LX7 in camera adjustment

Started Feb 5, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP xjf123richard Forum Member • Posts: 63
Re: I have no idea what you are talking about

James Pilcher wrote:

xjf123richard wrote:

I've stepped up from compacts to DSLRs several years ago and loved the results. These days we saw so much advances in the mobile photograph technologies and even a smart phone can take great pictures. So I thought I would give compact camera another try in exchange for convenience.

I recently purchased the LX7 after an extensive comparison within the high-end compacts for technical specs(aperture, zoom ect.). I REALLY HATE the picture came out of it. It's even worse then some of the compact camera I used 5 years ago. The pictures are under-saturated, dull, low contrast, and slightly color-shifted. I searched around and see lots of pictures taken with LX7 has similar problem -- kinda like those low resolution mid 2000s digital cameras -- even in this forum.This should not happen on this kind of sophisticated camera which were meant to be a backup for the professionals.

But I'm not giving it up yet since I know the sensor and lens are all great on this camera, and all there's missing should just be some tweaking on the WB and picture profile controls. So could you guys share some experience with me on this? Which are the settings that can give you the best results?

You mention "the picture" that came from it. Really? One photo and you are disappointed?

The LX7 is a fine camera. Very fine. If the images are not good enough, it's the photographer that is not good enough. Like any fine instrument, it can take some time and skill to master it.

Use iAuto and get (overly) punchy shots from the beginning. I tend to shoot raw exclusively and use Huelight's camera profiles as my starting point.

Jim Pilcher

Summit County, Colorado, USA

These are great pictures, Jim. You are a good photographer.

But there are something we do need to rely on the camera, or the post processing, like the color, contrast, WB etc.

If we leave the last picture of yours, which is in a very tight color range, all other three can be greatly improve if the camera settings are adjusted.

I believe the house in the first picture would be more vivid if the color saturation is higher and the contrast is higher.

You can add some dimension, or "distance" to the people and the birds if the contrast is higher and add some "clarity" to it if you adjust the lightness curve.

I don't believe the "dull" red on the jetski is what you observed that day when you took the third picture, shouldn't the beautiful beach site looks more colorful and has more "depth" in it?

So this is what I meant. Photographer can improve their composition, their use of light. But something is realy the camera's job. That's why people chasing different lens, cameras, sensors (or films in the past)

Again, these are good photos and thanks for the input.

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