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Remarks about the camera:

1).      The action of the lens in manual mode is not directly proportional to the control-ring rotation. This is probably  a result of the focus and zoom being servo-controlled, with the control rings simply providing the  rate info for the drive circuitry. If one is familiar with professional lenses, then this is disappointing.

2).     A week after I started using the camera, I noticed a bright green spot in the centre of the picture, apparent in high gain or slow shutter speed situations. I think this was due to a dead pixel on the green CCD, although it was also visible in the eyepiece, and it seemed bigger than I would have imagined a pixel to appear. Canon South Africa have subsequently repaired it, and the camera now is perfect.

3).    The eyepiece is the best I have seen on a consumer product.

4).    The image stabilizer works very well. I shot some in-car footage, and very little shakiness was evident.

5).    The on-camera microphone does pick up some motor noise from the lens when zooming, etc. I use a lapel microphone to overcome this.

6).    I cannot see the point of using an EOS lens (Canon really push this feature!) on this camera, bearing in mind that the focal length multiplies by a factor of 7.2, except maybe for wildlife or astronomy.

 

Worthwhile XL-1 links:

 

Canon XL-1 Watchdog

Canon XL-1 News page

 

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