Sony A7r in very low light

All images shot at ISO 6400 with a Sony A7r + Nikon 50mm f/1.4G at f/1.4 and 1/60th. sec.



Now this wasn't intended to be a low light / high ISO test. I had visited a local stately home with the intention of trying out the A7r outdoors with a weather forecast that indicated sun. However, that didn't materialise and instead it got very dark and grey. I decided to visit the interior of the house which was incredibly dark. The lamps inside this medieval farmhouse were substantially darker than the pictures indicate. 1/60th. sec. at f/1.4 and ISO 6400 indicates it was pretty murky, but that's all I could manage.

Above are all shots and blowups from the OOC jpgs. Below is what a raw file with no noise reduction looked like.


Now considering the pixel density of this sensor and the fact that there is no AA filter, I don't think these are bad at all for ISO 6400. There is significant loss of detail on the jpgs. and the raw files are pretty noisy, but all in all I could probably get a printable A4 file out of these. Its certainly not Nikon D4 or Fuji X class, but the A7r's high ISO performance does mean that I can get a result from appalling lighting conditions. Flash isn't allowed in the house, nor a tripod and considering there is no stabilisation on either lens or camera, I think the results are impressive and show that the A7r is a pretty good all round camera. I've never shot a wedding or an indoor event in anything approaching light this poor and if I had I would certainly have used flash. However, as I said that wasn't allowed and I don't have a flash unit for the Sony anyway, so I had to make do with what I had. 

Today promises sunshine again and hopefully it will appear and I'll get to shoot in bright sunlight with the A7r finally. 

All original material on this blog is © Soundimageplus

N.B. to see more on the cameras and lenses featured in this post click on the relevant labels (tags and keywords) at the bottom of this post.

For comment and discussion join the Soundimageplus Blog Readers Group at Google+