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

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