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Old January 5th, 2011, 10:08 PM   #1
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The end of the XL2

I was looking at the new A10 on Canon's website and notice under SD cameras there is only the GL2 listed now as a product.

I still use my XL2 for many of my projects and will continue to do so....

So long to the end of an era!!!
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Old January 5th, 2011, 11:48 PM   #2
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Yup, all XL cameras have been removed. See also this thread:
Shoulder mount Canon HD cameras dissappearing from retailers
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Old January 14th, 2011, 02:55 PM   #3
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It's odd that the GL2 is still on Canon's USA books, as the XM2 (the PAL version) was discontinued many years ago. And for good reason - 4:3 looks horribly dated now.
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Old January 14th, 2011, 03:09 PM   #4
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I don't know if anyone has it in stock, but the XM2 is still listed on Canon Uk's website Canon XM2 - Professional Camcorders - Canon UK
Does that just mean that they have stocks of them or that they do still manufacture them, I wonder?
The new cameras are listed OK so it's not just a matter of not updating the website.

4:3 is still sometimes better, for example if the footage destination is school computer monitors and projector screens. It's a pain to change the aspect ratio on some of the data projectors to 16:9 (and have to put it back after) and even new SmartBoards tend to be distinctly 4:3 shaped.
Wouldn't like being stuck in 4:3 though now I must agree.

EDIT: It's still in the current online brochure, updated 2009. The latest ones aren't, of course.
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