As we have already mentioned in our recent review of the Leica M10, it turned out to be an ideal solution for low light photography. To bring some substance to our claim, we present a set of images shot during a ballet practice at the Detroit Opera House. Even though ISO3200 would have been enough for the amount of light in the room, ISO12500 was purposefully used to evaluate how sensitive M10 DNG files were to adverse conditions. The lighting was very challenging: several sources of different light quality and color temperature (incandescent, LED and fluorescent bulbs) certainly did not make it easy for the camera.
As expected, color fidelity at ISO12500 was not as good as at ISO6400 and below, but still more than acceptable for people photography. Noise level is similar to what one gets at ISO1250 with Leica M9, provided the following is true:
- the file is correctly exposed
- is not cropped more than 25-30%
- micro contrast is not artificially increased
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