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Old March 24th, 2006, 09:28 AM   #1
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Does the C6 really have superior ISO?

HD1:
ISO speeds: 50-400 still image, 200-1600 in movie mode

C6:
ISO speeds: 50-400 still image, 450-3600 in movie mode

C5:
ISO speeds: 50-400 still image, 200-800 in movie mode

Thus, still image are same performance but the movie low light performance of C6 is little more than twice of HD1 or 4 times of C5.

( this is a quotation from Steve's Forums http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...28&forum_id=27 )
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Old March 24th, 2006, 11:48 AM   #2
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C1 / C6 / HD1 ISO Comparison

Graham,

Try This URL for ISO comparison:

http://c-kom.homeip.net/review/blog/...c1c6hd1_i.html

Or for a Google translation in English:


http://translate.google.com/translat...language_tools
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Old March 24th, 2006, 02:51 PM   #3
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Thanks for that post Patrick, I had no idea the C6 was that much more effective in low light.

Does anyone know if the C6 firmware update made this difference, or if it was that much better in low light from the start?
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Old March 25th, 2006, 02:39 PM   #4
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The limitation in low light sensitivity is noise coming from the sensor. Want me to design a camcorder with 6400 ISO? I just crank up the gain in video amp! The real test would be to bring up video level (contrast & brightness) of the HD! (in post) to match the C6 - then evaluate for noise. The fact that the picture is a little darker can be corrected in post - fixing the noise is tougher. Sometimes I prefer a picture that is a little darker - making the noise a little less obvious
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Old March 25th, 2006, 03:08 PM   #5
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Post processing does not compensate for image blurr, and is somewhat ineffective when the scene contains lighting shifts. There are advantages to recording at both higher and lower ISO settings and, while post processing will solve some issues, it's not a total solution.
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Old March 26th, 2006, 12:21 PM   #6
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Thanks for link Patrick - full of interesting info about the HD1!
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Old April 7th, 2006, 04:39 PM   #7
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From Camcorderinfo's review:

http://www.camcorderinfo.com/content...der-Review.htm
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Old April 7th, 2006, 06:20 PM   #8
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Excuse me have a question :-) how do I select 1600 iso for the HD1 I only see upto 400 ?

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HD1 add four pixels (RGBG) into one, so sensitivity in video mode is 4x selected ISO value.

For low light, try 640x480 30fps, seems less noise than HD
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