Summary: This camera is great. I use it on a daily basis, but also for extra-curricular activities. Crystal clear image. onyl complaint is short battery life; and that can be fixed by having multiple batteries or by getting larger batteries that last longer.
Summary: I loved this type and quality of the camcorder. I never would have thought I would eventually be able to posses this camcorder but thanks to amazon and the reasonable prices it was possible for me to buy it. After i had filmed almost everything i bought the fire wire to transfer my footage and the camcorder did not cooperate i plugged it in 3 types of computers and I was not aollowed to transfer anything.
Summary: This is one Great camera! Works great no probs. I am shooting a movie and this camera works great for it. Good for anyone who needs a in the middle camera from customer to pro cameras. I have had this camera for 2 months now and I love it! P.S. The pic of the camera at the top of the page is the pic for the GL2 not the GL1.
Summary: I purchased my GL-1 almost two years ago with the original intention of using it to create videos of weddings and grandchildren. After comparing numerous available models and brands, I chose the GL-1 for its good reputation, high-end features, lenses, and of course for the more reasonable price. It could be said that the GL-1 is among the worst of the best, but that is not a fair way of comparing its features to other camcorders.
Summary: I bought this camera about 10 months back, and at the time made a compromise in choosing it because I couldn't afford the XL1S. What I've learned though after using it for so long now is that Canon didn't compromise on this camera. The GL1 has essentially every feature the aspiring film maker or video professional needs to get underway quickly and easily.
Summary: I wasn't so sure about this camera because I had listened to the hype about Sony DV cameras. But let me tell you, I have never seen a mini DV camera pack such a punch for the price. Between the GL-1 and the much more expensive Xl-1, I cannot tell that much difference at all, maybe none at all. This camera captures truly stunning video. From reproducing each and every color vibrantly and crisp to the razor sharp picture quality.
Summary: I've owned the GL1 now for almost 3 months now. It was a christmas gift to myself. It took me 3 months to decide on the GL1 (my 2nd choice was top of the line Sony). The picutre quality is GREAT. Plus, I wasn't impressed with all of the special effects that came bundled with the Sony. IMHO, a digital camera should take the best quality videos and NOT be used as an editing tool on the fly.
Summary: After upgrading from standard 8mm tape to MiniDV I could not be more happy. Very simple to operate for a novice, but the more I learn the better I am in photo situations which used to leave me flat on my face. Menus, manual parameters, automode, optical stabilization, 3 CCD's, and the design and ergonomics are great. My only gripe is the poor response in low light situations. My previous sonycam did MUCH better. I better invest in a light.
Yes, it's expensive. Yes, you get what you pay for.
Floatplane Guy "imelanson", Amazon
3 November 2001
Summary: First, the visceral. The image quality is stunning, and the creative license and possibilities afforded through DV are staggering. With a GL1 and a good NLE like Premiere, the only limit is your creativity. Effects that just a few years ago started at tens of thousands of dollars on film can now be rendered realtime. Now the practical. I spent a fair bit of time looking through the market at the 'low pro' end.