low light

What's a good camera for low light video recording?

Sony RX100

Episode 1287

John from Tustin, CA

John needs a camera that will take better video in low light. Leo says that smartphones aren't really known for having good low light performance, but they are getting better. A camera will perform a lot better, especially if it has a larger chip. Full frame 35mm are the best in low light, but it's also a lens speed issue. The lower the f-stop rating, the faster the lens.

What's the best phone camera?

Samsung Galaxy S6

Episode 1253

Amy from Huntington Beach, CA

It's time for Amy to upgrade to a new phone and she wants the best camera she can get. Leo says that most have great cameras these days. The Samsung Galaxy S6 is one of the best, as is the Galaxy Note 5, but low light performance is an issue for any mobile phone camera. She should look at the reviews and see what the F stop number is. The lower the number, the better it is in low light.

What good, fast compact camera do you recommend?

Sony Cybershot DSC-600

Episode 934

Steve from Orange County, CA

Steve wants a good compact camera that he can take quick pictures with, and also works well in low light. Leo says that cameras have gotten faster and shutter lag is almost gone. When dealing with "pocket to picture" or power on time, that's still a challenge. Shooting in burst mode is a good thing as well.