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Whether your need is broadcast production or simply the very best picture quality, the Mini DV format delivers more than 500 lines of horizontal resolution - nearly a 25% improvement in picture quality over the best analog formats. The tape formulation is advanced to last longer and even withstand repeated use without failure, virtually eliminating drop out and delivering higher output and less noise. <br/> IEEE 1394 (DV Terminal)<br/> The XL1 is equipped with a DV terminal that conforms to IEEE 1394 for digital transfer of video and sound, in addition to regular video and audio outputs. It takes just a single digital cable to edit, copy and record your video virtually free from generation loss in image and sound quality.
The XL1 maximizes the capability of the DV format by using a 3CCD system with a separate CCD for each primary color (red, green, blue). A beam-splitting prism precisely separates the light passing through the lens into individual color components, and each is sent to its own CCD. This process achieves outstanding detail with highly accurate color reproduction suitable for the demands of the high-end production field - wide dynamic range, low color noise, natural color resolution and low aliasing. <br/> Vertical Smear Reduction:<br/> Shooting subjects in high light areas is handled up to professional standards with the XL1. Vertical white streaks from bright light sources are greatly reduced. <br/> Pixel Shift<br/> Canon solves common shooting dilemmas with a larger pixel size and the process of Pixel Shift, which gives wider dynamic range, better low light, reduced vertical smears, and high quality still images without sacrificing the highest resolution.<br/> <br/> The Process of Pixel Shift<br/> The green component of a video signal contains 60% of the picture detail whereas the red and blue components comprise only 40%. We physically shifted the green CCD the equivalent distance of 1/2 pixel horizontally from the red and blue CCD, then electronically shifted the green signal 1/2 pixel vertically.<br/> <br/> Why has Canon done this?<br/> Shifting the green CCD increases the sampling points, resulting in a rival for 410K pixel CCD systems in terms of resolution, while providing numerous advantages. It responds to the demands for the highest DV picture quality, combined with exceptional low light, wider dynamic range, minimal vertical smear and superior digital still images.<br/> Super High Resolution and Super Low Light<br/> The XL1 incorporates 1/3-inch 3CCD image sensors, each with 270,000 pixels, specifically designed for freedom when shooting under extremely low light conditions. The size of each pixel is 72 square microns. That's 150% larger than the pixel-size on comparable models. The result is an overall 4dB improvement (approx.) in sensitivity.
A super-flexible system with an unbeatable range. XL1 maximizes your options with a potential focal range of between 24 and 17280 mm, made possible through the use of XL and EF (camera) lenses. <br/> <br/> <br/> Canon Video XL Lenses and EF Lenses<br/> Focal Length Comparison Chart (in Use on the XL1)<br/> <br/> Focal Length<br/> Focal Length<br/> Equivalent to<br/> 35mm Camera*<br/> (in use on the XL1)<br/> Video Lenses and an<br/> extender<br/> <br/> <br/> 16X Optical Zoom<br/> 5.5-88mm<br/> 39-624mm<br/> 16X Optical Zoom with<br/> 1.6X Extender<br/> 8.8-140mm<br/> 63-1008mm<br/> 32X Digital Zoom with<br/> 1.6X Extender<br/> 8.8-280mm<br/> 63-2016mm<br/> 3X Wide Zoom Lens<br/> 3.4-10.2mm<br/> 24-72mm<br/> 35mm EOS EF lenses<br/> <br/> <br/> EF 600mm<br/> 600mm<br/> 4320mm<br/> EF1200mm<br/> 1200mm<br/> 8640mm<br/> EF 1200mm with Extender EF2X<br/> 2400mm<br/> 17280mm<br/> <br/> *All figures are approximate.<br/> ** 1. Requires an optional EF Adapter XL to use on the XL1<br/> ** 2. Canon EOS EF lenses and extenders are available at Canon camera authorized dealers.
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.<br/> <br/> 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.<br/> <br/>
Until now, optical image stabilizers have used solely a gyro sensor to detect camcorder vibration (the data from which controls a vari-angle prism that continuously corrects the path of the incoming light). SuperRange goes one step further by examining the image after it is received by the CCD, and detecting low-frequency vibrations missed by the gyro. This data is fed-back to accelerate and refine the movement of the vari-angle prism. This greatly improves performance for low frequency vibration, resulting in the most advanced optical image stabilization available today. <br/> <br/> <br/>
This new XL wide-angle zoom lens provides the world's widest field-of-view on any DV camcorder and marks the second XL lens designed specifically to fit the XL1 DV camcorder, the world's first DV camcorder to incorporate Canon's exclusive Interchangeable XL Lens Mount System. The new lens widens the videomakers' angle of horizontal view to more than 70&deg;, compared with that of the standard 16X lens supplied with the XL1 which provides 47&deg;. This represents an increase in angle of view of nearly 50%. This 3.4mm to 10.2 mm short zoom lens enables consumers and videographers to move from vast landscapes to close-ups with maximum flexibility. It is the equivalent of a 24mm to 72mm 35mm photography lens. And, in addition to it being a desirable angle among videographers, the lens is lightweight, portable and easy to use.<br/> <br/> By incorporating 18 of the highest quality, precision-crafted optical elements including low dispersion glasses used to compensate for chromatic aberration, the XL wide-angle 3X zoom lens achieves 600 TV line resolution. The result is extraordinarily sharp images compared to wide-angle lens converters. Additional Features:<br/> Six blade iris for minimal light flare<br/> Manual zoom and focus ring on lens<br/> 72mm lens diameter permits the use of screw-on type filters<br/> Fully electronic interface for the XL1 DV camcorder<br/> Minimum focusing distance of 3/4" at wide end<br/> Built-in 1.5 Neutral Density Filter<br/> Maximum aperture f/1.8<br/> The Lens is available in stores Now!<br/> <br/> Shooting Tip: Because this lens has a short focal length and large depth of field, foreign matter such as dust on the lens surface may be visible at minimum (F/16) aperture setting. Please ensure that the front and rear glass surfaces are kept clean.<br/> <br/> A lens cleaning cloth is packaged with the 3x lens to assist you in keeping the glass surfaces clean.
