Everything looks great in the viewer and then I download the pix and they appear under exposed? I have no problem normally viewing on the PC but the version on the camera appear exactly as I want but the PC version always needs brighting. I use to shoot in mode "P" at a +1.0 and the pix appeared at the correct exposure. Am I the only one with this problem?
Two different technologies are involved. What you see on the LCD will never be exactly what you see on a monitor. I don't really bother much with the image on the LCD, I check the histogram and if it's OK, I know it will look fine on the monitor.
the screen on your camera is more of a guide than anything else, and you have to zoom in to really see how youve done for sharpness and blur etc. I would use the histogram or the blinking highlights as a guide on your camera too
(when youre looking at the photo, push up or down and go thru the different options til you find the histogram and blinking highlights, its very useful)
The only functions you should be using on the camera LCD to check exposure is the histogram and the highlights screen. You can zoom to check focus. Other than that, the appearance of the photo on that screen is largely irrelevent to what the photo looks like.
As said above, the brightness of the image on the camera's LCD and on a computer screen are independent of the brightness (exposure) of the image. Get the exposure right with the histograms (both luminance and filter effects in the Retouch menu), then adjust the camera LCD and computer monitor brightness (and contrast on the computer monitor) until they display those properly exposed images at the brightness level you like.
If you are shooting in Program mode with Exposure Compensation set to 0 and The Images are dark on your computer monitor only. I will bet that your computer monitor is out of calibration. If you calibrate your monitor the problem should be solved. The other possibility could be the meter in your camera may need recalibrating. This is very rarely the case. Therefore I will bet that your Monitor is out of calibration. There are varoius monitor calibrators on the market; including Spyder2PRO by ColorVision. Good Luck. Best Regards, Marty