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<br/> <br/> The XL1S maximizes the capability of the DV format by using a 3 CCD (charge-coupled device) system with a separate CCD for each primary color (red, green, blue). A beam-splitting prism separates light passing through the lens into individual color components and each is sent to its own CCD. Compared to a single CCD, the 3 CCD system achieves outstanding detail with highly accurate color reproduction suitable for the demands of high-end video production - wide dynamic range, low color noise, high-contrast detail, natural color resolution and low-aliasing. The 3 CCD system also makes advanced Pixel Shift (for increased image quality) and Low Light Recording (for increased flexibility) possible. <br/> Pixel Shift<br/> Because human eyes see green more clearly and readily, the green component of a video signal contains 60% of the picture detail whereas the red and blue components together comprise the remaining 40%. With the advanced Pixel Shift on the XL1S, the green CCD is physically shifted the equivalent distance of 1/2 pixel horizontally from the red and blue CCD, and the green signal is electronically shifted 1/2 pixel vertically. This shifting of the green CCD increases the sampling points, resulting in a system that is comparable to 410,000 pixel CCD systems in terms of resolution. With a larger pixel size and the process of Pixel Shift, the Canon XL1S gives wider dynamic range, better low light recording, reduced vertical smears, and high quality still images without sacrificing the highest resolution DV available.<br/> <br/> Super High Resolution and Super Low Light<br/> <br/> The three CCD image sensors in the XL1S, each with 270,000 pixels, were specifically designed to capture as much image detail as possible and for shooting under extremely low light conditions. The size of each pixel is 72 square microns - 150% larger than the pixel-size on comparable DV models. The result is an approximate 4 dB improvement in sensitivity. This improved sensitivity means that each CCD can capture more information at all light ranges. In super low light, the XL1S still captures crisp and clear digital data. Under extremely bright conditions, the Pixel Shift capabilities of the XL1S greatly reduces vertical white streaks and smears, making it a consummate field recording device for all conditions.<br/>
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.<br/> <br/> 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<br/> <br/> 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.<br/> <br/> Normal Video<br/> 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.<br/> <br/> Digital Video Mode<br/> 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.<br/> <br/> Frame Movie Mode<br/> <br/> // <br/> <br/> Click on picture to see sample video <br/> 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<br/> <br/> 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.<br/> <br/> 4:3<br/> 4:3 is the standard aspect ratio of NTSC and PAL and is the most commonly used aspect ratio in broadcasting today.<br/> <br/> <br/> 4:3 with 16:9 Electronic Guides<br/> on Viewfinder<br/> 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.<br/> <br/> <br/> 16:9 (Electronic Anamorphic)<br/> 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.<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Interval Recording<br/> <br/> // <br/> <br/> Click on picture to see sample video<br/> <br/> 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.<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Set intervals include: 30 seconds; 1 minute; 5 minutes; 10 minutes.<br/> <br/> Set recording times include: 0.5 second; 1.0 second; 1.5 seconds; 2.0 seconds.
Until now, optical image stabilizers have used solely a gyro sensor to detect camcorder vibration. The data collected by the sensor 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 any 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. This feature is found only on Canon's optical Image Stabilized 16x zoom lens.
Canon knows that audio is crucial to professional productions, and the XL1S provides the highest standards in audio capture available on a digital video system with a 16-bit, 2-channel recording option. The XL1S also has two additional 12-bit recording channels allowing simultaneous recording on four channels. Audio levels can be controlled manually to further extend sound quality as it is recorded.<br/> <br/> Audio Modes<br/> <br/> Three Digital Audio Modes<br/> The XL1S can record sound in three digital audio modes that can be selected via the camera menu.<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Audio Bit Rate<br/> <br/> # of Channel(s)<br/> <br/> Use<br/> <br/> 16-bit (48kHz)<br/> 2-channels<br/> For capturing and recording the highest sound quality. Used during simultaneous A/V recording, documentary and news footage.<br/> 12-bit ST-1 (32kHz)<br/> 2 from 4 channels<br/> For recording on two channels (stereo 1), leaving two channels (stereo 2) free for the later addition of audio tracks. Used to capture ambient audio that will be augmented with additional audio tracks.<br/> 12 bit ST-1,2 (32kHz)<br/> 4 channels<br/> For simultaneous recording on four channels (Stereo 1 and stereo 2). Used to simultaneously capture a line-in device and/or sets of microphones with ambient audio capture available.<br/> <br/> Audio Level Control<br/> Controlling audio levels is essential for real-time event capture and the XL1S permits both automatic and manual audio recording. Manual control allows for setting balance and level.<br/> <br/>
