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Canon GL2 Mini DV Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 86 reviews of Canon GL2 Mini DV Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the color and durability. The portability and image quality also get good comments, whereas there are mixed reviews on the viewfinder and price. Some have doubts about the memory and battery.

usability, image quality, portability, durability, color

size, battery, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon GL2 Mini DV Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon GL2 Mini DV Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Canon GL2 Mini DV Camcorder from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the image quality and usability.

price, usability, image quality

89% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Expert review by : Dick Ridington (cnet.com)

Canon GL2 review: Canon GL2

 

Canon GL2

Excellent image quality and color fidelity; 20X optical zoom; two-channel audio control; 1.7-megapixel still image capture; lightweight.

Too many controls per button; onboard microphone is omnidirectional; mediocre battery life with included cell.

This outstanding performer raises the bar for prosumer MiniDV camcorders.

Sep, 2002

Expert review by : J.W. Olsen (pcmag.com)

A Professional Camcorder at a Prosumer Price

 
Sep, 2002

Expert review by : Dick Ridington (cnet.com.au)

Canon GL2 review: Canon GL2

 

Canon GL2

Excellent image quality and color fidelity; 20X optical zoom; two-channel audio control; 1.7-megapixel still image capture; lightweight.

Too many controls per button; onboard microphone is omnidirectional; mediocre battery life with included cell.

This outstanding performer raises the bar for prosumer MiniDV camcorders.

Oct, 2002

Expert review by : Newbie (newbie.org)

Expert Review

 

The Canon GL2 Mini DV Digital Camcorder has three CCD image sensors, along with its 20X optical zoom and dramatic 100X digital-zoom lenses that helps take good pictures in dark or well lighted areas. Features: Professional L-series Fluorite lens,...

Awesome image quality and very good audio controls. Plus a great lens and sound

No stop frame function

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : The Digital Journalist (digitaljournalist.org)

Expert Review

 

The long-anticipatedCanon GL2 miniDV camcorder is finally on dealers' shelves and it's ahoney. Canon has made a significant number of improvements to the threeyear old (and now discontinued) GL1. Perhaps the most important is theaddition of manual...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : D. Eric Franks (videomaker.com)

Canon GL2 Mini DV Camcorder Review

 

The Canon GL2, one of the most anticipated new video cameras this year, is the successor to the popular GL1. Like a warm bowl of porridge, the GL2 is just right - not too small, not too expensive and yet it has nearly all of the features most advanced...

Superb audio ; Fully manual options ; Excellent exposure control

LCD seems flimsy

Awesome audio, vivid video and fantastic flexibility make this camcorder an outstanding option.

Oct, 2002

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Still Going

 

Regarding HD vs SD. HD is beautiful, but expensive.

Old Technology--yes, but that's not all bad. I have 2 of these and use them regularly in event video production. They are excellent cameras and a very good price. The glass is wonderful--sharp edge to edge with no vignetting. Learning the camer is fast...

I wish they had focus and zoom presets (achieve the shot you want and focus or zoom away, and return to the shot precisely with one push of a button). I also wish that the viewfinder was B&W with better resolution to help with fine manual focusing.

Dec, 2008

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Out of Date Technology

 

This camera was already old technology when I bought it 3+ years ago. I can't believe it is still for sale. I also own two HD cameras, including one that cost less than the GL2 and produces much better images.

Was once a good camera.

Noisy images. Poor dynamic range. Inaccurate colors. Soft, lo-def images. Lots of artifacts: aliasing, chroma bleeding, etc.

Nov, 2007

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Great Camera

 

When I used this for a group video project in English class we played the video on the projector and it still looked good despite how large the screen was.

I used this camera many times in my video tech class and it was awesome. Its definitely sturdy having survived so many kids roughly handling it. It has many lighting features that will help you film in different environments and the sound is great. Oh...

The LCD is a little small and the microphone picks up your voice but also everything else.

Jun, 2007

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Superb Product among Prosumer Cameras

 

Just take good care of it, the camera will last long enough more than you expect.

This product has been my first prosumer camera since I started my business way back 2004 and it accidentally fell off my tripod ( down to the floor) on my first wedding video coverage. I was so worried that I might not finished my first project for the...

battery runs out but the camera still healthy.

Jun, 2007

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