Originally Posted by Ken Ross
I see what you mean Dave. I too have found that the Sony autofocus would invariably come back to bite me in some way. For some reason the Sonys generally 'hunt' more than most. I've actually had that happen to me on a Sony with a subject's face that filled up more than 1/2 the frame!
Can you use MF? With some of the Sony cams I've had, I almost had to treat them as if they had no AF, at least for critical things. I'm not sure what you can do about the overall PQ though for your shoots, although I would certainly expect it to be better in good light.
You can use manual but only in some of the specific scene modes like fireworks, beach, twilight, snow... But then it changes the other variables.
And I actually had to use the g10 in manual focus too because it's autofocus drifted all over the place. It didn't blister or go out of focus like the hx100v but while shooting the singer it would change from him to the back wall randomly. I put it in manual and locked it where he was at the mic but then if I went to shoot the drummer with a zoom I was slightly off.
Believe it or not in this exact same club with my cx550 it did much better in autofocus mode. In an entire 45 minute gig, the only time the focus would ever shift was if someone walked in front of the camera.
Clip below, 5 minutes. Autofocus. Only when someone walks in front does it change.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xUcX8CjNhk&sns=em
And at this gig where I shot straight for 45 minutes handheld with plenty of zooms the 550 maybe went out for a second or two like twice the whole gig.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJDsvcLa6rM&sns=em
But after just two minutes of warming up during the band tuning up I saw many instances where the g10 changed focus so I really didn't feel comfortable leaving it that way and switched to manual.
Perhaps the g10 has some different AF modes/variables and I need to precisely set them but whatever the default is it wasn't working for me last night.
But The good news is that the g10 footage looks really great though. I just won't use it in auto focus.