Originally Posted by obicco
Can someone who know how to use well manual mode explain how to change settings in any night/low-light situation? A sort of mini-guide... At night I switch in manual mode and put ISO on 800 or 1600 and photos are better, but maybe there are better solutions in manual for a perfect shot. I think that xz premium camera is one of the best, but on low light automatic mode is not as good as has to.
I should just preface this with the fact I don't have this phone yet, so I can't give perfect advice but I'll tell you what I know from experience.
Your goal should be to figure out the shortest shutter speed you can do and use that to set the ISO. The lower the ISO the better, but not too low that you can't get a sharp image because of the shutter speed.
The easiest way to find the slowest shutter speed is to find something with fine lines and take pictures of it, progressively decreasing the shutter speed until it becomes blurry. Probably start at 1/200 and see how you go. That number is then the slowest you can go. Then go a stop or two faster, which should make for a solid baseline shutter speed that you can use. By doing this, you get more flexibility in choosing a lower ISO and therefore get better image quality.
Your ISO choice will depends on the brightness and detail of the scene, the larger the number, the less detail and more artifacting you'll end up with. Try to keep it as low as you can get away with without going below your minimum shutter speed.
But yeah in general, experiment and see what you can get.
Edit: Just got the phone and found you can't choose both ISO and Shutter Speed. I've been shooting at 1/60 shutter speed pretty comfortably with decent results but your results may vary.