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2005 - the year of widescreen camcorders?

Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Editing Forum' started by cerebros, Mar 14, 2005.

  1. cerebros

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    Just been looking at Canon's camcorder section of their website and I see that the new low-end 800 series all feature a widescreen mode as standard. Considering that these can be had for about £300 these sound good for those of us who want widescreen but aren't into camcording enough to buy a higher end model. I'd assume other manufacturers will also be bringing widescreen down their ranges.

    Having said that, I'm not quite sure how the widescreen mode works, whether it's cropping a 4:3 image or a true 16:9 capture that gets squashed down when recorded.

    The reason for this confusion is that the description for the MV830i says
    which makes it sound like it's cropping a 4:3 whereas in the MV800 series overview it says:

    This would seem to suggest a 16:9 capture from the chip given that it's supposed to use 540k pixels in 16:9 mode.

    Anyone got any ideas on which it actually is?
     
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    According to the Sony site more lines are added in the recording stage to give true widescreen recording. I have a Sony DCR-HC18E, it does the widescreen recording. The picture on the view finder goes to a widescreen picture with black bars top and bottom and the lens is supposed to go wider. The Sony website had a good description of it.
     
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    That's OK for Sony's models, but I was wondering what Canon's do, as in the past other manufacturers have simply cropped a 4:3 image, from what I understand.
     
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    cerebros

    Have seen these?
     
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    Yeah, saw them the next day after the original post, plus the HC39E & HC42E on one of the linking pages, although I think Sony were already well served for 16:9 capable cameras in the mid-range and up anyway, unlike Canon.

    I'd be interested if anyone can make an informed opinion on whether the move to CMOS technology in the Sony DCR-PC1000E is going to make as big a difference to picture quality as claimed.
     

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