Your camcorder Lux ratings are
important to know if you're shooting a video...! Especially in low light conditions.
Knowing that your camera has enough light to shoot all of the clear and colorful video footage that you want is a key factor in making great looking videos...!
Let's take a look at how you use this…!
A good working definition...
The Latin word for Light...
Is a measurement of the amount of available light in a given area.
In photography and videography it is called the "ambient light". It is the available natural and/or artificial light that is already in the area... Excluding any light the camera operator brings with him such as, a flash or other light source connected to the digital camera or camcorder.
In a typical scene or area there will be several sources of light energy, and those light sources will pour light into that area.
The camera's image sensor will average the total amount of available light in the area and set the camcorder's video gain and/or aperture setting to record the best possible image based on that average. Of course, if your digital video camera has manual controls for the setting of exposure then the cameraman can use his own judgment as to what the setting should be based on his knowledge of camcorder Lux ratings.
Camcorder specifications will almost always include the minimum light level at which your camcorder or digital video camera can produce an acceptable quality image.
This is called the Lux Rating. You will normally see it listed in the camera's spec sheet.
There are several factors that you have to account for to produce a good quality image in low light. A good place to start is knowing how sensitive your camcorder is to low light levels and... That it has the capability to adjust to changing light conditions. Knowing this information will help you to shoot great footage even in low light situations.
Still cameras don't use a Lux rating... As their ability to have longer exposure times lets them gather as much of the area's light energy as they need for a good exposure.
This allows a still camera to create great pictures in very low light.
A camcorder's maximum exposure time is set mainly by the frame rate you are shooting at ... Making it a little harder for the videographer to shoot in low light as he has much less control over exposure times than the still photographer.
So… For the videographer the main thing to remember about Lux ratings is…
* The lower the camcorder Lux rating = the better the camcorder or digital video camera will be at recording images in low light.
A camcorder that can shoot at a low Lux level doesn't always mean that you will get outstanding video footage in all low light situations.
Factors such as:
Just to name a few... All play a part in creating and capturing a quality image in low light.
To get an idea of how well your camcorder may shoot in low light… Take a look at the table below and then check the specs on your camcorder to see where it stacks up.
Shooting in low light can be challenging but...
Knowing your camcorder Lux ratings is a good place to start when picking a camcorder or digital video camera that will shoot well in low light..!
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