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Camera LCD/ Versus Computer Screen.  
User currently offlineflight From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 335 posts, RR: 1
Posted (5 years 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3986 times:


I recently took a couple of pictures, and noticed that the images look different on the LCD of the camera compared to my
calibrated Computer Screen.

The Camera LCD, is a bit more bright including the colors, and the computer looks a bit darker and colors seem more

Sorry if its a silly question, just wanted to get input from other members. Is it normal and should a refer to the colors on the computer more.



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User currently offlinephotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 3159 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3981 times:

Absolutely correct. The camera LCD is always brighter because you have to be able to see it in bright sunlight. Especially if your camera offers some form of "live view" prior to shooting. For the camera, the best and most accurate measure of good exposure is the Histogram.

Here's a good explaination of histograms and how to interpret what they tell you.


But think of it this way as well. Only 50% of the job is done in the camera so for all those final adjustments etc., use the calibrated monitor you trust.

User currently offlineflight From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 335 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3970 times:


So the colors will always look more vivid on the camera LDC?

User currently offlineTomskii From Belgium, joined May 2011, 467 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3788 times:

That is correct,

So sometimes it might look on your camera that a plane is overexposed, when it actually isn't  .

Nikon D90 + Nikkor f4.5-5.6 18-105mm + Tamron f4-5.6 70-300mm
User currently offlineJohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1726 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (5 years 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3756 times:

My camera (Canon 40D) has a menu setting allowing control of the LCD brightness level. I suspect most other digital cameras have this feature, too.

User currently offlineepten From Macedonia, joined Sep 2007, 200 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3674 times:

I use camera screen only to check the focus and histogram.

User currently offlineyerbol From Kazakhstan, joined Feb 2010, 286 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3657 times:

Just for your information I have noticed one funny thing with my computer screens. I have two screens on my desk both exactly the same brand and same settings set BUT they show two different colors! I have no idea how it is possible.
I use camera screen as our friend from Macedonia  

With best regards from Almaty
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