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About XL1S

Digital Camcorder
Item Code: 7046A001


Shooting Modes and Aspect Ratios

The XL1S has three shooting modes: Normal Movie, Digital Photo Mode, and the cinema-like Frame Movie Mode that is very popular among filmmakers. The XL1S offers both the standard 4:3 aspect ratio and the 16:9 wide screen TV aspect ratio.

16:9 is the recently set world standard aspect ratio for HDTV. Currently in use with PAL+ in Europe, and used in nearly 200 DTV broadcasting stations in the US, this aspect ratio more accurately conforms to human peripheral vision and visual perception.

Shooting Modes

Three shooting modes are offered in the XL1S 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.

Normal Video
The video recording mode for normal use, Normal Movie Mode merges Canon's unique optics with 3CCD (with Pixel Shift technology) to deliver stunning resolution and color rendition for some of the best video images ever seen.

Digital Video Mode
The Digital Photo Mode distinguishes XL1S by capturing extremely high-resolution still images - more than 700 brilliantly clear still pictures on a single 80-min tape (in SP Mode). The XL1S records still pictures for approximately 6 seconds, as well as sound for music, narration or verbal meta data.

Frame Movie Mode

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With Normal Movie Mode, video is captured using interlaced frames. In Frame Movie Mode, video is captured by the XL1S 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 and has been acknowledged by users for its cinematic-like appearance.

Aspect Ratios

The Canon XL1S offers you both the standard 4:3 image aspect ratio that's as common as your TV screen, or 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. The numbers represent the ratio of the screen width to its height.

4:3 is the standard aspect ratio of NTSC and PAL and is the most commonly used aspect ratio in broadcasting today.

4:3 with 16:9 Electronic Guides
on Viewfinder

The 16:9 guides are white lines that appear only in the viewfinder. With the augmentation of 16:9 electronic guides on the viewfinder, 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 XL1S is the 16:9 aspect ratio, for the playback on widescreen TV's. 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

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Interval recording allows for the capture of time elapsed motion videography. The XL1S can be programmed to record at various intervals for varying amounts of time.

Set intervals include: 30 seconds; 1 minute; 5 minutes; 10 minutes.

Set recording times include: 0.5 second; 1.0 second; 1.5 seconds; 2.0 seconds.