I’ve decided to break my D7000 vs 7D ambient exposure evaluation into separate articles/videos. First up is the age-old question, “Does the Nikon D7000 overexpose?” Well, age-old in terms of internet time anyway. There’s been lots of people complaining about this online, particularly for bright outdoor scenes, and many have blindingly-bright, flat, and washed-out photos to show for their troubles.
Some people agree with them. Some don’t. Some even tell these hapless photogs they don’t know how to use their camera, a response I’ve always found curious considering that the whole idea behind an evaluative/matrix metering system is to fully automate exposure decisions in as many situations as possible. It seems to me that landing short of this goal should be regarded as a shortfall in design rather than something the user is doing wrong. That’s not to say it’s reasonable to expect an AE system to nail exposure for every conceivable scene, particularly scenes where the dynamic range exceeds the camera’s abilities or when “proper” exposure is more of a subjective judgment call (those two are one in the same for many cases). But how about something simple, like a medium-contrast landscape? (simple, eh?)
In part one of this three part video, I start with a discussion of the basic methodology I used for comparing the exposure systems between the Canon 7D and Nikon D7000. Part two dives right into the overexposure issue, using differential analysis of some landscape photos taken with both cameras. I finish up with part three, an old-fashioned snow fight!
Part 1 (Introduction/Methodology)
Part 2 (D7000 Overexposure?)
Part 3 (Snow Fight)