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Canon XM2

We have collected and analysed 8 expert reviews and 318 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 83/100 and users rate it 75/100. The average review date is 03-03-2007. We have compared these reviews to 369525 reviews from other Camcorders. The alaScore™ for this product is 79/100 = Good. Last update: 10-12-2018.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Canon XM2


alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Canon XM2 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Views about the image quality and design are overall positive. The reliability and price also get good views, whereas there are some critical reviews about the battery.

durability, price, reliability, design, image quality


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

This summary is based on the products: Canon DM-XM2 Professional MiniDV Camcorder (20x Optical Zoom, 100x Digital zoom)Canon DM-XM2 Professional MiniDV Camcorder (20x Optical Zoom, 100x Digital zoom)

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Consumer review ( review summary for Canon XM2


alaTest has collected and analyzed 181 user reviews of Canon XM2 from The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the design and portability are on the whole positive. The image quality and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some mixed comments about the zoom.

usability, price, image quality, portability, design

64% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon GL2 MiniDV Digital Camcorder w/20x Optical ZoomCanon GL2 MiniDV Digital Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : The DM-XM2, Canon's replacement for the DM-XM1 thr (

Canon DM-XM2 camcorder test


The XM2 is a major improvement over the XM1 with the added bonus of manual audio controls and solid-state memory card capabilities for stills. The lens produces excellent detail - helped by the optical image stabiliser - and feels good when focusing,...

Sep, 2009

Expert review by : Neil Bennett (



The XM2 also has strong competition from Sony's PDX10, which has the added benefit of true widescreen capture. The PDX10 costs over £500 more than the XM2, but includes an XLR input in that price that will set you back an extra £145 on the XM2

Expert review by : Colin Barrett (

SimplyDV Review: Canon XM2 DV Camcorder


With its comprehensive digital and analogue video and audio inputs, together with its professional-standard features, the DM-XM2 is a worthy successor to the XM-1.

Expert review by : Chris Jager (

Canon X-M2


Reviewing a high-end camcorder from Canon is comparable to taking a Lamborghini Diablo for a 'test' drive -- critical opinion, however informed, is pr...

Superb image quality, 20x optical zoom, affordable for a professional unit

No zooming ring, inbuilt microphone below average, standard-def only

Serious users will find plenty to love about the X-M2, which combines plenty of premium features with a price tag that most people can afford. It might be getting a little long in the tooth, but this is still one of the best MiniDV cams on the market.

Jan, 2008

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Canon DM-XM2 : If you're not after HD, then go for this one


The Canon XM2 is the middle child of the camcorder world. Often sighted as too expensive by true amateur 'point-and-shoot? users, yet overlooked by the budding Spielberg who leap straight to it's older brother the Canon XL2. So is this camera a stop...

May, 2007

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Canon DM-XM2: If you're not after HD, then go for this one


The Canon XM2 is the middle child of the camcorder world. Often sighted as too expensive by true amateur ‘point-and-shoot’ users, yet overlooked by the budding Spielberg who leap straight to it’s older brother the Canon XL2. So is this camera a...

Excellent lens quality, clear image, good colour reproduction, manual overrides, colour viewfinder

Not brilliant in low light, mic could be better, not HD

May, 2007

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Canon XM2 : its THE CAM


Last week at my company we need to rent a high quality camera, and we think in this one. This is the perfect camera if you are looking for excellent image and not to buy other one after a couple of years , always better cameras go out to market and...

Jul, 2006

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Canon Triumph


I started a few years ago with the Canon XM1, and was taken with its simplicity of operation, and its outstanding results. When th...

May, 2003

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An outstanding prosumer MiniDV camcorder


Ever since the digital revolution began i have been waiting for a camcorder like the Canon DM-XM2. The previous model by canon(DM-...

Jan, 2003

Product Specifications

The new Canon XM2 camcorder has the latest technology and many useful sound and picture adjustments and enhancements to cater for a variety of shooting situations and preferences. Its highly sensitive 3CCD unit achieves 540 lines horizontal resolution and super low light performance. A new Super Pixel Shift provides a wider dynamic range for movies, reducing vertical smear, and gives 1.7 mega-pixel high-resolution digital photos. The camcorder's professional L-Series fluorite lens provides 35mm and broadcast TV quality. It can deliver extremely sharp images and high magnification with less color aberrations. An Optical Image Stabilizer keeps the image steady with no loss of quality. And video recordings made with the Canon XM2 will sound as good as they look with the "Direction Accurate" microphone giving accurate stereo ambiance and less mechanical background noise. The microphone frequency has three modes to match recording conditions (normal, voice, windscreen). Manual adjustments on the XM2 include buttons for color and light adjustment, such as Color Phase, Color Gain, Camera Sharpness and Setup Level. Other features are Zebra Pattern, to indicate overexposure, Interval Timer, to record at selected times, and Clear Scan, to record a CRT monitor. A Custom Key can be used to assign functions used frequently. The new Canon XM2 digital camcorder is the ideal choice for recording broadcast or web content, making educational videos or registering an event like a wedding.


Audio Dubbing: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):7
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-915

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


3D: No
3D compatibility: No
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder / Shouldercam
Minimum illumination:0.37

Camera Flash

Type: None


Colour of product:Black, Silver

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in Display: Yes
Display diagonal:6.35
Display Resolution:200000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Sand & snow / Spotlight


Built-in Flash: No
Built-in light: No

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:8MB


Product Type:Power adapter (car) + battery charger
Subcategory (MG):Power adapters and chargers


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon CB/Canon DM/Canon XM2

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):0.44
Optical sensor resolution:470000
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 4
Sensor Type:CCD / CMOS
Total MegaPixels:1.7 / 4.7

Lens System

Digital Zoom:100
Filter Size:5.8
Focal length range (f-f):4.2 - 84
Image stabilizer: No
Interchangeable lens: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.9
Max Focal Length:84mm
Min Focal Length:4.2mm
Optical Zoom:20
Optical Zoom:2 / 20
Type:Zoom lens


Colour:Black / Silver

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 55

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:440Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:470Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4" ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4 )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD/3CCD with Pixel Shift
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

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

Other features

Audio output:1
Auto Focus: Yes
I/O ports:AV\nLANC\nAnalogue-in
Lens system:L-Series
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Resolution:470000 x 3

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
DV port: Yes
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S-Video In: Yes
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Power Device

Input Connector Qty:1
Input Connector Type:Car cigarette lighter
Voltage Provided:7.2V


Camera shutter speed:1/16000 - 1/6 / 1/16000 ~ 1/6

Still image

Maximum image resolution:1488 x 1128


Camcorder media type:Memory card, Videotape
Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD
Disc types supported: No

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Zoom:100
Faders:Black fader / Overlap fader / Window wipe
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Mirror / Mosaic / Sepia / Slim / Stretch / Strobe / Tracer


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder resolution:180000
Viewfinder screen size:0.44
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Height :30.6