The Good Excellent image quality and color fidelity; 20X optical zoom; two-channel audio control; 1.7-megapixel still image capture; lightweight.
The Bad Too many controls per button; onboard microphone is omnidirectional; mediocre battery life with included cell.
The Bottom Line This outstanding performer raises the bar for prosumer MiniDV camcorders.
Canon replaces its popular three-CCD GL1 MiniDV camcorder and goes after Sony'swith the GL2, offering a superior 20X zoom lens, a 1.7-megapixel photo mode, and excellent color fidelity at a price point similar to the VX2000's. The camera's long lens, pristine images, and light weight make it a superb option for documentary filmmakers.