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Image quality issue with Minolta DiMAGE 7

by CobraBob / June 2, 2005 2:56 AM PDT

I've had my DiMAGE 7 digital camera for about two years now. Overall I have like it but have to say I haven't been overjoyed with the quality of the pictures. I find that they tend to display more reds than blues or the blues are washed out. I took a couple of pics recently during a nice sunny day and the sky is a washed out blue with little detail. But I saw pics from a Canon A80 which are far superior to mine. I recently updated the camera software in the hope that it would help but it didn't. Any comments or help would be appreciated. I may consider buying another camera (in the $300-400 range) but don't want to if it isn't necessary.

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Have you tried using it's white balance feature?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 2, 2005 3:11 AM PDT
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I'm a point and shoot type. LOL!
by CobraBob / June 2, 2005 3:20 AM PDT

No, I'm strictly a point and shoot type. It just seems that the pics using simple point and shoot just don't come close to other cameras as far as color and brightness.

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There are many out there...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 2, 2005 3:40 AM PDT
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Dimage 7
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / June 2, 2005 7:07 AM PDT

Before you decide to trash the camera, I suggest you use the "Exposure Compensation" feature on the camera.

http://www.dpreview.com/learn/?/key=exposure%20compensation

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Using a good photo software program can also do wonders for many photos.

I use Adobe PhotoShop Elements 3

The software gives you control over:
Lighting, color and Brightness/contrast.
And there are several Automatic Enhance features.

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The sky will wash out if you focus on something darker. The
by Kiddpeat / June 2, 2005 12:34 PM PDT

camera will adjust to the darker object by lightening the picture which washes out the sky. You may need to take two pictures. One as you do now. A second focused on the sky. These two can be put together (composited) in an image editing program. Most cameras will do what you are describing.

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I understand about focusing on a darker subject but.....
by CobraBob / June 3, 2005 7:11 AM PDT

I understand about what happens when you focus on a darker subject, but my issue happens when the subject is light or dark. Thanks for your help.

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