As Requested: Nightime SD850IS Pictures

Started Jun 16, 2007 | Discussions
JEWatts Regular Member • Posts: 131
As Requested: Nightime SD850IS Pictures

Someone ask for some nighttime pictures from the SD850IS in another thread. Here I have 2 shots of the same old Church here in my town. These are taken from a tripod, and two different exposures for comparison.

First, this one is at 4 seconds:

Original image http://ragtop.smugmug.com/photos/163295995-O.jpg

Next, this one is the same shot at 10 seconds:

Original image http://ragtop.smugmug.com/photos/163296037-O.jpg

I think this little camera is performing very admirably considering it's a point and shoot. I'm very satisfied so far.

Jim
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Bluegrass, the musical breakfast of champions.
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JerryLP Contributing Member • Posts: 805
Re: As Requested: Nightime SD850IS Pictures

Jim:

These photos are outstanding, especially the"4 second" one, which looks pretty close to "correct" exposure. I'll bet you're pretty happy. Thanks for posting these.

Jerry

techguy32 Junior Member • Posts: 25
Re: As Requested: Nightime SD850IS Pictures

Wow

Very Nice.

What settings you use?

theranman Veteran Member • Posts: 4,228
Re: As Requested: Nightime SD850IS Pictures

Yikes!...a decent night time shot from the new Sony sensor?!
What's the P&S world coming to!

I also prefer the 4 second exposure. Niiiiiiiiice.

cliffster115 New Member • Posts: 19
Impressive!

Hey Jim,

These are very impressive images from the SD850! I too also have a SD850, and now i'm glad to see some real evidence on how it performs in extremely low light situations. I was surprised to see how little noise there was, mostly explained by the manual setting of ISO80, with the 4 sec exposure. That's great! Quick question, have you gotten the chance in looking at how the full auto mode likes to use ISO200 in most situations? Do you think there's too much noise at ISO200, or am I just being to picky?

Thanks, for sharing, now i'm pretty much confident in the creative capabilities of the camera, given its size!

Cliff

Fredrick Senior Member • Posts: 1,009
Re: As Requested: Nightime SD850IS Pictures

Very nice indeed! But pardon my ignorance. How did you get it to shoot one picture at 4 sec and the other at 10 sec, both with the same aperture and ISO, with no exposure compensation? I thought the range of manual control was very limited.

OP JEWatts Regular Member • Posts: 131
Re: As Requested: Nightime SD850IS Pictures

I used the camera in manual mode, which means I can choose ISO speed, metering mode, exposure compensation, etc. I selected ISO 80, then in exposure compensation, you can select long shutter speed manually. So, with the camera set to manual mode, and ISO selected at 80, and shutter selected at 4 seconds or whatever from the exposure compensation area, I then meter the photo in evaluative mode. This will give me the same aperature setting every time.

Anyway, thats the way I achieved the same settings each time on the photos, with the exception of the shutter speed. The long exposure settings are a cool feature of this P&S.

Jim
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Bluegrass, the musical breakfast of champions.
http://pages.suddenlink.net/ragtop/

Fredrick Senior Member • Posts: 1,009
Re: As Requested: Nightime SD850IS Pictures

Thanks, Jim. I hadn't seen that feature before in any of my other Canon P&S cameras. Looking forward to receiving mine this week.

OP JEWatts Regular Member • Posts: 131
Re: Impressive!

Cliff, I'm sure I'll use manual almost exclusively, but I'm going to take some pictures this week in the auto mode and some of the other shooting modes. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Jim
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Bluegrass, the musical breakfast of champions.
http://pages.suddenlink.net/ragtop/

cliffster115 New Member • Posts: 19
Re: Impressive!

Thanks Jim! I'm currently vacationing here in Orlando, happily snapping away using the all the various modes on the SD850! I'll hear from you soon!

Cliff

jimrichards Regular Member • Posts: 121
Re: As Requested: Nightime SD850IS Pictures

Jim,

These are excellent.
Thank you!

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