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I have done a lot of research and find that the only difference in the Canon XL-1 and the Optura, other than the lens options and sound in, are basically the number of CCDs. Since color correction can be achieved in post, why do I need 3 CCDs. The single CCd has more pixels, and Canon's Color Shift technology smells like a bunch of after-the-fact BS. I intend on using CineLook and going straight to broadcast with this. I will be shooting in Progressive Scan mode and rendering the whole thing for cable. Any comments? Brian Meade

-- Brian Meade (, June 02, 1999


Brian -

Three chips deliver superior color to one chip cameras by recording each primary color separately (red, blue, green). That is why all professional cameras have three chips.

I have shot professionally with the Sony VX-1000, Sony PD-100 and Canon XL-1. I have transferred all three to Digibeta, a professional format, and the Canon is clearly the best. The other two are fine cameras but the XL-1 shoots what I consider to be true betacam quality video. The color is outstanding and yes you can tell the difference. Even though their chips have less pixels than the Sony's their "pixel shift" technology actually increases the resolution quality. I know I sound like an ad for Canon but all I can say is that I've seen it for myself.

If you want to get the cheaper Camera go ahead but don't kid yourself that you're getting the better Camera. The Canon XL-1 is the better camea.


-- Chris Ward (, June 03, 1999.

Brian, I agree, the Optura has an exeptional image for a one CCD camera due it its primary RGB filter which the XL-1 obviously does not need. Other than that the cameras are virtual duplicates of one another!

-- Johnny Rhinobaucherocerous (, June 07, 1999.

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