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Sony HDV Z1 true 16:9 or not?


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#1 Adam Frisch FSF

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Posted 09 August 2005 - 04:44 PM

Is it or is it not?

I'm using it tomorrow in a mixed environment with like a thousand different other cameras, so I need to know. All the sites on the net are so uninformative it drives me crazy - the last one I was one said it had "2:1 wide pixels". What the bloody hell is that, anyway?

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#2 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 10 August 2005 - 04:19 PM

Hi,

Yes, it is, in both modes. I've only seen it on a monitor, but it's certainly wide.

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#3 Adam Frisch FSF

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Posted 12 August 2005 - 05:50 PM

Thanks, Phil.

I suppose a HD camera ought to be 16:9, since that's the standard, huh? Stupid me.
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#4 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 13 August 2005 - 05:23 AM

Hi,

Ah yes. But it's also widescreen - and looks very fine - in DVCAM mode, too. The glowing reports I hear of this camera seem without end.

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Posted 15 August 2005 - 10:34 AM

Wait, when you set the camera in 16:9 or 4:3 (I read the XL2 can switch between) does the picture autmatically take on the effect or is it just for a look?
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Posted 18 August 2005 - 04:40 PM

Wait, when you set the camera in 16:9 or 4:3 (I read the XL2 can switch between) does the picture autmatically take on the effect or is it just for a look?

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It is a true 16:9 CCD (3 of them) so when you are recording to 4:3 the camera is actually cropping the 16:9 to a 4:3 image.
I have the FX1 and I really love the images (as long as you don't push the codec to hard with very fast pans or recording high speed events in which case the mpeg2 can show some visible artifacts).
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