I'm working on a project and I'm looking for the first ever consumer or prosumer camera that could record real 16:9 footage, or some lame widescreen that was actually 4:3 cropped. The best I could find is the Sony DVW 970, released in 1993, but something before that would be better for me.
I'm working on a movie set before 1993, and I'd like to have a short part with found footage in it. The footage would fill the whole screen, so I'd prefer if it did that in 16:9 instead of 4:3.
you could just drop 4:3 footage to 16:9, since you're recording it it won't be hard to keep content in-frame
even if the viewfinder doesn't into 16:9 you could use a simple paper cutout or similar to cover the top and bottom so you don't mess up
Yeah, thats kind of like my plan B for it, but I've got really curious about finding the earliest 16:9 digital camcorder. Google and wikipedia was sadly of no use, so I hoped you guys would know a website or something for this kind of thing.
also should be mentioned that early widescreen (i'm talking 50's) was done with standard film, with a simple distorted "anamorphic" lens attached to the camera, which is vertically "compressed", then later streched when played back
this obviously requires a special lens to record, cropping is simpler but has a resolution loss