Another valuable accessory is the EF Adapter that fits onto the XL1 to allow you to use Canon EF lenses.
1) Normal Movie Mode By merging Canon's unique optics and DV format with 3CCD (with pixel shift technology), the XL1 delivers recordings of stunning resolution and color rendition -- some of the best video images ever seen outside of the TV studio. This is the video recording mode for normal use. <br/> <br/> <br/> 2) Digital Photo Mode<br/> Take more than 500 brilliantly clear still pictures on a 60 minute single tape (in SP mode). The photo mode further distinguishes XL1 by capturing extremely high resolution still frame images. The camera records the still pictures for approximately 6 seconds, as well as recording the sound for your verbal notes or narration.<br/> <br/> EOS Speedlite Flash<br/> EOS Speedlite Flash&#160;can be used to improve photo quality dramatically.<br/> <br/> Photo Search<br/> Search through your still images, quickly and easily, wherever they are on tape.<br/> <br/> 3) Frame Movie Mode<br/> This Frame Movie Mode captures exciting, high-resolution frame still images by using Pixel Shift technology. It can record an incredible 30 frame still images a second -- continuously -- and effectively eliminates motion flicker by capturing a full image with every scan. Because you are shooting continuously, you need never worry about missing a single moment. (Use Normal Movie mode for standard video shooting.)
<br/> <br/> <br/> The XL1 camcorder is designed to support extensive field use. Its chassis is mounted in a single, durable magnesium frame to provide overall strength and protection from external shock.
<br/> <br/> In addition to the normal side grip, the XL1 features a carrying handle complete with a duplicate set of recording and zoom controls to better meet your individual recording style, as well as being ideal for low-angle recording.<br/> <br/> <br/>
Whatever your position, the finder complements your point of view. Slide the high-resolution (180,000 pixel) color finder across to suit your individual line of sight - whether you use your left or right eye - and move from close-range to open-range at the flick of a switch.<br/>
<br/> <br/> Puts advanced recording techniques at your fingertips to ensure great results in various shooting conditions. There are six modes in all, giving you the balanced control that you have come to expect from Canon.<br/> <br/> Various Modes:<br/> <br/> Full Auto/Green Mode Auto Mode Spotlight Mode Shutter Priority Aperture Priority Manual Mode <br/> Shutter-priority / Aperture-priority (Tv/Av)<br/> <br/> The new Tv and Av modes permit easy operation while retaining the creative image controls commonly found on Canon's 35mm SLR cameras. In the Tv mode, you select the shutter speed from 1/8 to 1/15000 of a second and the XL1 will automatically set a matching aperture. In the Av mode, you select the aperture from f/1.6 to f/16 and the XL1 automatically sets a matching shutter speed. <br/> Manual Control<br/> <br/> In addition to Tv and Av operation, the XL1 offers a complete range of manual controls, ideal for challenging situations and more creative recordings. In particular, there is complete freedom to set the exposure at combination of shutter speed and aperture levels. Set the gain manually to five preset levels ranging from -3 to +12. Set the white balance manually, or choose either the indoor or outdoor mode. Shift the exposure by up to two stops around the automatically set level. Also, manual zoom and focus can be controlled by the zooming and focusing rings.
Whether your aim is a "streaming" background when panning, or perfect low-light recording, you can choose from three slow shutter settings - 1/30, 1/15 and 1/8 of a second.
Attach a Canon Speedlite E-TTL flash (380EX) using the optional FA-100 Flash Adapter to use the XL1 for flash photography, just like you would with an SLR camera. The camera sets the flash duration, sending out a pre-exposure flash to ensure correct exposure before the main flash is sent out.
Reveal areas of overexposure, using these diagonal stripes to guide you when setting the aperture and shutter speed.
True Four Channel Digital Audio System (16/12 bit) - the first camcorder to offer simultaneous recording on four channels as well as independent signal output.
<br/> <br/> <br/> The XL1 comes complete with a highly sensitive microphone, that gives excellent performance in terms of frequency response.<br/>
<br/> <br/> <br/> The optional MA-100 Microphone Adapter/Shoulder Pad (with XLR connectors) allows you to use balanced-type microphones with the XL1. This unit also lets you attach a wireless microphone receiver plus it functions as a shoulder pad for advanced handling and control.<br/>
This precisely identifies each recording down to the individual frame, showing the hour, minute, second and frame in the display. The XL1 uses a "drop-frame" system that is particularly accurate.<br/> <br/> Data Code<br/> <br/> Data code recorded separately from the video signal allows you to display or hide the date and time as required. In addition, you can choose to display other data - shutter speed and exposure settings - alongside.<br/>


