DYNAMIC RANGE DEFINITION

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For cameras, dynamic range is what determines how much detail one can capture within an image. It is measured in f/stops or t/stops. The wider the range in stops, the greater the range. A high dynamic range typically means that more detail in both highlights and shadows can be captured.

How is the dynamic range of a camera measured?

The most commonly used unit for measuring dynamic range in digital cameras is the f-stop, which describes total light range by powers of 2. A contrast ratio of 1024:1 could therefore also be described as having a dynamic range of 10 f-stops (since 210 = 1024).

What is a good dynamic range?

For most tracks, it’s best to shoot for a Loudness Range of -4 to -8 LU and a Dynamic Range above 6DR. This ensures that your mix will be loud enough to hear clearly on any system and dynamic enough to prevent unwanted audio distortion. However, these ranges can vary depending on the genre

Why is dynamic range important in cameras?

Cameras with lower ranges often let shadows fall to pure black and/or highlights to be blown out and lost completely. A higher range is much better at retaining detail and information in both highlights and shadows. Why is this important? A higher range means more detail.

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