Canon GL2 MiniDV 3CCD Camcorder

Canon GL2 MiniDV 3CCD Camcorder

Canon GL2 MiniDV 3CCD Camcorder - Refurbished

Used Cat.# RBCGL2 MFR # 7920A003AA
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  • Standard Definition 480i Recording
  • 1/4" 3CCD Sensor
  • Canon L-Series 20x Zoom
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Pixel Shift for Increased Dynamic Range
  • 2.5" LCD Monitor
  • FireWire, S-Video
  • Focus Ring & Picture Controls
  • Manual Audio Levels / VU Metering
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Canon 7920A003AA overview

  • 1Description

Setting a performance benchmark for a prosumer-level standard-def camcorder, the Canon GL2 offers high-quality digital video with up to 530 lines of resolution. Building on Canon's expertise in 35mm photographic and broadcast TV lenses, the GL2 is equipped with Canon's exclusive L-Series Fluorite optical technology for outstanding imaging power and shooting versatility in a lightweight, portable design.

The camcorder's 3 CCDs deliver outstanding picture quality, accurate color reproduction and a wide dynamic range with virtually no color noise. Canon has improved a broadcast technology to create a new form of Pixel Shift technology, producing higher picture quality than that of camcorders using CCDs with almost twice the number of pixels. In addition to its enhanced quality, the camera incorporates a built-in digital photo mode for capturing crisp photos up to 1488 x 1128 pixels.

Achieve Super High Resolution
The camcorder maximizes the capability of the DV format by using a 3 CCD system, assigning a separate CCD to each primary color (red, green, blue). A beam-splitting prism precisely separates the light passing through the lens into individual color components, and each is sent to its own CCD. This process achieves outstanding detail with highly accurate color reproduction, suitable for the demands of the high-end production field - wide dynamic range, low color noise, natural color resolution and low aliasing.
L-Series Fluorite Lens
Canon has satisfied the demands of experienced image makers for years through the power, design and quality of their 35mm and broadcast TV lenses. The professional L-Series lenses utilize Fluorite, a material which provides outstanding resolution, contrast and color reproduction, especially in lightweight, high-magnification lenses. Now incorporated into the lens on the GL-2, Fluorite delivers the ultimate clarity and image quality. The Fluorite element inside of the lens defeats color aberration - the effect when components of light stray from one another within a lens, causing a reduction in sharpness, contrast and color. The Fluorite lens precisely controls components of light, providing an excellent balance of these three critical ingredients of picture quality. This is unobtainable with conventional optical glass.
Image Stabilization
Canon's superb optical stabilization system eliminates image shake due to a wide range of movement and/or high wind conditions. It corrects camera shake instantly. Even hand-held shots at full telephoto, and shots taken from a moving car, are smooth and steady. And since it is optical, there is no loss of image quality as with electronic image stabilizers.
Pixel Shift
This feature solves common shooting dilemmas by using a signal processing technique called Pixel Shift, which has been used in professional grade video cameras for many years. It achieves wider dynamic range, reduced vertical smearing and sharper digital still images. The green component of a video signal contains 60% of the picture detail, and the red and blue components comprise only 40%. The green CCD in the camcorder is shifted vertically and horizontally the equivalent distance of 1/2 pixel from the red and blue CCD. The green signal is then sampled more frequently to extract the maximum picture detail from the video signal. This allows the camcorder to achieve resolution equal to camcorders with nearly twice as many pixels in video recording.
Direction Accurate Microphone
This camcorder's built-in microphone incorporates two pairs of pick-up elements each for left and right. This arrangement realizes a superior directional ability and fuller, richer stereo sound. Also, you can change the microphone frequency characteristics to match the recording condition (normal, voice, windscreen).
Top Grip with Recording Controls
In addition to the side hand grip, the GL2 features a top carrying handle, complete with a duplicate set of recording and zoom controls. Now you can accommodate your individual shooting style, as well as make mid to low angle shooting comfortable and easy.
Photo Search
Remember that you can put hundreds of still images on a DV tape when using the GL2 in Photo Mode. So having a way to find a particular image is a necessity. Using the GL2's Remote Control, Easy Photo Search lets you scan through the still pictures, even if they're recorded between sections of moving footage.
Special Effects
This feature offers you a variety of scene transition effects, producing smooth, professional-looking dissolve and wipe transitions between scenes as you record. Effects include: Black & White, which removes color from the video images; Sepia, Art, Mirror, Trail and Strobe, for a stop-and-go type of motion effect.
Manual Audio Level Control with VU Meters
For complete control, the GL2 offers 2-channel manual audio adjustment (2 mechanical, dedicated controls). The audio level can be monitored by an external illuminated VU meter or in the viewfinder/LCD view screen.
Clear Scan
When shooting the display screen of a personal computer or a TV, a noticeable rolling black bar or flickering may appear. This can be eliminated by adjusting the scanning frequency setting on the camcorder.
Character Recording
Some video applications (such as law enforcement, including interrogations, crime scene documentation, depositions and court room proceedings) require identification of date, time and time code of each recording. To accommodate this, the GL2 can be set to permanently record this information by superimposing it over the video image.
Analog to Digital Conversion with Pass-Through
For instant editing, simply connect your TV, VCR, or analog camcorder to the camcorder, and send the analog signal directly to your computer's IEEE-1394 terminal, without recording to tape. If you choose, you may first record the analog signal to DV tape, allowing you to create a high-quality master of your original.
Interval Recording
Continuous recording with intervals is possible for users who are seeking to capture a compressed version of real time (such as sunsets, flowers blooming), or create animation. Users may select a recording time of 0.5, 1.5, or 2 seconds, which will be recorded at an interval of 30 seconds, one, five, or 10 minutes.
Advanced Accessory Shoe
The shoe transmits power directly from the GL2. You can choose to attach the optional DM-50 Directional Stereo Microphone, shotgun mic with high sensitivity and super directional pick-up. Use when recording or dubbing audio. Or, attach the optional VL-3 Video Light, which can either stay on continuously or turn on/off automatically, in response to changes in the brightness of the shooting situation.
Power Save
This feature allows you to turn the recorder section off, leaving the camera section turned on, so you can adjust the camera section without worrying about the automatic shut-off (5-minute timer).
The LANC terminal on the GL2 permits easy connection of compatible edit controllers.
In the Box
Canon GL2 MiniDV 3CCD Camcorder
  • AC Power/Charger (CA-920)
  • DC Coupler (DC-920)
  • Battery Pack (BP-915)
  • Remote Control (WL-D77)
  • S-Video Cable
  • Audio/Video Cable Mini-3 RCA
  • Lens Hood
  • Large Eyecup
  • Shoulder Strap
  • CD-ROM Software
  • 90-Day B&H Refurbished Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Canon 7920A003AA specs

