questionsdo you think built-in hdr is important in a…

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Not important if you shoot RAW, right? You can always edit the dynamic range post-production on a large monitor.

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@cengland0: Not true. Even shooting in RAW, HDR bracketing can give you a wider dynamic range. You take one picture in a shorter exposure, one in medium, and one at longer exposure as a minimum. When you combine to HDR you get more dynamic range than you can get in just one exposure. If you use just one exposure, your highlights might get blown out or your shadows might be too muddy. RAW only gives you a slightly wider gamut and maybe a higher bit depth. It does not give you multiple exposure times to work with.

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My mobile phone does HDR. If your new camera doesn't, then you don't know what you're doing.

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Built-in HDR exposure bracketing would be nice, but I don't want the camera doing my tone mapping unless it's got a chip designed for it by one of the good quality professional software makers. Even then, I'd much rather have it done by the computer - the software can be updated pretty easily on a computer, and even the HDR process fails completely I'll have at least three images I might be able to chop into something useful. And actually most cameras do in fact have built-in exposure bracketing buried somewhere in a menu - even my sister's older point-and-shoot does.

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built in HDR processing - gimmicky and useless, like the built in tilt-shift mechanisms a lot of newer cams have. kind of like the auto panorama mode that was all the rage a few years ago. after taking about 5 shots you yawn and get back to taking real pictures.

now taking the hdr processing out of the equation, and focusing on a built in ability to quickly take bracketed shots and define exposure ranges - i consider that important, and not necessarily for HDR... it's very useful in post processing for correcting, as well.

Well done HDR processed images are great. Unfortunately most of it is not well done, and the effect becomes cheap, blown out, and gimmicky - just like tilt-shift.

the really good uses of HDR processing are a lot like a teenager with makeup - where you have to explain to them that the goal is to not look like you're wearing it. Excellent HDR enhances, and does not become the focus of a photograph. Dramatic HDR is nice for art photography, but gets over-used.