Why is a dSLR better in a low light situation than a point-and-shoot with the same f-stop?..

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The size of the sensor... and the processor..

The sensor on a DLSR is 3-5 times larger that that of a P&S... so take 2 cameras with the same MP... say 10....

The size of the MP on the DSLR is MUCH bigger and there fore can handle light better... the smaller sensor will have issues in low light and cause the pixle to 'misfire'.

Of course the processor is far more advanced on the DSLR as well..

Hope this helps..

Low light = Nikon D300 or D3... best out there..


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Comment #1

Better high ISO with way less noise in the dSLR. Allows you to shoot with higher ISO and faster shutter speed for sharper pics, compared to P&S.Carter..

Comment #2

I agree. Addtionally the glass is much better on a DSLR and the focus will generally be much faster in low light..

JimOlympus E-510 and a bunch of stuff to hang on it...

Comment #3

ACL Photo wrote:.

The sensor on a DLSR is 3-5 times larger that that of a P&S... sotake 2 cameras with the same MP... say 10....

Correction: typical DSLR camera sensor is 15(!) times larger than typical P&S camera sensor..


Comment #4

Size of the sensor..

A c size sensor on a dslr is about 1inch X 2/3inch. the sensor in a p&s is about the size of of one of your fingernails, maybe..

The sensor in a dslr can simply get and hold more light...

Comment #5

The f-stop might be the same but the surface area of DSLR glass (diameter) is much larger than a P&S. So it can let in even more light. From what I've seen, f-stop works differently on the P&S vs an SLR because of the size factor: things are so much more scaled down..

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