Upon first inspection, the Canon XL1 looks to be a top of the line video camera for those looking for quality at an affordable price range. The camera comes seemingly stacked at its $4,000 price range, offering many of the same features of pricier models at a fraction of the cost.
When working on the Canon XL1 review, many features were tested and all passed as solid inclusions, specifically for the price. The white balancing is a one-touch system on the Canon XL1 that makes getting a quality picture easy. When pointed at a solid white object, such as a poster board, you only need hold one button and it will detect the perfect white levels for your shot.
Another solid feature for the Canon XL1 is the Stabilization mode. With just the flip of the switch, the camera offsets slight movements in hand held scenes with a quality stabilization technique.
The camera also offers a simple way to set F-stops and shutter speeds, all within reach of your finger tips while setting up your shots. A dial is used to set up the shutter speed and with the flick of the switch, you can adjust the F-stop speed as well. The camera makes all these features easy to use and make the camera a solid tool for a beginning filmmaker.
However, for more experienced filmmakers, there are better choices. Today, many cheaper options are available that trump the Canon XL1 in quality.