Canon xl2 3 ccd minidv camcorder w 20x optical zoom, standard definitionDocument Transcript
My Associates StoreShopping CartProduct DetailsCanon XL2 3CCD MiniDV Camcorderw/20x Optical Zoom, StandarddefinitionFrom CanonPrice: $4,995.20Availability: Usually ships in 24 hoursShips from and sold by Wall Street Photo38 new or used available from $728.99Average customer review:(19 customer reviews)Product DescriptionThe Canon XL2 allows you to capture images closer to the finished product than ever before.Work that previously was limited to post-production can be simply and effectively accomplishedin the field, in the camcorder.An Open Architecture philosophy, performance found only inmuch more expensive video cameras, Total Image Control and the solid foundation of GenuineCanon Optics, interchangeable lens capability and superb Canon image processing quality areunited in the XL2.Product Details Amazon Sales Rank: #7106 in Camera & Photo Color: black Brand: Canon Model: 9549A001AA Released on: 2009-11-30
Dimensions: 11.00" h x 15.50" w x 21.00" l, 5.30 pounds Display size: 2Features Professional 3CCD SD DV camcorder with open architecture design for cinemaattachments 20x optical zoom lens, XL interchangeable lens system Color viewfinder, interchangeable with optional professional monochrome viewfinder 16:9 widescreen and 4:3 ratio, 3 selectable frame rates: 60i, 30p, and cinema 24p Powered by rechargeable lithium-ion battery packEditorial ReviewsFrom the ManufacturerThe Canon XL2 allows you to capture images closer to the finished product than ever before.Work that previously was limited to post-production can be simply and effectively accomplishedin the field, in the camcorder.An Open Architecture philosophy, performance found only inmuch more expensive video cameras, Total Image Control and the solid foundation of GenuineCanon Optics, interchangeable lens capability and superb Canon image processing quality areunited in the XL2.The XL2 brings a host of performance and convenience features to this class of videocamcorder- benefits that cant be found in this combination on other high-end video cameras.They include: Canon Super Range Optical Image Stabilization in the standard lens; dual aspectratios; various frame rate capabilities; image gamma and detail controls; skin detail control andconvertible LCD display and among others.Unprecedented image control coordination between two XL2 cameras, remote computer cameracontrol and direct video recording to computer are just a part of the capabilities of the XL2.Never before has so much creative power been put in the hands of the film maker, video artist,and corporate and event videographer.Fluorite L series lensCanon is known worldwide for its optics -- itsbroadcast and photo lenses, for example. The new 20x Professional L-Series Fluorite opticalzoom lens for the XL2 is an outstanding lens, using fluorite to deliver outstanding resolution,
contrast and color reproduction. In addition, the lens features Canons superb optical stabilizationsystem. This corrects camera shake instantly and, with its SuperRange feedback system, evencatches low-frequency vibrations, refining the movement of the vari-angle prism, delivering themost advanced optical image stabilization available today.Canon has satisfied the demands of experienced image makers for years through the power,design and quality of 35mm and broadcast TV lenses. Canons Professional L-Series lensesutilize fluorite, a material that provides outstanding resolution, contrast, and color reproduction -especially in lightweight, high-magnification lenses. Incorporated into the XL2s 20x lens,fluorite delivers the ultimate in clarity and image quality. The fluorite element inside the lensdefeats color aberration (an effect that causes a reduction in sharpness, contrast and color). Thefluorite lens precisely controls components of light providing an excellent balance of these threecritical ingredients of picture quality. This is unobtainable with conventional optical glass.20x Optical zoomCanons 20x Professional L-Series Fluorite lens for the XL2 is the equivalent, in 35mm format,of a 42.3 - 846mm lens when the camera is recording in 16:9 widescreen format. When the 20xProfessional L-Series Fluorite lens for the XL2 is recording video in the TV-standard 4:3 aspectratio, it is the equivalent, in 35mm format, of a 51.8 - 1036mm lens.Super Range Optical Image Stabilization (VAP type)Canons superb optical stabilization system corrects camera shake instantly so even hand heldshots, at full telephoto, and shots taken from a moving car, are smooth and steady. And since it isoptical, there is no loss of image quality inevitable with electronic image stabilizers. It perfectlycomplements the high picture quality of the DV format.Previously, optical image stabilizers have used agyro sensor to detect camcorder vibration (the datafrom which controls a vari-angle prism thatcontinuously corrects the path of the incominglight). SuperRange goes one step further byexamining the image after it is received by the CCD,and detecting any low-frequency vibrations missedby the gyro. This data is fed back to accelerate andrefine the movement of the vari-angle prism. Thisgreatly improves performance for low frequencyvibration, resulting in the most advanced opticalimage stabilization available today.f/1.6 - f/3.5Canons 20x Professional L-Series Fluorite lens features a fast aperture of f/1.6, variable to f/3.5at full telephoto. This maximum aperture of f/1.6 aids in capturing quality video in low lightconditions.
