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Canon XL1
3.9 out of 10

Canon XL1

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Overall 8
8.0

XL-1 IS A FINE TOY FOR ALL

Bob Deming, Amazon
30 September 2001
  • Summary: YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A PRO to use this camera. But shop around for the best price and don't buy from grey markets. Be sure the dealer is authorized by Canon. This camera is super. There are some features that were added to the XL-1S which make this camera stand out over Sony.
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Overall 8
8.0

I returned mine

Five Jay Dad "James", Amazon
8 February 2001
  • Summary: For high-end amateur applications, I returned my XL1 in favor of the Sony DCR-VX2000. The XL1 image quality is superb; however, the image quality of many less expensive cameras these days is so impressive that after shooting a lot of test video at various lux, close-up and zoom scenarios I was hard...
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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 6
6.0
Ease of use 8
8.0
Sound quality 6
6.0
Picture quality 10
10

Great camera, but only one fallback

emen456, Ciao
16 January 2012
  • Excerpt: I just recently bought the XL1 because I was going to make a movie and my VX-2000 needed another camera. Once I received the order it was love at first sight. The camera is so easy to use I even let my 10-year old son use it.
  • Pros: Great video quality, very easy to upload onto computer, not too heavy, and easy to understand
  • Cons: no viewfinder
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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 8
8.0
Ease of use 8
8.0
Sound quality 10
10
Picture quality 8
8.0

My experience with the Canon XL1"Excellent"

isaac500, Ciao
16 January 2012
  • Excerpt: In 2011, I purchased a Canon XL1. This camera was used for the recording of programs in my church. The video quality of the camera is outstanding, and the durability is excellent. The camera does have auto focus adjustment, which gives a noob the opportunity to use the camera effectively.
  • Pros: durability, video clarity, auto focus adjustment
  • Cons: no display screen
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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 10
10
Ease of use 8
8.0
Sound quality 8
8.0
Picture quality 10
10

Professional Quality at consumer prices

asey16, Ciao
30 May 2007
  • Excerpt: It is difficult to fully understand how such a fantastic camcorder could be sold at such a reasonable price. The Canon XL1 offers users superb picture quality, excellent audio, and enough options to make nearly every camera operator happy.
  • Pros: Excellent picture quality, flexible controls, ease of use, affordable
  • Cons: Can get a little heavy as it only has a partial shoulder rest .
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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 8
8.0
Ease of use 8
8.0
Sound quality 6
6.0
Picture quality 10
10

canon xl1

coxcomb1, Ciao
17 September 2006
  • Excerpt: The canon XL1 is without a doubt an excellent camera, though this is no reason to make a hurried buy. In my experience this camera is very suitable for specific purposes, but not for others.
  • Pros: superb image quality
  • Cons: weight
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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 10
10
Ease of use 10
10
Sound quality 10
10
Picture quality 10
10

The camera never lies

stevethes..., Ciao
18 October 2001
  • Excerpt: Many people will tell you that the Canon XL1 isn't much cop as a serious video camera. When they do, ask them what they do for a living. They will all, without exception, be professional cameramen/women, and will almost certainly have mortgaged their house, kids and dog to buy a brodcast camera...
  • Pros: Pro quality at amateur price .  Interchangable lenses, wealth of features, all of which have some worth, and more .  .  . much, much more .
  • Cons: Ah .  .  . let me think .  .  . there's .  .  . no, that's on there too .  .  . Pro cameramen and women are likely to mug you .  that's about it really .
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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 10
10
Ease of use 8
8.0
Sound quality 10
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Picture quality 10
10

They don't call it professional for nothing

tomclark, Ciao
2 July 2001
  • Excerpt: In the realm of MiniDV, Canon's XL1 has acquired a God-like following, and not without reason. The XL1 is, at least in the semi-professional stakes, a king of the camcorder world; you will feel humbled to even be in the presence of one. Let's start with outward appearances.
  • Pros: Looks, picture quality, interchangeable lenses, price
  • Cons: Bulky and heavy  -  uncomfortable to hold for extended periods
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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 6
6.0
Ease of use 10
10
Sound quality 10
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Picture quality 10
10

If you got the cash its a bargain

BejayAlfo..., Ciao
21 December 2000
  • Excerpt: Wow! This has remained the best camcorder for ages...in the price band it is in. At £2700 it's not cheap but read this to find out how well it performs. With a 16X optical zoom interchangeable lens, both DV out and in, macro facility, audio line-in, manual controls and its lightweight, It's a joy to...
  • Pros: dv in, image and sound quality
  • Cons: expensive, colour viewfinder lacks resolution
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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 10
10
Ease of use 10
10
Sound quality 10
10

Fantastic camera

Toni1, Ciao
8 August 2000
  • Excerpt: I am a freelance director and I bought the camera so that I might be able to use it for shoots etc as a second camera - and I think it's fantastic. First it looks great. It looks like a film camera, sleek design.
  • Pros: Fantastic picture quality
  • Cons: Digitial focus and not time code
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