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Highest iso for acceptable quality still frame capture?

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by jephoto, Jul 31, 2016.

  1. jephoto

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    Ok then. This is directed at actual Photographers -not people who only started taking pictures since they got a drone...

    Let me explain. The other night I needed to get some stills of fireworks over a County Fair. Shooting even one frame at a time with the slight video lag makes it hard to get that "Decisive Moment" and shooting a burst of raw files again creates too long a lag (for me) while writing to the card before being able to shoot again.
    So I decided to shoot video with intent of pulling still captures from it.
    I went with 2.7k so I got 30 frames/sec.
    Worked decently but I was thinking settings for best Video, not stills. So at 1/60 sec or 1/30 the video looks nice, but the still frame is not as sharp as I'd like.
    I think I kept it at 400 iso. For normal stills I never go over 100.
    I'd like to bump my shutter speed to get sharper. 800 or 1600 iso looks horrible on stills. Any reason to think it'll be different on video?
    My question is - how high can I go - and have it still look ok with some noise reduction- shooting video for screen capture??
    Now I actually will be able to pull some decent images as long as used on web or small in print.
    Here's one with some Photoshop work. The area in front of stage was nearly black at first
    And my final:
    Original screenshot then final on bottom
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