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The new Canon XM2 camcorder has the latest technology and many useful sound and picture adjustments and enhancements to cater for a variety of shooting situations and preferen...Read more
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Canon xm2
I wanted to write this because I saw a lot of nonsense about it posted on another review. These are great cameras occasionally let down by their weakest feature, the tape mec...Read more
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my XM2
The xm2 is a superb quality camera, I've had mine for almost two years and found it very reliable. If you are a student or amateur film maker with some experience then you wil...Read more

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The new Canon XM2 camcorder has the latest technology and many useful sound and picture adjustments and enhancements to cater for a variety of shooting situations and preferences. Its highly sensitive 3CCD unit achieves 540 lines horizontal resolution and super low light performance. A new Super Pixel Shift provides a wider dynamic range for movies, reducing vertical smear, and gives 1.7 mega-pixel high-resolution digital photos. The camcorder's professional L-Series fluorite lens provides 35mm and broadcast TV quality. It can deliver extremely sharp images and high magnification with less color aberrations.An Optical Image Stabilizer keeps the image steady with no loss of quality. And video recordings made with the Canon XM2 will sound as good as they look with the "Direction Accurate" microphone giving accurate stereo ambiance and less mechanical background noise. The microphone frequency has three modes to match recording conditions (normal, voice, windscreen). Manual adjustments on the XM2 include buttons for color and light adjustment, such as Color Phase, Color Gain, Camera Sharpness and Setup Level. Other features are Zebra Pattern, to indicate overexposure, Interval Timer, to record at selected times, and Clear Scan, to record a CRT monitor. A Custom Key can be used to assign functions used frequently. The new Canon XM2 digital camcorder is the ideal choice for recording broadcast or web content, making educational videos or registering an event like a wedding.

Product Identifiers
BrandCanon
ModelDM-XM2
EAN4960999110936

Key Features
TypeStandard/Compact
Recording SystemPAL
Optical Zoom20x
Digital Zoom100x
Storage TypeRemovable (Card/Disc/Tape)
Media FormatMiniDV
Resolution0.5 MP
Screen Size2.5"
Weight1120 gr

Optical Sensor
Sensor Type3CCD, 3CCD with Pixel Shift
Sensor Size1/4"
Optical Sensor Qty3

Lens System
Lens TypeZoom lens
Lens ApertureF/1.6-2.9
Focal Length Range4mm - 84mm
Focus AdjustmentAutomatic, Manual
Lens Filter Size58 mm
Lens System FeaturesFluorite glass, aspherical lens
Auto Focus typeTTL contrast detection
Lens Construction10 group(s) / 12 element(s)

Exposure
Max Shutter Speed1/16000 sec
Min Illumination3 lux
Min Shutter Speed1/50 sec
Exposure MeteringCentre-weighted, Spot
Exposure ModesAutomatic, Programme, aperture-priority, manual, shutter-priority

Camera Flash
Flash TypeNone

Memory / Storage
Recording SpeedLP, SP
Supported Flash MemorySD Card

Viewfinder
Viewfinder TypeLCD monitor
Viewfinder Diagonal Size0.44"

Dimensions
Depth30.6 cm
Height13.6 cm
Width11.8 cm

Display
Display TypeTFT active matrix
Display RotationRotating
Screen DetailsLCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5" - colour
Display Size2.5"

Microphone
Microphone TypeMicrophone - built-in - electret condenser - stereo
Microphone Operation ModeStereo
Microphone TechnologyElectret condenser

Connections
Connector Types1 x Control-L (LANC), 1 x DC power input, 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK), 1 x S-Video input / output, 1 x USB, 1 x composite video/audio (input/output), 1 x headphones, 1 x microphone
Expansion Slot1 x SD Memory Card

Battery
Battery Form FactorManufacturer specific

Environmental Parameters
Max Operating Temperature40 °C
Min Operating Temperature0 °C

Resolution
Effective Video Resolution0.4 MP

Other Features
Images StabilizerOptical
FeaturesBuilt-in speaker, DPOF support, RGB primary colour filter, analogue to digital conversion with pass through, auto power save, date/time stamp, display brightness control

Miscellaneous
Color Black/Silver

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Canon XM DM-XM2 Camcorder - Black/Silver
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Canon xm2

Created: 01/08/09
I wanted to write this because I saw a lot of nonsense about it posted on another review. These are great cameras occasionally let down by their weakest feature, the tape mechanism. But then again, I imagine all tape based camcorders suffer the same misery. Bent mechanisms, clogged heads. Tape is great when it works and it's evil when it fails. If you get one ALWAYS take great care with the mechanics when loading and unloading tapes. There's a little message on the tape loading compartment that says "Do not press on this part". They really mean it. It should read "If you ever press this too hard your camera will be useless ever after and cost you a fortune to repair."
Show anyone who'll be using it exactly how to load a tape. One dopey hamfisted nerk will trash it for good. Beware.

