Originally Posted by Ronomy
A 60 watt incandescent bulb puts out around 890 lumens and that is darker than I care to sit around in let alone video record in. My wife needs 150 watts minimum or multiple lower wattage lamps. The Canons low light performance comes in handy at dusk outside and if you zoom in to something in the distance during dusk or dawn hour. That's where the Canon's really shine. Pun intended.
But my TM90 looks fine at dusk while zoomed to the widest angle shots. Indoors at a museum in subdued lighting it still works very well. Hard to beat for the price IMHO. Sometimes focus can be a tad off in lower light...again at dusk while zooming in. There is a manual focus mode but its only slightly off and doesn't happen that often. In fact this little camcorder focuses very well in most scenes in auto modes.
I use CFL's I think we only have one incandescent left in the whole house except for specialty lighting that they don't make CFL's for.
The two lights I have in my den are plenty bright enough for doing most things except taking videos. We actually have 3 lights but we don't use the 3rd one.
I have long forgotten the wattages on incadecents but those tend to make more heat than light anyway.
Our kitchen is very brightly lit as are our other rooms but I don't want to watch TV in a super brightly lit room.
The CFL's are the eqiv of 2 (100) watt bulbs which is fine for most things.
The TM900 wanted a lot more light. The TM90 could very well be different.
You lose about 2 stops when zooming which is why it darkens up so much on a zoom.
The Canon was brilliant in Museums absolutely amazing.
The Kelvin adjustment is a big plus for the crazy mized lighting the Smithsonian uses. They mix in red and/or blue bulbs sometmes yellow for effects so you really need to adjust for that manually.
The TM90 is a very small camcorder, very pocketable. They were on sale at Costco for very reasonable money.
I had no issues with autofocus in the TM900 and the Canon HF G10 works very well at autofocus.
I did crank the sharpness to +2 on it as I like it to be crisp.
I just hope someone makes a truely decent low light 60p camcorder for 2012.