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02-05-2009, 10:37 PM   #1
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On-camera LCD vs Computer LCD

Hi, I noticed that on my k100d, the image on the screen is never as contrasty or saturated as the one on the preview LCD. Is this common behaviour or is there a way to make them match closer? I *think* this happens both when I shoot raw and jpeg*. Would be nice if I can bypass postprocessing and save time. I use srgb and my monitors are calibrated Thanks!


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Andi Lo On-camera LCD vs Computer LCD

Hi, I noticed that on my k100d, the image on the screen is never as contrasty or saturated as the one on the preview LCD. Is this common behaviour or is there a way to make them match closer? I *think* this happens both when I shoot raw and jpeg*. Would be nice if I can bypass postprocessing and save time. I use srgb and my monitors are calibrated Thanks!
I believe I read somewhere on the forum that the K20's LCD is adjustable to some degree, but that may only be for color. I wish I had something definitive to add for the K100d to help you. I would look to the owner's manual for guidance. If there is no help there, I would call Pentax and see what they say.

But I can tell you this. When I first began with my K20 I metered to make pictures optimal looking on the LCD screen. This was a huge mistake, particularly since I had the brightness of the screen turned up to offset bright sunlight. Anyway, through the good advice of many here I adapted my metering to the histogram display, also using the so-called "blinkies" to avoid clipping. This is known as ETTR (expose tot he right) and the main strategy is to expose until you just barely, hopefully unnoticeable, begin to clip any highlights which you value in the composition.

This strategy enabled me to produce images much more satisfying on my screen at home. Best of luck.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Andi Lo Quote
I noticed that on my k100d, the image on the screen is never as contrasty or saturated as the one on the preview LCD.
Would you like your images to be as contrasty and saturated as they look on the preview LCD?

You could crank up the contrast and saturation settings in the camera to achieve this. Normally it is better to do this kind of post processing using a computer afterwards but if you want to avoid PP then the camera settings are the way to go. They will also affect RAW images if you let your RAW developer choose the camera settings.

If you are after consistency only, you could reduce the brightness of the preview LCD.

All that matters is how your final images come out. As Jewelltrail said, you should pretty much ignore how the LCD preview image looks like and only pay attention to the highlight warning and histogram.
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My eyesight isn't all that great so I can't get much use out of the lcd on the camera. I check the histogram and scroll the wheel on occasion to magnify some of a photo to see if I focused right. I adjust the diopter and shoot with my glasses off. Then I have to put them back on to see the screen. Outside in sunlight I find the lcd almost impossible to see which is probably my only gripe about my camera but I should mention I can't see the screen on any other camera I have tried either, so I fail to understand all the hype about live view. Sorry, I digress. As others have mentioned,I use the lcd for quick basic checking and checking the histogram.

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Yep, all I want is consistency. I guess the LCD preview don't come out calibrated and there's nothing much I can do about it.

Never trust technology that's too good to be true I guess ;b thanks for the tips everyone.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jewelltrail Quote
I believe I read somewhere on the forum that the K20's LCD is adjustable to some degree, but that may only be for color. I wish I had something definitive to add for the K100d to help you. I would look to the owner's manual for guidance. If there is no help there, I would call Pentax and see what they say.
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K20D's LCD brightness is adjustable +/-3 stops and its colour can be adjusted as well.

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I've noticed it on my K10D too.
It really gets me!
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