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lastdodobird Feb 17, 2006 11:09 PM

Camera: Canon Powershot A85

My problem is that when I take shots - any shots - they come out bright and clear on my LCD display. But when I transfer them to any PC (I tried it on different PCs to rule out the possibility of monitor flaw/fault), the image appear darker than they did on the display.

Any reason why this could be?


JimC Feb 17, 2006 11:48 PM

That's very common (LCD on a camera not representative of the way photos are shown on a monitor).

Part of that is probably to make sure you can see the image better on the LCD in more lighting conditions, and an LCD is usually not very accurate compared to a CRT display anyway (contrast differences, color accuracy, viewing angle used, etc., come into the equation).

As long as the photos are coming out the way you want, I wouldn't let it bother you.

If they are not coming out the way you want, then you may want to investigate what's going wrong (for example, trying to use a camera to take photos of subjects outside of the rated flash range, wrong metering options set, etc.).

You may also want to double check your PC monitor and graphics card' settings and calibration. Here are some helpful articles:

One more thing is that the software you use to view photos can impact the way they're rendered (the viewer or editor you're using). I'd make sure it's not your editor, too (try a different one).

DBB Feb 18, 2006 9:08 AM

Most camera LCD's have an option to brighten or darken the camera monitor. Why not lower the birhgtness to match your computer display?


tclune Feb 18, 2006 9:20 AM

Does your camera have a histogram option? If so, this may help you determine more objectively whether you are using the full dynamic range of the camera in your shot. I would be wary of changing the LCD brightness to match a given display's characteristics unless you have calibrated that display. Ground truth is more readily reflected in an accurate histogram (but some cameras have such a tiny and imprecise functionality for this that it is more decoration than diagnostic tool.)

JimC Feb 18, 2006 9:24 AM

DBB wrote:

Most camera LCD's have an option to brighten or darken the camera monitor. Why not lower the birhgtness to match your computer display?


I checked through the menus documented in our review, and in Jeff Keller's review ( before responding, and I didn't see a way to adjust LCD brightness with the A85.

It wouldn't hurt to dig through the manual in case it was missed in reviews. But, I couldn't find it in any of the record, playback or setup screens that Steve and Jeff documented.

BowerR64 Feb 18, 2006 3:47 PM

Thats the same problem i have with all my canons. Im glad im not the only one. I complained about this on the canon forums and didnt really get much of a reply. I think its jsut somthing you have to adjust to the LCD if you use it as a guide.

I find the histogram on the canons to be the sameway. They seem to show a little over exposed on the histogram but come out ok.

lastdodobird Feb 18, 2006 6:02 PM


Well I'm glad to hear that this is a common problem and thatit might be fixed by playing with the settings - either of the camera or the monitor.

and thanks for the links JimC!

BowerR64 Feb 18, 2006 10:44 PM

When i compare the brightness of everyone else pictures and i see their color mine are always darker. Only when i use the canons though. Other cameras i have i can control the LCD brightness.

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