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Old August 9th, 2014, 05:39 AM   #1
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sony ax100 low light performance

There have been some questions about how well the ax100 performs in low light, I used the camera last wedding at a very dark venue and I mean dark, one part of the venue was tealights only on the table, there where spots build into the ceiling but they acted more like a "mood" thing and did not provide any extra light onto the tables.

I took a shot with my cx730 as a reference which was wide open at 24db gain and 1/25th shutter, this camera defaults at 1/25 shutter when you activate the low light function, it's something I"d only use if I have no other choice because the image does soften up at this high gain.

I always found my cx730 to be a good low light performer, especially since I have used this camera once together with my canon xh-a1 and it was ridiculously better then that camera in low light, I also have to say it does hold it's own when mixed in with dslr's as long as you shoot wide, the lens ramps quickly once you start zooming in, it can f.i. keep up with my gh3 and a f2.8 lens up to 6400 iso, that's how well it performs.

I also set the shutter on the ax100 to 1/25 but applied it's max gain of 30db, just to see how both camera's perform at their max, below 2 frames, I don't need to say which camera is which I guess. The ax100 image is downscaled to 1080p and then exported.

Anyone saying the ax100 is not a good low lightperformer probably owns a sony a7s :)
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Old August 10th, 2014, 05:30 PM   #2
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Re: sony ax100 low light performance

very interesting, the ax100 is like a CX 7XX on steroids, I wonder when prices will fall for this camera?
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Old August 10th, 2014, 05:42 PM   #3
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Re: sony ax100 low light performance

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Prices have dropped slightly. It can be had in Canada now for under 2 grand and I have seen them as low as 1300us used on amazon but dunno about the e version
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Old August 10th, 2014, 06:10 PM   #4
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Re: sony ax100 low light performance

In Belgium the prize has already dropped 15%, that's when I got it :)
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