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Old September 22nd, 2004, 08:56 AM   #76
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It's not burned anywhere, just in the viewfinder.
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Old September 22nd, 2004, 05:23 PM   #77
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the final footage shows no flicker at all... it's only on the LCD (when in 16:9 mode)
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Old November 20th, 2005, 07:22 PM   #78
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Originally Posted by John Wheeler

Straight out of the box, brightly lit living room, lens cap off, turned the camera on, flipped it to 16:9 ..and looked through the VF ...the very first thing I saw/noticed was obvious strobbing/flickering in the VF, which does become more apparent when viewed at an angle. Now I don't know where other people come from, and it hasnt been proven yet whether it's a defect or not, but when I lay down $5,000, I dont care how small it is, if it's a defect, I'm going to be frustrated and concerned about how/if I can get it corrected.

Hi Don. I have had my XL2 for nearly a year, and must admit I had never noticed this flickering. However, since this thread intrigued me, I took out the camera, switched it on and then set it to 16:9. Yes the flickering was there on the top black bar, just as you said. However, for me I found it not distracting enough to disturb my shooting.

I also noticed that when you point the EVF down slightly, the flickering goes away. Changing the angle slowly (up then down) makes the effect come and go quite smoothly, and my conclusion is that this is just the normal angle-of-view variation that you get with any LCD panel (in this case, it is probably leakage of the backlight through the area that is supposed to be black).

Of course. I have no way of knowing whether the effect that you are seeing is more extreme than on my camera, but if it is similar, i.e. does not distract you from using the camera to shoot, then I would not worry about it at all.

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Old November 21st, 2005, 10:36 AM   #79
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Originally Posted by Paul Matwiy

Some widescreen TVs have the ability to sense 16x9 material and automatically switch into 16x9 mode. Some 4x3 sets can do this as well by collapsing the raster to preserve vertical detail. This auto-sensing feature is not available on composite video inputs. I suspect it is looking for a flag in the vertical interval which is filtered out by the notch or comb filters found in most chroma decoders.

This is actually done with a DC offset on the S video chroma signal. 0 VDC ~ 4:3; 2.5 VDC ~ letterbox; 5 VDC ~ 16:9 widescreen.
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