72mm filter threadWith a standard 72mm filter thread, the 20x Professional L-Series Fluorite lens offers theavailability of a wide variety of filters from Canon and other suppliers.You can customize the XL2 to fit your specificapplication and preferences through a full range ofaccessories. They include optional lenses, viewfinders,mounts and microphone adapters.6 blade iris diaphragmA six-blade circular iris is used in the XL2 for professional exposure control. This helps todeliver stunning video and still photos.2 independent ND filtersThe 20x Professional L-Series Fluorite optical zoom lens includes two neutral density filters tohelp control light -- for example under bright, sunlit conditions, or when less depth of field isdesired. The two built-in filters, 1/6 ND and 1/32 ND, can be used independently.Electronic focus and zoom ringThe focus ring and the zoom ring are independent controls on the 20x lens. They are servocontrolled and the speed can be changed by the speed of the rotation of the ring. There is also azoom control on the handgrip and one on the top handle.Zoom preset positionThis function allows memorization of a zoom point, so that the lens can return to that framing bya push of the button. The speed of the zoom can easily be controlled.Focus preset positionThis function allows memorization of a focus point, so that the lens can return to that focus by apush of the button. A pull focus can easily be accomplished. The speed of the focus can easilybe controlled.
Customer ReviewsMost helpful customer reviews338 of 339 people found the following review helpful.The real story from someone who uses the cameraBy Douglas H. HunterO.K. I have been taking a beating from camera rental houses this past year, so when I needed tofinish a project that was dragging on and forcing me too shoot on many different days, I said"what the heck", and put down the money for the XL2. I was a reluctant buyer not excited at allabout buying a DV camera. I was ready to be disappointed by another crappy and expensive DVcamera.Two months later, Im glad I bought it, and Id say that it is the best prosumer DV camera outthere, period.Here are some of the positives and negatives about the camera based on experience.Positives:1) Clean signal: While not as good as something like the Sony DSR 500 its a cleaner signal thanthe VX2000, PD150, and the Panasonic DVX100a. Of all the DV cameras Ive shot on I like theXL2s signal the best.2) Interlacing: Ive shot a great deal on Sony cameras. Especially the DSR 500, and The Sonyimage is always funky, the interlacing is always visible specifically in details like hair and whatnot. Even with all the menus set properly by a great DP the Sony cameras always have a veryhard and interlaced look. Even When shooting in 60i mode The XL2 does not have this and ithandles fine details better than the Sony cameras I am used to.3) Buttons and menus: The design of the button lay out and menus is very good. If you have shoton the Panasonic DVX100a you will really enjoy how the canon is laid out, you dont have to godeep into the menus for every shot on the XL2. The one really bad decision was putting the filmgrain and color bars on the same button. THAT was a mistake. Why they hell does this camerahave a film grain button anyway?4) BNC output: A small but really helpful addition to the XL2 is that it has a BNC out. Foranyone who knows how those BNC to RCA adopters tend to fall off or get lost its about timethat a pro-sumer camera included this simple thing for people who use an external monitor.5) The custom menus:For professionals: If you have shot on pro cameras you will naturally look at the custom menusas a joke, a pro-sumer "toy". I wont try to tell you that they arent a "toy" But they do actuallywork! Which is a great surprise. I have used the camera on sets and on outdoor documentarysports shoots. I find than things like the black stretch and the knee work and are helpful, they arenot like what you find on a Beta camera for example but they are a lot better than what else you
can find for the money.For Consumers: This camera comes with a lot of features that you wont use if you are a pointand shoot, "Let the camera do it for me" kind of person. However, if you are willing to learn orinterested in videography, you will find these features interesting and with a little practice downright useful.6) Color features:To the professionals: These work too, you dont get very deep control of the color gain and theRGB settings but you get some and they work pretty well, which is saying a lot for a cameraunder $5,000! I am developing a preference for shooting with the color gain and RGB settingsset pretty high and then pulling them down in color correction, if necessary. Desaturating in postusing after effects gives great results, but it has not been necessary all that often, and Id rathertake the color out rather than trying to put it back in.For the consumers: The color controls are better than on any other camera you are thinkingabout, most of which will have none. The XL2 gives you noticable control over the saturation ofthe colors as well as how much red, green and blue you see in the image.7) Sound: I dont know what it is, if its the mic or the signal processing but the XL2 has betterquality sound than you would expect from a DV camera out of the box. Use a real mic and theresults are great.Negatives:too many rip off artists trying to sell this camera. Purchase the camera only from a trusted andwell known retailer, no exceptions, you will get ripped off.1) The lens:For Pros: You dont want this lens since it has no witness marks etc. Buy the body without thelens and put on the 16X manual servo zoom. It will cost a bit more but it will be worth it if youneed any percision in your shooting.For consumers: The standard lens is better than any other lens out there, I think youll findshooting with it a good experience .2) The eyepiece:For consumers: If you are a consumer dont worry about it, its fine. Its only an issue in specificcases that pros encounter because of they way they shoot.For pros: Its REALLY hard to make focusing decisions with the eyepiece that comes in the box.Its not so bad for run and gun doc work but if you are doing dramatic work or pulling focusyoull want to Upgrade or always use a monitor.3) Its still DV: This is a really great camera for what it is, but you are still shooting DV, and youcan run but you cant hide from all the inherent problems of the format.
