PhotoDelusions

15 October 2009

High Dynamic option on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZX1 -ZR1

There’s a new (to Panasonic) ‘High Dynamic’ option on the ZX1 camera, and here are a couple of scenes from my favourite churchyard in Berkshire that illustrate what happens:

Off

ZX1 light and shadows 'high dynamic' off

 

On

ZX1 light and shadows 'high dynamic' on

Pros: shadow detail is enhanced (see the church wall in the background and to some extent in the hedge behind the gate on the left

Cons: the gate pillars look a bit anaemic with the dark contrast of the flint watered down somewhat

 

Side by side

Lumix DMC-ZX1 -ZR1 high dynamic comparison

This shot is against the sun rather than with the sun behind me, and the High Dynamic option seems to rob the scene of its contrast, washing out the highlights.

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