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Question - Good but cheap camera for night time?

Discussion in 'Photography and Video Forum' started by BlueHeadphones, Jun 1, 2014.

  1. BlueHeadphones

    BlueHeadphones 28DL Member
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    I have a bit of a dilemma.

    I mainly explore at night because I'm busy during the day and in evenings.

    Problem being, the only camera I own is the one on my phone, a Sony Xperia S.

    With proper lighting it takes alright photos, but in dark places, it is terrible.

    To give you an idea of what I mean (I know these pictures are terrible; illustrative purposes etc):

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    Providing I get a job over the summer, I'm happy to invest in a camera. I won't have a huge budget but I do need something that's going to do well to light up an otherwise dead space.

    I particularly like high places as well and it's a shame I can't capture the view at the moment :(

    Any suggestions? :)
     

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  2. eclectic

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    The problem is your camera will bump up the ISO in dark situations Higher ISO = Less quality.

    What you need is a a camera that can do long exposures, manual focusing, flash or better quality at higher ISO's.

    There are a few options camera wise.

    I'm sure more people in here will have some good advice.
     
  3. Bunk3r

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    I used to roll with a Panasonic Lumix TZ3, it had a starry sky mode for long exposures (up to 60 secs) which was great, only downside was you couldn't change the white balance on long exposures so ones with street lights were stuck at been very orange. See the pre 2010 pics on my Flickr for examples (most have the camera to type listed in the exif or say if they are film). Should be able to get something off eBay for peanuts. Both canon and Nikon do compacts with manual controls, should be able to get an old one for a good price now. For something nice, reasonable cost but not silly money i'd start my search at a second hand Canon g11or lumix lx3 (but they are possibly out of budget but add things such as raw format on the image)
     
  4. eclectic

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    Don't forget a tripod if you're going to be doing long exposures mate.
     
  5. BlueHeadphones

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    That's cracking advice, thanks! The LX3 seems to get pretty decent reviews and I can see them on eBay for ~£130. Might mean spending a bit extra but would rather get something I know I'm going to get a lot out of and enjoy.

    Yep, I had a butchers at tripods this morning actually, thanks!
     
  6. Bunk3r

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    some people go crazy on tripods, if you only have a compact on it then no need for anything uber, I think mine is a vivitar VT-41 http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41srRPR9ZiL._SY300_.jpg its telescopic like an old school aerial, can tuck it in your belt with camera in pocket and away you go. I didnt like the top so swapped it for a ball head. for more control.

    I also have a hama traveller mini pro nothing great but very usable, cheap folds up small but more substantial (a lot more substantial than other hamma tripods i have seen) for when theres a bit of wind or it had drain water lapping its legs.
     
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    Make sure it's a carbon fibre tripod. Get everything in carbon fibre.
     
  8. swissy

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    +1 for the LX3, i sold a mint one recently for £80 it's a cracking little camera, good luck.
     
  9. Gone

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    I have an LX5 as a spare and its brilliant. Think you can pick them up for £140 now, 24mm wide, f2 and leica glass. You cant go wrong.
     
  10. The Franconian

    The Franconian 28DL Regular User
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    I do not know much about cameras, but aren't it the better optics + the larger image sensor that make the main differences?
    I got 3 cameras from the lower budget segment, but none of them brings me anyway close to that good shots from the "High stuff" section.
    Sky the same.
     
  11. fedster

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    bye a cheap gorilla pod, as an alternative to a big tripod
     
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