Canon XL2

Professional Camcorders

XL2

Canon XL2

Broadcast quality with total creative control

With 3x 1/3” 800k progressive scan CCDs and full manual control over all image settings, the XL2 represents the last word in flexible, broadcast quality miniDV.

  • 3x 1/3” 800.000 pixel CCDs
  • 50i & 25p frame rate
  • Total manual image control
  • Pro Quality 16:9
  • XL interchangeable lens system
  • 20x zoom lens
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • 4 channel audio, XLR in, BNC out
  • SMPTE time code
  • IEEE1394 PC connect

Professional’s choice

With 3x 1/3” 800k progressive scan CCDs, the broadcast quality XL2 is the flagship of the Canon range, setting the standard in versatile, light-weight professional digital video. Revolutionising its class, the XL2 provides full manual control over a myriad of variables, allowing all the fine adjustments necessary to satisfy even the most demanding professional videographer.

Both 16:9 (960 x 576 effective pixels) and 4:3 (720 x 576 effective pixels) formats are supported. A 3rd generation signal processing LSI delivers outstanding Signal/Noise ratio performance, with high sensibility and low smear.

Cine feel

Film-like texture, tone and expression are now routine, with 25p recording and a special Cine Look mode. Gamma curve controls include Knee adjustments to tame white clipping and Black controls bring out or suppress detail in the low brightness areas. Colour matrix is selectable from Video and Cinema, while V Detail allows flexible resolution in the vertical direction. Skin Detail allows control over phase and chroma for softer, warmer skin tones. Manual control is provided over Master RGB, Setup level, Master Pedestal, Gain, Coring, Sharpness, Noise Reduction, Colour Gain and Hue.

Control

Two custom keys instantly recall any chosen manual setting within the 8 main menu functions. Favourite settings can be saved to three custom presets. Independent control is provided over R Gain, G Gain and B Gain. White balance can be set to true white or adjusted manually.

Lens

Fluorite and aspheric elements in the 20x zoom lens eliminate both chromatic and spherical aberrations. A circular iris provides beautiful background blur and built-in neutral density (ND) filters allow the iris to open fully in harsh light conditions. The XL mount system is compatible with all XL video lenses, and over 60 Canon EF lenses via an optional adapter.

Go steady

Optical image stabilization (OIS) eliminates unwanted camera shake before the image reaches the sensor. SuperRange OIS extends IS by examining the image after it is received by the sensor and suppressing low frequency movements.

In sync

Both Rec Run and Free Run SMPTE time code is supported. 2 built-in phantom powered XLR jacks and a BNC jack for monitor output is provided. An IEEE1394 connection allows direct hard disk recording.

Product Specification

VIDEO SYSTEM

Recording Medium MiniDV
Type 3CCD 1/3" Progressive Scan
Total Pixels 3x 800.000
Effective Pixels 4:3 mode: 3x 410.000
16:9 mode: 3x 550.000
Filter RGB Independent Primary Colour
Optical Zoom 20x
Digital Zoom N/A
Focal Length 5.4 - 108mm
Maximum Aperture f/1.6
Minimum Focusing Distance 20mm
Image Stabilizer YES (OIS)
Filter Diameter 72mm
Screen Size 2.0"
Pixels CL 200.000
Manual Adjustment Brightness, Audio Volume,
Multi Image Screen N/A

MINIMUM ILLUMINATION

Minimum Lux. 0.8 lux (in night mode)
Night Mode YES
Super Night Mode NO
Auto/Manual YES
Control YES
Program AE Full Auto, Auto, Tv, Av, Manual, Spotlight, Night Mode

BACKLIGHT COMPENSATION

Backlight Compensation YES

WHITE BALANCE

Type TTL
Auto YES
Set/Preset YES
Lock YES

SHUTTER SPEED

Maximum 1/16000
Slow 1/6

DIGITAL EFFECT

Fade NO
Effect NO

CUSTOM KEY

Custom Key YES (2)

STILL IMAGE

Capture Image Size N/A
Continuous Shooting Mode NO
Auto Exposure Bracketing NO
Simultaneous Photo Recording NO
Selecting AF Frame Function NO
Photo Button NO

SELF TIMER

Self Timer YES

REC. REVIEW/REC. SEARCH

REC. Review/REC. Search YES

RECORDING MODE

LP Mode YES
Extended Recording Mode (ELP Mode) NO
Still Image YES
Date YES

MEMORY CARD

Multi Media Card NO
Secure Digital Card NO
Movie Recording NO
System PCM Digital Stereo
16bit-48kHz 2ch
12bit-32kHz 4ch
Manual Rec. Level Control YES
Audio Dubbing NO

TERMINAL

Headphone YES
Microphone YES (2x Phantom Powered XLR)
USB NO
DV YES out/in
Direct Print NO
Analogue-in YES
AV YES
S-video YES
LANC YES
Built-in Charger YES

ACCESSORY SHOE

Accessory Shoe YES (A.A. Shoe)

BUILT-IN VIDEO LIGHT

Built-in Video Light NO

BUILT-IN FLASH

Built-in Flash NO

WIRELESS CONTROLLER

Wireless Controller WL-D4000

ANALOGUE DIGITAL CONVERTER

Analogue Digital Converter YES

BATTERY PACK

Type Li-Ion
Battery Included in the Kit BP-930
Long Life Battery BP-945
Longer Recording Time- a) 3h 50m

DIMENSIONS

W x H x D 225 x 220 x 496mm
Weight 2410g
  • a) using above optional long life BP