The bigger the sensor, the better it performs in low light. My X10 has what is called a 2/3 sensor. If you want to compare that to what you have in your camera, look at this link:
A 2/3 sensor is tiny compared to a Nikon DX sensor or a standard sensor in a Canon DSLR. It is even smaller than a full frame (35mm equiv.) sensor. Therefore, one has to wonder how such a small sensor will perform in low light situations.
What better place to test my X10’s low light abilities, then inside St. Josephs Oratory. So, off we went!
I had my camera at F2 and anywhere between ISO 320-800 (needed to get faster shutter speed) while i took these photos. The cameras built in image stabilization really came in handy. Looking at the photo info afterwards, i was down to 1/2 shutter speed in a few instances.
I must say, i am very pleased with the results.
The color rendition and the details in the photos are very good, better than what i expected from such a small sensor. The sensor is a 12mp sensor, so you can easily print 8X11 prints with the files you get from the X10.
I am not a pixel peeper, so i am not going to comment on “noise”. If you are a pixel peeper and are wondering what the noise is like with low light photos with the X10, you can always read the review that i had in my previous post.
Looking at the files like any normal person would, i don’t see any problems with them.
It is comforting to know that the X10 is very capable of handling low light situations. This gives me more confidence in using it if i don’t want to lug around my DSLR.
Next test will be: Panoramas. The X10 does them by itself.