The XL1S offers a plethora of means by which to get audio and video in and out of the camcorder.<br/> <br/> The XL1S is designed to handle two types of analog video input and output: using audio/video cables (composite) or S-video. There are four audio inputs and outputs. All connections are on the camera body.<br/> <br/> Audio and Video Inputs<br/> The XL1S' analog inputs let you perform dubbing or insert editing from conventional sources such as other camcorders, editing equipment, CDs, cassettes, or microphones.<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Four-Channel Digital Audio System<br/> The XL1S affords the professional sound quality of a four-channel digital audio system using two12 bit audio input ports. Audio 1 is accessed via the AV panel on the back of the XL1S body. Audio 2 input jacks are on the right side of the handle casing.<br/> <br/> Analog Line Input<br/> Now it's possible to send an analog video signal from your TV, VCR or camcorder into the XL1S and record it onto DV. It's great for making copies or preserving precious originals.<br/> <br/> Audio Dub<br/> Audio dubbing has never been easier than with the XL1S. With this one touch system, you can record an additional audio track, such as voice over or music onto video footage by simply selecting audio dub on the top grip handle controls. Audio must be recorded in the 12-bit mode to use this feature.<br/> <br/> AV Insert<br/> With AV Insert, the XL1S allows you to add source footage onto your videotape from another camcorder or VCR. Simply select the AV Insert option from the top grip handle controls, connect the input device and record. <br/> Audio and Video Outputs<br/> <br/> Composite / S-Video / Audio Outputs<br/> Audio output is accomplished via the same ports used for input. Audio 1 ports on the back AV panel and Audio 2 ports on the right side of the handle. In addition there is an adjustable Headphone Terminal located on the back handle above the AV panel.<br/> <br/> Video outputs include Composite and S-Video. These are located on the back AV panel.<br/> <br/> Headphone Terminal (adjustable level)<br/> The XL1S' headphone jack has a variable volume adjustment for monitoring sound during shooting, performing sound checks, or listening to the sound through stereo headphones during playback.
The XL1S is a consummate professional creation tool that supports the established industry standards, MiniDV and IEEE 1394. Support of these standards make the XL1S a flexible video creation tool that interoperates with standard DV equipment and computer editing systems as accorded by engineering, scientific and broadcast communities. <br/> DV Format Technology and Advantages<br/> The MiniDV format supported by the XL1S delivers more than 500 lines of horizontal resolution -- a 25% improvement over analog systems. The DV format allows for near lossless transfer within digital editing environments for faster creation, increased productivity and improved production quality of final prints. <br/> &#160; IEEE 1394 (DV Terminal)<br/> The XL1S comes standard with a DV terminal that conforms to IEEE 1394 for digital transfer of video and sound, in addition to regular video and audio outputs. The IEEE 1394 (also known as FireWire&#174;) standard allows editing, copying and recording of digital video over a single cable. This transfer format affords improved image and sound quality and is virtually free from generation loss. &#160; DV Control<br/> This feature enables the XL1S to control optional externally connected IEEE 1394 storage/recording devices. The devices must comply with the IEEE 1394 AV/C protocol. &#160; NTSC - PAL<br/> The Canon XL1S is available in NTSC and PAL versions. These are the world's standards for television production. NTSC, (National Television Systems Committee) is the 525-line screen, 60fps (fields per second) standard of North America and Japan. PAL (Phase Alternate Line) is the 625-line screen, 50fps (fields per second) standard of Europe, Hong Kong and the Middle East.
<br/> <br/> Unlike other DV systems available, the XL1S supports interchangeable lenses, both for video and still imaging, as well as extender zooms. With the XL mounting system, the XL1S offers maximum flexibility and an unbeatable range with potential focal ranges between 24 and 17,280 mm (35 mm photography equivalent).<br/> <br/> Canon supported lensing options include standard XL lenses and extenders. In addition, via an EF adapter (Item Code: 3162A002), EOS EF (camera) lenses are also compatible.
