I have a Sony DSR-PDX10 camcorder and am thinking of buying a Canon GL-2. One of the features I really like about the PDX10 is that it records true widescreen. That is, when you put the camera in widescreen mode, the picture gets wider; all the pixels are used for the final image (i.e. no black bars top and bottom); and no weird stretch or squeeze occurs on the LCD.
I am wondering if the Canon 16x9 'squeeze' mode is the same as what Sony offers on the PDX10? In other words, does this camera have a true 16x9 imager? Or is it doing some wierd scaling that is going to degrade the image?
[John]"In other words, does this camera have a true 16x9 imager?"
No it doesn't. It uses electronic squeeze to generate a widescreen picture. It does, however, have a lot of pixels on its 3 1/4" chips, so the squeezed image isn't as bad as you might think. The Canon's squeeze mode is a heck of a lot better than the Sony PD170, and the Sony has 1/3" CCD's.
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