I'll also try some different shots with the HDR mode, although if you have to specifically meter highlight areas for successful results, it's hardly the beginner-friendly mode it's aiming to be. While it's a useful tip, the fact there's no mention of this approach in the manual either suggests it's a technique which goes beyond the scope of most review tests.
Fair point...and I agree, it's surprising Sony didn't think to put any information about this in their manual. Though their manuals have never been all that good anyway! I discovered this with the A550, and am making the assumption that the smaller cams are using the exact same type of blending algorithm, so concluding that the same advice would be apropos for them too.
That, and I have no idea if it could be nearly as effective as it is on the A550 in conditions so extreme, as the A550 gives the user control over the EV difference between exposures to as much as +/-3...I don't think 'auto' mode does as well, and since the compacts only have an auto mode, that much shadow/light difference may just be beyond the camera's ability to adjust for.[/quote]
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Sony A6000 / 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 / 55-210mm F4-6.3 / 10-18mm F4 / 35mm F1.8 / 16mm F2.8 / via manual adapter, lots of Pentax K mount, Konica K/AR mount, and Leica M mount manual lenses