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eggoheadlow light conditions
by on May 23, 2006 at 12:04:48 pm

Any cheap cameras out there that are good in low-light?
And when I say cheap, I mean cheaper than the VX2000?
I use a PD-150, but would like to help out a friend who's
getting started.
Thanks, Josh

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Doug GrahamRe: low light conditions
by on May 24, 2006 at 2:01:08 pm

The Sony TRV-900 is a fair to good low-light performer, about one to one and a half stops less sensitive than the VX-2000. Out of production now, but clean used ones can still be found. Avoid the TRV-950, its replacement, which does not perform as well.

For a very tight budget, the old Sony TR-81 single chip Hi8 handycam was a terrific low light performer. Image quality probably isn't competitive with today's DV camcorders, though.

Doug Graham

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