The Canon XL-2, released in 2004, is Canon's prosumer 3CCD standard definition camcorder. The XL-2 is the big brother to the GL family and the successor of the similar looking Canon XL-1s. It is succeeded by the Canon XL-H1 with a similar 20x lens and similar design, but in black.
The Canon XL-2 was designed to be very customizable, along with an array of pro-grade features. Some of these include:
4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios
60i, 24p, and 30p frame rates
with selectable 2:3 or 2:3:3:2 pulldown in 24p mode
Optical Image Stabilization with the included 20X L IS lens
Control of gamma, knee, and much more to get the desired picture
Open architecture Design
Interchangeable lenses, one of the most popular lenses is the 3x zoom wide angle lens often used for short films as it has a low price.
The camera also has 2 XLR inputs in the back, as well as the capability to add 2 more with an adapter that plugs into the accessory shoe. This makes it useful for use with wireless microphones or other audio sources. The XL2 records to a miniDV tape and can export to a computer via a Firewire (IEEE 1394) port. The XL2 is one of only a few cameras that can record to all 4 miniDV audio tracks simultaneously.