Originally Posted by Electromen
Thanks Tom, I've only recorded a few minutes indoors and burned one BD-RE and played it on an HDTV. So far it looks great.
You're welcome. I had the CX500V earlier than most and reported some on it here and posted some videos. I have been pleased to see that most owners of it have found that info to be reasonable and have liked their cams a lot.
One item mentioned in other threads as you learn the cam - the difference between Low Lux mode and using regular exposures in low light instead. When people praise the Sony's low light capability, they're not really referring to Low Lux mode, which most cams have. They're talking about the lack of noise in videos taken with these Exmor R cams using regular exposures (you can go manual on that).
Low Lux controls the electronic equivalent of shutter speed to produce a brighter than average picture in low light. Leaving the "shutter" open longer has the side effect of increasing the noise in that clip and also losing a bit of detail and color fidelity. This is the price for using that mode - it's a bit of a brute force way of getting that brighter picture. With other cams, the regular exposure is often so grainy that using Low Lux is the norm. If the clip is going to be noisy, it might as well be bright!
With these Sonys, using regular exposure or manual control in lower light is very effective most of the time. You get a high-quality clip with lower noise than I've ever seen indoors or outdoors in low light. You can tweak the exposure a bit as desired - the main point is that doing that isn't "Low Lux", which is definitely a shutter-speed tweak.
So the advice I'm offering is to play with regular exposure in low light unless it's just too dim to use. Then switch to Low Lux mode. Actually, I guess I'm really advising you to play with both for a while as a learning experience. If you play with the two modes in the same light, you'll end up knowing when to use each mode to get the look you want. I favor low noise over brightness, generally, but I have clips where I needed the brightness more. If you're aware of both modes and the difference in the results, your low light videos can be great. On older cams I owned, I pretty much used only Low Lux mode because the regular exposure was so bad. These new chips have turned that behavior on its head.
I have some sample clips on YouTube for this but you really don't need them if you have the cam in hand .