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October 22, 2006

I've been Living a Lie

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All this time, I thought I was working with HD. You know, the beautiful HD images produced by our $9,000 Canon XL-H1s, or a $25,000 Sony F350.

I was wrong.

You see, I was reading Wired tonight, and stumbled upon a Canon ad which explains that their new HV10 shoots in "True HD," because it has a 1920x1080 imager. Everyone else is just a poser.

Time to throw out the XL-H1s I suppose. Or maybe not.

You see, the HV10 is an HDV camera. Which means that the signal it puts to tape is 1440x1080. Just like all 1080i HDV cameras. Some 1080i cameras (Sony HVR-V1U) have chips that are actually lower in resolution than 1440x1080. Some, like the XL-H1 and the XDCam have chips that are exactly 1440x1080. It seems nobody else has deemed it necessary to build a camera that images at a higher resolution than it records. Wonder why?

Posted by at October 22, 2006 11:51 PM | Misc