Iphone 6 too dark video under low light

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  1. Orka, Oct 23, 2014
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    Orka macrumors regular

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    Hi! I'm talking about not bright evening indoors lighting, my Iphone 6 is very dark in video mode in these conditions, to the point that you can't really see anything, it's in fact much darker than my old Iphone 5, anyone else has this issue?

    And that manual exposure setting doesn't work in video mode, even though you see on screen menu, no matter how you adjust it nothing changes, anyone experienced it?
     
  2. Fzang macrumors 65816

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    That sounds like a software defect. Manual exposure works with my 6 plus.

    As for video brightness; I can take a photo of my palm and still get "hand-colors", but if I turn over to video it's pitch black.
     
  3. Orka thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hi! Thanks for your reply, it appears few people are interested in making video with iphones.:(

    I experimented more and caught some more bugs.
    Upon starting cam from locked screen i witnessed absent video mode, that's right, you could only take picture and do time lapse. Video mode was absent, this happened only once so far. Never seen this before.

    Manual exposure indeed works, i tried it in daytime under broad light and it did make huge difference, however, indoors, under not bright light its work is almost invisible, picture is still dark.

    In 60 fps mode picture becomes even darker, but it happens only in few seconds after you turn that mode on. Something really weird is going on on my iphone 6.

    Do you think this is all s/w related? I still have few days left when i can return my phone and get either refund or new one, but don't really want to wait another 10 days at least, and i'm not yet sure new one will be better.
     
  4. drummr macrumors regular

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    High FPS modes will always be darker than standard FPS in the same lighting conditions. That's just how cameras work. The higher the FPS, the less time the sensor has to pick up the light. Video under low light is also darker than a picture because the camera can only slow the shutter speed down so much in video without resulting a low fps video. At 30 FPS, the minimum shutter speed is 1/30 of a second, and ideal would be 1/60th for smooth motion. In photo mode the shutter can slow down much more, down to 1/15 of a second.
     
  5. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    thanks for the explaination I was wondering why slomo mode looked darker and grainer than regular video mode
     
  6. Orka thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, i haven't thought about 60 fps shutter thing.

    But still, even in 30 fps mode iPhone 5 video looks brighter and more colorful, also color reproduction is different under low light: on iPhone 6 it's greenish, on iPhone 5 it's a little reddish which looks more pleasing imo.
     

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