reply to post by ExCloud
It's not going to be the best tool for the job to be honest, digital compacts have tiny sensors that get very noisy when the iso speed goes up and
that's what will happen when you use this camera at night.
The noise will be so bad that the images won't be of much use, the alternative is to try and use a mode where the iso stays low but because it's
night time the shutter speed will be so slow that anything you take a picture of will be blurry because of camera shake.
A tripod would be a good idea and setting the self timer so that you don't move the camera when you press the shutter button but even then if the
object is moving it will come out blurred even if the rest of the picture is sharp.
It seems the camera has 17 scene modes so I would check if there is a night mode on there, make sure the flash is turned off because it won't do
anything to help at night time.
If the object you are shooting is bright you might be ok because you only want the object to show up anyway, it doesn't matter if the rest of the
scene is pitch black.
I would try practising on things like aeroplanes and see if you have any luck getting a mode that will just show the plane and the rest of the picture
is pitch black (fast shutter speed)
It's easier on more advanced cameras because you can control the shutter speed but with an automatic camera it will try and expose the whole scene
because it doesn't know you only want that little ufo to show up at the expense of everything else and the result of this will be a slow shutter
speed as the camera tries to gather enough light to expose the picture properly.
There are no cameras that are really good at taking pictures of moving objects in the dark, there just isn't enough light there but digital slr
cameras have much larger sensors which means there is less noise when you turn up the iso speed.
When you shoot in the dark the only way to keep the shutter speed high enough to avoid blur is to increase the iso speed, this is the sensitivity of
the the sensor and the higher it goes the more noise you get.
But like I said, play around with the settings and see if you have any luck with something like aeroplanes.
what you want is the light of the plane to be relatively blur free and everything else pitch black, if you do it wrong you will get a blurry plane and
rest of the picture will start to show up.
This is what you don't want:
And this is more like what you do want:
If you can get it to shoot aeroplanes like in the second pic then remember what setting you used and that will be about the best way of trying to
shoot ufo's with that camera.
You can try slower shutter speeds and they will reveal more of what's there but they will be so blurry you wont be able to make any detail out.
[edit on 19-8-2008 by fatdeeman]