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Sony HDR-TD10 3D Camcorder Review
Low Light Sensitivity
Low light sensitivity is arguably the most important of our low light tests because it gives a good idea of how much light the camcorder will need to record a viable image. With the Sony HDR-TD10 we measured its 50 IRE score using a few different setups. First, we shot using a 60i frame rate and enough optical zoom so the camcorder could frame our test chart properly. In this manner, the TD10 required 26 lux of light to hit 50 IRE on our waveform monitor (50 IRE is the minimum illumination requirement for broadcast television). More on how we test low light sensitivity.
Zooming out, which allowed the TD10 to use a wider aperture and let more light hit the sensor, the camcorder needed only 9 lux of light to get an image with the same brightness. This is a much better score, but it's still not quite as good as the numbers we got from the JVC GS-TD1 or the Panasonic HDC-SDT750. On the bright side, the HDR-TD10 did do better in this test than the Sony HDR-CX700V.
Sometimes we see an improvement in low light sensitivity when we record using alternate frame rates. With the HDR-TD10, however, we saw no difference in sensitivity when using the camcorder's 24p record mode. Nor did we see any drop in low light sensitivity when shooting 3D content (something that can not be said about the Panasonic HDC-SDT750).
Low Light Noise
Noise was the best category for the Sony HDR-TD10 in our low light testing, but the camcorder still ranked behind the competition in this test. The TD10 averaged just under 1.5% noise in low light, which, while decent, is more noise than we measured on the JVC GS-TD1, the Panasonic HDC-SDT750, and the Sony HDR-CX700V. More on how we test low light noise.
Sony Handycam HDR-TD10
Strangely, we saw more noise in the TD10's low light video when we shot using the camcorder's 24p record mode. The increase wasn't drastic—just a bump of 0.1%—but we're more accustomed to seeing better noise performance with lower frame rates rather than worse.
Low Light Color
In low light, the HDR-TD10 did not do very well in our color accuracy tests. The camcorder registered a color error of 5.96 and a saturation level of 75.8%, both of which are significantly worse than the camcorder's bright light color scores. We would have liked to see better color accuracy here, but these numbers aren't much different than what we saw from Sony's HDR-CX700V camcorder that we tested earlier this year. The JVC 3D cam—the GS-TD1—did do a bit better than the Sony in this test, particularly with more color saturation (85%), but its results weren't dramatically ahead of the HDR-TD10. More on how we test low light color.
Low Light Color Accuracy Performance
Color Error Map
The map on the left is a diagram of the color error. The length and direction of each line indicates how the camera processed each particular color while capturing video.
The Sony Handycam HDR-TD10 produced a color error of and a saturation level of in our bright light color testing.
Using the 24p record mode with the TD10 resulted in deeper colors (a saturation level of 82%), but the color error did not improve significantly (down to 5.86 from 5.96). Some camcorders will show a strong improvement in low light color performance when using alternate frame rates, but this was not the case with the Sony TD10.
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