    System NTSC
    Format Mini DV
    CCD 1/4" 3CCD, 410,000 Gross Pixels, 380,000 Effective Pixels, using Pixel Shift Technology
    Audio PCM Digital Stereo
    Zoom 20x Optical
    40/100x Digital (for 35mm conversion 39.5-790mm)
    Lens 4.2-84mm, f/1.6-2.9 (L-Series Fluorite Lens)
    Filter Size 58mm
    Image Stabilization Yes, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
    Lux 6 Lux, 0.37 Lux (Slow Shutter at 1/8)
    Viewfinder 0.44" Color (180,000 Pixels)
    LCD Monitor 2.5" LCD Monitor
    Manual Controls Focus (Ring), Exposure, White Balance, TV/AV Image Control, Picture Control, Shutter Speed (1/8 - 1/15,000), Audio Level Control
    Date & Time Yes
    Time Code Yes
    A/V Dubbing Yes
    Line In Recording Yes, Analog/Digital
    Input/Output Interface A/V input/output: 3.5 mm mini-jack(x1 Input, x1 Output)
    S-Video: 4-Pin MINI DIN
    Analog Audio L/R: RCA (x1 Input, x1 Output)
    FireWire: IEEE-1394 4-Pin
    Headphones: Mini Stereo
    Microphone: Mini Stereo
    LANC Terminal
    Card Slot SD (Secure Digital)/MM (MultiMedia)
    Special Effects B/W, Sepia, Art, Mirror, Trail and Strobe
    Fade Resistance Yes
    Titler No
    Accessory Shoe Yes, Advanced Shoe (Hot Shoe)
    Built-in Light No, Optional VL-3 Light
    Tape Loading Side Top Loading
    Power Requirements 110-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
    7.2 VDC
    Power Consumption With Viewfinder: 4.8W
    With LCD: 5.7W
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.6 x 5.4 x 12" (11.8 x 13.6 x 30.6 cm)
    Weight 2.5 lb (1.13 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 8.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.5 x 10.0 x 10.0"

