Having a fully adjustable Viewfinder is critical for getting that perfect shot. The XL2 has an EVF that is convertible between a standard eyepiece and a 2" high resolution LCD. The image is shown in 4:3 or 16:9 letterbox, depending on the shooting aspect ratio. The overlay information that normally disrupts clear viewing of the subject can be completely turned off, and a center crosshair can be turned on to mark the center of the image to help with framing. Unlike other EVF systems, viewfinder brightness, color, sharpness and contrast can be adjusted to suit individual shooting taste.
For total shooting comfort, the EVF can be mechanically adjusted left to right and forwards and backwards.
Color EVF / 2" LCD convertible
Right / left adjustment
Before / aft adjustment
Brightness, color, sharpness and contrast adjustments
EVF LCD indicators: rec/shutter/gain
Center cross hair (on/off)
16:9 shown as letter box
EVF display (all, some, OFF -- same as XL1S)
Body compatible with FU-100 B/W EVF (not with current color EVF)
Two Custom Keys
Two custom keys are available on the XL2, in both camera mode and VCR mode. These custom keys allow you to save your own custom settings so your common shooting modes can be readily duplicated. You select options from either the Camera Menu (Index Write, Zebra pattern, VCR stop, TV screen, Audio 1 in, Audio 2 in, Zoom grip speed, Zoom handle speed) or the VCR Menu (TV screen, Data code, Audio 1 in, Audio 2 in) and create up to two customized settings for each. Advanced Accessory Shoe
When specific accessories compatible with the Advanced Accessory Shoe are attached, the XL2 can exchange data with them and supply power directly to them. These accessories include the VL-3 video light and DM-50 directional microphone. Also working with the Advanced Accessory Show is the MA-300 microphone adapter that lets you connect an additional two professional XLR connector microphones to the XL2. Simply slide the optional device into the accessory shoe; no external power or cables are required. Zoom Control
Zoom rocker (23 degrees/ one side, manual control -- 16 speeds).
Zoom speed control behind rocker handle.
With the XL2, Canon has added a BNC connector to the RCA connections and the S-video connection found on the XL1 and XL1S. The bayonet mount BNC connector is used in professional and broadcast video applications. LANC terminal
The LANC (Local Application Control Bus System) is a remote terminal that allows you to connect the camera to LANC-compatible editing equipment. DV Streaming
Not only can you capture high quality video with the XL2, you can stream it over the Internet. With streaming video, the content is compressed and encoded to make the file size smaller and more quickly transmitted. This lets the video be played as it is being received. World Clock
Built-in shoulder pad
To make use of the XL2 easier, there's a built-in shoulder pad. This makes extended use of the camera less physically demanding. Dust gasket on tape door
To offer further protection to the tape, tape handling mechanism, and other internal components, the XL2 has a dust gasket on the tape door. Wireless remote controller
The wireless controller supplied with the XL2 can operate the camera from a distance of up to 16 feet (5 m). Point it at either of the camera's remote sensors while you press the buttons. (Remote sensors are located at both the front and the back of the camera.) The tally lamps light up to indicate the camera is in range and responding to remote control commands. Other than the standard on-camera functions, there are four functions that only can be operated using the wireless controller: Special playback, Data Code on/off, Self-timer. The remote sensor on the XL2 can be turned off to prevent interference from other Canon wireless controllers being used nearby. Software - DVPC Recorder - only available to XL Owner's Club members
Record directly to PC (XP only) -single file or individual scenes in different files. Compatible with any major editing programs -AVI-Type1 / AVI-Type2 file format. Power Standby modes (VCR Power Same)
The XL2 has been designed to consume as little power as possible and comes with power saving features such as auto off features (activated after about 5 minutes of inactivity) to further extend battery power for field and remote work.