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Canon GL1 DV Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 134 reviews of Canon GL1 DV Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and size. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the viewfinder and battery, and opinions about the durability and price are different.

usability, image quality, portability, size, design

battery, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon GL1 DV Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Canon GL1 DV Camcorder


alaTest has collected and analyzed 72 user reviews of Canon GL1 DV Camcorder from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the battery and portability. The design and image quality also get good comments, but the reliability and durability get negative views. Comments are divided on the price.

usability, image quality, design, portability, battery

size, zoom, durability, reliability

92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon GL1 MiniDV Digital Camcorder with Lens & Optical Image StabilizationCanon GL1 MiniDV Digital Camcorder with Lens & Optical Image Stabilization

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : PC Magazine (

Canon Elura 10, GL1


The Canon Elura 10 ($1,150 street) is an upright camera smaller than a dinner roll. Canon achieved the compact size by placing functions like the S-Video–out, microphone, and headphone jacks on a small docking unit, retaining IEEE 1394, composite...

Apr, 2009

Expert review by : Don Collins (

Review: Canon GL1 Camcorder


Canon introduces the newest addition to its family of Mini DV camcorders, the GL1. A smaller, more compact version of the XL1; there's no missing the family resemblance

In addition to a small speaker, Canon has provided a headphone jack to monitor audio. Other jacks include FireWire, S-video, A/V in and out and LANC edit control

Feb, 2000

Expert review by : Dirck Halstead (

Canon GL-1 DV Camcorder


Canon, more than any other manufacturer of still and video cameras, has listened carefully to the market, and they've heard what professionals want and need. Considering the time lapse between estimating what we want, and being able to deliver it to us...

In the meantime, for those professional photojournalists who wanted to add digital video to their toolbox, the big problem has been the sheer size of the instrument. As wonderful as the XL-1 is, it's still tough to imagine a photojournalist carrying...

Oct, 1999

Consumer review (

Photographers best mate


Very compact and reliable under extreme climate, hot and wet

Mounting of microphone is weak

Jul, 2003

Consumer review (

GL1 Review


Unbelievable Picture quality. Colors are amazingly VIVID.

Expensive but worth it. This is Not a Beginners Camera

Dec, 2002

Consumer review (

very good camera


very good picture quality

it's successor is announced

Jul, 2002

Consumer review (

Ease with Quality


The camera is light and easy to handle.

Flip screen is small. Extension microphone uses mini plug.

Apr, 2002

Consumer review (

Good choice, top video camera.


Produces great quality. Style makes it easy to use.

Cannot see input volume, nor control input volume.

Apr, 2002

Consumer review (

Best video money I ever spent


Far exceeded my expectations. Worth three times the money.

Neither viewfinder hi-res enough for precise manual focus

Apr, 2002

Consumer review (

Do Not Buy This Camera or Any Canon


Very sharp images when it works

No durability or reliability

Jul, 2003

Product Specifications




Composite in: Yes
Composite out: Yes
Firewire in (IEEE 1394): Yes
Firewire out (IEEE 1394): Yes
Line-In Audio: Yes
Remote control: Yes
S-Video out: Yes


LCD size:2.5 inch
Screen Type:LCD

Image resolution

Digital still pictures: Yes
Number of total pixels:0.27 Megapixels
Progressive scan for photos: Yes


Aperture (Wide-lens):F1.6-F2.9
Digital Zoom:100 x
Filter size:58.0 mm
Focal length (Wide-lens):4.2-84 mm
Night shot: No
Optical zoom:20 x


Dimensions (HxWxD):136x117x273 mm
Weight (lb):2.75 lb

Power source

Battery life:65 minutes
Battery type:Proprietary lithium


Sensor size:1/4 inch
Sensor type:CCD


Built-in Storage Size:0.0 GB
Inbuilt Memory: No


High Definition Recording: No
Recording format:Mini DV
Recording system:NTSC

Viewfinder, display

Viewfinder color:Color