    Canon 7920A003AA reviews

    GL2 MiniDV 3CCD Camcorder is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 69.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best zoom for the price I've had this camcorder for 8 months and use it for outdoor and wildlife video. It's optical zoom (20x) plus the 2x teleconverter are absolutely essential to me. I never use the digital zoom, yuck. It's light and durable and takes crisp video with quality color. It does better in low light than I expected. It's zoom is a little slow and the LCD screen is smaller than I would like but the benefits make up for these minor flaws. In really quite environments, the in stock microphone picks up sounds from the tape mechanism but not a problem when there is sufficient ambient sound. I use an external microphone to eliminate the camera noise.
    Date published: 2009-02-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Camera for may needs I have used this camera for wedding videos and I have even made a TV commercial for a local restaurant. I love the ability to adapt many option when in manual or user preference mode. The lighting is just one example that you can adjust and it looks like a fully edited video right on the camera... i.e. you know how the light looks so much brighter on home videos and when you see the movies the light is much warmer? Well, this camera records video like you spent hours in a video editing suite. I would buy this camera again.... wait, I just did. This is my second one so that way my B roll is recorded exactly like my primary footage.
    Date published: 2009-11-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great starter with a huge push up This is a great camera. I love the top loading feature which is expected in a product like this. The image is amazing and I think the sound tops it all. I did several conventions using this camera in stadium setting without any external mic and it was amazing to hear the sound quality. If I were the designer, I would have added some alternative storage media like an sd card which is able to record video. ALSO, such a product deserves to have at least an xlr port for audio input. Above all, however, it's just a great camera. I love it. We use these at my work place for sonic foundry and recording other events. It's great.
    Date published: 2011-04-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Value for your money! If you are considering a prosumer camera look no further. As a broadcasting major, I've been fortunate enough to be able to try out several different cameras by different manufacturers, Sony, Panasonic, JVC. I've worked with the Canon XL2 plenty of times (EXCELLENT CAMERA)-but on a student's budget, you simply cannot beat the GL-2. It shares many of the same features as the XL-2, and with Canon having proprietary lenses, takes great video. I HIGHLY recommend buying this with one of the packages available from B&H, the extras are things you will need down the road (I guarantee you'll want a larger capacity battery along with the included one-it doesn't last very long). Regardless of the application, if you are a start up studio, student on a budget, or want to take REALLY GOOD home video, the GL-2 is your camera.
    Date published: 2008-06-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from 5 year history use....using it I use the GL2 to make public education government programs for the last 5 years ,on an almost daily use basis. It is a professional looking camcorder, people are impressed. Over-all pleased with performance. Has tendency to exhibit dirty head warnings, in spite of using Sony HD tapes. Fire-wire port failed after 4 years. Zoom motor went out after 5 years. It uses mini DV tapes, which limit me to 1 hour of recording performances, then have to stop recording to change out the mini DV tape. It takes coordination with the second camera operator to capture the continuous performances. Canon authorized repair centers are great at repairs, but cost me a minimum of $250 for each repair.
    Date published: 2011-03-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Deal I use the Gl2 for sports videos and for making short films. I admit that you can't get a true 24p film look from the camera, but it does make a very nice picture. The features on the camera are pretty easy to find and use and the manual controls are awesome! The image stabilization is another plus. I upgraded from a camera with DIS and there is no comparison between the two. I only have two minor complaints about the camera, the first is that the top zoom control is pretty stiff so you have to press down hard to make it respond. The second is that mine won't let me put a tape in while the camera is on. Overall, a great camera and worth every penny.
    Date published: 2008-08-20
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Worth It I have been a shooter for 5 years and have worked with cameras up and down the spectrum - this is by far the worst. Through this is considered a pro-sumer camera it barely has enough features to create quality video - no xlr jack, no manual zoom, a horribly annoying auto-power off function that has a tendency to turn off at the most inopportune times. The LCD is small and horrible quality, the zoom is WAY too fast. Only redeeming qualities are that you can zoom in really far and it is light. If you are pro, semi-pro or want to do something creative - this is not your camera (probably not even good for home movies) - if you are gonna spend the money, get the DVX 100B.
    Date published: 2009-08-04
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Students filmmakers beware! I bought this camera thinking it was going to be awesome! I read review after review and people seemed to give the GL2 perfect scores. I was very excited to see such an affordable camera seem so awesome. So I decided to get one. While it is a nice camera with a beautiful picture, do NOT buy this if you wish to make independent movies. This camera takes true-to-life video and is good for shooting events ONLY. If you want to get a cinematic film-look, this camera is NOT for you! I have used it to shoot three different independent projects and each time I am even more frusterated. After fighting with it for hours I still can't seem to get a decent filmlook. Buy a camera with 24p and more lens control. The GL2 looks very video-ish and not enough like film. There are ways to fake the 24p film look with the GL2 but its a pain in the butt and still doesn't quite look the same. It does offer frame movie mode but this is just a cheap immitation. You seem to lose color and picture quality in that setting as well. The zoom is also very slow compared to a lot of other camcorders I have used, even after you set it to the fastest setting. If you like quick dramatics zooms in your movies, this camera CANNOT pull that off. Why did canon fail to include a manual zoom? Also, the focus ring is very stiff and does turn easily. The lack of XLR inputs is agravating as well. You will have to buy a $200 adapter which makes the camera very hard to hold when mics are plugged in. Trust me, the on-board audio is worthless for shooting dialogue scenes. You will absolutely NEED the XLR adapter. GL2 has extremely poor manual settings. No matter what you do, it seems like it will always try to do everything for you. GOOD - There are some good things. The GL takes marvelous close ups and it is very good in low light. Only buy this camera if you plan to shoot events. (Weddings, coporate, sports videos.) Student filmmakers beware! I suggest a Panasonic DVX. If I had it to do over, i'd buy that. The GL2 is over-rated and over priced. I found out the hard way.
    Date published: 2008-02-08
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