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Image parameters: Color matrix

Color matrix has a total of seven settings, five presets and two user definable custom matrices (any combination of color space, saturation and color tone). Note that images taken in the Adobe RGB color space have their filename prefixed with an underscore (_) this complies with DCF 2.0 (Exif 2.21). The five preset matrices combinations are show in the table below.

Color matrix presets

Color matrix Color space Saturation Color tone
1 Standard sRGB Standard 0
2 Portrait sRGB Standard -2
3 High Saturation sRGB High 0
4 Adobe RGB Adobe RGB Standard 0
5 Low Saturation sRGB Low 0

GretagMacBeth ColorChecker color matrix preset samples

Place your mouse over the labels below the image to see the GretagMacbeth ColorChecker chart taken in each color matrix preset.

Settings: ISO 100, Canon EF 24-70 mm F2.8L, Parameters: Standard

1 Std 2 Portrait 3 High Sat 4 Adobe RGB 5 Low Sat

* Note that the Adobe RGB image has been converted to the sRGB color space for correct display in your web browser.

Color matrix: Color space

Note that in these samples the Adobe RGB image has not been converted to sRGB and so to view it correctly you will have to load it into a color space aware photo application and assign the Adobe RGB color space. Below each sample is that image's CIE u'v' Color Distribution chart; larger gray triangle approximately represents the range of color which the human eye can resolve, the inner triangle the available gamut in each color space (sRGB or Adobe RGB).

Settings: Settings: ISO 200, Canon EF 24-70 mm F2.8L, Parameters: Standard

1 Standard (sRGB) 4 Adobe RGB

Color matrix: Custom saturation

Saturation adjustment allows you to control the strength of color in the final image. As you can see in the sample below although the Mark II provides a five level adjustment of this parameter the actual effect on color saturation is quite subtle.

Settings: Settings: ISO 200, Canon EF 24-70 mm F2.8L, Parameters: Shp+2

  Saturation 100% crop
-2
0
+2

Color matrix: Custom color tone

Color tone subtly adjusts the hue of the image, a negative setting makes color appear more reddish, a positive setting makes color appear more yellowish.

Settings: Settings: ISO 200, Canon EF 24-70 mm F2.8L, Parameters: Shp+2

  Color tone 100% crop
-2
0
+2
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