How the XL2 Differs From the XL1S
by Chris Hurd

Although the XL2 outwardly appears very similar to the XL1 and XL1S, inside it's a completely different scene. Perhaps the biggest difference internally, beyond the 16:9 CCD block and adjustable frame rate capability, is the Total Image Control menu set with a broad variety of user-adjustable parameters. For now, be sure to take a look at the Canon USA site, specifically this page for a complete list of XL2 features. What follows below is a reference list for XL1 and XL1S owners who are considering upgrading to an XL2.

XL1 / XL1S features dropped from XL2:

  • +30dB gain
  • six-second photo record
  • TTL flash adapter terminal
  • A/V dubbing
  • digital zoom
  • digital fade trigger
  • 16:9 guides in 4:3 mode

XL1 / XL1S Canon accessories NOT compatible with XL2:

  • FA-200 TTL flash adapter
  • CU-500 color LCD viewfinder
  • MA-100 2-XLR audio adapter
  • MA-200 4-XLR audio adapter
  • HC-3100 hardshell case

XL1 / XL1S / GL2 Canon accessories FULLY compatible with XL2:

  • all XL-mount lenses
  • FU-1000 monochrome CRT viewfinder
  • EF to XL adapter
  • 1.6x XL extender
  • ZR-1000 remote zoom controller
  • VL-10i video light
  • VL-3 compact video light
  • MA-300 2-XLR audio adapter
  • EQ-XL1 Equalizer windscreen
  • MM-XL1 mini-mount
  • SI-XL1 System Isolator
  • BP-930 standard battery
  • BP-945 high capacity battery
  • CH-910 dual battery charger / holder
  • CA-910 & CA-920 compact charger
  • CB-910 & CB-920 car charger
  • DC-905 & DC-920 DC couplers
  • Kata Rain Cover

In the near future, the Watchdog will update this page with a list of third-party commercially available XL1 and XL1S accessories that are fully comptible with the XL2. Stay tuned!


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