Canon XL2 MiniDV Camcorder

Canon XL2 MiniDV Camcorder

Canon XL2 MiniDV Camcorder

B&H # CAXL2 MFR # 9549A001
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Product Highlights

  • 1/3" 3-CCD
  • 20x Optical Zoom Lens
  • 16:9 / 4:3
  • 24P SD Recording
  • Advanced Optical Image Stabilizer
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Canon XL2 Overview

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The Canon XL2 is the upgraded replacement model of the ground breaking XL1 camera. It is still the only prosumer camcorder to offer an interchangeable lens system. The Canon XL2 offers many features that until recently were only available on professional camera systems. Functions like 16:9 aspect ratio, scan-matching, professional time code and custom picture looks were available only on cameras costing many times the price of the XL2. This camera also has 30 -frame and 24-frame interlaced and progressive modes. The addition of 24-frame is the most significant technology advance in the prosumer camcorder bag of tricks.

*Canon has recently removed a film-look feature that was included in the initial batch of camcorders. The model currently available is now without a Cine feature called Film Grain. This digital function simulated the look of certain film stocks through the addition of a grain effect. The camera we sell here at B&H no longer has this feature.

16:9 Aspect Widescreen Recording
Almost unique at the prosumer level, the Canon XL 2 shoots in a true 16:9 ratio without artificial letter-boxing or vertically squeezing a 4:3 image. This camera uses a CCD block with 680,000 total pixels per chip. In 4:3 mode the chip crops the left and right sides resulting in the conventional ratio with 350,000 used pixels per CCD. In 16:9 mode the chip is used at full width resulting in a true 16:9 image utilizing some 460,000 pixels per chip.
Progressive and Interlaced Interpolation
The Canon XL 2 offers 3 different shooting modes for specific image looks. The camera offers both interlaced and progressive interpolation modes that include both 30 and 24-frame options.
The Luxury of Canon Lenses
Canon is unique in offering an interchangeable lens system. The XL 2 comes standard with a 20x zoom lens with an optical image stabilization system. The anti-shake system becomes especially important as greater zoom length is used. Highly advanced glass technology and lens coatings are meant to increase resolution and reduce intra-lens reflections. The standard XL 1 series lenses can also be fitted to this camera.
Creative Image Parameter Features
To add custom or film-like image control, the XL 2 offers a wide range of video parameters that can be used to achieve your cinematic vision. Because different film stocks offer individual image reproduction qualities, this digital camera gives a great amount of control over color, contrast, detail and grain parameters.
In the Box
Canon XL2 MiniDV Camcorder
  • XL-Mount 20x Zoom Lens
  • CA-920 Charger/Power Adapter
  • BP-930 Battery Pack
  • Color LCD Viewfinder
  • DC-920 DC Coupler
  • WL-D4000 Remote
  • S-Video Cable
  • STV-150 Stereo Video Cable
  • SS-1000 Shoulder Strap
  • Stereo Microphone
  • 1 Year Parts & Labor Warranty
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    Canon XL2 Specs

    Signal System NTSC, 30 frames, 60 interlaced fields per second
    30p and 24p record modes available
    Image Device 1/3" 3-CCD
    16:9 and 4:3 switchable
    Lens Standard 20x Zoom Lens with Canon XL Mount
    Focal Length
    5.4 to 108mm
    20x Optical Zoom
    No Digital Zoom
    Wide Aperture Range
    f/1.6-3.5 (depending on zoom)
    Minimum Object Distance
    20mm Macro Mode
    1 meter Standard Mode
    Filter Diameter
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Horizontal Resolution 530 Lines
    Sensitivity Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Minimum Illumination 5.5 lux with f/1.6 in 60i mode, 4:3 aspect, 1/60 second shutter
    Vertical Smear Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Built-in Filters ND 6 = 2 Stops
    ND 32 = 5 Stops
    LCD Monitor 2.5" LCD with VF magnifier removed
    Viewfinder Color LCD with magnifier and adjustable ocular
    Scan Matching Yes
    Memory Card Slot No
    Shutter Speed Range 1/24 to 1/15,000 seconds
    Gain Selection -3 dB, Auto, 0 db, 3 dB, 6 dB, 12 dB, 18 db
    VTR Section -
    Tape Format Mini DV
    Tape Speed SP Speed = 18.81mm/second
    EP Speed = 12.56mm/second
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Maximum Recording Time 80 minutes in SP mode
    120 minutes in LP mode
    Audio Dynamic Range Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Audio Signal Format 16-bit/48kHz (2 channel mode)
    12-bit/32kHz (4 channel mode)
    Audio Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz
    Signal to Noise Ratio Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Input and Output Connectors Composite Video- RCA (x 1 input and output both)
    Composite Video- BNC (x 1 input and output both)
    S-Video- 4-Pin (x 1 input and output both)
    FireWire- 4-Pin (x 1 input and output both)
    Mic Audio- XLR (x 2 input only)
    Mic Audio- Mini Stereo (x 1 input only)
    Line Audio- RCA (x 2 input and output both)
    Headphone- Mini Stereo (x 1)
    LANC Control- Mini Stereo (x 1)
    Power Requirements 7.2 VDC
    Power Consumption 7.1W
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F
    0 to 40°C
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 8.9 x 8.7 x 19.5"
    225 x 220 x 496mm
    Weight 5.3 lbs
    3.54 kg

    Canon XL2 Reviews

    XL2 MiniDV Camcorder is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 28.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent camera 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.
    Date published: 2008-07-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I wish i could afford one for myself! 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
    Date published: 2010-11-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing camera! 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.
    Date published: 2010-01-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Choice 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.
    Date published: 2008-11-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best camera ever 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.
    Date published: 2008-05-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best wildlife camera 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.
    Date published: 2008-08-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I wish to buy this cam again but i can't 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....
    Date published: 2010-10-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great 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.
    Date published: 2009-09-25
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