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Image parameters

The E-30, in common with most Olympus DSLRs allows a large degree of adjustment to the parameters of the JPEGs it outputs. There are four color presets that each give distinctly different results without any of them straying over into cartoonish over-saturation or unremarkable blandness.

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

The E-30 features 'Picture Modes' - Olympus's image processing presets. These modes apply very slightly different levels of contrast, saturation and sharpness. The table below describes the relative difference between each mode (these underlying settings are not reported in the camera or EXIF data).

  Contrast Saturation Sharpness
Vivid 0 + 0
Natural 0 0
Muted 0
Portrait 0 0
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. From these start points it's possible to push the sharpening, saturation and contrast up and down.

  Thumbnail 100% crop
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Sharpness

We use the pleasantly balanced 'Natural' Picture Mode, which uses a sensible amount of sharpening at its default setting. From this starting point, sharpening can be increased or decreased in four steps, without the image becoming too woolly or artefact-afflicted.

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