Do Cameras Need the AF Assist Lamp Anymore?

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM10 Mk II product photos (1 of 7)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 8.0

Before you go on, no–we’re not talking about your camera from 2012, older or even a bit younger. Instead, we’re asking a question as it pertains to the state of technology in cameras as of this year.

For a while, many photographers used the AF assist lamp to improve their autofocus performance in very low light conditions. During our tests, we turn this lamp off because it alarms way too many people that we’re taking a photo, it distracts people, and it doesn’t give us the absolute performance readings from the camera.

But as of this year, we’ve found that in very low lit conditions, we didn’t really even need it.

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