Digital Video 3-CCD CAMERA
Canon XL1S - Super Low Light
High-Resolution - Digital Video Camera
3 CCD with Pixel Shift Technology
3 Shooting Modes
Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer
4-Channel Digital Audio
IEEE 1394 In|Out Terminal
The Canon XL1S is not one, but many different
cameras. Interchangeable lenses and viewfinders allow the XL1S to be tailored
for optimal performance in any shooting condition. Incorporating high precision
optics, full manual control, and features found only previously on top-end
professional gear, the XL1S raises the standard for others to follow.
Canon's XL1S makes it
possible to truly customize your shooting experience. Its unique open
architecture design, full manual control, and extensive list of dedicated
accessories allow the camera to become an extension of your creative spirit.
Superior image quality and pro-oriented features make the XL1S ideal for those
with discriminating taste.
Digital Video Format and IEEE 1394
The XL1S is a consummate professional
creation tool that supports the established industry standards, MiniDV and
IEEE 1394. Support of these standards make the XL1S a flexible video
creation tool that interoperates with standard DV equipment and computer
editing systems as accorded by engineering, scientific and broadcast
The MiniDV format supported by the XL1S
delivers more than 500 lines of horizontal resolution -- a 25% improvement
over analog systems. The DV format allows for near lossless transfer within
digital editing environments for faster creation, increased productivity
and improved production quality of final prints.
The XL1S comes standard with a DV terminal
that conforms to IEEE 1394 for digital transfer of video and sound, in
addition to regular video and audio outputs. The IEEE 1394 (also known as
FireWire®) standard allows editing, copying and recording of
digital video over a single cable. This transfer format affords improved
image and sound quality and is virtually free from generation loss.
The Canon XL1S is available in NTSC and PAL
versions. These are the world's standards for television production. NTSC,
(National Television Systems Committee) is the 525-line screen, 60fps
(fields per second) standard of North America and Japan. PAL (Phase
Alternate Line) is the 625-line screen, 50fps (fields per second) standard
of Europe, Hong Kong and the Middle East.
Unlike other DV systems available, the XL1S
supports interchangeable lenses, both for video and still imaging, as well
as extender zooms. With the XL mounting system, the XL1S offers maximum
flexibility and an unbeatable range with potential focal ranges between 24
and 17,280 mm (35 mm photography equivalent).
The XL1S maximizes the capability of the DV
format by using a 3 CCD (charge-coupled device) system with a separate CCD
for each primary color (red, green, blue). A beam-splitting prism separates
light passing through the lens into individual color components and each is
sent to its own CCD. Compared to a single CCD, the 3 CCD system achieves
outstanding detail with highly accurate color reproduction suitable for the
demands of high-end video production - wide dynamic range, low color noise,
high-contrast detail, natural color resolution and low-aliasing. The 3 CCD
system also makes advanced Pixel Shift (for increased image quality) and
Low Light Recording (for increased flexibility) possible.
Because human eyes see green more clearly
and readily, the green component of a video signal contains 60% of the
picture detail whereas the red and blue components together comprise the
remaining 40%. With the advanced Pixel Shift on the XL1S, the green CCD is
physically shifted the equivalent distance of 1/2 pixel horizontally from
the red and blue CCD, and the green signal is electronically shifted 1/2
pixel vertically. This shifting of the green CCD increases the sampling
points, resulting in a system that is comparable to 410,000 pixel CCD
systems in terms of resolution. With a larger pixel size and the process of
Pixel Shift, the Canon XL1S gives wider dynamic range, better low light
recording, reduced vertical smears, and high quality still images without
sacrificing the highest resolution DV available.
The three CCD image sensors in the XL1S,
each with 270,000 pixels, were specifically designed to capture as much
image detail as possible and for shooting under extremely low light
conditions. The size of each pixel is 72 square microns - 150% larger than
the pixel-size on comparable DV models. The result is an approximate 4 dB
improvement in sensitivity. This improved sensitivity means that each CCD
can capture more information at all light ranges. In super low light, the
XL1S still captures crisp and clear digital data. Under extremely bright
conditions, the Pixel Shift capabilities of the XL1S greatly reduces
vertical white streaks and smears, making it a consummate field recording
device for all conditions.
