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12-02-2010, 02:13 AM   #1
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Difference in LCD displays on dSLRs

I am a K-x owner (which is my first dSLR) and I had a question with regards to LCD displays. I have noticed its rather hard to determine how my photo looks via the K-x LCD screen and was curious if there is a huge difference with some of the higher end cameras/ or other makes with respect to this problem?

This is one of my only gripes about the K-x since its rather hard to make adjustments to the inputs of the camera if your getting a unreliable display of what you just took.

I am noticing this to be especially true in low light conditions and I have tried to adjust my LCD screen with no resolution to the problem.

Is this just where we are at with technology? or is there a huge difference with different models of cameras?

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Firstly I would suggest using the histogram as a guide to the results you're getting. Secondly, utilise all the tools available to review your results to satisfaction, such as the image zoom function - going to 8-11x you'll see enough detail to judge whether your shots are sharp enough. Lastly, LCD resolution matters. That's why the K-7, K-5 and K-r screens are a notch better and easier to review results - the extra screen resolution makes this happen.
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Firstly I would suggest using the histogram as a guide to the results you're getting. Secondly, utilise all the tools available to review your results to satisfaction, such as the image zoom function - going to 8-11x you'll see enough detail to judge whether your shots are sharp enough. Lastly, LCD resolution matters. That's why the K-7, K-5 and K-r screens are a notch better and easier to review results - the extra screen resolution makes this happen.
I use the zoom function, have turned my LCD to its brightest display and the histogram wont suit you in every situation. I am in my 3rd university course focusing on lighting (B & W work) and its rather tough to see what I have. Many of the shots are either really dark or really light (purposely) so the histogram is of little use in these situations.

My question was more of a general one in comparing different models LCD screens and if the difference is significant, or if there is still a decent amount of trouble on the higher end cameras?
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Not sure to be honest. The only times I've had some trouble seeing what's on the screen is in very bright conditions. Dark places should make seeing the screen a lot easier, so I'm of no help to you. Does the screen appear adequately bright under any conditions at all or is it a global (most likely camera) problem?

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You can connect your K-x to an external display/video monitor (Manual p. 221). This may solve your problem.

A few Pentaxians mentioned using a 7" screen, for example, connected to their Pentax dSLR. It may solve your problem.

I recommend to read the thread:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-video-forum/108549-possible-hook-u...nitor-k-x.html

Personnally I do not use much the LCD display and I prefer by far to review the photos afterwards on the computer prior tp PP.

Hope that the comment wil help.
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QuoteOriginally posted by treue_photo Quote
I use the zoom function, have turned my LCD to its brightest display and the histogram wont suit you in every situation. I am in my 3rd university course focusing on lighting (B & W work) and its rather tough to see what I have. Many of the shots are either really dark or really light (purposely) so the histogram is of little use in these situations.

My question was more of a general one in comparing different models LCD screens and if the difference is significant, or if there is still a decent amount of trouble on the higher end cameras?
I think the best overall I have seen to date is the K7 screen, (I have *istD, K10D and K7D) but I am not sure with your shots high key and low key, you will really get what you want out of any of the built in displays.
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