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#1 Rob Wilton

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 05:31 PM

Dear all,

my director wants to shoot a night interior party scene

He suggested to use the Sony Z1, yet in my experience the Z1, nor the other camera Im familiar with - the HVX 200 - work well in low light levels.

Do any of you have any suggestions for cameras that might work better in such conditions, yet fall under roughly the a similar budget range?

thanks a lot for your help,
regards

Rob Wilton
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#2 Tim O'Connor

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Posted 18 November 2007 - 09:39 AM

Dear all,

my director wants to shoot a night interior party scene

He suggested to use the Sony Z1, yet in my experience the Z1, nor the other camera Im familiar with - the HVX 200 - work well in low light levels.

Do any of you have any suggestions for cameras that might work better in such conditions, yet fall under roughly the a similar budget range?

thanks a lot for your help,
regards

Rob Wilton


If you like the HVX-200, you can get a 2.8 with around 60 footcandles. How big is your party scene? A simple
tungsten kit should get you through any living room/house party situation I would think unless you have to light
a dance hall or something.
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#3 Mark Henderson

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 12:46 AM

I own a Sony Z1U and I haven't had any problem with not enough light. With 18 Gain you see in the dark. And without gain it's still fast I think. Must faster than film.

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#4 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 07:45 AM

I prefer the Z1u for low light as opposed to the HVX, i think it gives a slightly more neutral image overall, which you can marginalyl tweak in post. It help that I just did a short on the Z1U and was really impressed with how it looked
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#5 Boyd McCollum

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 01:25 PM

None of the small format HD(V) cameras have great low light capabilities. Either the Z1 or HVX should work for your needs. One question is whether this is a standalone scene or part of a larger project. If it's the latter, go with the camera that you'll be shooting with the entire time.
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#6 Tom Hurwitz

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 03:13 PM

Use the brand new SONY V7U. It is 1.5 to 2 stops faster and a really improved camera.

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Dear all,

my director wants to shoot a night interior party scene

He suggested to use the Sony Z1, yet in my experience the Z1, nor the other camera Im familiar with - the HVX 200 - work well in low light levels.

Do any of you have any suggestions for cameras that might work better in such conditions, yet fall under roughly the a similar budget range?

thanks a lot for your help,
regards

Rob Wilton


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