Programmed Auto Exposure Modes provide automated advanced recording techniques ensuring professional results in various shooting conditions. There are six AE programs available including Shutter-Priority, Aperture-Priority, Spotlight, Manual, Full Auto, and Auto Mode. These applications are designed to give you creative freedom while allowing the recording control desired. <br/> Shutter-Priority<br/> <br/> <br/> The Shutter-Priority, or TV Mode, allows for the selection of 12 shutter speeds from 1/8 to 1/15,000 (NTSC) of a second that are then automatically matched with appropriate aperture settings. If the selected shutter speed is too high or too low for shooting conditions, an indicator warning flashes in the viewfinder. When manually adjusting shutter speed, aperture automatically adjusts. &#160; Aperture Priority <br/> <br/> <br/> In the Aperture-Priority, or AV Mode, you select between 9 aperture settings - from f/1.6 to f/16 (or to full iris close) - and the XL1S automatically sets a matching shutter speed. This mode allows for the best control of depth of field. <br/> Spotlight <br/> <br/> <br/> The Spotlight Mode automatically adjusts the camera exposure to effectively record images and/or subjects lit by a spotlight or other concentrated light source. <br/> Manual<br/> The XL1S offers the creative freedom of a complete range of manual controls. In the Manual Mode, options exist to set the exposure at any combination of shutter speed and aperture levels. There are 30 shutter speed settings, from 1/8 to 1/15000 (NTSC) and 27 aperture values, from f1.6 to full iris close. <br/> Full Auto<br/> The Full Auto, or Green Mode, of the XL1S automatically controls focus, shutter speed, aperture, gain, white balance, and AE Shift allowing you to simply point and shoot. The Full Auto Mode locks all of these features and options, making them fixed and unadjustable. <br/> Auto Mode<br/> The Auto Mode, like the Full Auto (Green) Mode, automatically controls camera adjustments allowing you to simply point and shoot. By using the Full Auto Mode, allows the operator to override any of the XL1S' manual functions.<br/> <br/> Shutter Speeds<br/> The XL1S has 30 shutter speeds (1/8 to 1/15,000 NTSC) that can be selected in the Manual Mode. Only twelve of these shutter speeds can be selected via the Tv Mode (Shutter-Priority).<br/> <br/> Slow Shutter Settings for NTSC and PAL<br/> NTSC<br/> PAL<br/> 1/30 second<br/> 1/25 second<br/> 1/15 second<br/> 1/12 second<br/> 1/8 second<br/> 1/6 second<br/> <br/> Clear Scan<br/> <br/> <br/> This feature usually found on more expensive cameras, allows you to record computer CRT screen or other equipment without displaying black band or flicker on the screen. The XL1S can adjust clear scan shutter speeds from 61.9 Hz to 201.5 Hz. <br/> AE Shift<br/> Automatic Exposure function sets the exposure of the XL1S to match shooting conditions. The camera operator can use the AE Shift control to manually override the automatic exposure system to darken or lighten the image. Choose from 13 steps, from -2.0 to +2.0, to achieve perfect light balance.<br/> AE Lock<br/> To hold the exposure at a particular setting, you can engage AE Lock on the XL1S. By pressing the EXP. Lock button in Auto Mode, Tv Mode, or Av Mode the current exposure settings are locked in place.<br/>
The Canon XL1S offers many on-camera enhancements that help avoid common shooting errors and make capturing high-quality footage trouble-free. The shooting enhancements also include basic conventional features that are commonly found on broadcast camcorders. &#160; SMPTE Color Bars - NTSC, EBU Color Bar - PAL <br/> <br/> <br/> Color Bars are an electronically generated video pattern consisting of eight equal-width colors, used to establish a proper color reference before recording and playback and for adjustment purposes. Using a lead - in of Color Bars (between 10-60 seconds) has become a de facto standard in professional film and video circles.<br/> <br/> SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) Color Bars are the engineering standard used for NTSC production. The EBU (European Broadcasting Union) has set their own standard for Color Bars that is used within PAL protocols.<br/> <br/> The XL1S can generate Color Bars on tape prior to shooting allowing for fast hand-off to the professional broadcast and/or film post-production environment. It can also be used during shooting to allow the adjustment of reference monitors. &#160; Power Save<br/> The XL1S has two power saving mechanisms built in to reserve power and protect the tape transport.<br/> <br/> Normal Standby is activated by pressing the "Standby" button on the camera body. This shuts the power down to the camera and VCR sections while maintaining the cameras settings.<br/> <br/> Power Save will automatically switch the VCR to standby mode from the "record pause" mode after staying in any shooting mode for more than 5 minutes. This will keep the camera section live for monitoring or for setting up a shot. You can activate this mode at any time by programming this function in one of the custom keys.<br/> &#160; Top Grip with Recording Control <br/> The XL1S camera body was designed for diversity and control. Standard record control devices are accessible from a side grip perspective, as well as from a top grip hold. Top grip controls include stop, start, zoom controls, and photo shot snapping. Using the top grip allows for lower angle shooting, tighter camera locations and enhanced flexibility. There is also a LOCK lever that prevents accidental use of the top grip controls.