Originally Posted by Custom88
I think I'm starting to get the hang of the camera and nigh tpictures a little better. I decreased the shutter speed to 1/16 of a second, set the aperature setting to 8.0 and the ISO to 50. I got the best image quality with a quicker shutter speed actually.. I think in very low light a slower shutter speed would work best.
You should be able to benefit more from setting the aperture to a smaller number - aka, bigger hole. (reference link
Doing this lets more light in, allowing you to use a faster shutter speed for the same equivalent exposure level. Anything slower than 1/50 of a second (ie, the 1/16 you used) or so runs the risk of needing a tripod or solid surface for the camera to rest on so you don't get blur. I've gotten away with as slow as 1/20 handheld... and resizing down the picture afterward helps. A bigger aperture has other (sometimes desirable) side effects such as depth of field, but most point and shoot cameras don't have too significant of an aperture range for it to be a life or death issue.
ISO 50, I would think, would be the least sensitive setting your camera can do (mine goes 50, 100, 200, 400). A higher setting will allow you to set a smaller aperture or faster shutter speed, whichever you desire. Unfortunately, the side effect is noise and grainyness. My Canon A75 is utterly, utterly useless
at anything above 200.
1/60 second @ f/2.8, ISO 50
Bumped the camera up to ISO 400, it allowed me to use 1/400 sec at f/2.8 for the same equivalent exposure. But the noise...
More expensive digital SLR cameras (like Sol'*) shoot flawlessly at ISO 400, even 800. The Fuji should be able to handle at least 200 no problem.