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Old Oct 6, 2010, 11:23 AM   #1
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I'm looking forward to taking Christmas light photos with my new FZ35 so I did some comparison of ISO settings at night. I thought this may be helpful for anyone else who is new to the FZ35, although I'm sure someone else has already posted something similar. These are hand held, center weighted meter setting. If you want to get rid of the orange tint, you can set the WB to tungsten, but I think that is a matter of taste.

#1 ISO 200
#2 ISO 400
#3 ISO 800
#4 ISO 1600
#5 Auto ISO (camera set itself to 400)
#6 Night Portrait mode


#1 ISO 200



#2 ISO 400



#3 ISO 800



#4 ISO 1600



#5 AUTO ISO



#6 Night Portrait
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Yes I did the same thing and prefer night portrait/ night scenery so much more than program mode at night.

Did you use flash in night portrait?
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No flash with any of these. I still can't decide which mode I like. The darker setting may look more dramatic with Xmas lights. But now I know I have many options, and it is also amazing how steady this camera can be, hand held in the dark.
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Actually I think night portrait might come out better if you take an upclose shot since the light from the tree will illuminate the surroundings at least a little. However if you take a shot from far back, then maybe a lower iso would be better.
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What ISO setting did the "night portrait" setting select?
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It says 800, which I find interesting because it doesn't look like the manual 800 shot.
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Old Oct 6, 2010, 6:44 PM   #7
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The exposure is longer I believe.
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was the intent to show the noise level. If so, you really need to include some 100% crops. It is very easy to hind noise with the small compress files.

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The intent was to show people with little experience with this camera (FZ35) what images look like if they simply changed the ISO setting. I don't know what a 100% crop is, but these are straight out of my camera. I haven't cropped them.
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100% crop is a small section of the actual image that appears here with the same size as original.
These pictures are straight from camera but way too smaller than original size.
To compare noise, either you have to upload full size pictures to other image hosting site such as flickr, imageshack, smugmug etc... and post a link here.
or,
just copy a small section of the original image, save as a different name and upload here so that the size of your uploaded image remains the same size here.
This forum has I think 1024 width limit, so if you copy a section of image that's less than 1024 pixel wide, it'll be the same size here.
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