Nikon Nikon 1 AW1 Reference Manual (en)

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Active D-Lighting preserves details in highlights and shadows
for natural contrast.  Use with high contrast scenes such as a
brightly lit outdoor view framed in a door or window or a sub-
jects in the shade on a sunny day. It is most effective when used
with Matrix metering (
Active D-Lighting
Active D-Lighting: Off
Active D-Lighting: 
Y On
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Active D-Lighting
Noise (randomly-spaced bright pixels, fog, or lines) may appear in pho-
tographs taken with Active D-Lighting.  Uneven shading may be visible
with some subjects.
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“Active D-Lighting” Versus “D-Lighting”
The Active D-Lighting option in the shooting menu adjusts exposure
before shooting to optimize the dynamic range, while the D-Lighting
option in the playback menu (
0 147) brightens shadows in images
after shooting.