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Tourist
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GoPro Hero 5 Blurry Out of Focus Filming Soccer

I've been filming my daughter's soccer games with a GoPro Hero 5 mounted to a 12' crane jib. I'm filming in 1080p 60fps Narrow FOV and the video, especially at farther distances, looks blurry and out of focus to me. I've filmed in both auto and with Protune turned on with various setting changes but I'm still disappointed with how it turns out. Objects that are fairly close to the camera look pretty good but everything beyond around 12ft seems blurry, out of focus, not sharp. I'm hoping someone can take a look at the youtube videos posted below and tell me if that's how they would expect the video to look at 1080p 60 Narrow. Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks!

 

https://youtu.be/lMwNxibtdsQ?list=PL6cGM7CI4rlAJmhZJ6o4AjcnS03r0hEkA - Bright sunny day

 

https://youtu.be/v-F-f2IRqcw - slightly overcast

Uploaded by Neil Martin on 2017-07-16.
Uploaded by Neil Martin on 2017-07-22.
Nomad
Posts: 538

Re: GoPro Hero 5 Blurry Out of Focus Filming Soccer

Soft yes!

 

Try shooting at only 30 FPS mode in HD/1080. Preferably LINEAR mode.

 

60 FPS uses pixel binning on the sensor and will degrade the output significantly.

 

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Adventurer
Posts: 8,928

Re: GoPro Hero 5 Blurry Out of Focus Filming Soccer

 

I feel the same when I use my camera in ways the  close up on a FF lens I know will be Blurry  and everything in the center will be focused and while the grub in hte background is vlurry.  My attention is not the background it's  what I am aiming for and   that is what matters.  on an action camera Infinity is not going to be perfect. but  ithas to look decent. 

Tourist
Posts: 3

Re: GoPro Hero 5 Blurry Out of Focus Filming Soccer

I'll give 1080 30fps a try. I'm going to stick with narrow mode as FOV initially because anything wider and the players look tiny (especially when action is on far sideline). I'll test out and report back. Thanks for the help!
Nomad
Posts: 538

Re: GoPro Hero 5 Blurry Out of Focus Filming Soccer

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As mentioned above it might also be related to too much expectations from a fixed fisheye lens.

 

Doing 60 FPS which might invoke pixel-binning on sensor to accomodate the higher FPS as well as narrow FOV which crops out much of the sensor area will probably alleviate the quality further.

 

I live in PAL land so I do most filming in 25 FPS, but will give 50/60 FPS a go as well to see if there is a noticeable qulity reduction.

 

BTW: If you try the HD 240 FPS mode you will see the full effect of on sensor pixel binning. 

Tourist
Posts: 3

Re: GoPro Hero 5 Blurry Out of Focus Filming Soccer

I think you're right, this as much about managing my expectations based on the limitations of the fixed lens. I'll give linear FOV a go. I've tried medium and it wasn't bad but I preferred the Narrow view (albeit not the loss of quality). Now I just have to wait until the next game to test!
Nomad
Posts: 538

Re: GoPro Hero 5 Blurry Out of Focus Filming Soccer

 

Mic Bergsma has done a 24-120 FPS test on youtube.

 

Apparently 60 fps is also clean, artifacts creeps in at 90, 120 and 240 FPS modes (240 FPS was included later in Hero4 firmware so not included in this test.

 

Seems like best advice is to experiment with FOV and perhaps the sharpness setting.

 

I also recommend using an ND filter to adjust the shutter down in (bright) daylight scenes. I use the PolarPro series myself. This makes the image more professional looking.

Nomad
Posts: 538

Re: GoPro Hero 5 Blurry Out of Focus Filming Soccer

In this test on Youtube it seems that narrow view doesn't degrade image quality in 1080. Actually it's the best...