<br/> <br/> &#160; Variable Zoom Speed<br/> The Canon XL1S offers several methods by which to zoom into or out of a scene. The Top Grip Zoom offers zoom rates that can be manually set to create a low, medium, or high rate of zoom. The Side Grip Zoom can be set for either variable or low/medium/high zoom. Zoom can also be controlled by the lens zoom ring. &#160; CHAR REC: Option to Superimpose data into video<br/> Character Record is a new feature that allows for the superimposition of meta data - month, day, hour, minute and second - permanently burned on to the video. This is ideal for surveillance and law enforcement use. <br/> Index Write<br/> Index Write allows for in camera tagging in the sub-code section of the data code to indicate a shot that is good - or that deserves post-production attention. Zebra Level<br/> <br/> <br/> The XL1S has a zebra pattern feature that, when activated via the camera menu, shows black and white diagonal stripes over any area that is overexposed. The zebra pattern is only displayed in the viewfinder. Use this feature to guide the adjustment of the aperture and shutter speed. The zebra pattern settings that are available in the XL1S are: 80 IRE, 85 IRE, 90 IRE, 95 IRE, and 100 IRE. EVF Display ON/OFF<br/> The XL1S allows you to see the camera data and settings via the viewfinder. The amount of information shown in the viewfinder can be set for: Full Display, Partial Display or No Display.<br/>
Attaining the best picture possible is the essence of filmmaking, photography, videography - and Canon. The XL1S automates and also allows manual control of the essential ingredients that go into capturing great images. &#160; Color Phase<br/> <br/> <br/> Adjust the Color Phase toward red or green for exact control. &#160; Picture Sharpness<br/> &#160; <br/> <br/> Click on picture to see sample video <br/> The XL1S is capable of changing the degrees of sharpness in the picture. By using this feature, pictures that do not require a lot of detail can be softened. This feature can also be use to hide blemishes or imperfections during close-ups. <br/> &#160; Color Gain<br/> <br/> <br/> Click on picture to see sample video // <br/> Adjust the saturation of the color from off to oversaturated. This adjustment allows you to shoot in black and white. &#160; Setup Level<br/> <br/> <br/> Adjust the black level of the video signal for the best shadows detail.<br/> &#160; Gain Control<br/> Gain Control adjusts the amount of video signal generated depending upon lighting and shooting conditions. The XL1S includes gain controls that are switchable between automatic and manual control. The XL1S automatically controls the camera gain in the Green Mode or Spotlight recording programs and Automatic Gain Control (AGC) can also be selected via the gain control knob. AGC is typically used to maintain a constant video luminance level by boosting weak (low light) picture signals electronically. You can also manually adjust the GAIN dial to other preset levels that range from -3 to +30 dB. The gain level you select appears in the viewfinder. Use lowest gain levels for lowest noise recording for indoor, low light or low contrast scenes. Zero or balanced gain (0dB) is used for low noise, color reproduction of illuminated scenes. Higher gain settings are used to increase light capture to brighten indoor or low-light scenes when an open iris does not supply sufficient signal. Higher gain settings also enable you to increase the depth of field using a smaller iris aperture.<br/> <br/> // <br/> <br/> Click on picture to<br/> see sample video <br/> &#160; Gain Setting<br/> <br/> Use<br/> <br/> -3dB<br/> In conjunction with the Frame Movie Mode, it provides a rich cinematic look.<br/> Auto<br/> Automatic adjustment of gain. AGC - Automatic gain control<br/> 0dB<br/> Life like night/artificial light scenes<br/> +6dB<br/> Brighten indoor or low-light scenes<br/> +12dB<br/> Increases brightness in indoor or low-light scenes. Increases depth of field<br/> +18dB<br/> Increases brightness in indoor or low-light scenes. Increases depth of field<br/> +30dB<br/> Low-light scenes<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> White Balance<br/> The XL1S uses an electronic white balance process to calibrate the picture for accurate color display in different lighting conditions (i.e. sunlight versus indoor incandescent.) Automated white balance settings include a fully automated mode, an indoor mode and an outdoor mode. (In Green Mode white balance is fully automated and can not be adjusted.)<br/> <br/> In addition to these set standards, the XL1S allows you to set the white balance manually by selecting manual select, pointing the camera at a white object (such as a sheet of paper) that fills the field of view. The XL1S allows you to set and save up to three white balance presets that can be reused for non-sequential shooting. Manual white balance works best for dominant color or monochromatic scenes and close-ups, in rapidly changing lighting conditions and in places lit by certain fluorescent or mercury vapor lights. White balancing should be performed prior to any recording.<br/> <br/> White Balance Setting<br/> <br/> Use<br/> <br/> Auto<br/> Automated adjustments of white balance.<br/> Outdoor<br/> Bright sunlight - 5600&#186;K<br/> Indoor<br/> Incandescent light - 3200&#186;K<br/> Preset 1<br/> Adjustable memory setting variable<br/> 3200 - 5600&#186;K.<br/> Preset 2<br/> Adjustable memory setting variable<br/> 3200 - 5600&#186;K.<br/> Preset 3<br/> Adjustable memory setting variable<br/> 3200 - 5600&#186;K.<br/> <br/>
