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Old Jul 27, 2009, 11:36 PM   #1
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Default Image color quality question.

Is it the lens that makes for a more colorful picture or is it the camera? It seems like when i view a picture on my camera just after taking the shot it looks great. But after downloading it to my computor it lacks the same colors from when i viewed it on the camera. Why is this? I have a Hp computor in HD, so I know its not the screen quality. I always have to do a little editing it seems. Just wondering if this is normal.

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Old Jul 28, 2009, 6:50 AM   #2
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Is it the lens that makes for a more colorful picture or is it the camera?
Both (the lens can also impact color)

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It seems like when i view a picture on my camera just after taking the shot it looks great. But after downloading it to my computor it lacks the same colors from when i viewed it on the camera. Why is this? I have a Hp computor in HD, so I know its not the screen quality.
There are too many variables involved to know the answer. The LCD on the camera is probably not going to accurately display the full spectrum of colors. But, I would not assume your PC's screen has accurate colors either. Most LCDs use TN panels that are poor choices for image editing (poor color response/color gamut ability with poor viewing angles). You can read more about panel types here:

http://www.pchardwarehelp.com/guides...anel-types.php

You can look up the panel type for a monitor using this site's search feature:

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/panelsearch.htm

You may also need to calibrate your monitor for better results (and the lighting you're using it in can also impact color). Most monitors come set from the factory with their brightness and contrast set way too high, making it more difficult to judge images. TFT Central has a list of hardware calibrators on their reviews page if you want to calibrate your monitor. You may also find that this site can help with basic settings:

http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/

Also, if you're not using the sRGB color space for your images, you'll need to use a color managed editor to display the images properly on a monitor. For web posting, I'd stick with sRGB.

Here are a couple of good monitor review sites:

http://www.prad.de/en/monitore/reviews.html

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews.htm
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