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Old May 31, 2010, 4:15 PM   #1
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Default Samsung WB500 low light and other problems

Hi, I got a Samsung WB500 yesterday to act as a supplementary camera to my old faithful NV24 HD which gets used so much it'll be wearing out soon, love the extra optical/24mm settings and no sound loss on zooming but try as I might I cannot get a decent photo or movie in low light due to excessive noise and dark/red colouring, tried using what I hope are the same settings for the cameras side by side but my NV24 HD works so much better, the lighting settings just don't seem to be anywhere near as effective on the WB500, I don't know if I've got a faulty WB500 or it just isn't as good in low light. There were only 2 of them in Argos, the first wouldn't charge up so I had to take it back so I don't want to have to take this one back as otherwise it's a long trail out to another Argos or the dreaded home delivery or a refund then I'm back to square one getting another camera.

I have a few problems with zooming too, most of the time it's fine but every so often it does blur when on full optical zoom, don't have this problem with the NV24.

Not sure how to put up film clips or photos on here to show the comparison, still new to the forum so not technical like the rest of you so any help would be appreciated.

Jools
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Old Jun 1, 2010, 1:40 PM   #2
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I took two clips last night same settings, same lighting, as before the WB500 came out dark, hubby managed to get the properties details for me so that I can at least post them up see if you guys can see anything unusual, first of all despite the info the WB500 is in English it is a WB500 not a PSP? Heaven knows how it came up with that and I can see some differences showing frame rate and why is the sampling rate 22khz?

General
Complete name : C:\Users\Julie\Desktop\SDC10142.MP4 (WB500)
Format : MPEG-4
Format profile : Sony PSP
Codec ID : MSNV
File size : 34.4 MiB
Duration : 29s 133ms
Overall bit rate : 9 902 Kbps
Encoded date : UTC 2010-05-31 21:56:49
Tagged date : UTC 2010-05-31 21:56:49
Video
ID : 1
Format : AVC
Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile : [email protected]
Format settings, CABAC : Yes
Format settings, ReFrames : 1 frame
Codec ID : avc1
Codec ID/Info : Advanced Video Coding
Duration : 29s 133ms
Bit rate mode : Variable
Bit rate : 9 770 Kbps
Width : 1 280 pixels
Height : 720 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 16/9
Frame rate mode : Constant
Frame rate : 30.000 fps
Resolution : 24 bits
Colorimetry : 4:2:0
Scan type : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.353
Stream size : 33.9 MiB (99%)
Language : Japanese
Encoded date : UTC 2010-05-31 21:56:49
Tagged date : UTC 2010-05-31 21:56:49
Audio
ID : 2
Format : AAC
Format/Info : Advanced Audio Codec
Format version : Version 4
Format profile : LC
Format settings, SBR : No
Codec ID : 40
Duration : 29s 117ms
Bit rate mode : Constant
Bit rate : 128 Kbps
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Channel positions : L R
Sampling rate : 22.05 KHz
Resolution : 16 bits
Stream size : 455 KiB (1%)
Language : Japanese
Encoded date : UTC 2010-05-31 21:56:49
Tagged date : UTC 2010-05-31 21:56:49

General
Complete name : C:\Users\Julie\Desktop\SDC18413.MP4 (NV24 HD)
Format : MPEG-4
Format profile : Base Media / Version 2
Codec ID : mp42
File size : 26.3 MiB
Duration : 33s 833ms
Overall bit rate : 6 512 Kbps
Encoded date : UTC 2004-01-01 00:00:00
Tagged date : UTC 2004-01-01 00:00:00
Video
ID : 1
Format : AVC
Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile : [email protected]
Format settings, CABAC : Yes
Format settings, ReFrames : 2 frames
Codec ID : avc1
Codec ID/Info : Advanced Video Coding
Duration : 33s 833ms
Bit rate mode : Variable
Bit rate : 6 130 Kbps
Width : 1 280 pixels
Height : 720 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 16/9
Frame rate mode : Constant
Frame rate : 29.970 fps
Resolution : 24 bits
Colorimetry : 4:2:0
Scan type : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.222
Stream size : 24.7 MiB (94%)
Encoded date : UTC 2004-01-01 00:00:01
Tagged date : UTC 2004-01-01 00:00:01
Audio
ID : 2
Format : AAC
Format/Info : Advanced Audio Codec
Format version : Version 4
Format profile : LC
Format settings, SBR : No
Codec ID : 40
Duration : 33s 365ms
Bit rate mode : Constant
Bit rate : 51.2 Kbps
Nominal bit rate : 128 Kbps
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Channel positions : L R
Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
Resolution : 16 bits
Stream size : 208 KiB (1%)
Encoded date : UTC 2004-01-01 00:00:02
Tagged date : UTC 2004-01-01 00:00:02

Don't know why the tagged date for the NV24HD is 2004, it was taken last night and has the correct date on the camera itself.

I've figured out how to attach a photo trouble is to get the photos down from over 4mbs I've had to crop in Irfanview so they have lost a lot in depth, but I thought the test shots would give you an indication of how dark the WB500 is in the same environment as the NV24hd, photos 1 and 3 are from the NV24hd, photos 2 and 4 are from the WB500. i'll try and find some more photos to put up to show the difference between the cameras.

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