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Picture shakes when I zoom

Sony Handycam Vision Steady Shot CCD-TRV318 NTSC Video HI 8 560X digital Zoom optical 20X Steady Shot Night Shot. The camera works great and I love it, but when I zoom in, the picture shakes. (no it is not me) it only does it when I zoom in really close, I would say about 1/2 way. I thought maybe it was just the camera, but when I recorded the video onto tape, the picture was also shaky. Any suggestions?

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  • sparrow48 May 16, 2008

    Thanks Jerry, I will check it out and see if by accident it got turned off somehow. I really hope that is what the problem is because I have to get those close up video's of the grandkids.

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I don't know how you can easily tell the spec for the anti-shake is working on your camera. There is a specific specification for how much it can compensate. There is a factory spec that specifies that with a specific lens magnification ratio, the camera can be moved a specific number of arc-seconds and display within a specific amount of movement error. At home it would be impossible to do a technical evaluation of this feature.

What you can do as a user is to read the instruction manual about the option and see how to make sure that it is turned on in the camera's menu section. It is possible that your model may not have the feature. This you have to check in the spec sheet that came with the camera.

When the anti-shake is turned on, you should see the picture appear to be more stable than when it is turned off. With high zoom settings, it will be less stable looking than with wider angles of zoom. It does have its limitations.

Professional photographers normally don't like the anti-shake feature for shooting videos. For still pictures it is a good feature if you want this type of performance. This is because with moving video taping when the camera is being panned in small motions, the smoothness of the pan is taken away. The stabilizer starts to work at the beginning of the pan and then it gives out in sort of stepping actions. This can create a sort of jerking type of pan motion in the pictures.

Jerry G.




Posted on May 02, 2008

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