Originally Posted by Steve Cebu
Yeah there was some slop when I adjusted the mic settings to less than jet engine levels due to the wind. But the shaking is a problem and that cam had a problem. It also had jello. I knew I was going to post the video, did you think I could shake like an epileptic having a seizure on command?
The real point here is that neither you or Ken believe this is a problem or that it even exists. Others have offered up suggestions as to what the problem might be, how to fix it or whatever. If you want to just keep on saying it's operator error or that it's in our imagination then you aren't helping.
I'm not trying to say a problem doesn't exist. It definitely looks wonky either which way. It just has me curious, as it is difficult to gauge all the variables when I wasn't the one to originally record it, so I don't know what was going on.
I've been performing several closely controlled tests inside my apartment with the XA10, connected directly to my HDTV via the hdmi cable. Testing with all the different IS modes compared to it off. jerking it quickly to different parts of my ceiling and walls, slowly panning around the ceiling and walls, quickly panning around the ceiling and walls, doing circles with it, flipping it on its side, and then the other side, moving it up and down, basically all sorts of neat movements. While it of course has been determined that the XA10 may or may not have this reported issue, I can say that I do not see any excess shaking, when I stop it it stops, with the exception of dynamic IS. Dynamic IS when doing my quick jerk and stop tests would drift slightly in random directions before also coming to a stop. Like, the entire frame would drift slowly, but this doesn't display a wobbling like effect. In standard IS the drifting behavior would go away and when I stopped the camcorder it stopped on the appropriate frame immediately. No IS behaved like standard IS, except shakier because of the lack of any and all IS. Powered IS is designed for still telephoto shots and works very well when used for its intended purpose. Panning around with it creates a weird jerky look. All my tests with the other IS modes were done at full wide angle only, no zooming what so ever.
I could probably compile these clips in a video to upload for review, but it looks great to me.
Again, not trying to debate that there ultimately isn't a problem with the camcorder you had. If the camera is as still as you say it is and that's what happens on its own then that is very odd. I'm trying to narrow it down to where if it's native in the design of these things, to people using them differently, to just some of them being bad. It was reported that Ken's video with the XA10 had some wobbling. And it does a bit, I suppose. But even then, it's hard to gauge exactly what was going on when it was originally shot. If it's as common an issue as it seems like it is, I'd like to know what it is and how it is caused exactly. That is all