Canon XL1s 3CCD Digital Video Camcorder MiniDV Tape Professional Camcorder. Used in productions like 28 Days Later and Jackass the Movie. When this camera was introduced it was top of the line and used in a lot of big films and documentary films. When originally released this camera was out of my price range but several years ago I found one on ebay and purchased it for a b-roll camera. Coming from a video/tape background I was very used to playback and capture. Now with digital you don’t need to recapture and digitize video. These cameras along with VHS and Hi-8 have a very specific looks to each medium that can’t easily be replicated. For that aesthetic look they are worth buying. I also recently purchased a MiniDv player because I’m finally giving up recording in this medium. Reasons why? After 15 years I found that I like a certain look and have just bought a film super 8 camera to experiment with. Would I recommend this camera to a friend or amateur filmmaker? Definitely it not only is a great camera to practice with and learn how to log film and use basic inputs but now is fairly inexpensive. I would give this 3 out of 5 stars and if I was a 12-19 year old interested in video or editing I would of loved to practice with this Canon XL1!!