Images that look like day, recorded in the middle of the night
The Netflix’s new mini series, The land at night, is one of the most interesting original productions of the platform at the moment. Not because of the impact that its content may have, although the topic is very attractive, but because of the technical deployment. If the Game of Thrones chapter: The long night struck by its darkness, here is that it is being recorded directly with a level of light practically equal to zero.
Throughout six chapters, different places on the planet are shown overnight. The savannah, the bottom of the sea and even what happens in cities when the sun goes down and, here, there is some more artificial light. If you are attracted to nature documentaries, it is worth watching. But it is because of this technological point of view and technical deployment that it caught our attention.
Cameras to see when there is no light
The evolution of cameras, sensors and everything related to imaging technology has evolved a lot during the last years. So much that even in our pocket we are able to have a Camera able to see when there is no light.
Exactly, the popular night mode (as is normally known) of smartphones allows through the capture of long exposure, the taking of several photographs and the different processor algorithms, obtaining detailed photos of scenes where there is very little light. But taking a picture is not the same as a video.
If you remember, when Sony launched its A7 series, one of the aspects that attracted attention was its high performance with high sensitivities. So much that many tried them to record with only the moonlight and there were very striking results. But that would not be the only camera that would improve its performance in low light, moreover, it was a camera for the consumer market. So the professional industry kept moving forward.
The SPI X27 It was something else, a very advanced camera on these issues that offered a sensor with a resolution of 10MP and the ability to record video at HD resolution and 60 Hz. Although the great data of the camera was its option to carry the value of maximum ISO sensitivity at 5 million. Thanks to that, not only could you record with very little or almost non-existent light, but it also gave way to the recording of color night video.
Well, this same manufacturer already has a new version that allows UHD video recording. Although that is not enough, in the documentary credits it looks like an expert in noise reduction has also participated. And it is that the edition of a material of this type does not make anything simple. That camera job is what really gives value to production, because at first it crashes, but mix different image techniques very consistently such as night vision, low light photography and extra color night images.
For all this, the new Netflix documentary goes one step further and shows high-quality night images. So we recommend watching it, and if you have a TV capable of displaying HDR and black content as deep as possible even more. The earth at night is A miniseries to enjoy the darkness.