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Compact camera work well under low light condition

by enjoylifebc / January 28, 2010 12:01 AM PST

I am looking for a digital camera that will work well under low light condition.

Currently I have a Nikon SLR, however, it very bulky and it not practical to carry it in informal setting.

Picture will be used for web, as such resolution is not highest priority. Style, can consistently work well under various condition are more important.

I also looking for an audio recorder, it also used for web, audio quality is not most important. It need to be compact, and easy to get file to web.

Will really appreciate any help.


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by Charles_Bronson / January 28, 2010 5:04 AM PST

I believe the larger the sensor, the better the camera does in low-light. Less noise. So you'll probably want to shoot for a compact with a larger sensor.

Maybe one of the new Micro 4/3 cameras, as they have a larger sensor than most point and shoots. The compactness depends on which lens you have on it, obviously.

Samsung also recently released a large sensor mirrorless camera.

CMOS compacts with fixed lenses:

Check the features buying guide to help sort through the different models.

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need compact camera that work on low light
by enjoylifebc / January 28, 2010 5:30 AM PST
In reply to: ..

thanks for reply. i already have an SLR, the samsung is little big for what I need.

I was hoping some compact camera can perform good under low light conditions.

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Canon S90
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / January 28, 2010 5:35 AM PST

Not as good as DSLR but better than most small cameras.

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by enjoylifebc / January 28, 2010 9:27 PM PST
In reply to: Canon S90

thanks for info, i did some research for canon s90, it indeed interesting.

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Low light compact digtal cameras.
by rayfitchett / January 29, 2010 5:33 PM PST

The best (in my opinion) Bayer sensor system for low light compact digital cameras is the EXR chip designed and used by FUJI on some of their latest models. (F200EXR) and I have used this to take night time landscapes across HK harbour with great effect!
The very best compact is allegedly the retro styled and Foveon sensor (full D SLR size sensor) used by SIGMA on their DP1s & DP2 designs. This sensor capture full true colour on individual Red, Blue and Green Layers and in RAW there is no interpolation and therefore no signal noise and moire effects. (You need to really understand the use of this camera as a photographer as most who buy it control it themselves rather tha use it as a snapshot camera).

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Yes but
by kalel33-20416052469708587370302374692233 / January 29, 2010 6:27 PM PST

The Sigma DP1 and DP2 were horrible in higher ISO ranges. Their only good for daytime shooting. Also, The G11 and S90 also have the backlit EXMOR sensors made by Sony that's used for the Fuji and Canon cameras. The Canon's appear to do a better job at it, but that maybe because the cameras are newer with newer sensors.

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