Canon XM2 reviews: MiniDV storage SD camcorder
This camcorder is a good all rounder.
|Optical zoom ratio||20|
|Type of memory card||SD|
|Shape of camcorder||Horizontally held|
|Digital zoom ratio||100|
|Type of image stabiliser||Optical|
|Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second)||1/16000|
|Screen size (Inches)||2.5|
|Maximum aperture wide||1.6|
|Type of chip||CCD|
Also known as: XM2, Digital, MiniDVCamcorders Buying Guide
A high-quality, versatile model suitable for serious camcorder enthusiasts and professional videographers. Its advanced technology delivers unrivalled image quality in its class.The XM2 offers all the features of the market-leading XM1 plus some enhancements, including a new picture adjustment feature and manual control for picture adjustments.
- ¼” 470K pixel 3CCD with pixel shift
- Canon Professional L-Series Fluorite Lens
- 20x optical zoom/100x digital zoom F1.6
- Optical image stabiliser with VAP
- Direction accurate stereo microphone
- Two-channel audio level manual control
- 2.5” 200K colour LCD/0.44’ 180K colour VF
- Three shooting modes: normal, photo, frame movie
The XM2’s advanced technology delivers unrivalled image quality in its class
The XM2 improves on the market leading and successful XM1 in a number of key areas. It comprises of a brand new 1/4" 470,000-pixel 3CCD increasing image quality. Not forgetting a new manual control in picture adjustments and shooting adjustments even for professional users.
The XM2 includes a new high-sensitivity ¼” 470,000-pixel 3CCD for superb 540-line horizontal resolution and super low light performance. A new generation camera signalling processing LSI improves approximately 3dB in S/N ratio from the XM1. The result is an improvement in colour, low light performance, resolution and dynamic range.
The XM2 is equipped with a pixel shift system that boosts both resolution and sensitivity and allows users to achieve superb picture quality results.
The following picture adjustments have been greatly improved in the XM2.
· Colour gain adjustments, colour phase adjustments, sharpness adjustment and black level can be adjusted to desired value and up to 1 type of preset registration is possible.
· Custom preset – after picture adjustments, settings can be stored as a custom
· Slow shutter speed – XM2 can be set to slow shutter speeds to 1/6 of a second
· Gain control – gain can now be increased up to a maximum of 18dB
· Frame movie mode – frame mode can make progressive shooting at 25 fps. Footage with 1/50 slower shutter is very similar to fine cinema.
· 16.9 guides – allows accurate 16.9 framing when shooting so that image can be cropped.
The XM2 supports a direction-accurate stereo microphone that includes two non-directional microphones to give more precise stereo reproduction. Users can choose three types of frequency characteristics for the built-in microphone: normal, voice and wide-screen mode.
Additionally, a 2-channel manual audio level control where input level can be adjusted by a special dial and L/R level can be set for 2 channels. Audio-level meter with right-and-left independent 24-segment peak holder and the audio-level meter can be displayed in LCD and EVF.
An optional MA -300 microphone adapter allows the simultaneous recording of 2 independent channels from microphones with XLR connections. A BNC picture Out Terminal is also present.
The XM2 is equipped with a DV terminal for non-linear editing. By using a USB terminal, transmission of still images from a JPEG file to a PC is easy.
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