Two Custom Keys (two settings for camera mode and two for VCR mode). The XL1S allows you to create and save your own custom settings so your common shooting modes can be readily duplicated. Select options from either the Camera Menu or the VCR Menu and create up to two customized settings for each.<br/> Two Custom Keys<br/> <br/> Camera Mode Custom setting option<br/> Index Rec<br/> Zebra Pattern<br/> VCR STOP<br/> ON Screen<br/> Audio 1 In<br/> Audio 2 In<br/> Zoom Grip<br/> Zoom Handle<br/> Data Code<br/> VCR Mode Custom setting option<br/> ON Screen<br/> Audio 1 In<br/> Audio 2 In<br/> Data Code<br/> Preset<br/> In addition to creating custom settings for camera and VCR mode via the custom keys, you can also establish three preset registrations for the following camera features: camera sharpness, color gain, setup level, and color phase.<br/>
The XL1S has many additional features for ease of use and creative control. <br/> Magnesium Alloy Body<br/> Item Code: 7196A001<br/> <br/> <br/> The XL1S camcorder is designed to support extensive field use. Its chassis is mounted on a single, durable magnesium alloy frame to provide overall strength and protection from external shock. <br/> Tally Lamp<br/> On the XL1S, the tally lamp - the signal lamp or LED installed on a video camera that indicates to performers and crew members that the camera is recording - can be left on or turned off via the camera menu. Turning the tally lamp off can facilitate capturing more natural documentary footage. The XL1S has tally lamp at the front and the back of the camcorder. <br/> Multi-Angle Viewfinder<br/> <br/> <br/> The 180,000 pixel, color LCD viewfinder can be adjusted for left or right eye recording and can be swiveled 270 degrees. In addition, the viewfinder can be changed to either "near" or "far" view settings for low or high angle shooting. The brightness of the display can be adjusted by turning the "Bright" screw. By using the menu system, you can adjust the EVF color to match the shooting conditions. The focusing ring on the EVF can be adjusted from -5 to +2 for accurate focus monitoring. <br/> Low Power Consumption<br/> The XL1S was designed to consume as little power as possible and comes with power saving features such as auto off features (activated after about 5 minutes of inactivity) to further extend battery power for field and remote work. <br/> Easy Menu System<br/> The XL1S has two main menus, a camera menu and a VCR menu. Both menus are simple toggle and select systems that allow for rapid adjustment of key camera controls - such as audio input levels, tally lamp on/off and activation of zebra pattern.<br/> <br/> Camera menu<br/> Zebra pattern<br/> 16:9 effect<br/> Movie mode<br/> Remote sensor<br/> Tally Lamp<br/> Audio mode<br/> Audio 1 Input<br/> Audio 2 Input<br/> Recording mode<br/> Date/time set<br/> VCR menu<br/> Tally Lamp<br/> Remote sensor<br/> Recording mode<br/> Mix balance<br/> Output channel<br/> Data Code<br/> Date/time select<br/> Date/time set <br/> Digital Effects<br/> The XL1S features two in camera digital effects - a digital zoom and a fade trigger that can be easily activated. Only one digital effect can be used at a time.<br/> <br/> Fade Trigger<br/> Fade Trigger allows for a smooth and controlled fade in or out from a scene.<br/> <br/> 2x Digital Zoom<br/> Activating the digital zoom successfully doubles the camera's zoom range. The zoom control continues to work as usual - the camera automatically switches between optical zooming and digital zooming, though image resolution is slightly lower when the magnification exceeds the optical zoom range. <br/> Time Code<br/> Time Code is a digital code number recorded onto videotape for editing purposes. When decoded, the time code identifies every frame of a videotape using digits reading hours:minutes:seconds and frames. Each individual video frame is assigned a unique address, a must for accurate editing. You can choose to display or hide it during playback. <br/> Data Code<br/> The date and/or time display forms part of the data code. Shutter Speed, Aperture, Gain, and White Balance is also available as part of the data code. You can choose to display or hide it during playback.<br/> <br/> Remote Control<br/> <br/> The supplied wireless controller can operate the camera from a distance of up to 16 feet (5m). Point it at either of the camera's remote sensors while you press the buttons. (Remote sensors are available at both the front and the back of the camera.) The tally lamps light up to indicate that the camera is in range and responding to remote control commands. Other than the standard on camera functions, there are four functions that can only be operated using the wireless controller:<br/> Special playback<br/> Data Code on/off<br/> Photo Search<br/> Self-timer<br/> The remote sensor on the XL1S can be turned off to prevent interference from other Canon wireless controllers being used nearby.<br/> <br/> <br/> LANC<br/> The LANC - or Local Application Control Bus System - is a remote terminal that allows you to connect the camera to editing equipment. This connector is used by the ZR-1000 wired remote control.<br/> <br/> Canon EX Speedlite Flash Compatibility<br/> With an optional Flash Adapter FA-200 (Item Code: 3152A002), the Canon XL1S can utilize the 420EX (Item Code: 4590A009) or the 550EX (Item Code: 2261A003) SLR flashes for flash photography. Simply connect the FA-200 to the XL1S flash terminal, attach the flash, and shoot still images using either photo button. (Photo buttons are on the grip handle and near the side controls.) <br/> Photo Search<br/> The photo search feature - available via the remote control - allows you to search through still images quickly and easily wherever they are on a tape.<br/>

