Canon Xl1 Digital Camcorder (3 Chip Ccd) Canon Xl1 Digital Camcorder 
(3 Chip Ccd)

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You will open new professional horizons with this PAL format XL1. The standard format in Europe and Asia, now Canon has brought the acclaimed PAL standard of video to the North American market XL1 cameras! Use PAL (Phase Alternating Line) format XL1 video camera for awesome transfers to film. Most digital video professionals use PAL format to get better results for a number of reasons, such as better frame rate matching and more scan lines, for more resolution.

PAL format contains six times more information than analog Another reason professionals love PAL format is because the digital video signal contains SIX TIMES the information of its analog counterpart - that's almost the same amount of information as analog Betacam, which used to be the favorite of professionals - until now

Controls on the XL1 PAL format camera are the same as the NTSC XL1 It's really the same camera that shook the NTSC world; only it's better for professionals to work with this format-especially in post-production phases. XL1 Pal format camera is just as modular Professionals need to be intimately familiar with their tools; they need the choice of different modular configurations the XL1 offers.

In summary, PAL format equipment is better than NTSC for professionals because:
video transfers to film are better and easier, because a slower playback speed serves a higher quality picture, the frame rate is closer to the format that film uses, it's sharper with almost 20% more scan lines than the NTSC format offers

Whether your need is broadcast production or simply the very best picture quality, the mini DV format delivers more than 500 lines of horizontal resolution - nearly a 25% improvement in picture quality over the best analog formats. The tape formulation is advanced to last longer and even withstand repeated use without failure, virtually eliminating drop out and delivering higher output and less noise. The XL1 is equipped with a DV terminal that conforms to IEEE 1394 for digital transfer of video and sound, in addition to regular video and audio outputs.

3CCD The XL1 maximizes the capability of the DV format by using a 3CCD system with a separate CCD for each primary color (red, green, blue). A beam-splitting prism precisely separates the light passing through the lens into individual color components, and each is sent to its own CCD achieving outstanding detail with highly accurate color reproduction suitable for the demands of the high-end production field - wide dynamic range, low color noise, natural color resolution and low aliasing

An optical 16X Zoom (32X Digital) is included as standard with the XL1 -the world's longest available lens for a DV camcorder. It resolves over 600 TV lines to give an extraordinarily sharp image. By exceeding the DV standard of 500 TV lines, the Canon lens delivers greater visual "sharpness" through its higher sensitivity in the all important 100 to 250 TV line resolution area.
16X Optical Zoom
Optical Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable XL Lens Mount System
3CCD with Pixel Shift Technology
Full Manual Controls --- Exposure, White Balance, Zoom, Focus and Audio

Audio/Video/TV System PCM digital sound;16-bit (48kHz/2ch)12-bit (32kHz/2 from 4ch)12-bit (32 kHz/4 ch simultaneous)
2 rotary heads, helical scanning systemDV system (Consumer digital VCR SD system)Digital component recording
EIA standard (525 lines, 60 fields) NTSC color signal
Tape Format/Speed MiniDV
SP: 3/4ips (18.81 mm/s):LP:1/2ips (12.56 mm/s)
Image Sensor 3CCD 1/3" Pixel Shift (charge coupled device) 270,000 pixels (250,000 effective pixels)
Zoom 16X Optical Zoom, 2x digital zoom
Lens XL interchangeable lens system ([supplied]: f/1.6-2.6, 5.5-88mm)
Focusing system TTL autofocus, manual focusing possible
Filter Size 72mm (XL lens)
Image Stabilizer Yes, Optical (OIS), with supplied 16x lens
Shutter speed 1/15,000 second
Illumination 2 lux (using XL 5.5-88mm lens and slow shutter at 1/8 of a second.) more than 100 recommeneded
Viewfinder 0.7", color LCD(approx. 180,000 pixels)
LCD Screen none
Manual Controls Zoom, Focus, Exposure, Audio, White Balance, Shutter Speed 1/8 up to 1/15,000 second, Gain (-3dB, 0dB, +6dB, +12dB, +18dB or +30dB)
Date & Time yes
A/V Dubbing yes
Input terminal 1x Audio/Video (RCA), 1x S-Video, 1x IEEE-1394, Audio Line-In (L/R).
Output terminal RCA jack1 Vp-p/75 ohms unbalanced,synchronized load/4 pin mini DIN1 Vp-p (Y signal) 0.286 Vp-p (C signal) /RCA jack (L,R) 2 sets - 4dBm (47kohms load)/ 3kohms or less, unbalanced
Digital Effects Slow
Shutter Speed (1/30-1/15- 1/8O Second), SMTE Color Bar Generator, 2x Digital Zoom
Special Effects Zebra Pattern
Digital Photo Mode 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.
Microphone Stereo electret condenser microphone input for: Mini, (Four XLR Mic Inputs with Optional MA-200)
Headphone Jack Yes, with Volume Control
Flash accessory shoe
Built-In Light yes
Power Consumption 7.2v, AC 110/240v, 50/60Hz
Dimensions 8 3/4 x 8 7/16 x 16 5/16 in(223mm x 214mm x 415mm)
Weight 3 lbs 11 15/16 oz approx. (1.7 kg)