I just bought the Pioneer 310 DVD recorder. I am pleased with the recorder so far, but to my disappointment I discovered that you cannot "zoom" the playback picture. This is not a shortcomming of the Pioneer product, but it's a feature that none of the DVD recorders I was considering had. I have a 32" full screen TV. When watching DVD in the letterbox format, I always "zoom" the picture a little to almost fill the screen. The letterbox format just looks to small on my TV. So when I was researching DVD recorders, I saw that none of the ones I was considering (Panasonic E60S, Sony GX7, Toshiba D-R1, and Pioneer 310) had a zoom feature. However, I checked out the owners manual and they all had a selection for "TV Aspect Ratio". When I read the owners' manual on these recorders, it appeared that if I selected "4:3 Pan & Scan", then the picture from a DVD formated for wide screen would completly fill my full screen TV. I would loose some of the image that is chopped off from the sides. However, I selected the 4:3 Pan & Scan setting but DVD's recorded in wide screen still appear in wide screen format with the black bars at the top and bottom of the screen! (Pirates of the Carribean). Now I am greatly disappointed that I cannot zoom and the TV Aspect Ratio does nothing! Any suggestions, or am I just out of luck for zooming the picture?