P7700 gives poor dynamic range / brightness results?

Started Jan 25, 2013 | Discussions thread
tomjar Contributing Member • Posts: 577
Re: P770 gives poor dynamic range / brightness results?

Sol Invictus wrote:

So I decided to get the P7700 as this camera seems to fulfill lots of my photography needs. One thing though that I can't understand is why this camera gives so darkened pictures. I mean, even though portraits come out great, landscapes are shot with low brightness levels and the colors are quite flat. It seems that those Nikon engineers had somewhat lowered the eV default settings. Even when I try to take a picture of a fully sunlit landscape, I lose lots of light overall. My attempt to raise the eV value doesn't help as higher eV values tend to "burn" the highlights.

Take a look at the photo in the thread started by fellow member Dwayne Oakes:


What you see is a picture with great detail but the overall brightness is quite low. I know that Dwayne had set the eV to -0.7 but this picture was just an example of how my photos look like even without altering the eV values.

Do you experience any similar issues and if so, do you find it normal? Also, could it be a fault in the firmware? My P770 has the 1.0 firmware but I don't think that there is a new firmware released.

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My try... I will only comment on the picture you linked to (even though it is not yours):

Mallbuedel showed you how to correct for the fact that this picture was taken with -0.7 EV compensation. In a scene like this "normal" compensation (by normal I mean what is usually used in a scene like this) would be just the opposite: about +0.7 EV because the scene contains a lot of white (snow) which fools camera's exposure meter. The scene was lighter than what the camera (or its algorithms) was expecting to see and thus POSITIVE exposure compensation should be used - unless of course the author deliberately wanted to get the "moody" feeling that Nikonworks likes. In summary, this photo was underexposed by about 1.5 EV (or even more) - that's why it looks so "moody".

For a better explanation see here.

Kind regards, T.

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