|Nikon Coolpix 5000 Firmware 1.7
Besides having resolved the low light low contrast AF
problem, greatly shortening shutter lag, and providing RAW, firmware
1.7 has reduced the clipped highlight problem making EV and contrast
reductions less necessary.
However, in certain cases now a +0.3 EV is needed to avoid clipped
shadows, but less frequently than the -0.3 EV in firmware 1.6 (which
you needed in almost every outdoor shot). And usually it is easier
to pull out shadow detail than highlight detail, so the tendency
of 1.7 to shift the histogram more to the left is a good thing.
Clearly, the "characteristic curve", or the way the images
are processed between RAW and Jpeg has changed from 1.6 to 1.7.
I am waiting for the Nikon software to evaluate the RAW images shot
at the same scene. Aplogies for the ***very*** dull shots in this
test. I only had a 1.6 available for a short while at this dull
scene. Images have not been edited.