Hi, whats the best lux level to go for? Is it based on 1lux being the best level and so on. ?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    "Best" is a relative term.

    0 lux means no light... complete darkness.

    Consumer camcorders generally don't do very well in low light (the video gets "grainey"), and auto-focus won't be able to focus on the subject. The lenses and imaging chips are too small to behave will only a little light.

    Most consumer camcorders bottom out at around 6-12 lux. My Sony HDR-FX1 is rated at 4 lux... More expensive cameras can get lower... then there are the Sony's with "SuperNightShot" that use a built-in infrared emitter to shoot green/white or black/white video in total darkness...

    It is a lot easier to turn on some lights. If the video needs to be "dark" then darken it in editing with the video editor.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It's not a ranking system, the lux is a unit of illuminance - the lower the number the less light is needed to give a decent image. 1 lux is about the same as a full moon overhead in the tropics.

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