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Canon XL1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 306 reviews of Canon XL1. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the color and design. The usability and image quality are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are mixed opinions on the reliability and portability.

price, image quality, usability, design, color

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon XL1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon XL1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Canon XL1 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the design and color. The size and usability are also appreciated, but there are some mixed reviews about the portability and price.

image quality, usability, size, color, design

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon XL1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 128 user reviews of Canon XL1 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviews about the durability and design are overall positive. The image quality and usability also get good comments, but the size and reliability get mixed reviews.

price, usability, image quality, design, durability

91% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2019

Best Buy!

Expert review by : Neil Bennett (digitalartsonline.co.uk)

XL1S camcorder

 

The menu system has been shifted around, which was necessary, so that you now move up and down the menu using the iris wheel and select by pushing it. While this is an improvement on the previous system, the menu button's still a pain to find while...

Expert review by : Shawn S. Lealos (brighthub.com)

Canon XL1 Review

 

Is the Canon XL1 still the best camera for filmmakers on a budget? This review of the Canon XL1 will give you all the information you need to decide if this camera is right for you.

May, 2011

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

Expert Review

 

As readers of The Digital Journalist are aware, we have been enthusiasticabout Canon's XL1 since it arrived on the market in late fall of 1997.The camera was designed to a professional instrument, aimed at thenew generation of television and film...

Jul, 2002

Expert review by : Larry Kausch (kenstone.net)

The New Canon XL-1S

 

Well...after much fiddling and testing with the new "XL1s" it looks like Canon has a winner.

The comments above by Larry Kausch - ProMax Instructor, Support, and Demo Artist.

Jul, 2001

Expert review by : Dirck Halstead (digitaljournalist.org)

New Canon XL1 Accessories

 

As any regular reader of The Digital Journalist is well aware, we have been enthusiastic about Canon's top-of-the-line video camcorder, the XL-1, since its introduction two years ago. It still is leading the way as far as innovative design and...

Mar, 2000

Expert review by : Dirck Halstead (digitaljournalist.org)

Canon XL-1 Review

 

Before I start what will be a very lengthy review of this camera, the first truly professional mini dv camcorder priced under $12,000, I think I should correct something I said to a member of the NPPA discussion list when he asked about it (I was in my...

Dec, 1997

Consumer review (reviewstream.com)

Canon XL1 Video Camera

 

I purchased the Canon XL-1 about 3 years ago. At the time it was the only 3 chip DV camera that had interchangeable lenses. Although there are a few prosumer cameras out today that allow you to do the same, they are rarely within the price range. There...

Overall I really think the camera is great and would definitely buy another one. You can buy them really cheap on ebay or craigslist and if you want to step it up go with the XL2 that includes even more features.

Oct, 2008

Consumer review (photographyreview.com)

Canon XL1S - (Digital Camcorders)

 
Jan, 2008

Consumer review (reviewstream.com)

Canon XL1 Video Camera

 

I purchased the Canon XL-1 about 3 years ago. At the time it was the only 3 chip DV camera that had interchangeable lenses. Although there are a few prosumer cameras out today that allow you to do the same, they are rarely within the price range.

Jan, 2008

Consumer review (epinions.com)

so you want to be a filmmaker?

 

Of course, we've all been hearing that thing for years now.. y'know, "the digital filmmaking revolution is here" and "now you at home can make movies for nothing!". And, of course- in a way that's true, you can pick up your sony handycam, shoot a short...

Great image quality, user friendly..

Cost of additional parts.

Oct, 2005
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Product Specifications

Make history as you record history. Canon's ongoing quest for video image perfection has yielded the new XL1 digital video camcorder. Combining true ability of the miniDV format and an industry-first miniDV interchangeable lens system, the XL1 delivers the finest image quality with unprecedented flexibility-for either full-motion videos or still images. Just as Canon's Hi8 camcorders have set the standard time again, the XL1 is Canon's new flagship camcorder and the product that defines the leading edge of digital video. A combination of exclusive and innovative Canon optical and digital technologies have come together to bring you the new XL1 digital video camcorder, the world's first interchangeable lens miniDV camcorder. The new flagship of Canon camcorder product line, the XL1 is designed to challenge any difficult shooting conditions or requirements and to meet your high expectations in digital videography. The XL1 also incorporates 3CCD image sensors to achieve highly accurate color reproduction and detail. In addition, the XL1 has remarkable performance even in difficult low-light situations. The XL1 is durable, portable, and flexible, but most of all, it provides the finest digital video image quality available today.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):1.5hour(s)/90min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:41.5cm/42cm
Height:21.4cm/22.3cm/22cm
Weight:1.7kg/2.9kg
Width:21.4cm/21cm/22.3cm

Display (Projector)

Type:None.

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Aperture-priority / Auto mode lock / Photo mode / Shutter-priority / Slow shutter / Spotlight/Aperture-priority / Auto mode lock / Shutter-priority / Slow shutter / Spotlight/Slow shutter / Spotlight

Header

Localization:English
Manufacturer:Canon
Model:S/XL1/XL1S
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon DM/Canon XL1

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.6
Max Focal Length:88mm
Min Focal Length:5.5mm
Optical Zoom:16
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Colour:Black / Silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:250Kpix/300Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:270Kpix/320Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3" ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3 )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in/Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:NTSC/PAL
Digital Zoom:2/32
Faders:Black fader / Fade trigger
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode/Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode / Normal movie mode
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor