Originally Posted by godfather927
Finally got to try mine out last night and i noticed the exact same thing. When panning everything would look slightly blurred, but once i stopped, everything was super sharp and every detail was crystal clear. I begin panning again and things get slightly blurry again until i stop. I'm guessing this is "normal" and not uncommon for single chip camcorders like this. The display might even be partly to blame in some cases (pixel response time, same-and-hold display types, etc.)
I was hoping the motion would appear smoother in 1080/60p so that i can utilize some slow mo effects in post, but i havent gotten that far yet to confirm how it would look. Has anyone messed with the manual settings (e.g. shutter speeds) to capture some shots for a decent slow mo effect?
There are several reasons pans are not sharp even with 1080/60p, for one, if you were waving a camera around and took a photograph would you expect it to be sharp? Typically we do everything we can to hold a camera steady to stop blurring, yet some how think a video camera is immune to the same problem
A video camera is just a stills camera taking 60 photographs a second, all the same caveats apply.
If you up the shutter speed as high as you can, given enough light that is, this will help "freeze" each picture even when the camera is panning, the same trick used in ordinary photography.
Even then, the compression system, and the LCD display you play it back all contribute to motion burring, most noticeably with camera pans, and due to the high resolution, the drop in resolution is all the more obvious. If you stood on the same spot and don't move your eyes and turn in a circle it's blurry too!
All the same issues are seen on broadcast TV and films, except they will go to great lengths to avoid the problem in the first place. Often the static scenes will have a low pass filter to remove some detail so you don't notice the drop in detail as the camera pans, and rather than panning on the spot to follow an actor or subject, the camera will roll along a track on a dolly.