Canon XL2 Product Details
The Latest Canon XL2 Digital Video Cam
Spectacular Creative Control, 3-CCD, Broadcast-Quality
The Choice Of News Videographers And Filmmakers
The Canon XL2 allows you to capture images closer to the finished product than ever before. Work that previously was limited to post-production can be simply and effectively accomplished in the field, in the camcorder. An Open Architecture philosophy, performance found only in much more expensive video cameras, Total Image Control and the solid foundation of Genuine Canon Optics, interchangeable lens capability and superb Canon image processing quality are united in the XL2.
Loaded With Professional Features.
The XL2 brings a host of performance and convenience features to this class of video camcorder- benefits that can't be found in this combination on other high-end video cameras. They include: Canon Super Range Optical Image Stabilization in the standard lens; dual aspect ratios; various frame rate capabilities; image gamma and detail controls; skin detail control and convertible LCD display among others.
Unprecedented image control coordination between two XL2 cameras, remote computer camera control and direct video recording to computer are just a part of the capabilities of the XL2. Never before has so much creative power been put in the hands of the film maker, video artist, and corporate and event videographer.
Professional videographers need to have control over the set-up of their camcorder. From complete automatic setting to fine adjustments of Master RGB, Setup Level, Master Pedestal, Skin Tone Detail, Program AE, Gain, AE Shift and Lock, White Balance, Shutter Speeds, Aperture Control, Zebra Patterns Clear Scan and Interval Timer the XL2 has the total image control that professionals need.
The XL2’s color viewfinder displays 16:9 Letterbox, as well as full screen 4:3. The viewfinder can be shifted from side-toside, as well as front to back. Best of all, the viewfinder easily converts to a fully functional 2" LCD monitor.
The Canon XL2 offers many on-camera enhancements to help capture high-quality footage, including features commonly found on broadcast camcorders. Among these is the placement of a SMPTE time code on the tape. SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) time code is a digital signal that assigns a number to every frame of video, representing hours, minutes, seconds, frames, plus some additional information.
A Closer Look
Canon's 20x Professional L-Series Fluorite lens for the XL2 is the equivalent, in 35mm format, of a 42.3 - 846mm lens when the camera is recording in 16:9 widescreen format. When the 20x Professional L-Series Fluorite lens for the XL2 is recording video in the TV-standard 4:3 aspect ratio, it is the equivalent, in 35mm format, of a 51.8 - 1036mm lens.
4:3 aspect ratio shooting formats
The 16:9 aspect ratio is the more common aspect ratio for film-based movies, and produces full screen playback on widescreen TVs. 16:9 also is the world standard aspect ratio for HDTV.
By offering a camcorder that is able to be switched between the two aspect ratios, Canon opens the door for multiple production options with the same camera -- the XL2.
Interchangeable Lens System
Within the Canon XL system alone there are four lenses: the new 20x OIS, 16x OIS, 16x Manual, and 3x Wide. Then, using an XL system adapter, the entire range of Canon photo lenses is available -- a tremendous boon to those producing wildlife and nature documentaries, for example. Other companies also offer a variety of specialty cine lenses that can be used on the XL2.
You can change from a video (Normal) look to a film (Cine) look.
For professional fine tuning of the image, the IRE setup level of the XL2 can be adjusted in 13 steps.
The Master Pedestal, which is the starting point of the gamma curve, can be adjusted in 13 steps.
The following video gain settings can be selected: -3, 0, +3, +6, +12, and +18 dB, as well as automatic adjustment.
60 fields per second, interlaced, is the standard video frame rate for North American TV viewing
The Master RGB control offers 13 steps of adjustment to each of the red, green and blue components of the video signal.
24p, 24 frames per second progressive both 2:3 and 2:3:3:2 pull down), produces video with the look and motion of film. As well, the XL2 has 1/48th shutter speed in this frame rate which exactly matches a film camera.
Displayed in the viewfinder but not recorded, Zebra stripes can be made to appear over any area that is overexposed. This helps guide aperture and shutter speed adjustment. Settings are 80, 85, 90, 95, and 100 IRE.
The XL2 features zoom controls on both the side grip as well as the carrying handle. On the side grip, choose from variable zoom (pressure controlled) or one of 16 constant zoom speeds.
