Gordon Laing wrote:
Hi plevyadophy, welcome on-board. I believe you're right concerning the way IE works by judging the scene, but I'd say our church shot has significant areas of backlighting and also shadow portions, so I'd personally want to see shots like these being compensated.
I agree it is possible to trick the system into working more if you point it at the right subjects, but I prefer to test these things out on more typical scenes to see how it handles them - that's our policy here: a bias towards real-life tests rather than studio-based tests.
Be great to see your own example showing it in action though. We prefer not to link to dpreview here because they aggressively block cameralabs on their forum.
And thanks for the welcome.
Whilst I can well understand your reasoning, I think the problem with what you have done with the G1 is given the impression that the iEx (Intelligent Exposure) doesn't work at all (it's certainly how I read it).
I think it would have been better if you had provided a variety of images under a variety of circumstances so that readers can see the situations in which it DOES work and the situations in which it fails. It's particularly interesting to note, as I said earlier, that sometimes you have to shift your composition by just a few centimetres or millimetres for the camera to assess the scene as being one in need of iEx.
Here's two test images to show the differences:
Image 01 -
(Program Mode (f4.6,1/125s), 200mm (35mm equiv), AUTO ISO (ISO 400), AWB, Multi Metering, iEX=Off)
Image 02 -
(Program Mode (f4.6,1/125s), 200mm (35mm equiv), AUTO ISO (ISO 640), AWB, Multi Metering, iEX=High)