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Something does not compute, up until today I have had nothing but fantastic quality from my Sony NEX-VG10 and I put that down to filming progressive till you read the Electronic manual and it clearly tells you that this camcorder films 1920 x 1080 50i and todays shots were indeed 1080 50i because they had the famous jaggies you only get with interlaced footage.

Yesterday (Friday) however my footage was jaggie free and looked progressive…now the only clue we get here is Sony’s strange reference to 720p in the AVCHD part of the manual. Why the need to mention 720p if the equipment does not record in 720p or does it ?

As yet I cannot account for my two distinctive qualities…one with and one without jaggies. I will update this post if I get an answer to this puzzle.

UPDATE…Note that like the SLD cameras, the 60 / 50i video is created from 30 / 25p sensor output.

Originally Posted:

FURTHER UPDATE SOLVED…It seems what I am seeing is MOIRE due to the subject matter. I was not aware until I filmed roof tops over Edinburgh but this camera suffers from moire as can be clearly demonstrated on roof slates.


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

10 thoughts on “Sony NEX-VG10 “Problem Solved”

  1. Hi, Have you tried log and transfer in final cut pro with the vg10 files? Wondering if they come through as 25p or 50i?


  2. Seems like another camera NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE – Why oh why do these flawed products make it to market. It’s a step backwards for camcorders not forwards.

  3. No Peter only ONE of the reasons…but all kidding apart I am as surprised as you to find this on a product that should be free from moire.

  4. I have not fully tested the camera yet but Sony should have been aware of the DSLR problems and steered clear of them…especially moire.

  5. Cheers for the info. Think the moire is caused by the fact the sensor is 14 megapixels for the stills function, can’t see that function being used a lot either. Shame really. I’m sure this range of cams will get better with time, but for now it’s not a DSLR killer.

  6. I really hoped this camera would be brilliant, but I think Sony have shot themselves in the foot and this will only perpetuate 5D sales

  7. Hi,
    I am really confused by this. On my system (FCP 7.0.3) it comes out as 50i. Well at least it says the field dominance is upper.
    Am i doing something wrong?

  8. Brendan, I just imported some fresh footage tonight and no matter what way you bring the VG10 footage into FCP-7 it’d 1080 25p.

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