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Top 5 Best Low Light Video Cameras


If you are looking for a good quality low-light video camera, some of the things you will need to check are the lens diameters and the chip. The larger the size, the better for low-light conditions. Sensitivity of the sensor is another point to consider, and lenses with wide apertures (also called fast apertures) are far better for these lighting conditions. As a general rule of thumb, the wider the aperture, the lower the f-stop will be, and the faster the lens will work. Here we have checked out the top five low-light video cameras for you.

1. Canon VIXIA HF G40 Camcorder

This camcorder is compact and easy to use, offering advanced performance in low-light conditions. It comes with built in wifi technology, and a 3.5” viewscreen. You will also appreciate that it comes with dual SD card slots and makes use of media which users find very easy to use. Equipped with a highly sensitive HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor, you will find that the detail remains sharp and clear in almost every lighting situation. The electronic viewfinder can be tilted, and there are two control modes, namely the wide DR and the Highlight Priority, which make the colours consistent with how they are seen by the eye. For anyone who wants a professional package which is also lightweight and compact, and produces high-quality videos, then this must surely be a consideration.

2. Sony HXRNX100 Full HD NXCAM Camcorder

This camcorder comes with the 'Active Steady Shot' feature which controls and corrects sway when walking and shooting. It has a three lens ring for easy focus, along with zoom and manual control. It come with dual media slots so you can simultaneously relay and record, and has an independent record control feature. There is a slow and fast motion feature along with 99 camera profiles, and a multi interface shoe. The 20 mega pixel 1.0 type back-illuminated sensor provides high resolution and amazing low-light performance. The lens rings move independently which gives better creative control, and there is a 'double zoom' feature, which allows you to work well in almost any situation.

3. Canon VIXIA HF G20 HD Camcorder

This camcorder comes with a 3.5” touch LCD and a 10 x HD video lens. The new technology of the sensor allows you up to 20% improvement in low-light conditions. There are up to 12 hours of HD recording, with 32GB internal memory, and another 2 additional slots if you need them. It comes with 9 built-in filters. The image quality is superb, and the lens with 8-bladed iris delivers stunning video, and soft background blur. This camcorder is perfect for advanced amateurs and professional alike.

4. Sony HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder

This camcorder is able to capture wide stereo sound, along with high-quality HD video with low-grain in low light conditions. You can also record at 120 degrees with the wide angle lens. Even in dimply lit places the camera is able to capture fine detail, making it a great asset at events such as discos, where the lighting is dim. The recorded sound is high-quality, and it comes internet ready. Not only is this camcorder lightweight, but it is extremely versatile, and easy to use.

5. Brinno TLC200 Pro HDR Time Lapse Video Camera

Although this is a professional grade video camera, it is suitable for beginners as it is very easy to use. The HDR image sensor is able to deliver a stunning 720p time lapse video. The selling point is that it can do this under almost any conditions, whether they are low-light or intense backgrounds. The 19mm f/2.0 lens means extra sharpness (2X) and 4X better low-light performance. Another selling point is that unlike other DSLR cameras, this one creates an AVI file in the camera so your shots are instantly available to view without having to process them.


When you are considering the type of low-light camera to buy, you should first consider your clientele. Ask yourself what you will be using your camera for – will you be covering wedding events, or are you perhaps at the start of your photographic career. Must you have an 'all singing, all dancing' camera, or will a more basic model suit you at that time? Ultimately, it will be your own list of requirements that will dictate your choice. If possible, you should physically see the camera before you buy, so you get a feel for your new purchase. This will give you a very good idea of how the camera fits your hands and whether you are happy with it.