Summary: Regarding HD vs SD. HD is beautiful, but expensive. Weddings--NO ONE has asked me about HD yet. They will at some point, but figuring that the final video produced has to go to grandma and Aunt Sue who have never heard of HD, there's still plenty of life in SD for weddings. Corporate?
Pros: Old Technology--yes, but that's not all bad. I have 2 of these and use them regularly in event video production. They are excellent cameras and a very good price. The glass is wonderful--sharp edge to edge with no vignetting. Learning the camer is fast and most controls fall naturally under finge...
Cons: I wish they had focus and zoom presets (achieve the shot you want and focus or zoom away, and return to the shot precisely with one push of a button). I also wish that the viewfinder was B&W with better resolution to help with fine manual focusing.
Summary: The Canon GL2 is NOT a hi-def camcorder, but it still holds up for it's picture quality and durability. Over the past 3 years, we have produced over 20 instructional videos using this camcorder and the quality is evident every time we use it.
Summary: I bought 2 GL2s new 4 years ago and have used them extensively in weddings, stage productions, sports camps, live events, training, interviews, and in every way imaginable except underwater and for video thats inappropriate for all ages. I even take them on vacation!
Summary: I love the camera, however i've been having firewire problems with it since i got it.At first i thought it was my software-not,then the firewire itself-not.It is the port on the camera that is the problem.
Summary: If you are looking into buy this camera....DON'T. get the Sony HDR-A1U High-Def camera it's 20x times better,newer,same price and High-Def.if you buy the GL2 you will get the "remove the cassette" warning after about a year of use!!!!!
Summary: Great camera , Great price. Bought this camera for my 16 year old son. He makes skateboard videos also tapes games for High School sporting events.
After editing on his computer the finished product looks very professional!
The camera is used daily and is very durable.No Complaints from him at all!
Summary: This camera was already old technology when I bought it 3+ years ago. I can't believe it is still for sale. I also own two HD cameras, including one that cost less than the GL2 and produces much better images.
Pros: Was once a good camera.
Cons: Noisy images. Poor dynamic range. Inaccurate colors. Soft, lo-def images. Lots of artifacts: aliasing, chroma bleeding, etc.
Summary: When I used this for a group video project in English class we played the video on the projector and it still looked good despite how large the screen was.
Pros: I used this camera many times in my video tech class and it was awesome. Its definitely sturdy having survived so many kids roughly handling it. It has many lighting features that will help you film in different environments and the sound is great. Oh yeah, also the viewfinder is in color which i...
Cons: The LCD is a little small and the microphone picks up your voice but also everything else.