Sunday, August 30, 2009

F70EXR -- Samples at 1600 ISO in Pro Low Light Mode

I took a quick wander about the yard to see what I could shoot in the middle of the night by the light of a single street lamp. It has been raining here, although the clouds are now gone ... the leaves and payment are wet, which makes for more interesting fare ...

Shutter speeds are excruciatingly low ... which makes it near impossible for pro low light mode to work. But here goes ...

A car across the street ... took 6 tries to get this, and you can still see the ghost caused by movement. It's just impossible to hand hold at these speeds ... but the image is very clean for 1600 ISO ...


Next, I shot the tree above my head ... the leaves glisten from the rain ... the light adds a bit of interest.


That's the best shot in the dark outside ... not bad at all.

Then I went indoors for a couple ... starting with a scene up on the mantle. Someone left the matches there and the whole thing turns out really nice. It looks like it is in very bright light, but in fact it is shot at 1/13s ... still pretty dark at 1600ISO ...


And finally ... the tripod head backed by the target ... shot at 270mm from 3.3 feet, the minimum macro distance ... not bad magnification and excellent cleanliness ...


All in all, I'm rather impressed.

Note that pro focus mode is much less fun ... it will not shoot at 1600, stops at 1800 ... and it always seems to come out really dark. I have not yet got one worth showing ... I suspect that the engineers assumed it would never be used in the dark ...

1 comment:

hst said...

u right Kim.. the pro focus is not suitable for the low light situation... it don't use flash, too.... the pro focus need to take at least 2 pictures to make the effect, that why it not using flash and will appear very dark in low light....