Exposure Meter In Viewfinder

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  1. Warhorse

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    I am trying to wean myself off auto settings on my D5600, and use manual setting more. The problem I am having is that I cannot see the exposure meter in the viewfinder outside in the daylight. I can see it on the LCD screen, but not in the viewfinder. Am I doing something wrong, or is it just not possible on this camera?


     
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    I wear glasses, and for me, I have to adjust the view finder/eye alignment a tiny bit to see the lower bar better.
     
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    Google said this, but the manual says it'll always be there:

    also, it's probably there but being obscured by the crummy viewfinder window.
     
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    Did you inadvertently remove it from your view preferences?
     
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    It is there on an extremely cloudy day, barely useable. Nonexistent on a sunny day.
     
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    Indoors, on full manual in a well lit room?
     
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    I can see it fine then.
     
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    maybe my quoted txt is accurate then. I looked at the D5600 manual and it says it's always there unless Bulb or Time is selected as the SS.
     
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    I wonder if the exposure meter in the viewfinder of a D7200-D7500 or a D500 is more easily seen?
     
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    My Canon 5D had the same problem. On bright sunny days the viewfinder meter display was basically invisible, but indoors or on dark days it was readable. This has been a problem for several camera designs- viewfinder meter readouts which are inadequately bright to overcome ambient light entering the eyepiece of the camera. I remember one day at the beach the viewfinder display in my Canon 5D was basically un-seeable, but the viewfinder readout LED's in Majeed's 60D were easily viewable.
     
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    Back in the old days I had a Canon F1N, it had a window that illuminated the exposure window. Of course that was a mechanical ring and needle.
     
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    I would try auto ISO in manual mode with your Nikon D5600.
     

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