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The Canon GL1 is professional quality video equipment in a more compact, affordable camera. For the best possible picture quality, these cameras use three separate 270,000 pixel CCDs (one for each primary color). For great optical quality, the GL1 uses a fixed (non removable) 20x optical (100x digital) zoom L Series fluorite lens. Audio is recorded through the built in microphone which features two pairs of pickup elements. The electronics of the GL1 have many advanced features, including a number of programmed AE modes, as well as both shutter and aperture priority modes, spotlight mode and sand and snow mode which is designed to prevent dark, underexposed subjects in situations with bright backgrounds commonly found in sandy and snowy areas. The GL1 uses an IEEE 1394 port for digital editing and for transferring footage to and from other IEEE 1394 compliant devices making it easy to save and share your memories.
Canon GL1 Mini DV Camcorder
pros: Very sharp images when it works
cons: No durability or reliability
Do Not Buy This Camera or Any Canon
We were among the first to purchase the GL-1. I had to drive to NJ from my home in Maryland. It took... See Full Review
pros: Makes recording fun, easy and professional.
cons: I can't use it enough!
Be a movie maker!
If you are looking to simply capture those precious moments in life or want to make broadcast qualit... See Full Review
pros: Vivid color and sturdy housing.
cons: Not as sharp as VX2000 or Canon GL2
GL1 Vs GL2
Image Quality: Before we begin, let us check out the captured video frames on my web page, whic... See Full Review
pros: Image quality and color, flip out LCD screen, solid build, Canon reputation.
cons: Audio not optimized for voices, less than precise battery life indicator.
The magic is in the "3CCD"'s
I spent several months looking for the perfect camera in the "prosumer" market. I found the GL1, ev... See Full Review
pros: Clean sharp digital images that make quality movies.
cons: Tape eating problem (read review)
GL1 is Great
I have been using the GL1 for nearly 1 year now. I take it out on shoots for a website I work on...... See Full Review
pros: Compact camera with good lens and well-designed controls.
cons: Small and low-rez LCD screen
Overhyped and over priced?
The GL1 feels good in the hand, especially for such a small unit. Although it's a bit heavier than s... See Full Review
pros: Excellent image & zoom; manual overrides well placed, no need for interchangeable lenses.
cons: Autofocusing like a first generation Canon EOS, bulky, & low res. stills.
Very capable but beginning to show it's age
Although the GL-1 has been round a few years it still sets the standard for quality, value and versa... See Full Review
pros: Equivalent to the XL-1 (its big brother), Incredible Optical Zoom, 3 CCD w/ PixelShift Technology
cons: Non-Interchangeable Lens
Who Needs the XL-1? The GL-1 is Here!
I'm a huge fan of mini-dv camcorders - not the "consumer" ones - I'm a professional who needs great... See Full Review
pros: Great Picture, nice features, and solid feel.
cons: Audio, Weight, and low-light performance
An excellent choice for the up-and-coming Professional Videographer
Canon has combined the professional look and features of their high-end XL1, with the ease of use an... See Full Review
pros: 3CCD processing for low cost, great picture, dimensions, audio features...
cons: non-removeable lens, rough design, price - probably it's always in this section :)
High Quality for Low Cost
Great cam! thanx to 3CCD processing (Split the light into 3 beams and use 3 CCDs, one each with a Re... See Full Review
|Recording Media||Mini DV|
|Number of Pixels||270K pixels|
|LCD / Viewfinder|
|LCD Screen Size||2.5 in.|
|Display Type||With LCD Screen|
|Color Viewfinder||With Color Viewfinder|
|Focal Length||4.2 - 84 mm|
|Attachment / Filter Size||58 mm|
|Night Shot||Without Night Shot|
|Image Stabilizer||With Image Stabilizer|
|Low Lux||6 Lux|
|Recommended Illumination||100 Lux|
|Audio Format||12/16 Bit PCM Digital Stereo Audio|
|Digital Still Shot Mode||With Still Shot Capability|
|MPEG Movie Mode||Without MPEG Movie Mode|
|Input Interfaces||Audio (RCA)|
|Battery Life||Up to 1.08 Hours|
|Battery Type||Proprietary Lithium|
|Family Line||Canon GL|
|Included Accessories||Remote Control|