy to change shutter speed, frame rate, and aperture.

                              • How long have you owned it:
                              • A month or less

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                              5.0

                              Best camera I have seen that is not HD

                              By elwhit95

                              from Somerset, KY

                              About Me Semi-Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable to Operate
                              • Great Features
                              • Great Picture Quality
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                              • weight

                              Best Uses

                              • Movies/Short Films

                              Comments about Canon XL2 MiniDV Camcorder:

                              I purchased this camcorder as a second unit camera for the small film company I am part of. So far this camcorder has lived up to the reviews I have read of it. It has done everything and done everything well. If you are looking for one great camcorder that is not HD then this is the camcorder for you.

                              • How long have you owned it:
                              • One-to-three months

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