I certainly defer to Kiddpeat's
hands-on experience with the GL2 - and in my observation, have seen MANY pros using the GL2 in documentary type capture environments. It has been - and continues to be a wworkhorse.
I have also seen many other pros using the Panasonic DVX100A and B in more "film-like" capture environments (short subject or feature length).
In both environments on many different projects (when I have been fortunate enough to have been on location capturing "behind the scenes" or doing audio), full 20x zoom was not used and in most cases less than 10x was applied, but wanting the flexibility to get there is certainly understandable).
I guess it depends on what your video capture projects will be...
One item that may close the $ gap (as referred to by Kiddpeat) a little - the Panny has built-in XLR audio inputs - and the GL2 has an optional XLR adapter (from Canon to take advantage of the special hot shoe, though 3rd party XLR adapters can also be used). That said, capturing audio separately renders this moot.
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