The optics, electronics and image quality are excellent, and its low-light pictures are genuinely surprisingly good. I've used this kind of camera to shoot stuff for 16/9 broadcast shows and the pictures were intercut with broadcast cameras to good effect, although we had to put a severe grade on both to get them to match up. The best thing about it is it's light and small, and the worst thing about it when it's working properly is what appears to be a heavily centre-weighted autofocusing system. I don't know if it actually is heavily centre weighted, but it certainly seems that way based on the results I get.

The viewfinder is too small to find focus on manually. Don't even bother to try. Use the autofocus on/off switch. You'll really have to try hard to get a decent pull focus, and to be frank, I wouldn't waste my time trying. If you want camerawork that sophisticated, maybe another camera will suit you better.

But if you want a small, light, inconspicuous, amateur-looking camera that gets great professional-looking pictures with a surprising zoom range, this one rocks.
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my XM2

Created: 13/10/08
The xm2 is a superb quality camera, I've had mine for almost two years and found it very reliable. If you are a student or amateur film maker with some experience then you will probably take to this like a duck to water.

There is an automatic setting for both film and audio but don't be scared off by it's ability to become fully manual,
for example: focus, f. left and right audio control for the mic, white balance, apature settings etc etc etc.

The camera also boasts an sd slot so you can take photos as well as film (image size upto about 3024 I think).



PROS AND CONS

Might as well start with the cons of this camera I guess, firstly these are expensive a £1000 is a large investment so make sure you know this is the camera for you. If you are a novice then get something cheaper first and see how you get on, you can always get one later.

Get in insured, it might cost you a couple of quid but it'll be worth it if the zoom decides to pack in or if the deck stops working it gets damaged or wet etc (doesn't happen often but it's worth being protected)

The standard battery only lasts about an hour so if you buy this invest in a larger battery at about £50/60 a go.



PROS

Finally the quality that this camera records at is industry standard, in other words it can be as good as a basic tv camera, The basic Mic on board is great quality the camera also has ability for interchangeable lenses.


If your looking to buy for a student studying film or media then this will be ideal and take them into the beginning of there career, These are great cameras and will last years, good hunting!.


p.s KEEP THE TAPE HEADS CLEAN, YOU CAN BUY A HEAD CLEANING TAPE FOR ABOUT £8 THEY LAST A WHILE AND IT'LL STOP FILM FROM BEING DAMAGED!
29 of 30 people found this review helpful.
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Canon XM2 not all that

Created: 14/03/09
I have been using several XM2 cameras for about six months.

I'll start my review by confessing that I am no fan of Canon. For years, this company has ridden on the back of consumer assumptions about the "reassuringly expensive" without delivering anything to consumers that really stands out.

The XM2 is (or was) an expensive "prosumer" camera, which means its sold to consumers who want to pretend they are professional but don't really know what the buttons do... which is why, on this camera, they don't do much. With the XM2 price you get stung twice, once for being gullible enough to buy Canon, and then again for being gullible enough to buy something marked as prosumer.

I have hopefully made it clear that it's not good value for money, but is it good?

Well, not really. It is OK.

The manual modes are not what I call manual because, when in manual mode, XM2 settings are often limited by camera electronics and it feels more like programming an automatic camera.

For instance, the manual white balance is auto-sensing and it doesn't work very well in low light conditions. You control when it sets the white balance, however, you do not control how it sets that white balance. It's not much good having a manual mode that depends on electronic-behaviour rather than real human-controlled settings.

What is really rubbish about this camera is it's manual focusing. For example, the focussing ring doesn't stop turning when the lens reaches its limit. In other words, the human user does not receive physical feedback from the focusing ring and this limits my performance. Manual focussing on the XM2 feels rather like guesswork and, again, using the manual feature is a kind of negotiation between human and machine.

The built in microphone is kind of rubbish, which Canon almost admit in the instruction manual by recommending you use external add-on microphones. However, the external microphones aren't all that good because the connections are rather constrained to pointing in one direction - most cameras have this problem, but surely, if it's "prosumer" then shouldn't it be at least slightly innovative?

So if you want high quality sound, you will probably want a soundman working with you... and he is going to hate it's single stereo 3mm input jack!

Also, don't manually shut the DV door before it has auto-loaded the tape. This can apparently break the device, although I haven't personally tested it.

I can say one good thing about the XM2 though! It is very plastic and so it doesn't weigh much. This means you can carry it in oppressively warm conditions where you wouldn't want a proper camera.
5 of 14 people found this review helpful.
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Canon DM-XM2 Mini DV Camcorder

Created: 02/12/09
This camera produces broadcast quality video. It has a fantastic range of features and is a joy to use. The sound quality is excellent as is the zoom capability. We use it to film videos for church use and public broadcast and it has improved our ability hugely. Admitedly we bought on price as it was really good value for money but it does not perform like a budget camera. It is a really professional bit of kit and we are delighted with the results. The quality is not impaired no matter the lighting conditions and even used outdoors in a wind the sound quality is good and very clear. So far we have not discovered anything we dislike about using this camera or the results produced by it.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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excellent professional camera

Created: 06/11/08
exellent product fast service, I bought this camera because I already have an identical model and wanted to be able to shoot films from different angles with the same picture quality and am very happy with my purchase, the charger system was incomplete but soon remeded with a further purchase from ebay
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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