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Image parameters

By modern digital SLR standards the S3 Pro's range of image parameter adjustment is fairly limited, three levels for each of color saturation, tone (contrast) and sharpness provides some customization but not the subtle adjustment some photographers may be looking for. Sharpness is a good example of this, there's no 'just less than standard' option, only Off.

Image parameter adjustments

  • Color: Standard, High, Original, Black & White
  • Tone: Standard, Hard, Original
  • Sharpness: Standard, Hard, Off

Color saturation adjustment

Saturation adjustment allows you to control the strength of color in the final image. Most people consider the S3 Pro's standard output to be fairly saturated, in this case the Original setting would be a good choice, at least that way you won't lose any color detail to clipping and you can always increase saturation later in post-processing.

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Contrast adjustment

Adjusting the tone alters the shape of the 'S 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.

  Contrast Luminosity histogram
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Sharpness

The S3 Pro's Standard sharpening setting is already fairly strong and can exhibit some halo artifacts as can be seen around the 'Heuer' logo below. The Off setting is very soft, it would have been nice to have an option somewhere between Standard and Off. The crops below are from six megapixel images.

Sharpness: Standard
Sharpness: Hard
Sharpness: Off
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