The Ricoh R-ex 105z point-and-shoot camera showcased above exceeded our expectations as a low-light point-and-shoot camera.
While I was aware that point-and-shoot film cameras tend to perform well with our Umi 800 ISO film under low-light conditions without flash, I hadn't thoroughly tested this theory with a variety of point-and-shoot cameras to confirm or debunk it.
With a free night in the city, I decided to put the theory to the test and see the results firsthand. Let's dive in.
Before proceeding, let's establish a few prerequisites for successful outcomes:
1. Your point-and-shoot camera must offer the option to disable its flash.
2. Your point-and-shoot camera should allow for shutter speeds as slow as around 1/30 to 1 second.
3. A steady hand or a tripod is essential.
A useful tip for maintaining a steady hand is to utilize a solid structure like a wall. Take a deep breath, and as you capture the shot, gently lean against a sturdy surface like a wall to steady your posture.
What is Umi 800? Umi 800 is essentially identical to the renowned Cinestill 800T. Both films are based on Kodak VISION3 500T Color Negative (Movie) Film 5219/7219, with the remjet layer removed. This modification allows the film to be processed using the C41 color negative process instead of the ECN2 processing method.
Umi 800 produces a distinctive halo effect and is tungsten-balanced. This means that when shooting at night under streetlights, your subjects will exhibit a highly cinematic appearance.