My kids and I went to visit the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. I took some 360 videos and photos with the Nikon Keymission 360 (reviewed here).
Taking photos at an aquarium can be challenging, even for a DSLR with a large sensor because of the low light, extreme white balance, and wide dynamic range. It is even more difficult for a camera with a small sensor, such as those found in 360-degree cameras for consumers.
Nonetheless, I tried taking some photos and videos with the Nikon Keymission 360 under these difficult conditions. I attached the Keymission to a monopod (such as the Monoshot or Nanopole) for stability. I turned on Active D-Lighting to ensure that the highlight details in the aquarium would be captured.
Here are some low light videos (it’s a playlist) – please select 4k in the settings:
Here are some low light photos:
f/2, 1/25, ISO 560:
f/2, 1/25, ISO 800:
f/2, 1/25, ISO 1100:
As expected, the Keymission’s quality suffers under these challenging conditions. In particular, shadow areas look undersaturated, and sometimes noisy/grainy. However, overall I thought the Keymission 360 did pretty well for low light. Images are still detailed, with good white balance, and with a decent dynamic range for a small sensor camera.
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