Originally Posted by nsnqst
What you are seeing is noise; that is not good performance under low light. I had the HF200 but returned it because of the low light performance issue. To see what good low light performance is, you may want to check out videos on vimeo for the HF200 as well as the Sony CX/ XR 500 series camcorders as well as Sanyo FH1 & HD2000
You returned the HF200 (same as my HF20 apart from mem) due to poor low light performance, when you tested the HF200 did you see the sparklies on full HD 1080P TV or were you just unhappy with the graininess, what TV did you use with it and how was it connected (HDMI or Component)
What did you buy to replace it with and did the sparklies go away?
Are you saying it is only the canon HF20/200 that will produce these sparklies or will any digital camcorder exhibit this if you go beyond its low light capabilities?
I am not interested if Sony or Sanyo camcorders are slightly better here or there I am interested in this specific effect of what looks like dead pixels on this specific camcorder as I want to ascertain if this is a fault with my HF20 or TV or is considered normal.
Just to clarify I am not talking about graininess, I am talking about silver/whit dots (like dead pixels) in very low lighting, for example under normal living room lighting with lots of dark/black furnishings in the shot (move into the kitchen under florescent strip light and the problem goes away).
This effect is not seen on my laptop, is not seen on my Samsung LE27T5 LCD TV connected via component in, it's only seen when connected to Sharp 46in HD LCD via HDMI.
BTW, I have viewed the footage you mentioned on vimeo to "see what good low light footage is" and in my opinion my low light footage would look as good as anything here if I put it on vimeo and viewed it on my laptop as the sparklies are only present when connected directly to the TV via HDMI, in fact some of the examples on vimeo such as the Sanyo FH1 low light (foosball) footage look well lit to me proving nothing.