Shooting Modes and Aspect Ratios
The XL1S has three shooting modes: Normal
Movie, Digital Photo Mode, and the cinema-like Frame Movie Mode that is
very popular among filmmakers. The XL1S offers both the standard 4:3 aspect
ratio and the 16:9 wide screen TV aspect ratio.
16:9 is the recently set world standard aspect ratio for HDTV. Currently in
use with PAL+ in Europe, and used in nearly 200 DTV broadcasting stations
in the US, this aspect ratio more accurately conforms to human peripheral
vision and visual perception.
Interval recording allows for the capture of time elapsed motion
videography. The XL1S can be programmed to record at various intervals for
varying amounts of time.
Set intervals include: 30 seconds; 1 minute; 5 minutes; 10 minutes.
Set recording times include: 0.5 second; 1.0 second; 1.5 seconds; 2.0
Programmed Auto Exposure
Programmed Auto Exposure Modes provide
automated advanced recording techniques ensuring professional results in
various shooting conditions. There are six AE programs available including
Shutter-Priority, Aperture-Priority, Spotlight, Manual, Full Auto, and Auto
Mode. These applications are designed to give you creative freedom while
allowing the recording control desired.
The Canon XL1S offers many on-camera
enhancements that help avoid common shooting errors and make capturing
high-quality footage trouble-free. The shooting enhancements also include
basic conventional features that are commonly found on broadcast
- SMPTE Color Bars - NTSC, EBU Color Bar
- Power Save
- Top Grip with Recording Control
- Variable Zoom Speed
- CHAR REC
- Index Write
- Zebra Level
- EVF Display ON/OFF
SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization
Until now, optical image stabilizers have
used solely a gyro sensor to detect camcorder vibration. The data collected
by the sensor controls a vari-angle prism that continuously corrects the
path of the incoming light. SuperRange goes one step further by examining
the image after it is received by the CCD, and detecting any low-frequency
vibrations missed by the gyro. This data is fed back to accelerate and
refine the movement of the vari-angle prism. This greatly improves
performance for low-frequency vibration, resulting in the most advanced
optical image stabilization available today. This feature is found only on
Canon's optical Image Stabilized 16x zoom lens.
Attaining the best picture possible is the
essence of filmmaking, photography, videography - and Canon. The XL1S
automates and also allows manual control of the essential ingredients that
go into capturing great images.
- Color Phase
- Picture Sharpness
- Color Gain
- Setup Level
- Gain Control
- White Balance
Canon knows that audio is crucial to
professional productions, and the XL1S provides the highest standards in
audio capture available on a digital video system with a 16-bit, 2-channel
recording option. The XL1S also has two additional 12-bit recording
channels allowing simultaneous recording on four channels. Audio levels can
be controlled manually to further extend sound quality as it is recorded.
Audio and Video Inputs and Outputs
The XL1S offers a plethora of means by
which to get audio and video in and out of the camcorder.
The XL1S is designed to handle two types of analog video input and output:
using audio/video cables (composite) or S-video. There are four audio
inputs and outputs. All connections are on the camera body.
Custom Keys and Presets
Two Custom Keys (two settings for camera
mode and two for VCR mode). The XL1S allows you to create and save your own
custom settings so your common shooting modes can be readily duplicated.
Select options from either the Camera Menu or the VCR Menu and create up to
two customized settings for each.
The XL1S has many additional features for
ease of use and creative control.
- Magnesium Alloy Body
- Tally Lamp
- Multi-Angle Viewfinder
- Low Power Consumption
- Easy Menu System
- Digital Effects
- Time Code
- Data Code
- Remote Control
- Canon EX Speedlite Flash Compatibility
- Photo Search
About DV Tape
Videocassettes bearing the MiniDV
SP: 60 minutes (with an 60-min. cassette)
90 minutes (with an 60-min. cassette)
SP: 80 minutes (with an 80-min. cassette)
LP: 120 minutes (with an 80-min. cassette)
8 3/4 x 8 7/16 x 16 5/16 in.
(223mm x 214mm x 415mm)
- Weight with lens and battery pack:
6 lbs 4 7/8 oz approx. (2.86 kg)
Price: $125.00 / Day