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Old May 27th, 2007, 07:12 AM   #1
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Low light "dark bar" video

I went to the darkest bar i know of and filmed this.
It doesn't take much light to improve the quality. In other words - the camera does NOT need tons of light.
However it was struggling to see and it was difficult to focus, even with the focus assistant. This was a very poor place to film (good place to test its limits)
Settings: Shutter priority 30
Shade setting ( i should of set white balance)
HDV standard (non 24p)
Pulled off camera with firewire and edited with Premier Pro 2.0
No color correction or contrast adjustments (when editing), i only adjusted opacity when fading.

I took a bandwidth hit on the last video so im going to try blip for this one.
Both files are the same, one is high def (1280x720 @ 10171kbps) the other is 700 x 394 with a low bit rate.
http://blip.tv/file/get/Road82-LowLightBOG16mb582.wmv Small 16mb file
http://blip.tv/file/get/Road82-LowLightBOG950.wmv Big 104mb
Its a 2 minute video.
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Old May 27th, 2007, 08:50 AM   #2
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Not bad, sometimes I wonder what kind of low light quality reviewers expect when they say the HV20, I assume, doesn't do well in low light... Seems more like settings to me...

I think most any camera struggles to auto-focus in low light..

It seems pretty candid, did anyone notice that you taping?
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Old May 27th, 2007, 09:43 AM   #3
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I asked everyone except the guy eating.

That was one of the first things i read about the camera when i started researching it. Don't remember where i read it but they said it does poorly in low light. It does just as well as my Panasonic GS500 - not that that is the ultimate camera in low light.

It does fine in low lighting i think. The test for me is how it does on the 4th of July. With the fireworks. If it passes that test i will be very happy!
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Old May 27th, 2007, 10:28 AM   #4
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I asked everyone except the guy eating.

That was one of the first things i read about the camera when i started researching it. Don't remember where i read it but they said it does poorly in low light. It does just as well as my Panasonic GS500 - not that that is the ultimate camera in low light.

It does fine in low lighting i think. The test for me is how it does on the 4th of July. With the fireworks. If it passes that test i will be very happy!
I just sold my 500 and have an HV20. I think it does better in low light than the 500. What I especially like about this cam is the ability to trick it in not applying any gain (in dark areas). It's not as sensitive as a DVX but it is adequate.
That first video byt the way was nice...second one stil downloading. Good choice in music (it fit the scene well).
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Old May 27th, 2007, 05:48 PM   #5
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I find it a lot better in 24/25p mode for low light. Its awesome this way.
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Old May 27th, 2007, 05:49 PM   #6
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It doesn't look too bad actually. The usual bit of noise of course. Wonder what kind of lighting Canon used for their HV20 clubs shot in a night club/bar also.

Funny, you never got permission from the guy eating? He appeared the most throughout the clip that I assumed he must have been a friend.
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