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Old Aug 9, 2011, 4:54 PM   #21
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The S95's video is very good imho, with the caveats being that you can't optically zoom and there is no continuous AF. That said, it is only 720p and thus, in good light, the HX*V series will indeed give you far better video. However, in indoor lighting the bigger sensor and brighter lens on the S95 gives you much better video than the HX*V cams are even capable of indoors. So it's important to know under what conditions you will be shooting most of your video. I don't know about the sound on the HX9V, but the sound on the HX5V is horrendous - some of the worst I've ever heard on a pocket cam.
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Old Aug 10, 2011, 2:01 PM   #22
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Is low-light shooting most primarily a function of aperture? I have a SD4000, which has an f/2.0 lens. But my camera also has a "low-light" mode, an "indoor" mode, and I think another mode (I don't have my cam right next to me right now) that is geared toward lower light situations.

But I guess my question is: In a low-light situation (e.g. inside a bar/restaurant), is your best option to shoot, just to go into Aperture Mode and dial to f/2 and shoot?
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Old Aug 10, 2011, 4:49 PM   #23
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Is low-light shooting most primarily a function of aperture? I have a SD4000, which has an f/2.0 lens. But my camera also has a "low-light" mode, an "indoor" mode, and I think another mode (I don't have my cam right next to me right now) that is geared toward lower light situations.

But I guess my question is: In a low-light situation (e.g. inside a bar/restaurant), is your best option to shoot, just to go into Aperture Mode and dial to f/2 and shoot?
Aperture and sensor size - but yes, I would recommend keeping the lens as wide open as possible.

Low-light modes vary by camera, but they all employ one of a few tricks such as shooting at high ISO (e.g. ISO 3200), pixel binning (e.g. creating a 5MP image on a 10MP cam), image stacking (taking several shots in very quick succession and stacking them on top of one another; this is what Sony does in its HHT mode), etc. Indoor modes usually just change the white balance and enable the flash.
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