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Phil K Nov 24, 2003 7:52 PM

Samsung V4 - low light poor pictures with flash
Is there a way round this ? I admit to being a newbie, a starter. But an old Kodak 1.3 megapixels I had gave pics that were better. It flashes "low light" on the lcd display, and while it will take a pic, its not too good. Is there a setting I should use, say = in apub, in poor light ? Thanks. :?:

gibsonpd3620 Nov 24, 2003 7:59 PM

Is the flash working?

JimC Nov 25, 2003 10:14 AM

Some of the older, lower resolution models had less dense CCD's, with their "Auto ISO" modes using higher ISO speeds in lower light, without as much noise as you get from newer models at the same ISO speeds. The 1.3MP CCD had one of the best noise profiles of any modern digital camera.

You can boost ISO speed indoors to allow faster shutter speeds (up to ISO 400), but this will also increase noise (similiar to film grain).

However, it's relatively easy to reduce. Two very good products are Noise Ninja, and Neat Image.

Also, try to shoot at full wide angle (this will alow more light to reach the sensor, compared to using zoom).

Another thing you may want to consider is a slave flash. These are available at pretty low cost (usually in the $25.00 to $75.00 range), and are designed to fire at the same time as the main flash on your camera. They are available with flash brackets, too (mounting by using the Tripod Socket on your camera).

For low light "pub shooting", a camera with a wider aperture (lower F-stop number) is a better choice.

Models like the Canon G3, Olympus C-5050z, Sony DSC-F717 can shoot at wider apertures.

For example: the lens in the Sony DSC-F717 is rated at F2.0/F2.4.

F2.0 is twice as bright as F2.8 (the maximum aperture on most compact digital cameras). This allows you to shoot at twice the shutter speeds for the same ISO speed and lighting conditions, compared to a camera with a maximum aperture of F2.8. The Sony's lens is the brightest available for it's focal length, too, only "stopping down" to F2.4 at a full 190mm zoom equivalent.

It also has a better noise profile than other cameras using it's 2/3" 5 Megapixel CCD at higher ISO speeds.

Again, shoot at wide angle for better results (since more light can reach the sensor, allowing faster shutter speeds to prevent blur), and increase the ISO speed (again allowing faster shutter speeds).

Of course, the downside will be more noise in your photos (but it's better to have some noise, compared to motion blur from camera or subject movement).

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