An optical 16X Zoom (32X Digital) is included as standard with the XL1 -- the world's longest available lens for a DV camcorder. It resolves over 600 TV lines to give an extraordinarily sharp image. By exceeding the DV standard of 530 TV lines, the Canon lens delivers greater visual "sharpness" through its higher sensitivity in the all-important 100 to 250 TV line resolution area.
It is fitted with a variable angle prism for image stabilization, has an ND filter, manual focus and zoom rings, plus a push AF function. You can also boost the power of XL lenses, with no loss of image sharpness, by attaching the 1.6X Extender (optional) between the XL lens and the XL1.