Canon XL2


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Nov 26, 2010
Is the XL2 still a camera worth using? Been offered use of one for a project i have coming up, but not sure if its worth just seeking out a HD camera, the footage is just going to be put onto DVD so tbh, HD would be a waste anyway.


macrumors 6502a
Sep 4, 2009
Nothing wrong with the camera. It depends on your project also go on the internet and look the camcorder up for information. Then you decide.


macrumors 6502
Feb 4, 2011
Brandon, MS
If your final product is DVD at best, the XL2 should be fine. More likely than not, any gains that you will get from an equivalent level of HD camera will be lost in the down conversion, anyway.


macrumors 601
Mar 4, 2005
.. London ..
Am no camera expert, but that camera had excellent lens for its class, and most photogs will say good glass beats megapixels any day.

The camera you've got in your hand is always the best one, and looks like you've got one. Certainly beats having no camera.

Lil Chillbil

macrumors 65816
Jan 30, 2012
I use the Canon Xl1 which has some great glass as well, I say go for it and use it. you will get better results than from a crappy handycam you can buy at walmart


macrumors 6502
Aug 18, 2009
Grimsby, UK
The XL2 is still a good camera & will be fine for a DVD project, however if you're buying it, I would make sure that it's very cheap. For example an early HDV camcorder like a Sony FX1 can be had for less money than a Canon XL2 & will arguably give better results if you film in HD and then downsize to SD in post (will also allow you to crop & reframe slightly).

However if the XL2 is free or very cheap, it's a great bit of kit & will serve you well if you're outputting to DVD!


macrumors regular
Dec 11, 2012
I agree with several posts on here, camera will be fine, but depends on the use and level of production.

The SD vs DVD argument to me is worthless.. saying HD is waste... HD gives you more latitude with chroma and luma information due to its higher resolution.. which can aid in post production/color correct.. again, only if your production calls for it.

I've worked on plenty of projects where they say at the beginning we are delivering in SD/DVDs.. so we shoot and post in SD.. then afterwards the clients asks for HD versions/masters.. OOPS..

If you have a choice between an SD workflow vs. HD workflow.. I'd choose HD.. but if you are being offered that camera for free for this project, go for it!