Originally Posted by lipcrkr
For those of you who have the 732 series or 831 series how are you utilizing the Dark Detailer? Is there something in the settings that the 731 doesn't have? I'm still trying to figure out what you can do manually to bring out more shadow details in dark scenes that you are unable to do on the 731. There are no 732's or 831's to look at in the whole state of california.
Firstly, I saw both a 73732 and a 65732 yesterday in the SF Bay Area. So there are a few of those in California. 831s are another matter, there may well be none here in California yet.
The Dark Detailer, if present in the set at all, is always on. Unlike the Sony auto iris, I never caught it stepping the light intensity up or down, although I looked for it.
The Deep Field Imager, on the other hand, can be turned on and off. There is a also a Demo setting, where one half the screen shows the effect of the Deep Field Imager, and the other half does not. I spent considerable time in that mode, in order to evaluate the effect of the Deep Field Imager. I recommend having it on.
There are three auto-iris settings: Natural, Bright and Brilliant. Each lets you independently set the contrast, brightness, color intensity and color temperature (if I remember correctly--could someone who owns a 732 or 831 verify that list?) I believe all the other options are global across the three auto-iris settings. This makes it easy to configure Brilliant for bright sunlight, Bright for bright room lighting, and Natural for dim or no light situations, since all three iris modes are equally configurable (unlike the Sony Vivid/Standard/Custom triad.)