LX5 at long exposures

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LX5 at long exposures
Sep 18, 2011

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/7398429248/photos/1408576/mt-cook-by-moonlightJust back from holidays and I was unable to try the firmware update... but I was able to confirm a suspicion I have had for some time regarding the LX5...

If you want low noise, it is always better to settle for longer exposure time if you can hold the ISO low. For example, 60 seconds at ISO 100 will give much better results than than 15 seconds at ISO 400.

Having seen now what it can do at ISO 100 I can well appreciate why Panasonic decided to stretch the maximum exposure to 250 seconds, and I will be eager to try at the next new moon !

See

for what can be done - this is a JPEG out of the camera, no editing (!)

The shot is of Mt Cook in New Zealand, by the light of a full moon at 2 am. Mt Cook is the peak in the background, left of centre, with Jupiter above (the brightest "star"). The constellation of Orion is rising nicely over the mouton in the foreground.

I also made an almost identical shot at ISO 400, but it is much noisier.

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