how does the cannon GL2 video cam compare to some of the newer HD cameras like a Canon VIXIA HF R500?
- Mmm JLv 76 years agoFavourite answer
The same way a 1990's Cadillac compares to a 2014 Kia. It doesn't.
The Canon GL2 is a miniDV tape based high end prosumer camcorder that captures DV format digital video to digital tape (MiniDV). The digital video captured is low compression and high quality. The large 58mm lens diameter and relatively large 3CCD 1/4" chip at the time made the camcorder a favorite of professionals. Its portability was icing on the cake compared to the XL series. Manual controls on the outside of the camcorder, separate zoom and focus controls on the lens barrel along with granular manual audio gain control round out the professional grade feature set. Not at the high end of the pro gear available - and the 3.5mm stereo audio input brings it into the area of a "prosumer" - in my book. Getting the video from the miniDV tape means connecting the camcorder's DV (also known as firewire, i.Link, IEEE1394) port to the computer's firewire port. There is no direct camera to computer USB connection that can import the video - you need to use a digital/analog converter or capture card if the computer has no firewire port. Fast action is not generally a problem because of the the way the DV format does compression.
The Canon HF R500 is a consumer grade flash memory camcorder that records AVCHD-compressed high definition video. I am not aware of any "professional" that would use this device unless there's a very specific requirement.. The lens diameter is in the 47mm range - but there are no mounting threads for filters or add-on lenses, so there's no filter diameter measurement spec. The single small 1/4.85" CMOS imaging chip is an OK size for an entry level consumer camcorder. It has a 3.5mm stereo mic jack, but the manual audio gain control is limited to "normal" and "attenuator" (for loud audio) and is buried in the camcorder's menu. Manual focus means touching the camera's option menu - there's no lens barrel control. There is no manual zoom. The AVCHD compressed video means a very robust computer and video editor are needed to effectively deal with this compression method. USB is used to connect the R500 to a computer for AVCHD file transfer. For fast action, this compression method can be a problem. Frame 1 is the base frame, the following 7 frames are what was different from frame 1. If one frame's data becomes a problem, the entire 8 frame set can be tossed. This can cause issues all over the place. If you don't plan to capture fast action, this is not an issue.
So... back to the comparison between the 90's Cadillac and the new Kia. Both have motors, windows, seats, steering wheel, seatbelts... Whether one is better than the other will depend on what you want to do. Same goes with these cameras...