The GL2 has three shooting modes: Normal Movie Mode, Digital Photo Mode, and the cinema-like Frame Movie Mode popularized by Canon's leading-edge XL1 and XL1S. The GL2 also offers both the standard 4:3 aspect ratio and 16:9 wide screen TV aspect ratio.
Three shooting modes are offered in the GL2 because Canon knows you will want to be able to meet a variety of shooting environments, from standard recording to digital stills to the specialized frame-by-frame.
In this context, "normal" has nothing to do with the type of video you shoot. Rather, it relates to the standard video recording system of interlaced frames, for smooth and natural playback on a TV or editing computer. While Normal Movie Mode is similar to that of conventional camcorders, in combination with the GL2's other features -- including superior lens quality and three CCDs -- the results are stunning both in terms of resolution and color reproduction.
Frame Movie Mode
Unlike Normal Movie Mode, where video is captured using interlaced frames, in Frame Movie Mode video is captured by the GL2 in a non-interlaced form at the rate of 30 frames per second. This delivers spectacular clarity -- perfect for those who need to grab high-quality images from videos for making prints, adding website content, or sending images over the Internet. This non-interlaced method was popularized by Canon's XL1S and has been acknowledged by users for its cinematic-like appearance.
Digital Photo Mode
Digital Photo Mode lets you capture more than 700 brilliantly clear digital still pictures on a single tape (using an 80-minute cassette). The GL2 records each still image for approximately 6 seconds, as well as the sound for your verbal notes or narration. Once captured, select digital still images using the supplied remote control to search the tape for the photos.
1.7 Mega Pixel Photo Mode
You can turn your GL2 into a still camera by switching to 1.7 Mega Pixel Photo Mode and capturing high resolution still images onto the camcorder's MultiMediaCard. The full frame images are free from time lag blur. A six-blade circular iris, as found on the top-of-the-line XL1 and XL1S models, is used for professional exposure control, helping to deliver stunning video and still photos.
The 8MB card will hold up to 105 images. Those pictures are then transferred to computer via the GL2's USB connection using software that comes with the camcorder.
The Canon GL2 offers you both the standard 4:3 image aspect ratio that's as common as your TV screen and a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. The numbers represent the ratio of the screen width to its height.
Whether you're using the GL2 to make wedding videos, business videos, documentaries or simple home movies for play back on a standard TV or monitor, the standard 4:3 aspect ratio is your choice.
4:3 with 16:9 Electronic Guides on viewfinder
You can select white, 16:9 aspect ratio guide lines to appear in the viewfinder, viewscreen, or on an external monitor when recording in 4:3 aspect ratio. This version of the 4:3 aspect ratio allows for later conversion to 16:9, the standard aspect ratio for HDTV and a more common aspect ratio for film.
16:9 (Electronic Anamorphic)
Also available on the GL2 is the 16:9 aspect ratio, for playback on widescreen TVs. This is menu-selectable and electronically squeezes the image being recorded to tape. When played back, these images are stretched to fit the wider aspect ratio.
Interval recording allows for the capture of time elapsed motion videography. The GL2 can be programmed to record at various intervals for varying amounts of time.
Set time lapse intervals include: 30 seconds; 1 minute; 5 minutes; 10 minutes.
Recording time: 0.5sec/1.0sec/1.5sec/2.0sec
Set recording times during time lapse include: 0.5 second; 1.0 second; 1.5 seconds; 2.0 seconds.
Great video damera
I've used the GL-2 for several years now. Most of it's use has been shooting video of our church's worship services. Using a firewire cable and VeescopeLive software, I record directly to the hard drive of my MacBook laptop. Our pastors use the resulting DVDs to self-critique their sermons and the overall feel of the service. I also burn extra DVDs for members who might be absent and wish to view a service. They comment, "It's just like being there."
I've found the GL-2 very easy to use and well worth it's cost.
March 5, 2009
I've used the XL-2 to record 3 New York 9/11 Truth meetings and a number of other similar functions; the GL-2 is also very good.
January 12, 2014
I would only buy another Canon
I don't know what is wrong with the people who write a negative report. I have the GL 2 for 5 years now. During that time I dropped it several times on concrete decks and floors. One time, I fell off a cliff on the coast. The GL 2 landed on some boulders 100 feed away; I had to be taken to the hospital ! Another time, I taped an event and then forgot to turn the thing off and put it in the bag. Days later, I wanted to check my work. when I opened the bag, the camcorder was boiling hot; it had recorded the rest of 45 minutes,stoped running but was still on. I figured the thing and the tape was shut. I was besides myself since the recording was part of a 90. birthday party and could not be duplicated. But to my surprize, every thing was fine. the tape was ok and so was the corder. By the way, that was several month ago and I used it since.
So... what I want to say is: even if the GL 2 breaks down now, I would only buy another Canon
December 24, 2011
I have had my GL-2 for over 3 years. I have mostly used it for weddings and travel videos. I have taught prior to retiring, "TV Production classes" in High school. We had 8 GL-2s in the class which we used almost daily. Each school year there was a 30 to 40 percent failure and need to repair. My personal GL-2 was handled with care and not abused. Most failures in the school were probably due to mishandling by the students. I have only had the best quality SD videos. I have 2 BP945 batteries and each last me well over 90 minutes. I found easy setup to computer (using firewire) or television. Capture and editing worked easily with Adobe Premier Pro.
December 11, 2011