Control Over Sharpening
While playing with an HV20 in Best Buy the other day, it seemed like the camera only had three settings for sharpening control... -1, 0 and +1. My question is this: does the setting of -1 completely remove any internal sharpening process in the camera?
I am currently using a Sony HC5 on loan, and I couldn't stand the look of the default sharpening in that camera... however, the HC5 has 8 settings for sharpening and on the lowest setting, appears to apply no sharpening at all which makes me very happy.
I hope to buy an HV20 soon for short film applications. I want footage that mimics film in every way possible and any kind of post-processing sharpening looks very "DV," but also just ugly in my opinion. I know in cine mode the HV20 applies little or no sharpening, but while playing with the camera, I couldn't figure out how to engage cine mode and a shutter speed locked at 1/48 at the same time. A 1/48th shutter speed is even more important to me than a lack of sharpening so if these can't be combined, I wont be using cine mode. I don't understand why Canon wouldn't make it possible to do these both at once, as I would expect many people attracted by one of those features would also be very interested in the other.
I've been searching without success... is there a place I can find still frames from the HV20 showing effects of the three different sharpening levels?
Last edited by icjefferys; 2007 June 15th at 02:05.
I have had the HV20 for about a month now and it seems like the -1 sharpening does not remove as much as the CineMode setting. And it is true, you cannot use CineMode and TV, or shutter mode, at the same time. However, the camera, when in CineMode, tries to stay at 1/48 shutter at all times. A way to check the shutter speed in CineMode is to put the miniSD card in the camera and half click the photo button. The shutter and iris will display on the screen. It is a shame that you can't control shutter in CineMode, since that mode seems to have much better dynamic range than shutter priority with the contrast turned down. Hope this helps!
Leave the sharpening setting to 0 - you'll be fine. There are no oversharpening artifacts visible.
Unfortunately for reasons only they know, Canon did not setup the camera for CineMode and Tv mode to be used together. I end up not using CineMode for that reason. Can't deal with a wandering shutter speed.
24Peter I have the same issue but you can lock the cine mode at 50 shutter using the exposure lock trick Of course this is only much use if the lighting in the shot doesnt change much!