The P700 provides five levels of adjustment for each of the sharpness, saturation and contrast image parameters. This is notably better than some of the competition and provides the photographer with a finer level of adjustment to optimize the look of the image to their taste or output destination.
Image parameter adjustments
- Contrast: -2, -1, 0, +1, +2
- Saturation: -2, -1, 0, +1, +2
- Sharpness: -2, -1, 0, +1, +2
Adjusting the tone alters the shape of the curve used to map the linear image data captured by the sensor into the correct gamma. A lower contrast setting maintains more of the original data's dynamic range but leads to a flatter looking image. A higher contrast setting stretches the grayscale (dark to light) of the image and could lead to clipping of both shadow detail and highlights.
Saturation adjustment allows you to control the strength of color in the final image.
The P700's default sharpening level is actually quite a bit more conservative than most, it has almost no visible halo artifacts but can also appear slightly soft. A setting of +1 will give better out-of-camera sharpness with only minimal halo's.