I made some HDR images with the Canon D800, and it seems that they are cropped relative to an image made without HDR (same view, shot from the same place).

Does anyone have experience with this function on this model - have you noticed if it seems to crop the image? Thanks for your info!


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Right, well, I should have looked in the manual first, where it does say that the image area is smaller than when captured in normal mode. I might leave the question up, though, as it is a rather odd characteristic and might be useful to know for those intending to use in-camera HDR.

(In the German version, it is on page 102, as a tip marked with a ! -- what I'd love to know is why, as not all cameras do this with HDR.)

Just a quick update: One more thing I've noticed, which is that the preview in LiveView shows the shot with the same crop (at least it looks that way), so the user will likely get roughly the same composition as planned. So, it's not quite as inconvenient in terms of final product, as it seemed at first.

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    \$\begingroup\$ For what it's worth, Stack Exchange explicitly encourages self-answered questions. My only suggestion here would be to give a reference to the page number in the manual which helped you. \$\endgroup\$
    – Philip Kendall
    Jul 10, 2018 at 14:19
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    \$\begingroup\$ How much is the crop? If it's just a little bit (5% or so) I expect it's there to deal with shift and rotation which may be needed for alignment of the three different exposures. \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Jul 10, 2018 at 15:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ It doesn't make sense to me that a crop would be inherent. For example - if using a tripod - all 3 images would be perfectly aligned. Would the camera crop then? \$\endgroup\$
    – OnBreak.
    Jul 10, 2018 at 18:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Corey — but then people would be complaining about how all their images come out different sizes. If you want control, do it out-of-camera. \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Jul 10, 2018 at 19:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ Self-answered questions are fine, but I'm not sure asking follow up questions in said answer is optimal. \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    Jul 11, 2018 at 3:13

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