Canon C100 Low Light Tests

Tonight I did a few tests with the Canon C100 in a low light setting.  In hindsight, it wasn't that low light - the highest I had to go was ISO 2000.  But here they are:

The base configruation for both is the same

  • Canon EOS C100
  • Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 OS HSM Lens
  • Atomos Ninja 2

For this one, I was shooting at ISO 1250, f/4.0, 1/48th of a second.  

Here's the original footage before Vimeo

For the second test, I switched to 1080i60 to get smoother action and in post converted it to 720p60.

ISO 2000, f/3.2, 1/120th of a second

Here's the original footage before Vimeo

The 1080i60 to 720p60 conversion took a toll on the video, no doubt.  In part because I dropped it from ProRes 422 HQ to ProRes 4422 LT which is about half the bitrate.  I also had Compressor set on the simplest deinterlacing settings so it's not as smooth as it should be.  That being said, it's a good work around to shoot 720p60 video on a C100.  

On the whole, I have to say I am very very impressed with the low light performance.  The video is clean and the colors are great.  The problem is Vimeo, which took a real toll on the video and won't support the 60 fps from the 720p sample.  But, they'll give you a good idea what the noise and color performance is like.