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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-29-2008, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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Do the P&S cameras saturate more color in images?

It seems that when I just look at friends P&S camera shots, out of the camera they generally initially appear more colorful than mine or some others I see out of DSLR's. Are they built to artificially saturate more color to make the image appear better? This comparing jpg to jpg. With a little post processing I see that the SLR images generally tend to then be superior, but coming out of the camera there's always some color or metering issue to deal with. Or am I just missing something?
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Just like consumer TVs are oversaturated and overbright to help them sell, consumer P&S cameras typically boost the color to make the images look more vibrant and exciting (and make up for the weak hardware IMHO).

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Just like consumer TVs are oversaturated and overbright to help them sell, consumer P&S cameras typically boost the color to make the images look more vibrant and exciting (and make up for the weak hardware IMHO).
But then don't you and I shooting SLR's end up doing the same thing in post process?
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But then don't you and I shooting SLR's end up doing the same thing in post process?
Depends.

If I'm doing something artistic, yes. But if I'm trying to do my best to represent something as naturally as I *see* it, than no.

Two examples that come to mind that I wouldn't tweak the photo is when I'm doing aquarium photography of rare or newly discovered species of fish. I need to represent them as perfectly and naturally as possible. Another would be home interior photography where paint color and/or wood color is very important to be accurate.

Most Consumer/Prosumer D-SLR have some sort of Vivid setting that you can crank, most Pro cameras the Vivid setting isn't as saturated as the mid and lower end models. At least that's how it is with the Nikons for sure.

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What about warming the Auto WB a little? I'm thinking it would be nice to have something that's a smidge on the warmer side...that can be set on the D300, yes?
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that can be set on the D300, yes?
Dude, the D300 can travel through time and reverse the magnetic polarity of the earth. I'm sure it can do that.

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Yeah, I know it can...but I've not really messed with it. RTFM is all I can say for now.

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Rick, I think your memory of chemical manipulation belongs in it's own thread.

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Rick, I think your memory of chemical manipulation belongs in it's own thread.
REP!

Better living through chemistry my Uncle used to say! But then again, I think he's one of those guys that thinks he's a glass of OJ and yells "don't spill me" if you walk too close to him.

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Hesus Give me chemicals! I know how to manipulate those! This digital stuff you need a EE degree to get the hang of
I have a degree in Computer Science...you think that'll work? I did have to submit a resume before ordering the camera.

Actually my boss got the camera and a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens (very nice and very expensive). The camera was a bit much for him and he wants something a step down from it so I'm getting a very nice deal on it.
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The chemical manipulation of colors is suppose to happen in the darkroom!

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What about warming the Auto WB a little? I'm thinking it would be nice to have something that's a smidge on the warmer side...that can be set on the D300, yes?
Yep. Just set the WB to Kelvin and go from there.
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