Histogram display

A histogram shows the luminance distribution, displaying how many pixels there are by luminance.

To display the histogram on the shooting screen or playback screen, press the DISP (Display Setting) button repeatedly.

How to read the histogram

The histogram indicates darker values toward the left and brighter values toward the right.

The histogram changes depending on the exposure compensation.

A peak at the right or left end of the histogram indicates that the image has an overexposed or underexposed area, respectively. You cannot correct such defects using a computer after shooting. Perform exposure compensation before shooting as necessary.

Illustration of a histogram indicating pixel count and brightness

(A): Pixel count

(B): Brightness


  • The information in the histogram display does not indicate the final photograph. It is information about image displayed on the screen. The final result depends on the aperture value, etc.
  • The histogram display is extremely different between shooting and playback in the following cases:
    • When the flash is used
    • When shooting a low luminance subject such as a night scene