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Canon XM2

Canon XM2
alaScore 79

336 reviews

Sep, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 336 reviews of Canon XM2. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and portability. The image quality and price are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed comments about the zoom.

usability, price, image quality, portability, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon XM2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon XM2

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Canon XM2 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the design and image quality. The durability and usability also get good reviews. Some have doubts about the battery and portability. Comments are divided on the price.

reliability, usability, durability, image quality, design

portability, battery

91% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon DM-XM2 Professional MiniDV Camcorder (20x Optical Zoom, 100x Digital zoom)Canon DM-XM2 Professional MiniDV Camcorder (20x Optical Zoom, 100x Digital zoom)

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon XM2

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 181 user reviews of Canon XM2 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Comments about the design and portability are overall positive. The image quality and price are also appreciated, but opinions are divided on the zoom.

usability, price, image quality, portability, design

64% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon GL2 MiniDV Digital Camcorder w/20x Optical ZoomCanon GL2 MiniDV Digital Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: The DM-XM2, Canon's replacement for the DM-XM1 thr (computervideo.net)

Canon DM-XM2 camcorder test

 

The XM2 is a major improvement over the XM1 with the added bonus of manual audio controls and solid-state memory card capabilities for stills. The lens produces excellent detail - helped by the optical image stabiliser - and feels good when focusing,...

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: Neil Bennett (digitalartsonline.co.uk)

XM2

 

The XM2 also has strong competition from Sony's PDX10, which has the added benefit of true widescreen capture. The PDX10 costs over £500 more than the XM2, but includes an XLR input in that price that will set you back an extra £145 on the XM2

Expert review by: Colin Barrett (simplydv.co.uk)

SimplyDV Review: Canon XM2 DV Camcorder

 

With its comprehensive digital and analogue video and audio inputs, together with its professional-standard features, the DM-XM2 is a worthy successor to the XM-1.

Expert review by: Chris Jager (goodgearguide.com.au)

Canon X-M2

 

Reviewing a high-end camcorder from Canon is comparable to taking a Lamborghini Diablo for a 'test' drive -- critical opinion, however informed, is pr...

Superb image quality, 20x optical zoom, affordable for a professional unit

No zooming ring, inbuilt microphone below average, standard-def only

Serious users will find plenty to love about the X-M2, which combines plenty of premium features with a price tag that most people can afford. It might be getting a little long in the tooth, but this is still one of the best MiniDV cams on the market.

Jan, 2008

Consumer review by: gnipping (dooyoo.co.uk)

Canon DM-XM2 : If you're not after HD, then go for this one

 

The Canon XM2 is the middle child of the camcorder world. Often sighted as too expensive by true amateur 'point-and-shoot? users, yet overlooked by the budding Spielberg who leap straight to it's older brother the Canon XL2. So is this camera a stop...

May, 2007

Consumer review by: gnipping (dooyoo.co.uk)

Canon DM-XM2: If you're not after HD, then go for this one

 

The Canon XM2 is the middle child of the camcorder world. Often sighted as too expensive by true amateur ‘point-and-shoot’ users, yet overlooked by the budding Spielberg who leap straight to it’s older brother the Canon XL2. So is this camera a...

Excellent lens quality, clear image, good colour reproduction, manual overrides, colour viewfinder

Not brilliant in low light, mic could be better, not HD

May, 2007

Consumer review by: andresito (dooyoo.co.uk)

Canon XM2 : its THE CAM

 

Last week at my company we need to rent a high quality camera, and we think in this one. This is the perfect camera if you are looking for excellent image and not to buy other one after a couple of years , always better cameras go out to market and...

Jul, 2006

Consumer review by: UK Guest (reviewstop.co.uk)

Canon Triumph

 

I started a few years ago with the Canon XM1, and was taken with its simplicity of operation, and its outstanding results. When th...

May, 2003

Consumer review by: UK Guest (reviewstop.co.uk)

An outstanding prosumer MiniDV camcorder

 

Ever since the digital revolution began i have been waiting for a camcorder like the Canon DM-XM2. The previous model by canon(DM-...

