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Over the last two days I’ve been thinking more about display “dimming zones,” and whether that’s something I’d need or want.
Not having a display on my desk with that feature means I can only speculate (perhaps with insufficient understanding and information), rather than experiment and come to a more concrete assesment.
So far, the short answer is no, not for the kind of photographs I like to make (rather than “take”), the post-processing I do, and how I make prints to hang (or put into book form) or display online. Certainly not with 12 dimming zones, and very likely not with 576 on the XDR.
I'm just not seeing the point, and can see situations where it would routinely interfere with post-processing/printing and get in the way of producing prints or online images.
Perhaps that display feature isn’t meant for photographers who post-process and print. In case I’m missing something, if anyone feels differently please weigh in and set me straight.
I have the 16" MacBook Pro with M1 Max. I can't remember how many dimming zones it has, but if memory serves it's more, relative to size, than anything you listed. However, it's very very far from the pixel count of the display. I must say that even while trying to stress it, I never really notice the zones. I think there's more going on than simply adjusting area-brightness of the backlight; Compensating pixels that shouldn't be affected by adjusting the LCD layer or something. But there's no odd luminance as far as I can see. That said I've only really tried video and moving content in the HDR space where it's not just flatly lit anyway