FZ200 at the Farm Shop - 4 pics - and settings (Oh no, not settings . . . )

Started Apr 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
Mikedigi
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Re: FZ200 at the Farm Shop - 4 pics - and settings (Oh no, not settings . . . )
In reply to Ronomy, Apr 16, 2013

Ronomy wrote:

"Sharpness and surface detail are better with iRes On v iRes Off"

While most of the time this is true I find when noise starts to invade the image ires will ramp up noise reduction and smudge away detail more so than with it off.  Like you have seen in your images Mike the camera is inconsistant.  Sometimes you see ires off as more detail and sometimes its the other way around.  Thats why I keep flip flopping on my settings and confusing everybody I bet.

I've yet to see even modest Sharpness with iRes Off and the settings I used here.  It's as if my Sharpness is only iRes-Sharpness.

I'm leaving iRes On (iZoom setting) and forgetting about it.

Over all tho I do like using ires more than not using it and I agree that SH -1 seems to be the sweet spot with the FZ200 then just vary the noise reduction around that setting.  Add more if you like with higher ISO's for a cleaner image (less sharp too).  It would have been nice if Pansonic could issue a graph of how nosie reduction and sharpness are applied by ires.  Ires does randomly adjust sharpness and noise reduction and will change depending on what you are shooting.  Thats how its been looking in all my tests.

I'm leaving Sh on -1 and Nr on -2 and forgetting about it.  I've used that a lot and find it pretty consistent with very little "battle" between Sh and Nr.  Some grain in shadows sometimes, well, I'm not very interested in what's in shadows.

Where I got surface detail rub-out on that nice Pershore Abbey stonework in sunlight, it looks more like focus or shake to me.  In all this week's tests, at -1 Sh, -2 Nr, and all the other combinations, surface detail was significantly better with iRes On.

So that's me for a while . . . :

iRes On (iZoom setting),  Co 0,  Sa 0 (or +1 if I feel like it),  Sh -1,  Nr -2,  AWB Adjust 3 clicks left.

Standard Photo Style for bright contrasty scenes which need no cheering up.

Vivid for

a)  miserable scenes, shadowed subjects, if and when I want to cheer them up . . . or when I'm feeling like it.

b)  when I want a sharper, more detailed look, on products, birds' feathers, dogs, etc.

And avoid wide angle, big landscapes which bore me to tears anyway, and make my FZ200 unhappy.  Look for quirky landscape detail, less is more, the part suggests the whole, telemacro 6x-24x, and all that jazz . . .

Mike

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