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Low-light camcorder


Just read your article on your search for a quality low-light camcorder dated 20/04/2005 and enjoyed it very much.

I plan to tour Australia next year and film the local wildlife (many being nocturnal) so I am looking for a quality low-light camcorder that would record well.

Did you find the ultimate low-light camera back in 2005 and are you aware of any new cameras that would fit the bill?

Thank you for your time.

Mon, 12 Nov 2007 20:44:28 +0000

Yah, I got the Sony DSC-HC90. However, my low-light camcorder article is primary targeting audience who will be using it in indoor situations, where although the light is low, there are lights.

In your situation, there are virtually no light. Maybe moon or star light, which is far too low for the trick to work. You can see what I mean in my "Effect of Infrared in Night Vision Photography" article.

In those cases, you'll probably want to get some night vision equipment, and figure out a way to mount the night vision scope onto your camcorder. Consumer versions, such as the Night Owl Explorer Pro 5x Night Vision Scope w/I/R Illuminator is affordable and maybe sufficient. You'll have to test it out. Otherwise, you'll have to look at military-grade night vision.

Chieh Cheng
Mon, 12 Nov 2007 21:17:56 +0000

Hi Chieh

Many thanks for your quick response as I guess you must be a very busy man. As you say, night vision would be the best way forward and I have since purchased a Yukon Ranger 5x 42mm night vision unit from ebay at half the normal price on the internet. This is similar to the night owl explorer in that it has a video recording output. I have bought this blind so am keen for its arrival and to try it out in the field. If you are interested I will let you know how it pans out. Anyway, thank you for your time and interest.

Tue, 13 Nov 2007 23:07:08 +0000

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