One of the biggest problems with action cameras today is their ability to deal with very low light. Or, to be more accurate, a lack of ability to shoot under very low light conditions. The new Aurora from US-based night vision company SiOnyx is a new action camera that claims to be able to shoot under light levels as low as moonlight.
Streets lit by neon lights are an interesting, but challenging environment for shooting portraits. You may struggle to focus your images and keep them sharp. In this video, Rachel and Daniel of Mango Street will give you some tips for nailing night portraits and getting the best out of your shots both in camera and later in post.
When shooting in low light, you need to either shoot at long exposures on a tripod or crank up the ISO if you want to shoot handheld. A group of researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Intel are bringing the best of both worlds. They’ve trained AI to process low-light images so they’re much cleaner and more usable than grainy photos where ISO is too high. This tech could let you shoot at faster shutter speeds and lower ISO and still get with sharp, clear photos.
The dual camera system is still relatively new and it’s mainly integrated into high-end phones. However, Samsung will soon enable dual camera features even in cheaper smartphones. The company has introduced ISOCELL Dual image sensors and proprietary software for achieving bokeh effect and low light shooting.
High ISO performance has become the new megapixel wars. Everybody wants cameras that can see in the dark, and they want them to be able to do it at ISO100 quality. There are a number of DSLRs and mirrorless camears out there with very good low light performance. The Nikon D5 and Sony A7SII, for example. But even their ISO performance can’t really compete with Canon’s ME20F-SH.
Capable of shooting up to ISO 4.5 million, this camera’s sensor records a mere 2.2 megapixels. A team of marine biologists recently put this camera to the test. To see just how good it really was. Their subject was newly discovered species of biofluorescent sea turtle in their natural habitat.
Panasonic Lumix GH5 is a camera many Panasonic video shooters were anxiously waiting for. We recently reported about it as it was released for pre-orders. The shipment starts in late March 2017, so you’ll have to be patient for only a little more while. But in the meantime, you can take a look at how well this camera performs in low light conditions.
Photographing concerts is not an easy task, especially indoor concerts. Often, you’ve got get dim lighting conditions. The lights you do have illuminating your scene are often extremes of one colour or another. They oversaturate your shot, you lose a lot of detail and information, especially in highlights and skintones, and your camera’s meter often just can’t handle it.
So, what can you do? In this video from concert photographer J. Salmeron at MetalBlastTV, we find out how our cameras react to different types of light, the challenges faced shooting concerts, and how to overcome some of them. It also explains why we see so many concert photographs shot in black and white.
A big part of Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 7 (and 7 plus) was the new dual lens camera. In fact, aside removing the headphone jack, it was probably the feature that created the most buzz. It has gone to saying that it could be a DSLR like experience.
Early portraits show that they are getting close with bokeh on portraits, but some things, like using a small sensor, can’t be easily solved.
The team at wired took the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus for a night drive for photos (7 plus) and vide (7). Results are not very surprising.
The Sony A7SII is a marvel of low light performance. With native ISO of 100-102400 it rivals military grade night vision. Youtube user VideoArt GR created a video comparing what we see with the naked human eye vs. where we can go bumping the ISO of the A7SII. The test was made with a Rokinon 50mm t1.5 cine lens at an ISO range of 64.000- 160.000 (the last shot went up to 256.000), and no noise reduction was added in post production.
What better way to test out your new Sony A7’s low light abilities than with the stunning scene Northern lights photographer, Harald Albrigtsen, was lucky enough to come across. While taking his new camera out for a test drive on Kvaløya, in Northern Norway, Albrigtsen happened across the unusual sight–and the best part, the whales came back the following night giving the photographer two days capture this footage.