July 28, 2012 at 3:22 pm #13123
My brother gifted me a Sony cybershot W110 on my last birthday. It is a 7.2 MP camera and 4x zoom. I have taken a lot of pics till date, mostly family ocassions and outings with friends. While the camera takes decent pics when shot during daytime, I have realised that the image quality is crappy for the shots taken at night. Is artificial light a reason? I get a lot of coarse noise and the camera too slows down. That’s why I avoid to take photos at night. I have my nephews birthday party coming up next month and an eager to take some good shots. Can anyone help me?August 9, 2012 at 5:10 pm #13320
That is quite annoying. While compact cameras are good for shooting casual photos, it does result out in crappy images in low light. I have also encountered red-eye effect and the grain you’re talking about, and I get this effect even shooting indoors during the daytime. So, I always try to shoot in ample of light. I make sure to turn on as many lights as possible.August 13, 2012 at 8:11 pm #13392
The noise you’re seeing is due to high ISO. The camera will do everything it can to keep shutter speeds fast, and one of these is to crank up the ISO so that the camera sensor is more sensitive to light.
If your camera’s have any night modes then switch to that and try it. This will turn down the ISO and images should be cleaner, but you make start to notice blurring in your images. If taking photographs of people then try “night portrait” mode so that the camera fires the flash… this should also help with the demonic red-eye ^_^
If your outdoors try “fireworks” – it was always a favourite of mine – but be warned, you will almost certainty need to use a tripod. Most photographers have trouble shooting blur-free, handheld shots with shutter speeds any lower than 1/60s
Kathy, it’s the camera “slowing down” – at least not in the same sense a computer slows down with too much running – but rather the longer shutter speeds required in low light. Necessary evil I’m afraid.
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