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Canon GL2 Mini DV Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 125 reviews of Canon GL2 Mini 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. Views about the zoom and price are generally positive. The portability and image quality also get good views. Reviews are divided on the viewfinder, while the memory and battery get negative opinions.

usability, image quality, portability, price, zoom

battery, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon GL2 Mini DV Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Canon GL2 Mini DV Camcorder


alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Canon GL2 Mini 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 Reviewers really like the image quality. The usability is also appreciated.

price, usability, image quality

89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon GL2 Mini DV 3 CCD Camcorder & 1GB Pro Opteka Accessory KitCanon GL2 Mini DV 3 CCD Camcorder & 1GB Pro Opteka Accessory Kit

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Dick Ridington (

Canon GL2 review


Canon GL2

Excellent image quality and color fidelity; 20X optical zoom; two-channel audio control; 1.7-megapixel still image capture; lightweight.

Too many controls per button; onboard microphone is omnidirectional; mediocre battery life with included cell.

This outstanding performer raises the bar for prosumer MiniDV camcorders.

Sep, 2002

Expert review by : J.W. Olsen (

A Professional Camcorder at a Prosumer Price

Sep, 2002

Expert review by : Newbie (

Expert Review


The Canon GL2 Mini DV Digital Camcorder has three CCD image sensors, along with its 20X optical zoom and dramatic 100X digital-zoom lenses that helps take good pictures in dark or well lighted areas. Features: Professional L-series Fluorite lens,...

Awesome image quality and very good audio controls. Plus a great lens and sound

No stop frame function

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : The Digital Journalist (

Expert Review


The long-anticipatedCanon GL2 miniDV camcorder is finally on dealers' shelves and it's ahoney. Canon has made a significant number of improvements to the threeyear old (and now discontinued) GL1. Perhaps the most important is theaddition of manual...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : D. Eric Franks (

Canon GL2 Mini DV Camcorder Review


The Canon GL2, one of the most anticipated new video cameras this year, is the successor to the popular GL1. Like a warm bowl of porridge, the GL2 is just right - not too small, not too expensive and yet it has nearly all of the features most advanced...

Superb audio ; Fully manual options ; Excellent exposure control

LCD seems flimsy

Awesome audio, vivid video and fantastic flexibility make this camcorder an outstanding option.

Oct, 2002

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Still Going


Regarding HD vs SD. HD is beautiful, but expensive.

Old Technology--yes, but that's not all bad. I have 2 of these and use them regularly in event video production. They are excellent cameras and a very good price. The glass is wonderful--sharp edge to edge with no vignetting. Learning the camer is fast...

I wish they had focus and zoom presets (achieve the shot you want and focus or zoom away, and return to the shot precisely with one push of a button). I also wish that the viewfinder was B&W with better resolution to help with fine manual focusing.

Dec, 2008

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Out of Date Technology


This camera was already old technology when I bought it 3+ years ago. I can't believe it is still for sale. I also own two HD cameras, including one that cost less than the GL2 and produces much better images.

Was once a good camera.

Noisy images. Poor dynamic range. Inaccurate colors. Soft, lo-def images. Lots of artifacts: aliasing, chroma bleeding, etc.

Nov, 2007

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Great Camera


When I used this for a group video project in English class we played the video on the projector and it still looked good despite how large the screen was.

I used this camera many times in my video tech class and it was awesome. Its definitely sturdy having survived so many kids roughly handling it. It has many lighting features that will help you film in different environments and the sound is great. Oh...

The LCD is a little small and the microphone picks up your voice but also everything else.

Jun, 2007

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Superb Product among Prosumer Cameras


Just take good care of it, the camera will last long enough more than you expect.

This product has been my first prosumer camera since I started my business way back 2004 and it accidentally fell off my tripod ( down to the floor) on my first wedding video coverage. I was so worried that I might not finished my first project for the...

battery runs out but the camera still healthy.

Jun, 2007

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I Love it-Like Professional


GL2- excelent,easy,versatile-do everyting

only the batery if u use to long LCD die to soon

Mar, 2007

Product Specifications


Built-In Microphone: Yes


Minimum illumination:6


Composite in: Yes
Composite out: Yes
LANC or Control-L port: Yes
Line-In Audio: Yes
Remote control: Yes
S-Video in: Yes
S-Video out: Yes
USB: Yes


Display diagonal:6.35
Display Resolution:200000
LCD resolution:200000 pixels
LCD size:2.5 inch
Screen Type:LCD

Image resolution

Progressive scan for photos: No

Image sensor

Total MegaPixels:0.41

Lens System

Filter Size:5.8
Focal length range (f-f):4.2 - 84
Optical Zoom:20


Aperture (Wide-lens):F1.6-F2.9
Auto focus: Yes
Digital Zoom:100 x
Filter size:58.0 mm
Focal length (35mm equiv):39.5-790 mm
Focal length (Wide-lens):4.2-84 mm
Manual focus: Yes
Optical zoom:20 x
Shutter speeds:1/60-1/15000 seconds


Dimensions (HxWxD):118x136x306 mm
Weight (lb):2.76 lb

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40

Other features

Audio recording formats:PCM
Auto Focus: Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Power consumption (typical):5.7
Power requirements:7.2V, DC

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
DV port: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
S-Video In: Yes

Power source

Battery life:65 minutes
Battery type:Lithium ion


Product description:The Canon GL2 has three CCDs, delivering outstanding picture quality, highly accurate color reproduction and a wide dynamic range with virtually no color noise. On top of that, Canon has improved a broadcast technology to create a new form of Pixel Shift, producing greater picture quality than that of camcorders using CCDs with almost twice the number of pixels.


Sensor size:1/4 inch
Sensor type:3xCCD


Built-in Storage Size:0.0 GB
Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV
External memory type:Secure Digital
Extra memory support: Yes
Inbuilt Memory: No


High Definition Recording: No
Recording format:Mini DV

Viewfinder, display

Viewfinder color:Color
Viewfinder resolution:180000 pixels
Viewfinder size:0.44

Weight & Dimensions

Height :30.6