The Canon XL1S Kit

The Canon XL1S Kit XL1S Zoom Lens 16x XL 5.5-88 mm IS BP-930 Battery Pack CA-910 Compact Power Adapter DC-900 DC Coupler SS-1000 Shoulder Strap WL-D32000 Wireless Controller SP-100 Shoulder Pad S-150 S-video Cable STV-150 Stereo Video Cable Lens Hood


Power Supply (rated)

7.2 V DC

Power Consumption (While recording AF=ON)

8.7 W (approx., recording with the AF turned on)

Television System

EIA standard (525 lines, 60 fields) NTSC color

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 (48 kHz/2ch); 12 bit (32 kHz/ 2 from 4 ch); 12-bit (32 kHz/4 ch simultaneous)

Image Sensor

3 CCD 1/3 Pixel Shift (charge coupled devices)

Tape Format

Video cassettes bearing the MiniDV mark

Tape Speed

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

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

SP: 80 minutes (with an 80-min cassette); LP: 120 minutes (with an 80 minute cassette)

Fast Forward/Rewind Time

2 min. 20 sec (with a 60 min cassette)


XL interchangeable lens system; (supplied: f/1.6-2.6, 5.5-88mm)

Focusing System

TTL autofocus, manual focusing possible

Minimum Illumination

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

Recommended Illumination

More than 100 lx

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' 1Vp-p (Y signal); 0.286 Vp-p (C signal)

Audio Terminal

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

Microphone Terminal

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

Input Levels

RCA jack (L,R); 2 sets - 11 dBV/47k ohms (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 (223mm x 214mm x 415mm)

Weight (not including lens and battery pack)

3 lbs/11 15/16 oz approx. (1.7 kg)


6 lbs 4 7/8 oz approx. (2.86 kg)

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