Low light photography with small sensor compacts

Discussion in 'Herman's Genres' started by Amin Sabet, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    I'll start things off with a slow shutter ISO 1600 snap (resized with no other processing) from a classic, the Fuji F30:


    Some say the secret of the F30 was in the in-camera processing, but I don't think that's quite right. There was some magic in that little Fuji.

    Which small sensor compacts have you found to excel in low light? Share your examples!
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  2. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    The Leica D-LUX4 is another great choice for low light photography. Here's a kitchen table moment at 60mm equivalent, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 1/60s (processed from RAW):

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  3. :jacobin:pigeon:

    :jacobin:pigeon: SC Regular

    Jul 8, 2010
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    Here's a night shot with the Lumix LX3
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    Jul 8, 2010
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  5. arpoador

    arpoador SC Regular

    I love taking night shots... with whatever camera I have at hand. Usually, it's the pocketcam.

    This one was taken with the S90. It was fast enough that I was able to hold the camera still, slow enough that you can see the movement in the people on the street. I guess this one also qualifies as "street photography".
    I had been taking reflection photos of the stone mosaic sidewalk, so the exposure was set by that.

    The next two were taken last year, with the SD990 (my pocketcam before the S90 came out).

    For this one, I was waiting to meet someone, and was able to prop the camera against a tree. That gave me the ability to drop the ISO fairly low:

    This one was taken walking out of a concert. I saw the steeple, the full moon, and snapped the shot. Since it was hand-held, I had to raise the ISO. The SD990 isn't as nice as the S90, but it still takes some pretty nice pix for a pocketcam.
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  7. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    José, very nice low light photos! Regarding your deleted post, I think it's fine to compare with a M4/3 camera in this thread or others. That's useful information!
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  8. Archiver

    Archiver SC Top Veteran

    Jul 11, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    Low light photography is my thing, and I do enjoy using small sensor compacts.

    Ricoh GRD III:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/archiver/4011014024/" title="GRD3 - Strike by Archiver, on Flickr"> 4011014024_8d439f7c1d. "500" height="375" alt="GRD3 - Strike" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/archiver/4027932012/" title="GRD III - Waterfront Piazza by Archiver, on Flickr"> 4027932012_56c62f7b0e. "500" height="375" alt="GRD III - Waterfront Piazza" /></a>

    Canon G7:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/archiver/404384691/" title="G7 - Curve Bar &amp;gt; &amp;gt; &amp;gt; by Archiver, on Flickr"> 404384691_d14460a955. "500" height="375" alt="G7 - Curve Bar &amp;gt; &amp;gt; &amp;gt;" /></a>

    Canon S70:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/archiver/354323191/" title="S70 - Yue Hwa by Archiver, on Flickr"> 354323191_4d1ccb2a54. "375" height="500" alt="S70 - Yue Hwa" /></a>

    Fuji F30:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/archiver/269082618/" title="F30 - After Ryuichi Sakamoto by Archiver, on Flickr"> 269082618_e2d03a8403. "500" height="333" alt="F30 - After Ryuichi Sakamoto" /></a>
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