Re: Running with Vinny - 3D camera testing - 4. Panasonic Lumix 3D1
Regarding David's observation that you can get the 3D1 to do longer time exposures, I can explain what is happening. George was absolutely right in describing the 3D1's exposure compensation as the "little morsel of control we have with this camera" in 3D mode, and what I'm about to describe is the other morsel of control. The feature is hidden and non-intuitive, so most 3D1 users don't know about it.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
The 3D1 does indeed contain a camera-motion sensor which tells the camera whether it is currently hand-held or is on a stable surface. When it detects that the camera is stable, the 3D1 drops its ISO setting to 100, which is the 3D1's lowest ISO. It will then allow longer exposures. I discovered this several years ago, and I have used this trick when the subject involves minimal motion and I've wanted the highest image quality I could coax out of the 3D1, and also for time exposures. (Obviously, the technique isn't necessary when shooting in bright light, as the ISO will already be 100.)
Here are the steps to follow:
This technique produces 3D1 images with the lowest image noise / grain, and allows long exposures.
I hope this is helpful! And George, thanks for the wonderful series of posts!
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