4) Using the FIRE WIRE: WARNING!!!!! if you use Lacie external firewire drives, amongothers, the XL2 does not place nice with other devices in the fire wire chain. To log footage fromthe camera onto your computer you may have to turn off your external drives to do it. This is afor sure with Lacie drives. For many users this will mean either buying larger internal drives orcapturing footage to an internal drive with the externals turned off and then transferring thefootage later.The professional should keep in mind:1) The 24 and 30p frame rates: Naturally the XL2 does not output a true 24 or 30 frame rate. Thecamera gives you the choice of pull-down you want and then you can remove it in post. If youare going to true 24p output you have the option of 2:3:3:2 pull down, which seems to workwithout problems with Cinema Tools.2) All the weight of the camera is at the front so its having a shoulder pad is not that helpful,since most of the weight is on your hand anyway.3) It may be user error but on the last shoot I directed that used the XL2 there were some strangetime code things happening. The DP (who I trust completely) was pre-setting the TC as isusually done but on some tapes the TC changed from the pre-set hour back to hour 0 at somepoint in the tape. Was this due to battery changes or something else? Who knows? The TCshould never do this so I have no Idea why it happened but it obviously effects postproductionand makes generating an EDL impossible.4) Assuming that you dont have the cash for an Anton Bauer upgrade, The BP-945 batteries aregood, they last a long time. So with two of them, the battery that comes with the camera, and the910 charge you are in great shape and will be able to shoot continuously no problem. If you areshooting in the field you will get 10+ hours of camera time out of these three batteries before youneed to recharge.5) The Pelican 1600 case is a little small if you want to break the camera down all the way. Abigger case is not a bad idea.200 of 215 people found the following review helpful.Excellent, If you can afford it...By Timothy J. KozloskiLet me just say straight up that this would be a five star camera if the price was $1,000 less.I do not claim to be an expert on high quality digital camcorders. Ive just dome some reasearchand thought some whould be interested in my opinion.This is the best picture quality semi-pro (between $6000 and $1500) camcorder availiable. Manythink that this also will be the last of the semi-pro cameras to come out before the whole formatswitches to High Definition. The reason why the XL2 has been getting bad reviews on somewebsites is not because of the cameras quality but because just about all of the press and manyprofessional videographers were expecting the XL2 to have high definition instead of
progressive scan.The progressive scan quality of the XL22 is more than many will ever need, including myself.Unless one can afford a top quality TV that plays high definition youll never see the differencebetween XL2s picture and a HD picture. Not to mention that all of the a computer editingprograms whith a reasonable price do not support high definition yet.Currently the only camera that can compete with the XL2 is the PanasonicDVX100A it hasslightly poorer picture quality (almost unnoticable) and it shares the nearly magical 24f and 30fprogressive scan modes. It make what you shoot look like a movie. When you watch thesemodes for the firt time you wont be able to decribe the difference it makes but you will see itand fall in love.The reason why I chose the CanonXL2 over the DVX100a is because no camera currently on themarket comes close to having the XL2s number of manual features and selection of lenses. Thiscamera is for people wanting to experiment with the visual style of filmmaking, trying to acheiveart on the screen.For those who are looking for a high quality camera that is less hands on and more automatic(something you can pull out and instantly get great picture) and are not intrested in digital film asan artform but one of those who just wants to get the best picture for family events and weddingsthe PanasonicDVX100A would be a better choice as it is an easier camcorder to learn and haspicture quality that nearly matches the XL2, not to mention it is $1500 cheaper depending onwhere you look.Ill stick with my CanonXL2, though, as I hope to join the film buisness one day and I need thefreedom of manual features this camera offers.I welcome an oposing opinion.128 of 140 people found the following review helpful.beware of amazon sellersBy Brett DahlenburgThis is an excellent camera definately worth the $5000. However, if you see a seller selling itbrand new for less than $3000 beware. Watch out for anyone asking to be emailed before hand oranyone wanting western union or any kind of Escrow service. Be absoultely positive beforesending any payment.See all 19 customer reviews...My Associates Store | Shopping Cart Browse by Category
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