i was flipping through this article as to discourage buying a cheap s5 pro a friend is unloading and stumbled upon his rather interesting quip about lower end DSLRs.
and i quote:
"The D40 looks best because it's designed for snapshooters and aims for the shadows in crappy light, and its default automatic contrast control increases its dynamic range automatically.
The D200 also lowers its contrast automatically (increasing dynamic range) to attempt to accommodate crappy light like this. The D200's meter presumes you're a better photographer than this and, expecting you're doing this deliberately, gives less exposure to aim for a more balanced exposure between highlight and shadow."
i'm wondering if this "feature" is in the metering in all entry-level DSLRs as i am finding my 1000D high contrast low/bright images to always be brighter in the shadows with blown highlights when i attempt to recreate this...
in other words are there more safety nets like this you cannot disable on an entry level DSLR that get in the way of shooting.