Can the X20 be saved? :-)

Started Mar 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
lensez Forum Member • Posts: 99
Re: Can the X20 be saved? :-)

nradd wrote:

lensez wrote:

nradd wrote:

here's an example of what the x20 jpeg has difficulty with. the cat's fur for some reason is always kicking in too much noise reduction and looks smeary, losing detail as well as

contrast creating harsh edges making the shape/form a bit flat

the room had very low light when picture was taken

jpg   obviously the contrast is pumped and nr applied. just seems to go a bit far

raw   more detail revealed overall more realistic and you have the option to adjust any bit you like. probably have a preset amount of saturation contrast etc applied while importing or just adjust one copy paste to the rest. raw give you the Powah!

These two photos are meaningless as examples because they are taken at 1/50 sec. which is not enough to stop subject motion.  Get better results at 1/250 or faster.

how are they meaningless if these are the settings the camera chooses for itself?

The camera doesn't know you are photographing your pet, which moves.  It is simply exposing the picture correctly for the light situation in the room.

this was shot using the cameras auto mode. is there a way to to force shutter speed in auto mode? of course not.

so are you saying the auto modes in this camera=meaningless? these weren't even the worst examples

Yes, the photos are meaningless in the context of the original post, "Can the X20 be saved?"  These are not examples of some sort of deficiency in the X20.  Taken at this shutter speed any camera would show blurring in the fur, due to subject motion.

at the very least you can judge the decisions the camera is making for it's jpeg rendering which is consistently being flummoxed with low contrast subjects in low light situations.

This photo at this ISO required 1/50 second at F/2.0.  Lucky the X20 has such a nice fast lens.  Most P&S cameras don't go down to F/2.0.  The picture would have been even worse at F2.8 which is the lowest setting on many zoom lenses.

You are saying that the camera is responsible for the poor picture.  But the poor quality of these pictures is due to low light, which required a slow shutter speed.  It appears you didn't use the flash, which would automatically be accompanied by a fast shutter speed.

These photos do not support an argument that the X20 somehow needs to be "saved."

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