Noticing the XL1's popularity amongst professionals, the Canon XL2 is designed with the professional in mind. Reworked from the CCD up, this camcorder is not so much a refined update as it is a totally new camera that has the same feel as its predecessor. The 20X video lens is a thing of sheer beauty and is, of course, interchangeable with other lenses. The ND filter swings easily into position, and the stabiliser and auto focus controls are solid and conveniently placed. The lens also incorporates a function which acts as an automatic focus pull or zoom control that stores preset positions for instant recall.
A new hybrid LCD/viewfinder is a welcome addition. Although at 2" it isn't too large, its 200K pixels mean that it is sharp and clear. In terms of audio perks, the XL2 Show More