On Mon, 7 Apr 2003 01:40:35 -0700 (PDT), email@example.com (Steve McDonald) wrote:
> I believe that the Sony TR400 was their first Hi-8 camcorder with
>electronic image stabilization. It didn't work as well as their later
>EIS models, but it did give the option of turning it off and the full
>CCD would then be used for active video.
Yes. I didn't bother to point this out...;-)
>Their later EIS systems use
>only the smaller, inner-sector of pixels, even when the stabilizer is
>off-----a distinct disadvantage. I believe that one benefit of the
>Panasonic EIS camcorders is that when the stabilizer is off, the whole
>CCD is available for video.
Not sure if it does - but it would be a good option...
BTW, in Panasonic's earlier 3-chippers (AG-EZ1U, 30U/950),
turning the stabilizer on both robbed image angle-of-view
and sharpness. I trust that the latter does not continue,
and that stabilizer-on images have sufficient pixels to
provide good sharpness... Also, BTW - with cameras that have
a still-mode (just about all...), the FireWire signal from
them while in still-mode can be fed to another camera for
motion-recording (though the slow frame-rate and other
image oddities can make this undesireable...;-).