Why DVCAM usually looks better than DV
Most consumer DV camcorders use 1/4" chips, as does the DSR-PD100A. Sony’s DSR-PD150 and DSR-250 camcorders use 1/3" CCD chips, which are larger. The DSR-300A uses 1/2" CCD chips, which are the same size as a 16mm film frame. So material shot with the DSR-300A will have about the same depth of field as a 16mm film camera. The DSR-500WS uses 2/3" chips, which are slightly larger than a Super16 frame, and are the same size as high-end HD camcorders. As we mentioned before, the larger the chip, the less depth of field, the more selective focus will be.