Originally Posted by CreativeHT
I agree the zoom feature for the 2.35 format is a good idea for the money, but won't the fact that it is only using a percentage of the native pixels to fill the entire screen degrade the picture. I can do this on my 50" plasma, but it chops off the sides and blows up the pixels. Maybe this will not be noticeable, but it feels like it would impact picture quality.
Just my thoughts
Actually, every native pixel of the 2.35:1 image on a disc will be used. The rest are lost in black bars otherwise, anyway. It wil be mapped to pixel perfection, and in that regard can look better for scope that those that scale and use and anamorphic lens.
The downside is you loose some brightness both from the zoom, and the fact that the whole panel is not used as it would be with an anamorphic lens.
It also has effect on viewing distance/ visual acuity, meaning pixels will be potentially more visible, and the eye will resolve more detail, possibly making the perceived image quality a little lower. But if you plan accordingly your screen size/ seating distance, this should not be an issue.
As someone who believes in minimal or no digital scaling, and prefers the look of a pixel-perfect mapped image, I am inclined to prefer this solution over an anamorphic lens setup. I'll take the tradeoffs and run.
So, after all that being said, no, it is nothing like the digital zoom on your plasma.