I’d been wanting to see how Glass measures up to the challenge of night photography. As luck would have it, I found myself in Branson, Missouri, which seemed a perfect spot for a nighttime photographic study.
So here is Glass vs DSLR at night with subject matter you’ll never see in California or New York.
There is no DSLR on that last one, but I couldn’t resist including it.
Most of the DSLR shots were done at ISO-1600 which allowed me to get a decent exposure without a tripod. Of course the DSLR shots would have less noise with a long exposure at ISO-100, but that wouldn’t be a fair comparison at all.
These Glass shots have a 1/15 sec. exposure at f/2.5. Glass changes the ISO as light conditions change. These shots have various ISO speeds like 363, 418, 551, 678, 727, 960, to name a few. Quite a range, and certainly a brilliant way to get properly exposed photos without the use of a flash.
When I did pro wedding photography, 1/60 sec. was considered a good exposure for handheld shots. However, your head is pretty stable, so 1/15 seems like a good bet for clear shots from a headheld camera. Once you are using the lowest F-stop and the longest safe exposure, the only variable you have left to work with is ISO. Glass reads the light and picks the appropriate ISO, and there you have the best possible photo.
So even though I think the nighttime DSLR shots are generally better, I am very impressed with the Glass shots. I had to set the ISO with my DSLR and then monitor my exposures to make sure they weren’t going too long. I was using complicated settings on a complex camera and I had the benefit of years of SLR experience. The question is not really whether a DSLR can capture better images. Of course it can! And the more effort and expense you are willing to invest, the better your DSLR results will be.
The question is, what can Glass accomplish with virtually NO effort and no expertise…? Can Glass capture the moments you want to remember?
In my opinion, the answer is YES!