GR-PD1 full review
Hi-Res mode records footage onto tape progressively as MPEG-2 data in 16:9 aspect ratio with an effective pixel count of 1,280-x-659. PS50 also records images to tape progressively as MPEG-2, but records at 50 frames per second (as opposed to Hi-Res’s 25fps) with an effective pixel count of either 941-x-485 (wide mode) or 839-x-576 (4:3 mode). The final mode, DV, records to tape in standard interlaced video format at 25 frames (actually 50 fields) per second. The camera has a sturdy, well-balanced chassis that makes day-to-day handling comfortable. It also features a 90-degree rotating grip, which although solving no specific problem, is still useful. Externally the PD1 suffers a couple of flaws. First, the viewfinder eyecup is made from hard rubber and is too shallow to fully shade the eye when shooting in bright conditions. The large battery accentuates the problem: as it extends considerably from the back of the unit, it’s all too easy to bang your cheekbone on the battery as you lean into the eyepiece.