OK, let me preface this by saying I know about zero about digital or other cameras. My entire experience with digital cameras is the old Sony Mavica FD 88 that saved to a floppy disc (which I"m now seriously regretting selling) and my camera phone.
I bought the new Kodak Easyshare V1003 a few weeks ago. It has a 30 day return policy, so I’m trying to work out if I should return it or not. Here’s my main issue:
It has a zillion different settings that you can do with it. Portraits, landscape, sunset light, etc. What my issue is is that when I look at the screen, line up the shot and push the shutter, what I get is hardly ever what I was just seeing. In regular daylight, no problem. I’m talking about lower level lighting, indoors, etc. When I use the camera on “auto”, I’m looking at the screen and lining up the shot. All looks good. I push the shutter (doing the two step method where you push halfway, then push the rest), the picture is taken, and it is usually significantly darker than what it looked like as I lined up the shot. WTF? I don’t particularly like flash shots indoors, as they tend to look washed out to me. My old Mavica had a “candle” setting on it where you chose that mode and it would add a little extra light to the shot. Point, click, and the shot is exactly what you were looking at. I don’t know how else to verbalize my issue.
I tried to explain this to my husband and he was like “Well, the camera has different settings for different situations, blah blah.” and I"m saying "that’s fine, but why- on Auto, do the pictures look significantly different than what I see on the screen? I actually discovered that in low light I can take a decent shot without flash by adjusting the “exposure composition” to +1.7, which gives a good shot, but again, the result is nothing like what I was looking at on the screen.
On my old Mavica, I could do all sorts of adjustments and whenever I changed modes or whatever, the screen would change with it and show you exactly what your shot would look like. Hell, same with my cell phone camera- you point, shoot, and whatever you were looking at from birthday candles on a cake in low light to a bird flying in the sky, that’s exactly what you got. I even tried a video tonight- it was kind of low light, but it looked OK on screen when I lined it up. Took the video? So dark you can hardly see anything. WTF??
Is there such a mode/change to obtain this same level of “what you see is what you get” with this or other digital cameras? The manual is very general and never addresses anything like this. I feel stupid but it seems like a camera that was $200 (not high end, I know) should work better than my crappy old cell phone cam or my 100 year old Mavica.
Can anyone shed some light (no pun intended. OK, maybe a little) on this for me? I’m particularly interested if anyone has ever used the Sony Mavica and gets what I mean by what you see is what you get with regards to how it works.