Best Low Light Camera under 7k

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by samkds, Aug 1, 2007.

  1. samkds

    samkds Guest

    On a recent thread, someone disparaged the panasonic HVX200 as shitty
    in low light. I've got the dvx100 (pre A and P) and it isn't so great
    in low light either and I'm getting ready to buy a new camera in the
    coming months. What's the deal? Are some of the manufacturers better
    than others? Are any models particularly good? (I'm not really
    interested in the sony green tinted infrared modes).

    Thanks yall.
    samkds, Aug 1, 2007
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    Spex Guest

    Sony Z1 is the best HD(V) camera in low light. You can ride the gain to
    very high levels without noise totally destroying the image.
    The Canon XL-H1, XH-A1/G1 come second but have a superior HDV codec to
    Sony and produces a much nicer image IMHO.
    Then come the JVC HDV thingy.
    The Sony V1 and Panasonic HVX200 are the most challenged in low light.

    There are more important factors to look at when buying a camera than
    low light performance as you can and should use additional lighting
    where necessary unless you absolutely cannot for practical reasons.

    Don't expect to have the same performance as the PD170 & DVX100 when you
    get an HD camera unless you spend a shit load more than $7k. There is a
    Sony camera in the works that has either a 1/2" or 2/3" sensor that
    should give much better LL performance than the 1/3" cameras that are
    around now. Nov/Oct should be the shipping time.
    Spex, Aug 1, 2007
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    nappy Guest

    hmmm.. I just bought the HVX200. With a firestore.

    I have to admit, low light shooting was not high on my list of
    requirements. I have the DVX100A and never really needed to use it in
    extremely low light situation either.

    That said, I really like this camera. When I first started looking at the
    HDV solution I decided that I didn't want that mess anywhere near my studio.
    The HVX's DVCPROHD format uses intra-frame compression which, as far as I
    am concerned is a more dependable format and is easier to edit.
    I am hoping the HDV format will just disappear.

    The DVX100 I own was purchased mainly because of the huge number of indie
    filmmakers who raved about the camera. That and the XL1's lens problems. The
    HVX is probably no different since it is now quite popular among the same
    nappy, Aug 2, 2007
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