Which NX is best for low light?

Started Apr 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
viking79 Forum Pro • Posts: 14,147
Re: Which NX is best for low light?

eyedo wrote:

Does the 210 focus well in low light?

It focuses about like any other contrast detect camera in low light, bad if the light is low contrast, but fine if you have some contrast (you don't need a lot of light, just contrast).  So a catch light on an eye is usually enough to focus, but if the face is in shade, even in decent light, focus can miss.  So it takes a bit of practice.  Typically, like with an SLR, if it fails focus I find a better point (say a high contrast collar, etc).

Most contrast detect cameras are vertical line sensitive.  They focus using the video feed from the sensor which is scanned out line by line (from top to bottom) so it can only see the edge if it crosses that horizontal line of pixels.

So I would say focus is pretty average in low light.  I think my 30mm f/2 focuses faster than my Fuji X 35mm f/1.4 by a long shot.


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