1080p looks really bad on my camera??

Hey guys, I just recently bought a Sony a6100 and without knowing it only records 60fps in 1080p which sucks. Come to find out when loading it on my pc to edit that the 1080p footage looks like a potato way worse then anything I’ve seen from 1080p. I don’t know if this is normal, if it’s a transfer issue from my computer or what? Does anyone have any answers?

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  • Andy001z
    Andy001z Lord EarthPosts: 3,633 Ambassador

    Hi can you expand on potato, not sure I'm clear on what looks like. Brown and slightly odd shaped?

  • NormanPCN
    NormanPCN Posts: 4,385 Expert

    I just recently bought a Sony a6100 and without knowing it only records 60fps in 1080p which sucks.

    According to Sony the camera records in many more modes/size/formats than you state.

    XAVC S 4K:3840 x 2160 (30p, 100M), 3840 x 2160 (24p, 100M), 3840 x 2160 (30p, 60M), 3840 x 2160 (24p, 60M), XAVC S HD:1920 x 1080 (120p, 100M), 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60M), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50M), 1920 x 1080 (30p, 50M), 1920 x 1080 (24p, 50M), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 25M), 1920 x 1080 (30p, 16M), AVCHD:1920 x 1080 (60i, 24M, FX), 1920 x 1080 (60i, 17M, FH)

    In the specs the numbers like 100M denote the video bitrate. 100M meaning 100 Mbps (megabits per second).

    I notice that camera can record in interlaced modes. Maybe you recorded in an interlace mode. Both of these are also lower bitrate modes as well.

    AVCHD:1920 x 1080 (60i, 24M, FX), 1920 x 1080 (60i, 17M, FH)

  • iamkhanproductions
    iamkhanproductions Posts: 596 Enthusiast
    edited August 2022

    I use canon 700D for 1080p filming and it still looks nice with 25fps. Your Fps is wrong for shooting film, 60fps is not great, you wan't 25 fps for film look. I'm also using the kit lens and its great at a decent iso in Aperture priority mode.


    The sony camera is still a great camera, don't be bogged down by it.. I was gong to get that before the canon 700D.

  • laconstantedeplanck
    laconstantedeplanck Posts: 123 Enthusiast
    edited January 6

    Hi @zaerth, welcome to the forum. I'm also a Sony user. Which format are you recording at? Could you provide a screenshot of your video?

    Your a6100 records 4K at 24 or 25 fps. It can also record 4K at 30 with a crop.

    You can shoot 1080p at 120 fps which is useful for fast-paced sports or slow motion. The tricky thing here is the bitrate. 1080p at 60 fps goes up to 50 Mbps max. If the camera uses those 50 Mb per second to produce 60 frames, those 1080p frames will look way worse than 1080p at 24 fps (just because you have less bits to encode each frame). Always use the higher bitrate available with the lower frames per second possible.

    My advice is to only use 60p or 120p when absolutely necessary. YouTube is full of 'cinematic slow motion' videos with crappy quality because of people doing the all-slowmo trend non stop. Don't do that :)

    Also, maybe you're comparing your 4K footage with your 1080p footage and there's quite a difference in terms of quality. 4K will look way more sharp than 1080 in your a6100.

    Hope this helps!

    Edit: video formats