The GL1 gives you the ability to take your videos to new levels of performance, whether you're a video professional or simply a highly discerning hobbyist. Start your exploration of this remarkable camcorder with the lens: The GL1 is the first camcorder equipped with the highly acclaimed Canon Professional L-Series (luxury) Fluorite Lens. To further enhance your work, there's an Optical Image Stabilizer to correct camera shake. Plus, a Precision Circular Iris and ND Filter for total control of the picture.
Canon has satisfied the demands of experienced image makers for years through the power, design and quality of 35mm and broadcast TV lenses. Our Professional L-Series lenses utilize Fluorite, a material which provides outstanding resolution, contrast and color reproduction, especially in lightweight, high-magnification lenses. Now incorporated into the lens on the GL1, Fluorite delivers the ultimate in clarity and image quality. The Fluorite element inside the lens defeats color aberration - the effect when the components of light stray from one another within a lens, causing a reduction in sharpness, contrast and color. Our Fluorite lens precisely controls components of light providing an excellent balance of these three critical ingredients of picture quality. This is unobtainable with conventional optical glass.
20x Zoom Lens with 100x Digital Zoom
The GL1 incorporates a 20x Professional L-Series Fluorite optical zoom lens, which transforms distant subjects into dramatic close-ups. The 20x optical zoom is the 35 mm focal length equivalent of 40 - 806 mm. Add the optional WD-58 Widewide-converter to increase the field of view by 30% for indoor shots or panoramic views.
The digital zoom, capable of extending to 40x and a maximum of 100x, provides sharper detail compared to others thanks to Canon's superior lens quality. You'll reveal details too distant to be seen with just the eye alone. At full telephoto, the 35 mm focal length equivalent is an amazing 4030 mm.
Optical Image Stabilization
Canon's superb optical stabilization system corrects camera shake instantly so even hand-held shots, at full telephoto, and shots taken from a moving car, are smooth and steady. And since it is optical, there is no loss of image quality inevitable with electronic image stabilizers. It perfectly complements the high picture quality of the DV format.