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Old January 27th, 2008, 08:14 PM   #1
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LCD and eyepiece image

Hi everyone! I'm new!! My name is Kelsey and I just bought the GL2. I'm clueless to all it's features as of yet,but I have one question...I notice that the image on the screen and thru the eyepiece is of really poor quality and what I am recording is actually nice looking footage. Is this a glitch in MY camera or is everybody dealing with that?

Can it be adjusted for better quality veiwing? I swear my $1000.00 camera looked better on screen.

Any insight?
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Old January 27th, 2008, 09:20 PM   #2
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Hey welcome to the GL2 club! You will be happy with your new toy. The LCD is fair, but there is no adjustment except for brighter or darker. The eye viewfinder has a focus adjustment underneath. I ware glasses so I have to adjust for that, but itís not like looking at a TV screen. Hook your GL up to a TV set and play with it so you can see what it looks like in relation to the LCD and eyepiece. You will get the feel after a while, but I donít think anything is wrong with yours. Hope this helped.
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Old January 28th, 2008, 12:32 AM   #3
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Well I always thought the color is a bit off aswell, I just compare LCD to viewfinder, and try to get an idea how it looks

notice: there is significant difference between tv and pc screens aswell, as you view it on one of them
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Old January 28th, 2008, 12:38 PM   #4
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Thanks everyone!
Rob that's a great idea! I'm definitely going to try that!
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Old January 28th, 2008, 02:34 PM   #5
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As is the case with just about all color displays on camcorders, the LCD and view finder are relatively low resolution, both in terms of lines of resolution, and color/contrast depth/tracking. They are OK for framing, and can provide a general assessment of exposure, but do not expect high resolution. If the image is really bad, check the brightness and focus settings.
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Old January 28th, 2008, 05:23 PM   #6
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As soon as I understood this camera DV-stuff AND could afford it, I got me several external battery powered 5" and 7" LCD screens. I frame better; I SEE what is coming into shot; I can focus better; re;ax down and generally don't panic!

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Old February 1st, 2008, 07:42 AM   #7
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Grazie,

my event videography has been farely busy this last year, finally getting caught up and down to editing one last wedding.

I have considered this route several times over!!!!!

curiously, which do you use?


I recently discovered a 7 inch dvd player that also takes video in, a scant 100 dollars. It is 1440x 300 lines, would that actually be an improvement you figure?

would it focus well?
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Old February 1st, 2008, 09:27 AM   #8
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This one

http://www.wizardprice.com/product_d...e_TV&mfpn=MX11

. .and now this one:

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?...nikkai&doy=1m2

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Old February 2nd, 2008, 02:57 AM   #9
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I see they are both about the same price £75 - £80. Which is better?
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Old February 23rd, 2008, 10:45 PM   #10
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I also use an LCD ext monitor, mine is basically one for an inside of a car.


Here's a pic of it on a tripod, beside a boom operator.
http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/4...86bbf9fwv6.jpg
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Old February 24th, 2008, 03:19 AM   #11
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They are OK for framing, and can provide a general assessment of exposure, but do not expect high resolution.
Or accurate colour representation. I had my GL2 feeding both my LCD HDTV (via S-Video) and FCP suite with an Apple Cinema Display (via FireWire) and the one that appeared to have the most accurate colour (while looking at a colour/chip chart) between the camera LCD, TV and Mac was the Mac/FCP.
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