Originally Posted by les-d
The example just posted looks like what I have as well, maybe even worse.
For me: Only at full wide aperture ( low light ) and near full wide on the zoom.
Just the settings I use most of the time !
It's not a fogged lens, dirty lens or anything 'easy' unfortunately.
I did tests with manual focus, approaching the problem from both directions of zoom, to see if it's mechanical play, or just mis-adjusted . It seemed to be the later.
I did say in my post that I have accepted it's Sony consumer gadget level of product. It really is an amazing little camera. I think the strategy in purchasing one is to work with a dealer that accepts returns and keep trying until you get a good one. I did this with my local camera shop for lens's for my 3d rig, and managed to get a fairly well matched set. I told them ahead of time that I had special requirements and they were fine with it.
Don, I never expected the TD10 to preform as well as my pro gear. Sorry if I mis stated in that way. As I said, it's a great pocket camera. I enjoyed hiking in the jungle with it recently, it would have cost a fortune to carry pro gear in there. With careful post image processing, a sharp TD10 could be used to inter-cut on a bluray with pro gear, in selective situations.
For those concerned, my testing shows that this is not an inherent flaw in the TD10, though Sony's response to the particular repairs did not correct the problem, and further action is needed to fix this issue.Details
Beiing curious about this issue, I did some extensive testing this evening of my own TD10 with a chart printed with a range of text sizes. I tested at various low light levels and distances between 4 feet and 6 inches, and between full wide, and one tick away from full wide. All testing was in 3D with auto-focus turned on. Both the camcorder face and the camcorder front to back tilt were set to be perpendicular with the printed chart, so equal distance to the subject for both lenses was assured.
I processed the 3D TD10 camcorder files into full SBS, saved still images, and did a compare of left to right.
In all cases, the signal for both eyes exhibited equally good focus.
I am not making excuses for Sony, though I speculate that their technician didn't have the jig or instructions from the factory to test for the problem you were describing. If that is the case, the only solution is to demand replacement of the entire unit, as clearly the still frame images I prepared from the sample video show the lack of equal left / right focus in your particular unit, and this is totally unacceptable. Viewing playback with lack of equal focus in both eyes can lead to discomfort and headaches.
Conclusion is that your unit is in need of repair or replacements.
My testing may not be apples and apples with your videos, so if you do the same sort of testing I described above and in that case do not see the lack of equal focus, then I will need to adjust my testing to duplicate the problem. Let me know.