Fear of the dark

overexposed fire

Fear of the dark, fear of the dark, I have a constant fear that something’s always near. You know that Iron Maiden classic? I always get reminded of the chorus whenever I have to take photos at night. It always comes out terrible – noisy if I set the ISO too high, overexposed if I use flash.

Case in point(s):


Birthday karaoke session gone wrong due to low lighting


Flash fail


This pristine beach in Kota Kinabalu looks like a sandbox in a playground


Overexposed…and not in a good way

mystery meat

WTF is this? I can’t even tell if it’s chicken, beef or pork. I am forced to caption it as Mystery Meat.

Another beef (no pun intended) I have with my digicam is that it can’t record in High Definition. HD is the way of the future, even YouTube supports HD uploads now. I feel like I’m in the Stone Age (okay maybe not, Bronze Age can?) whenever I take videos with my digicam – the details are lost and with a lot of people connecting their computers to large screen LCDs now you really need to film in HD to keep up.

This is what my videos look like currently:

640×480 – VGA. It’s a marvel…back in 1994 when that was the resolution of most monitors. Now with large LCD monitors running on high resolutions it just looks like a postage stamp. πŸ™

Enter Sandman! (another song reference)


The new Cyber-shot TX7 is loaded with the BIONZ IPE (Image Processing Engine) which I am really familiar with. I can vouch for the image quality. Combine it with the Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar lens and a respectable 10.2 MP “Exmor R” CMOS sensor that reduces noise and you have the perfect digicam for night photography!


Blur be gone!

The Cyber-shot TX-7 has features like sweep panorama and anti-motion blur in addition to the impressive Handheld Twilight mode. You won’t have to worry about shaky photos and with the AVCHD Full HD movie recording mode, you’ll be able to present your nights out in full glory!

At 1920 x 1080 @ 50i movie mode, you’ll be hard pressed to find another digicam with similar qualities. It’s a touch screen digicam too, and having had 3 Sony digital cameras in the past, I have to say that it’s very nifty. The best part about it is that you only have to touch the LCD screen to focus on the subject.


Alright party people! You’ve had nights out where you think you captured awesome photos but when you go back home and upload it to your computer, you find out that it’s crappier than a lavatory full of excretion. Right? Right?

Don’t be ashamed of them photos – play “Uncover the night” or submit the pics to the “Night gone wrong” contest and stand a chance to win your very own Cyber-shot TX7!

fire eating

Enjoy your nights out without worrying about taking horrible photos!

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38 thoughts on “Fear of the dark”

  1. EdHunter: Haha! Yeah, the digicam I use isn’t exactly the best for night photography. πŸ™
    I love Iron Maiden too, classic!
    ah nel: Yeah bro, you should get one before you go to Bangkok! πŸ™‚
    tom: Cheers tom, I’m glad I can be of service to you. I was just thinking about how short life is and how Death can come abanging at your door anytime.
    Take care my friend! πŸ™‚

  2. foodcrazee: I used to get Nikon too, until Sony’s touch screen digicams came out and after that I went almost exclusively Sony. πŸ™‚
    thenomadGourmand: Yeah, the Cybershot TX7 looks mighty promising! Photography at night is one of my biggest challenges, hope this can fix that. πŸ™‚

  3. Hello Edwin! Just got word about the Cyber-shot TX7 – it’s already out, retailing for RM 1,588. You can find it in Sony Centre in One Utama. πŸ™‚

  4. OOO! This is the one I saw at 1U the other day! I’ve never really been a fan of pink but this hot pink one is damn sexy. But this is quite worth it for RM1588…So tired of carrying my big black dSLR around thats why I’m always without a camera these days πŸ™
    I gotta save up mooolah for so many gadgets!

  5. michellezyenn: Haha! Being a guy, I doubt I’ll be wanting the pink one. I prefer my digicams to be black. I’m just old skool that way. πŸ˜‰

  6. debbie: Yeah, I’m looking forward to getting a unit too! Will revert on how the night time performance is like! πŸ™‚
    Cheers deb! πŸ™‚

  7. ahlost: Nice! How is it? I’m getting one to try out too – would love to see the night performance for this digicam. πŸ™‚
    Yeah, reckon it’s for the touch screen and other nifty bits. πŸ™‚

  8. jing jing: Hello there! Oh, you still remember that night! I don’t remember who took the photo but it was using my digicam. Your sister was there???? I didn’t know!

  9. Very nice article and right to the point. I don’t know if this is actually the best place to ask but do you people have any ideea where to get some professional writers? Thank you πŸ™‚


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