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LCD night display

Gaining up is a digital camera feature that causes the LCD screen to automatically become brighter in low light, making it easier to compose a subject in dark surrounds.

Some digital cameras have LCD screens that offer a night display. They automatically “gain up” when taking photos in dark surroundings.

Gaining up allows the screen to automatically become brighter to suit the brightness of the subject. As a result, the LCD is easier to see in low light.

Grainy and slow

However, when an LCD monitor gains up two things happen. The image on it appears grainy looking and the image moves in slow, jerky motion.

Nothing wrong with your camera

When new digital camera users see this for the first time they often think there is something wrong with their camera. There isn’t. The LCD will return to it’s normal state when room lighting becomes brighter.

It’s important to note that when an LCD is in night display mode, it does not accurately reflect the brightness or graininess of recorded images. To check for better accuracy, review images in play mode after they are taken.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.