XL1 XL1 Body Zoom Lens 16X XL 5.5-88 mm IS BP-927 Battery Pack CA-900 Compact Power Adapter DC-900 DC Coupler SS-1000 Shoulder Strap WL-D2000 Wireless Controller SP-100 Shoulder Pad S-150 S-video Cable STV-150 Stereo Video Cable DVM-E30 Digital Video Cassette Lens Hood


Power Supply (rated)

7.2 V DC

Power Consumption (While recording AF=ON)

9.5 W (Approx., recording with the AF turned on with 16x IS II lens)

Television System

EIA standard (525 lines, 60 fields) NTSC color signal

Video Recording system

2 rotary heads, helical scanning system DV system (Consumer digital VCR SD system); Digital component recording

Audio Recording system

PCM digital sound; 16-bit (48kHz/2 ch); 12-bit (32kHz/2 from 4 ch); 12-bit (32-kHz/4 ch simultaneous)

Image Sensor

3CCD 1/3 Pixel Shift (charge coupled device); 270,000 pixels (250,000 effective pixels)

Tape Format

Videocassettes bearing the MiniDV mark

Tape Speed

SP: 3/4 ips (18.81 mm/s); LP: 1/2 ips (12.56 mm/s)

Maximum Recording Time (with an 80-min. cassette)

SP: 60 minutes (with a 60 minute cassette); LP: 90 minutes (with a 60 minute cassette)

Fast Forward/Rewind Time

2 min. 50 sec. (with a 60 min cassette)

Lens Mount

XL interchangeable lens system (16x zoom [supplied]: f/1.6-2.6, 5.5-88mm)

Focusing System

TTL autofocus, manual focusing possible

Focusing System

13/16 inch (2cm) on maximum wide angle; telephoto end: 3ft 4 in. (1m)

Minimum Illumination

2 lux (using XL 5.5 -88 mm lens, and slow shutter at 1/8 of a second)

Recommended Illumination

More than 100 lux

Filter Diameter

72mm (XL lens)


0.7, color LCD (approx. 180,000 pixels)


Stereo electret condenser microphone

DV Terminal

Special 4-pin connector (based on IEEE 1394)

Video Terminal

RCA jack1 Vp-p/75 ohms unbalanced, synchronized load

S-video Terminal

4 pin mini DIN; 1 Vp-p (Y signal); 0.286 Vp-p (C -signal)

Audio Terminal

RCA jack (L,R); 2 sets- 4dBm (47 kohms load)/ 3 kohms or less, unbalanced

Microphone Terminal

3.5mm stereo mini-jack- 59dBV (with a 600 ohms mic)/600 ohms

Input Levels

Audio Terminal: RCA jack (L,R) 2 sets - 11 dBV/47kohms (LINE), unbalanced; 35dBV/600 ohms (MIC ATT), unbalanced; -55 dBV/600 ohms (MIC), unbalanced

Operating Temperature range

32- 104° F (0-40° C)


8 3/4 x 8 7/16 x 16 5/16 in (233 x 214 x 415 mm)

Weight (not including lens and battery pack)

3 lbs 12 oz. approx. (1.7 kg)


6 lbs 3 oz approx. (2.86 kg)

Compatible Supplies & Accessories

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