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Does anyone know any good DSLR cameras for low light?

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Submitted : 2018-06-15 13:26:27    Popularity:     

Tags: DSLR  good  light  cameras  

Im looking for a cheap low light camera that doesnt have to be a DSLR and is under $500

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Shooting in low light has many challenges. First of all, it depends on the level of light available, and the direction of where it originates from. To some degree, it will matter if your camera has ISO control setting to work with. It also depends on whether the subject is stable or in motion. It also depends on the lens you're using, and it's maximum aperture available (the larger the available aperture, it's usually expected to cost more money). It will also depend on whether or not you're using a tripod, something to rest the camera on, or a monopod to keep it steady and prevent camera shake blur. And to a great degree, it will depend on the distance between you and the subject. And finally, it will also depend on whether you'll be able to use or allowed to use artificial lighting (a flash). So, as you can imagine, there are many variables involved and it also requires a certain degree of knowledge AND experience AND having the correct equipment for the job at hand. And if you decide to look for a used camera and lens to save some money, will you find it on time for the event, with enough time to familiarize yourself with the camera (or time to read the Instructions Manual to KNOW what the camera offers , where to locate the features, functions and options and how and when to use them)?

Here's the problem with working with a non-DSLR camera, you are very limited in what you can set the camera to do for best photographic results; you're "stuck" with whatever the camera brings and cannot change the lens for a faster one (with a larger maximum aperture... the size of the lens opening that allows light in) or the shutter speed (how long the lens opening stays open) or for a longer lens (for telescopic type photos). Then there's the issue of the ISO setting; some non-DSLRs have fixed ISO setting and there's nothing you can do about it. And then there's also the issue of the distance of the subject. IF you don't have enough light, you'll likely get a very dark image with little or no details, and if the camera can set the shutter speed but the light is not strong enough, and the subject moves or you shake the camera even minimally, you'll get motion blur. Photography is all about knowledge and experience to overcome lighting difficulties, details and having the right equipment for the job at hand.

I wish you had given us some details of the area/place you intend to use the camera we can get an idea of how dark or dim or limited the light is so we can have some idea on how to better respond. IF I suggest a particular entry level DSLR with a 50mm f/1.8 (or f/1.7), you might be able to shoot at a relatively good speed by bumping up the ISO a bit but then the problem comes in, is the 50mm focal range too short from where you'll be sitting/standing to get details, will you be too far to use the 50mm lens, would a zoom lens with at least a f2.8 maximum lens aperture be better? Can you afford it? It's not that simple, is it?

No such thing.

If you are doing still images, add lighting, then edit the image to make is look like low light.

Same with video.

Go to YouTube and search "day for night video" for capture and editing techniques.

Working with low light is a challenge even with most dSLRs. Your best bet won't come cheap. You'll need either a mid to high end dSLR or a high-end mirrorless camera, those that don't get noise even at ISO 12800. If you can't go that route, you only have to redefine good to fit your definition of cheap.

Any DSLR with the proper lens will perform well in low light. For instance, the Nikon D3300 with the Nikkor 50mm l/1.8 lens. You can get the D3300 for less than $400:
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1...

And the 50mm, new for $132.
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/2...

Going used or refurbished can save you some $. I recommend shopping at keh.com.



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