(User’s Manual: Page 129, Reference Manual: Page 179)
Active D-Lighting is used to help control contrast in your images. Often, the range of light within a scene is broader than your camera’s sensor can fully capture.
Although the Z7 has excellent dynamic range, it is still possible for the range of light in some situations to exceed the range of the sensor’s light-capturing capability. Or, you may just want to have less image contrast.
The Z7 allows you to “D-Light” the image, bringing out additional shadow detail, or in other words, lower the image contrast. This extends the dynamic range by opening up the shadows and protecting the highlights. One of the downsides of using Active D-Lighting could be additional noise in shadow ...