Inner Harbour {Twilight}

An aerial session in the inner harbour. Our main mission was to get a still image for a realtor client's website, but we managed to get a few video clips as well.

We wanted to test the DJI x3 camera's low light performance (see below for details on that) as we consider the x5 upgrade.  

I could write a whole post on how ridiculous the City of Victoria was in the process of getting permission to take off from a public space (maybe I still will... "here's your permit, no wait, we take that back") , but instead props to the Harbour Authority for helping us find a good place to launch from. Enjoy...



As for the x3 camera. if you're used to mirrorless cameras or dslrs, well, it's low light performance is dreadful. but we knew that going in and that is to be fully expected from that sensor size at this point in time. It's like a gopro 4 sensor. Good in bright light, if you've tried to use it at 800 or above its pretty awful. since it's almost dark we were left with two options. use the high iso settings or use a shutter speed that is too slow and hope the gimbal stabilization is good enough to still get sharp images. we shot both, and our winning shot above was taken at low iso settings with long shutter openings. the gimbal did the trick...but probably only 1/10 shots are sharp enough to use. So shoot alot. (hello motor drive). This shot used 1.3 seconds on ISO 100. Some shots in the ISO 600-800 range turned out pretty well too. 

Verdict? fun shoot and Cool imagery, but the x3 camera is not up for professional low light work.


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