Jan, 2003

Consumer review by: ddziegler (pricegrabber.com)

Canon CB-920 Car Battery Adapter / Charger, for BP-900 series Batteries

 

This item is misrepresented. I am disappointed and wasted my money. It claims to be a generic of Canon' CB-920 which is used to charge batteries AND power a camcorder. This is only a charger. These people are not honest.

Works as a charger only

This item IS NOT work as a Car Battery Adapter to power a camcorder. It is a charger ONLY. It is misrepresented

Jan, 2001

Product Specifications

The new Canon XM2 camcorder has the latest technology and many useful sound and picture adjustments and enhancements to cater for a variety of shooting situations and preferences. Its highly sensitive 3CCD unit achieves 540 lines horizontal resolution and super low light performance. A new Super Pixel Shift provides a wider dynamic range for movies, reducing vertical smear, and gives 1.7 mega-pixel high-resolution digital photos. The camcorder's professional L-Series fluorite lens provides 35mm and broadcast TV quality. It can deliver extremely sharp images and high magnification with less color aberrations. An Optical Image Stabilizer keeps the image steady with no loss of quality. And video recordings made with the Canon XM2 will sound as good as they look with the "Direction Accurate" microphone giving accurate stereo ambiance and less mechanical background noise. The microphone frequency has three modes to match recording conditions (normal, voice, windscreen). Manual adjustments on the XM2 include buttons for color and light adjustment, such as Color Phase, Color Gain, Camera Sharpness and Setup Level. Other features are Zebra Pattern, to indicate overexposure, Interval Timer, to record at selected times, and Clear Scan, to record a CRT monitor. A Custom Key can be used to assign functions used frequently. The new Canon XM2 digital camcorder is the ideal choice for recording broadcast or web content, making educational videos or registering an event like a wedding.

Audio

Audio Dubbing: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):7
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-915

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera

3D: No
3D compatibility: No
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder / Shouldercam
Minimum illumination:0.37

Camera Flash

Type: None

Design

Colour of product:Black, Silver

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:30.6cm
Height:13.6cm
Weight:0.3kg/1.1kg/1.3kg
Width:11.8cm

Display

Built-in Display: Yes
Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.35
Display Resolution:200000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Sand & snow / Spotlight

Flash

Built-in Flash: No
Built-in light: No

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:8MB

General

Product Type:Power adapter (car) + battery charger
Subcategory (MG):Power adapters and chargers

Header

Localization:English
Manufacturer:Canon
Model:920E/XM2
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon CB/Canon DM/Canon XM2

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):0.44
Optical sensor resolution:470000
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 4
Sensor Type:CCD / CMOS
Total MegaPixels:1.7 / 4.7

Lens System

Digital Zoom:100
Filter Size:5.8
Focal length range (f-f):4.2 - 84
Image stabilizer: No
Interchangeable lens: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.9
Max Focal Length:84mm
Min Focal Length:4.2mm
Optical Zoom:20
Optical Zoom:2 / 20
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Colour:Black / Silver

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 55

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:440Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:470Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4" ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4 )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD/3CCD with Pixel Shift
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in/Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical

Other features

Audio output:1
Auto Focus: Yes
I/O ports:AV\nLANC\nAnalogue-in
Lens system:L-Series
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Resolution:470000 x 3

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
DV port: Yes
HDMI: No
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S-Video In: Yes
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Power Device

Input Connector Qty:1
Input Connector Type:Car cigarette lighter
Voltage Provided:7.2V

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/16000 - 1/6 / 1/16000 ~ 1/6

Still image

Maximum image resolution:1488 x 1128

Storage

Camcorder media type:Memory card, Videotape
Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD
Disc types supported: No

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Zoom:100
Faders:Black fader / Overlap fader / Window wipe
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Mirror / Mosaic / Sepia / Slim / Stretch / Strobe / Tracer
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder:180000
Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder screen size:0.44
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.6
Height :30.6
Weight:1.12
Width:11.8