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Canon Intros GL2 DV Camera

Three-CCD camera records stills, non-interlaced 30 FPS video By Dave Nagel
Canon has introduced a new model in its line of DV camcorders. The GL2, a three-chip model, is the successor to the GL1 and is targeted toward digital video enthusiasts, though it includes several professional features as well. It's scheduled to ship next month.
Canon GL2

The GL2 is built around three 410,000-pixel CCD imaging sensors (R, G and B) and includes Canon's Pixel Shift technology, which is designed to enhance picture quality in a wide variety of lighting situations. It can record in three modes: standard interlaced, digital still and 30 FPS non-interlaced "frame mode." Other features of the camera include

20x Optical / 100x Digital Zoom Lens with Fluorite and Optical Image Stabilizer.

  • Two-channel manual audio level control. The levels can be monitored by an external VU meter or through the viewfinder or LCD screen.
  • Three Audio modes: Normal for a studio or other controlled environment; Voice for accentuating voice over background noise; Wind Screen mode for minimizing whirling and whistling sounds.
  • Optional MA-300 microphone adapter, connects and powers without wires, to the GL2's Advanced Accessory Shoe. It allows users to connect two XLR microphones.
  • Programmed Auto Exposure.
  • Picture Adjustment with Custom Preset.
  • FireWire and USB connectors.
  • 2.5-inch Color LCD Screen.
  • Analog to Digital Converter.
  • Clear Scan.
  • Slow Shutter speeds of 1/8, 1/15 or 1/30 second for dramatic effects.
  • Two 16:9 aspect ratio methods: 16:9 Guides and 16:9 Recording Mode. The 16:9 framing guides are thin white lines that appear in the viewfinder only and are not recorded on the tape.
  • Variable Zebra Patterns.
  • Standard SMPTE Color Bars.
  • Interval Timer.
  • Settings for 0dB, +6dB, +12dB, +18dB and Automatic Gain.
  • White Balance can be set for Automatic, Manual, preset Indoors and preset Outdoors.
  • The Canon GL2 DV camcorder kit includes the GL2 body with built-in 20x Optical Zoom Lens, BP-915 Battery Pack, CA-920 Compact Power Adapter DC-920 DC Coupler, Standard and Large Eyecup, SS-650Shoulder Strap, WL-D77 Wireless Controller, S-150 S-Video Cable, STV-250N Stereo Video Cable, Lens Hood, SDC-8M SD Memory Card, Software and a USB cable. It will be available in mid-July for $2,999. For more information, visit

    Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected].

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