POTD: Chinese shophouses at night along North Bridge Road

It was 9pm and businesses on this busy thoroughfare has closed for the night. Cars on the road and passers-by along the 5-foot-way in front of the shops were much fewer than during the day.

Lone passer-by walking past shuttered shophouses. Photo taken with a Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II compact camera, handheld at f/1.8, 1/160 sec, ISO 12800. Photo credit: John Tan.

Lone passer-by walking past shuttered shophouses. Photo taken with a Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II compact camera, handheld at f/1.8, 1/160 sec, ISO 12800. Photo credit: John Tan.

I was trying out the newly launched Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II compact camera and took a quick snap handheld of the shophouses across the road.

Details at 100% view.

Details at 100% view.

The shot turned out relatively sharp with only some loss of details even at its maximum ISO setting of 12800.

Details at 100% view.

Details at 100% view.

Noise was really low but still noticeable when viewed at 100%.

But at such a high ISO setting, it’s actually pretty impressive for a compact camera.

Details at 100% view.

Details at 100% view.

Scaled to normal 4R printing sizes, you’ll hardly notice much degradation from the high ISO setting.

It’s indeed a great low-light shooter for the casual photographer.

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