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Image parameters

The E-3 allows you to change image sharpening, contrast and color saturation, each of which have five levels of adjustment. You can also select between sRGB or Adobe RGB output color space. Additionally the E-3 features Picture Mode preset image parameters.

Image parameter adjustments

  • Picture Mode (presets): Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone
  • Gradation: Low Key, Normal, High Key
  • Noise Filter: Off, Low, Standard, High
  • Image adjustments (color Picture Modes)
    • Contrast: -2, -1, 0, +1, +2
    • Saturation: -2, -1, 0, +1, +2
    • Sharpness: -2, -1, 0, +1, +2
  • Image adjustments (Monotone Picture Mode)
    • Contrast: -2, -1, 0, +1, +2
    • Sharpness: -2, -1, 0, +1, +2
    • B&W filter: Neutral, Yellow, Orange, Red, Green
    • Monotone tint: Neutral, Sepia, Blue, Purple, Green
  • Color space: sRGB, Adobe RGB

Picture Modes

As with the cameras that came before it, the E-3 features 'Picture Modes'. These modes apply very slightly different levels of contrast, saturation and sharpness. The table below describes the relative difference between each mode (this isn't documented).

  Contrast Saturation Sharpness
Vivid 0 +1 0
Natural 0 0 -1
Muted -1 0 -1
Portrait 0 0 -1
Monotone 0 n/a 0

Below are samples of our test scene taken in each of the Picture Mode presets, we've also included a 100% crop from each image so you can see the sharpness level of each preset.

  Thumbnail 100% crop
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Sharpness

We used the E-3's Natural Picture Mode for these samples so treat the 'Default' as slightly lower sharpening than you would get in Vivid mode (which appears to be a step higher). If you prefer your images a little sharper out of the camera you can always use a +1 or even +2 setting (although be aware of which picture mode you're in). Or you could shoot raw and do your own sharpening (which will produce the best results). Note that the big issue we had with the E-410 and E-510 (whereby the noise filter setting had a HEAVY effect on sharpness even at low ISO settings) has disappeared with the E-3.

Sharpness: -2
Sharpness: -1
Sharpness: 0 (default)
Sharpness: +1
Sharpness: +2
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