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Old April 27th, 2002, 08:58 PM   #1
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Exceptionally Dark Image

I just recently bought an XL-1 from a video production house used and I am very pleased with it. However I have noticed that it gets a very dark picture under even normal lighting circumstances. The iris is set to 1.6, the shutter rate is 1/60th and the Gain is at 0db. However in a normally lit room I am still seeing mostly black. The camera otherwise gets a wonderful picture in outdoor/brightly lit situations. I know the XL-1 has its limits in low-light, but when compared to my Canon Elura 2MC (a 1-CCD inferior camera), the XL-1's image is much darker when both are set to the same settings (the Elura is not boosting its own gain or anything). I was always under the impression that 3 CCD cameras usually get much better low-light images. Please inform me of any of your experiences or if you think that there might be a problem with the camera and what it might be. Thank you in advance.
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Old April 27th, 2002, 09:42 PM   #2
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The 3-CCD low light image is better in terms of color saturation. A 1-CCD can be a bit brighter because the light is not split three ways. Depending on the room light levels you may need some gain for a reasonably bright image.
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Old April 27th, 2002, 10:04 PM   #3
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Since you bought it used, might I suggest thet you join the XL-1 club, wait till you get your official club ID, call Canon and send it in for maintanence and any software upgrade it might need.

I send this note to you thinking that you live in the USA. Unfortunately, your profile being incomplete, it doesn't give a clue! Thr club exists in the US only at this time.
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Old April 28th, 2002, 08:13 AM   #4
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Does XL1 Owners Club accept purchasers of used units?

Tret may be from Maryland,, USA.
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Old April 28th, 2002, 10:18 AM   #5
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"The XL-1 Club" I would try, the most they can say is no!

Perhaps the original owner never joined, try "don't ask, don't tell" and proceed.
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Old April 29th, 2002, 12:43 PM   #6
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Why are we always left out!
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Old April 29th, 2002, 01:13 PM   #7
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Remember that friend in Washington state?
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