Originally Posted by tomtastic
How's the low light performance on the Sony compared to the Z10k, Don, since you have both? From I can see, the Z10k isn't that great. Blacks look pretty grainy instead of a nice solid color. I had everything set up manual except for focusing and iris, I'm going to play around with settings some more and do more testing try and get rid of grainy low light issues. Maybe the lenses won't do it.
Blacks are pretty solid and low noise on the Sony TD10. Blacks on the Z10K can be shot with good solid , no noise, but you will need to compliment with some highlights such as bright lights in the scene for both.
The trick is to shut off your auto exposure, auto iris, auto focus, and use manual and adjust everything in manual mode for low light level shooting. With this procedure, like in any other camera, you will have control, but sacrifice run and gun quick shooting.
Keep in mind that if all electronics equal, a 3 chip camera requires more light for the same image exposure as a single chip. Advantage of a 3 chip camera is your chroma edge definition is superior. So, yes, the Z10K being a 3 Chip camera will be less in low light than the same CMOS single chip camera. If you get a Broadcast camera with larger imagers, even 3 chip per camera, then it will be more light sensitive, but cost considerably more too.
Only time I get concerned about this is shooting at night, outside, for stuff like fireworks and water light shows.
California Adventure at Disneyland World of Color was shot with my Z10K and once we get past the opening shots, the blacks were pretty good, IMO. Equal to similar stuff I shot earlier at Disney World with twin TD10's I say once we get past the opening because I mistakenly let You Tube do one of their auto correct processes which made the black night sky turn gray. That was not the Z10K that did that. I had everything set up ahead on the camera for manual so once into the program you can see the true black sky. From my experience that is about as good as the Z10K gets for night shooting.
Hope this helps, Tom.