Simple low light question at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > Canon EOS / MXF / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Canon HDV and DV Camera Systems > Canon XL and GL Series DV Camcorders > Canon GL Series DV Camcorders

Canon GL Series DV Camcorders
Canon GL2, GL1 and PAL versions XM2, XM1.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old August 7th, 2003, 05:46 PM   #1
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Exit28, NY
Posts: 64
Simple low light question

I currently have a Sony DCR-PC9 camcorder. I'm also looking for a new 3chip camera. Most of my shooting is done at night, so I need a better low light camera. Is the GL2 a better low light camera then what I have?

-Bo
__________________
Bo Smith | Camera Operator / Cinematographer
web | http://BoSmith.tv
Bo Smith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 7th, 2003, 06:13 PM   #2
High School Student
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Canton, Ohio, USA
Posts: 609
Yes, the GL2 would be better at night, but your best bet would be a Sony VX2000, which you can find for around the same price.
Alex Knappenberger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 7th, 2003, 08:27 PM   #3
Wrangler
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Northern VA
Posts: 4,294
Don't forget that the GL2 has a $250 rebate now.
__________________
dpalomaki@dspalomaki.com
Don Palomaki is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 7th, 2003, 11:23 PM   #4
New Boot
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Cambridge, MA
Posts: 18
yes, just to make the decision harder...
Andre Viol is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 7th, 2003, 11:28 PM   #5
Retired DV Info Net Almunus
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 6,943
Bo,
When you say most of your shooting is done at night, what do you really mean?
__________________
Lady X Films: A lady with a boring wardrobe...and a global mission.

Hey, you don't have enough stuff!
Buy with confidence from our sponsors. Hand-picked as the best in the business...Really!

See some of my work one frame at a time: www.KenTanaka.com
Ken Tanaka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 8th, 2003, 12:57 AM   #6
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Exit28, NY
Posts: 64
I'm making a motocross movie, and alot of the races are on wed. nights. So I need a better low light camera. An on camera light just wouldn't work because it's outside at night. Very few of the races happen durring the daylight hours, maybe 4 total. This season there are 15 night races.

-Bo
__________________
Bo Smith | Camera Operator / Cinematographer
web | http://BoSmith.tv
Bo Smith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 8th, 2003, 11:43 AM   #7
Retired DV Info Net Almunus
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 6,943
I see. To be honest, Sony beats Canon in such dim light conditions. I'd recommend trying a VX2000 first. A rebate is only worth considering if it's for a product that meets your needs.

You'll want to looks at Torajima's recent casual comparison of these cameras. He points out several other ergonomic/usability factors as well.
__________________
Lady X Films: A lady with a boring wardrobe...and a global mission.

Hey, you don't have enough stuff!
Buy with confidence from our sponsors. Hand-picked as the best in the business...Really!

See some of my work one frame at a time: www.KenTanaka.com
Ken Tanaka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 8th, 2003, 03:53 PM   #8
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 177
<<<-- Originally posted by Bo Smith : I'm making a motocross movie, and alot of the races are on wed. nights. So I need a better low light camera. An on camera light just wouldn't work because it's outside at night. Very few of the races happen durring the daylight hours, maybe 4 total. This season there are 15 night races.

-Bo -->>>

Surely they light up the track at night? If the track was dark enough that the Canon couldn't get decent video, then the riders couldn't safely ride.
Joe Sacher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 8th, 2003, 04:09 PM   #9
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Exit28, NY
Posts: 64
Yeah, the track has lights, it's just my current cameras low-light capablilities are not as good as I want them to be. I have been looking at the VX2000, but I have heared it's going to be replaced in Feb., and I want the longer zoom on the canon. The race season is almost over, so I won't be getting anything new till around next Feb or March.

-Bo
__________________
Bo Smith | Camera Operator / Cinematographer
web | http://BoSmith.tv
Bo Smith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 12th, 2003, 10:23 AM   #10
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Exit28, NY
Posts: 64
How does the DVX100 stand-up against the VX2000 and the GL2 in the low light department? I'm intrested because a friend of mine is about to graduate from college (he took some summer classes to finish his requirements early) and for a final project he has to write and direct a short film. He's asked me to help plan, shoot, and edit his short. Now both of us want it to look like it was shot on film. So since I'm in the market for a new camera, and there are no local places to rent out cameras. Would the DVX still be able to handle my low light shooting during the night motocross events. And are there visable artifacts (pixelation/distortion?) when you do a quick pan in 24P, like I have heard?

-Bo
__________________
Bo Smith | Camera Operator / Cinematographer
web | http://BoSmith.tv
Bo Smith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 12th, 2003, 11:44 AM   #11
New Boot
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Miami, Florida
Posts: 22
Get the Canon GL2 its better in the long run

Sony has made a nice camcorder the VX 2000 and i had it , but at night it will make every thing a blur if you dont set it properly. The Canon gl2 White balances good at night and can pick up the race good as long as you dont put it in frame mode. other than that the Canon GL2 id say is the better deal plus you get a 250 rebate. the VX2000 cost more than the GL2 and i dont see it beating the Gl2 if any thing it ties it.

Canon has better lens than sony and thats why i pick Canon. Ofcourse this is my opion and other might disagree with me on this suject. I work in the news industry and they use mostly JVC and Hitiach cameras and Canon is now going to be their standard in DV cameras.

If feel that you should try renting a Canon GL2 and test it out at night before buying one or any other camera. Some times its just better to see if you like the feel of it before buy or passing judgement it. well i hope this helped you out any. have fun and as i always say, shoot it before its gone.
__________________
If you dont use it , you'll just loose it!
Richard R Rivera is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > Canon EOS / MXF / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Canon HDV and DV Camera Systems > Canon XL and GL Series DV Camcorders > Canon GL Series DV Camcorders

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:43 AM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network