Image parameters (contd.)

Contrast

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. The E-30 doesn't really provide very much latitude of adjustment here (the difference is enough to tweak an image but not to create an exaggerated, 'creative' result).

  Thumbnail Luminosity histogram
-2
-1
0
+1
+2

Saturation

Saturation adjustment allows you to control the strength of color in the final image. If you prefer your color a little stronger out of the camera the +1 setting works well without over-saturating. Again the range of difference between -2 and +2 stays within practical range but fights shy of allowing the images to wander into 'special effects' territory.

  Thumbnail 25% crop
-2
0
+2