The XL2, designed for extensive field use, features a chassis mounted on a single durable magnesium alloy frame, providing protection from external shock. A dust gasket on the tape door offers added protection.
The XL2 has two built-in XLR connectors on the camera body for professional and high-end audio equipment. For more creative control, Canon offers the optional MA-300 Microphone Adapter, with two additional XLR connectors.
You can adjust hue, chroma, area, and Y level to determine the skin area and soften detail to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections. A zebra pattern identifying the skin area appears, which alternates with the normal picture.
The gamma curve of the image can be adjusted independently for a “video look” (Normal) or a “film look” (Cine).
The highlight area level is adjustable (High, Middle, or Low) using the XL2’s knee circuit.
30p, or 30 progressive, is a non-interlaced format, producing video at the rate of 30 full frames per second, delivering spectacular clarity per frame.
Adjustable in 13 steps, from off to oversaturated, this adjustment will let you shoot in black and white, for example.
Adjust the Color Phase of the image towards red or green for exact control.
To simulate the graininess normally experienced when shooting on film, you can use the XL2’s film grain effect.
Change the degree of sharpness in the image. Images that do not require a lot of detail can be softened, such as imperfections during close-ups.
Helps decrease image “noise” by reducing fine detail information that is not a major contributor to the picture detail.
Remove video noise—nonpicture artifacts such as those commonly found in low-light images—without hurting image detail or creating motion artifacts.
The Canon XL2 offers in-camera features commonly found on more expensive production and broadcast camcorders. Among them are professional audio and video connections. The XL2 offers 4-channel audio through two built-in XLR connectors with phantom power. These inputs are designed for use with professional microphones. This balanced connection allows for the use of very long cables without the introduction of outside noise.
Control the depth of black in the dark areas of an image. You can emphasize contrast in the video’s dark areas (by selecting “Stretch”) or deepen or enhance the dark area (by selecting “Press”).
There are 2 settings: “Normal” for vertical detail optimized for playback on an interlaced monitor, “Low” for a progressive scan monitor like a PC.
The demands being made on the video production community to be able to provide solutions under a multitude of different scenarios have been met with the Canon XL2. It delivers 60i, 30p, 24p (2:3 and 2:3:3:2) frame rates. 60i (interlaced) is the standard video frame rate that has been in use for decades; it's what you see on your home TV, and is captured by handheld consumer camcorders.
With "big name" and not so well known producers turning to digital video for their "films," increasing emphasis has been placed on delivering the cine look to video. The Canon XL2 offers its users the ability to customize their video recordings using a number of variables: color matrix, gamma, knee, black stretch, vertical detail, coring, sharpness, noise reduction, color gain, hue, and film grain.
Zoom Lens with Optical Image Stabilization
Canon is known worldwide for its optics -- its broadcast and photo lenses, for example. The new 20x Professional L-Series Fluorite optical zoom lens for the XL2 is an outstanding lens, using fluorite to deliver outstanding resolution, contrast and color reproduction. In addition, the lens features Canon's superb optical stabilization system.
Three custom presets are provided on the XL2, and each can be assigned any one of a number of functions, accessible at the touch of a button, for faster and easier camera operation. Among the functions are: color gain, color phase, sharpness, setup level, V detail, color matrix, gamma, knee, black stretch, skin detail (hue, gain, area, Y level). These custom presets can be transferred to another XL2, or to a computer, using the IEEE1394 connection.
- XL2 Camcorder Body
- Zoom Lens 20x zoom XL 5.4-108mm L IS
- Color Viewfinder
- Lithium Battery (for Auto-Date)
- WL-D4000 Wireless Controller
- Two R03/AAA Batteries (for Wireless Controller)
- Lens Cap
- Lens Dust Cap
- Lens Hood
- Lens Soft Case
- Camcorder Dust Cap
- CA-920 Compact Power Adapter
- AC Cable
- DC-920 DC Coupler
- BP-930 Battery Pack (with Terminal Cover)
- SS-1000 Shoulder Strap
- STV-150 Stereo Video Cable
- S-150 S-Video Cable
- Adapter Holder
- Instruction manual
- Lens Instruction manual
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UPC No: 013803040944
Mfg Part No: 9549A001
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Shipping Weight: 19.5600 pound(s)
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