Low Light Performance: Is a Camcorder or DSLR Better?

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    • #90736
      Off the Mark
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      Does a Camcorder or a DSLR have better video image quality (less noise, sharper image) in low light situations? I would shoot at approximately 6400 ISO to 25,000 ISO range on the DSLR.

      Unfortunately I would NOT be able to add lighting to brighten the image. It would have to be all ambient lighting.

      I have heard conflicting information. Some people on forums say that a one-inch camcorder would do better, but others say that a full frame or aps-c (crop sensor) would do better.

      Here is what Larry C. of B and H Pro Video and Audio said when I emailed B and H Product support and asked if a camcorder or dslr would do better in low light:

      “A DSLR or mirrorless camera with a full frame sensor will be better in low light. The larger the sensor the larger the pixels. This makes a huge difference when shooting at high ISOs.”

      Thanks in advance for your input. And again, I unfortunately won’t be able to just add lights to brighten the scene.

    • #302605
      Kevin Mc
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      Larry @ B&H nailed it – kinda… Adding a lens with a very wide (low) aperture (f-stop), of say less than or equal to 1.8 is also part of the formula. As much as I like both DSLR and camcorder formats, I find that DSLR “tends” to have issues maintaining focus on moving objects, especially when your aperture is wide open. Results may vary πŸ™‚

    • #301849
      Kevin Mc
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      Larry @ B&H nailed it – kinda… Adding a lens with a very wide (low) aperture (f-stop), of say less than or equal to 1.8 is also part of the formula. As much as I like both DSLR and camcorder formats, I find that DSLR “tends” to have issues maintaining focus on moving objects, especially when your aperture is wide open. Results may vary πŸ™‚

    • #301688
      Kevin Mc
      Member

      Larry @ B&H nailed it – kinda… Adding a lens with a very wide (low) aperture (f-stop), of say less than or equal to 1.8 is also part of the formula. As much as I like both DSLR and camcorder formats, I find that DSLR “tends” to have issues maintaining focus on moving objects, especially when your aperture is wide open. Results may vary πŸ™‚

    • #214162
      Kevin Mc
      Member

      Larry @ B&H nailed it – kinda… Adding a lens with a very wide (low) aperture (f-stop), of say less than or equal to 1.8 is also part of the formula. As much as I like both DSLR and camcorder formats, I find that DSLR “tends” to have issues maintaining focus on moving objects, especially when your aperture is wide open. Results may vary πŸ™‚

    • #301489
      Kevin Mc
      Member

      Larry @ B&H nailed it – kinda… Adding a lens with a very wide (low) aperture (f-stop), of say less than or equal to 1.8 is also part of the formula. As much as I like both DSLR and camcorder formats, I find that DSLR “tends” to have issues maintaining focus on moving objects, especially when your aperture is wide open. Results may vary πŸ™‚

    • #302793
      Kevin Mc
      Member

      Larry @ B&H nailed it – kinda… Adding a lens with a very wide (low) aperture (f-stop), of say less than or equal to 1.8 is also part of the formula. As much as I like both DSLR and camcorder formats, I find that DSLR “tends” to have issues maintaining focus on moving objects, especially when your aperture is wide open. Results may vary πŸ™‚

    • #302070
      Kevin Mc
      Member

      Larry @ B&H nailed it – kinda… Adding a lens with a very wide (low) aperture (f-stop), of say less than or equal to 1.8 is also part of the formula. As much as I like both DSLR and camcorder formats, I find that DSLR “tends” to have issues maintaining focus on moving objects, especially when your aperture is wide open. Results may vary πŸ™‚

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