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Canon GL1 Mini DV Digital Video Camcorder 480I GL-1 #215
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Canon GL1 Mini DV Digital Video Camcorder 480I GL-1                         #215
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Product description
Product Identifiers
UPC0013803605938, 0138036059386, 13803605938

Key Features
Recording SystemNTSC
Optical Zoom20x
Digital Zoom100x
Storage TypeRemovable (Card/Disc/Tape)
Resolution0.3 MP
Screen Size2.5"
Weight41.6 Oz.

Optical Sensor
Sensor Type3CCD
Sensor Size1/4"
Optical Sensor Qty3

Lens System
Lens TypeZoom lens
Focal Length Range4.2mm - 84mm
Focus AdjustmentAutomatic, Manual
Lens Filter Size58 mm
Lens System FeaturesAspherical Lens, Fluorite Glass
Auto Focus typeTTL contrast detection
Lens Construction10 group(s) / 12 element(s)

Max Shutter Speed1/15000 sec
Min Illumination6 lux
Min Shutter Speed1/60 sec
Exposure MeteringCenter-Weighted
Exposure ModesAperture-Priority, Automatic, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority

Camera Flash
Flash TypeNone

Memory / Storage
Recording SpeedLP, SP

Viewfinder TypeLCD
Viewfinder Diagonal Size0.55"

Depth10.71 in.
Height5.31 in.
Width4.61 in.

Display TypeLCD
Display RotationRotating
Screen DetailsLCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5" - color
Display Size2.5"

Microphone TypeMicrophone - detachable - electret condenser - stereo
Microphone Operation ModeStereo

Connector Types1 x Control-L (LANC), 1 x Control-L (LANC) ( sub-mini phone stereo 2.5 mm ), 1 x DC power input, 1 x DC power output, 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK), 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK) ( 4 pin FireWire ), 1 x S-Video input / output, 1 x S-Video input / output ( 4 pin mini-DIN ), 1 x composite video/audio (input/output), 1 x composite video/audio (input/output) ( RCA phono x 3 ), 1 x flash terminal ( hot shoe ), 1 x headphones, 1 x headphones ( mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ), 1 x microphone, 1 x microphone ( mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm )

Battery Form FactorManufacturer specific

Environmental Parameters
Max Operating Temperature40 °C
Min Operating Temperature0 °C

Effective Video Resolution0.2 MP

Other Features
Additional FeaturesBuilt-In Speaker, Color Viewfinder, Date/Time Stamp, Diopter Adjustment, LCD color/brightness/tint control, Self Timer, Still Shot Capability, display brightness control

Color Black/Silver
Night ModeYes
Shooting ModesDigital Photo Mode, Frame Movie Mode

eBay Product ID: EPID99972679

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Created: 10/10/12

Still a great value in 2012

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

The Canon GL1 is a great, user friendly, broadcast quality camera. I purchased it to use for production of local television commercials, issues pramming, and a weekly church service. While it does not have the luxury of multiple lenses, it is very versatile. The image stabilization on this camera is one of the most notable features, as is its "shifted" (and pretty convincing) 16:9 setting. However, the camera does not do well in poor lighting. If you're shooting in a poorly lit area, you will not be able to get by without some lighting or a lot of extra work in post. The battery life is less than ideal with a standard battery, but a variety of larger batteries are available for purchase. Whether you're shooting professionally or for recreation, this camera will not let you down.

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Created: 08/03/08

Legends never die

A few years ago Canon was probably the first company to understand that miniDV was about to change everything for indpendant film makers, passionate people and a few others.

What did they understood ? They understood that people were aware that it was now possible to build camcorders capable of doing high quality material and even professionnal footages if used correctly, for a much lower price, size and weight than in the past.

So those people were waiting for the baby to be born. And here it came : The GL1. Back to the day it got on the market you got get it for around three thousand if I remember correctly. 3000$ and capable of doing professionnal work ? That's what I'm talking about !

3CCD, amazing lens, great stabilization, impressive sound quality also, easily carriable with its two pounds. This camera was dreamt, Canon built it.

It was a new age for inpendant reporters, indpendant film makers, small companies / videographers. So many people used to struggle with equipment too heavy, too difficult to use and mostly too expensive. Before that new age some had to use crap or spent fortunes renting. Now they were using an affordable camera that was solving all of their problems and offering so many possibilities...

And now, almost ten years after that, that Camera and her little sister the GL2 still have their fans. JVC released the Everio, Panasonic the PVGS series and all of them claimed to be today's equivalent of the GL1. Anyone with a shooting experience with the GL1, and even if the Everio is "HD", will tell you those toys have a long way to go before thinking they might be able to compete.

If you have enough money to buy a REAL HD camera, go for it. If you're on a budget and need something reliable and still giving amazing results for around a thousand. Buy the legend, don't even think about JVC's crap or the cheap PVGS series and all the others. Because legends never die.

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Created: 12/12/09

Great Camera

My search for a new camera started with just wanting a manual focus ring and 3ccd's, I recently had the panasonic sd9, I looked at the gs250, gs500, gs400, trv900 and the gl1, I was always pulled back by the gl1.It's also light weight and small, fits in a canon 200eg perfectly.
It has amazing colors, has a fair weight and is overall an amazing camera.
Heres some footage

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Created: 12/16/12

Definitely a recommended by for the student and independent film making.

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

fantastic camera, easy to operate, very user friendly. It has everything you need in a MiniDv for a low price.

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Created: 11/30/09

The Canon GL1 Is TOP NOTCH

The Canon GL1 is top notch. This is the second one that I have owned. The first one I have recently given away as a gift. The picture quality is excellent. The image stableization is good and the camera is easy to use. the 20x zoom is a great feature especially when combined with a 3.5x zoom enhancing lens.

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