|Canon GL2 Professional Digital Video Camera DM-GL2A MiniDV 3CCD NTSC|
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Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
|UPC||013803014884, 226083753873, 718122056804|
|Storage Type||Removable (Card/Disc/Tape)|
|Media Format||Flash card, Mini DV|
|Sensor Type||3CCD, 3CCD with Pixel Shift|
|Optical Sensor Qty||3|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Focal Length Range||4.2mm - 84mm|
|Focus Adjustment||Automatic, Manual|
|Lens Filter Size||58 mm|
|Lens System Features||Aspherical Lens, Fluorite Glass|
|Auto Focus type||TTL contrast detection|
|Lens Construction||10 group(s) / 12 element(s)|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/15000 sec|
|Min Illumination||6 lux|
|Min Shutter Speed||1/60 sec|
|Exposure Metering||Center-Weighted, Spot|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture-Priority, Automatic, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority|
|Memory / Storage|
|Recording Speed||LP, SP|
|Supported Flash Memory||MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card|
|Digital Storage Media||Microdrive|
|Viewfinder Diagonal Size||0.44"|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5" - color|
|Microphone Type||Microphone - built-in - electret condenser - stereo|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Stereo|
|Connector Types||1 x Control-L (LANC), 1 x DC power input, 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK), 1 x S-Video input / output, 1 x USB, 1 x composite video/audio (input/output), 1 x headphones, 1 x microphone|
|Expansion Slot||1 x SD Memory Card|
|Run Time Up To||Up To 65 min|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Max Operating Temperature||40 °C|
|Min Operating Temperature||0 °C|
|Effective Video Resolution||0.4 MP|
|Additional Features||16:9 Widescreen Mode, AE lock, AE/FE Lock, AF Lock, Auto Power Save, Built-In Speaker, Color Control, Color Viewfinder, DPOF Support, Date/Time Stamp, Interval Shooting Mode, Sharpness Control, Still Shot Capability, USB Compatibility, accessories hot shoe, analog to digital conversion with pass through, display brightness control|
|Shooting Modes||Digital Photo Mode, Frame Movie Mode|
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.
Average review score based on 51 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
I purchased my GL-2 used and in great shape from eBay. The camera is a lower cost but high end DV tape camera, with super quality and a 20X zoom, which allows me ample footage time on a single Mini-DV tape for outdoor hunting footage. This camera is TV quality and has been industry standard for many years!
I researched the newer HD cameras and dollar for dollar, the Canon GL2 gives me much more for my money, because most HD cameras in the $800 price range that I paid for this GL2 are only 10X with smaller hard drive capacity for highest quality recording. If a HD camera gets wet and dies, so does your footage on that hard drive, but a GL 2 Mini DV tape, can be removed and transferred to your editing software on any tape playing device and be saved for ever! In my book the Mini DV tape still out shines the HD hard drive cams any day for the outdoor sport filming!
I say forget HD and stay with Mini-DV, buy a Canon GL2, for the same money as a an equal 20X HD camera of over 5K you can own three to five Canon GL 2's!
I was shooting the Ms Senior Nye county, Nevada Pageants and their other performances with a nice but home quality video camera that was Ok under perfect conditions but lacking under other. Needed something better. I reasearched many of the Panasonic, Sony and Canon series, on ebay, including the X, V, L and G and settled on the GL2, for most 'Bang for the Buck', including performance and ease of use.
I particularly like the max lux of .37 and the color quality. Many of the shoots are indoors with poor lighting conditions and the GL2 does very well. I had an opportunity to use the XL1 indoors and the GL2 out performed it for low light picture quality.
I then monitored the sales and bidding on the Gl2 for 2 months to help determine what I should pay for quality and quanity... Complements and thank you to ebay for making this easy. It takes more homework but it's all available on your site.
The Gl2 is great for it's size, weight, simplicity and picture quality for a prosumer camera. Most features are easy to use.
The only thing I don't like about it is the manual, It is difficult to find some of the menu items like finding the spotlite/snow/florescent settings and it suggests little about the best settings, filters for conditions or why to use them. Software did not come with the camera, possibly it is there.
Also, I purchased the DM50 mic on ebay and so far (only one test) do not see the value in it.
I plaln to buy another GL2 to use as back up.
I purchased this camera to use as a project cam for our church. The versatility and good fame the GL2 is what made me decide this was the one to buy.
I like the extreme portability and the all the features the camera packs. 3CCD was a big check on my list when shopping for cameras. It delivers about 480p quality with it's Mini DV format, plus the DV (IEEE 134) in/out is prime for digital editing purposes. Perhaps is not Full HD definition quality (1080p) but if you know how to work your camera and your editing, you get great professional broadcasting results.
The GL2's price tag in comparison with other models makes it an almost flawless contender. If found in good used conditions on eBay, then the price is just unbeatable. Plus it has so much accessories and attachments that can go with it, your options are endless.
I have found that the Canon GL 2 is easy to use and easy to train people who are inexperienced with technology to use, as well. It has more features than most people will need, and operates with excellent quality without going to really expensive cameras.
Of the three I bought, two did not have the output cord. If you need one, don't buy the really cheap cord. They just don't work. Get the real one and save your aggravation.
I don't use the battery, so couldn't rate battery life.
goood camera... exelent image quality, exelent image staviliser
exelent colors.... very good zoom, good auto focus, and exelent minimum lux ....