The GL2 has many additional features for ease of use and creative control.
The GL2 has a USB connection for transferring still images to a computer. The camcorder comes with the computer software necessary to transfer still images from the GL2 to computer.
Advanced Accessory Shoe
Simply slide an accessory, and the show transmits power directly from the GL2. Choose to attach Canon's DM-50 Directional Stereo Microphone* (Item Code: 3176A002), the stereo shotgun mic with high sensitivity and super directional pick up. Or, attach the VL-3 Video Light* (Item Code: 3175A002), which can either stay on continuosly or turn on/off automatically in response to changes in the brightness of the shooting situation. Also with the MA-300* Microphone Adapter (Item Code: 8032A002), you get 2 XLR connectors to use with professional audio equipment.
On the GL2, the tally lamp -- the signal lamp or LED installed on a video camera that indicates to performers and crew members that the camera is recording -- can be left on or turned off via the camera menu. Turning the tally lamp off can facilitate capturing more natural documentary footage.
High Resolution Color Viewfinder
Your shooting experience with the GL2 is enhanced by a high-resolution color viewfinder. The 0.44-inch viewfinder has approximately 180,000 pixels.
Increasing the GL2's usability is a 2.5-inch (6.4 cm) color LCD screen with approximately 200,000 pixels. Designed for both shooting and playback functions, the screen will rotate 270 degrees so you can adjust the LCD screen to virtually any viewing angle. Your subject can even watch his or her performance as the video is being recorded. The screen folds neatly against the camera body when not in use. The screen can be used to display essential camera and tape function menus and indicators.
Low Power Consumption
The GL2 has been designed to consume as little power as possible and comes with power saving features such as auto off features (activated after about 5 minutes of inactivity) to further extend battery power for field and remote work.
Easy Menu System
The GL2 has two main menus, a camera menu and a VCR menu. Both menus are simple toggle and select systems that allow for rapid adjustment of key camera controls -- such as audio input levels, tally lamp on/off and activation of zebra pattern.
The GL2 offers you a variety of scene transition effects, producing smooth, professional-looking dissolve and wipe transitions between scenes as you record. Effects include: Black & White, which removes color from the video images; Sepia, Art, Mirror, Trail and Strobe, for a stop-and-go type of motion effect.
When you start recording, the scene gradually fades in from a black screen. When you stop recording, it gradually fades out.
The GL2 records a time code signal along with the video signal. This time code accurately identifies every point on the DV tape by hour, minute, second and frame. This will prove immensely beneficial if you are editing your footage on your personal computer or a professional video editing system.
The DV standard calls for the automatic recording of date and time, shutter speed, exposure settings and other key camera data on the tape as you shoot. The GL2 does not permanently superimpose this data over your video, however. Instead, this data remains hidden until you select it for display during playback or editing. You can turn the display on or off at will, and you can decide which data you want to display.
The GL2's full-function wireless remote control will work at distances up to 16 feet (4.9m). The remote can start and stop recordings, zoom the lens, handle all playback (VCR) functions, control audio and video dubbing functions, and more.
The LANC terminal on the GL2 permits easy connection of compatible edit controllers.
When using the GL2's Photo Mode, you can add a Canon Speedlite electronic flash to the camcorder's Advanced Accessory Shoe. The compatible Speedlites are the 420EX and 550EX. The flash will function exactly as it would when attached to a 35mm photo camera, adding light to still images.
Remember that you can put hundreds of still images on a DV tape when using the GL2 in Photo Mode. So having a way to find a particular image is a necessity. Using the GL2's Remote Control, Easy Photo Search lets you scan through the still pictures, even if they're recorded between sections of moving footage.