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Software (contd.) - RAW conversion

RAW Resolution

While the absolute resolution results from JPEG, Olympus Master (RAW) and Olympus Studio (in High Speed mode, not shown here) were virtually identical with the same moire artifacts. The default result from Adobe Camera RAW and Olympus Studio (in High Function mode with False Color Suppression) were very similar, noticeably better detail with no moire artifacts.

JPEG from camera Olympus Master 1.11
Olympus Studio 1.2, HF Adobe Camera RAW (25)

RAW Noise reduction

Olympus Master doesn't appear to apply any sort of noise reduction when converting high sensitivity images. Olympus Studio does reduce the color noise but doesn't appear to operate on luminance noise and in fact enhances it considerably. By default Adobe Camera RAW will apply a little but you can increase this. We got better results from Adobe Camera RAW with the settings below with ISO 1600 images.

  • Image: ISO 1600, 1/10 sec, F5.6, RAW
  • Olympus Master 1.11: Default settings
  • Olympus Studio 1.2: High Function , Noise Cancellation 10 (Max)
  • Adobe Camera RAW: Sharpness 40, Luminance Smoothing 40, Color Noise Reduction 60
Olympus Master 1.11
Olympus Studio 1.2 (High Function, with Noise Reduction)
Adobe Camera RAW (with Noise Reduction)
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The Olympus E-300 functions far more like a DSLR in terms of shot to shot recording rate, but still a bit slow when contrasted with Canon and Nikon’s sub-$1,000 offerings. The E-300 will capture subsequent images with just .59 seconds between. This remains slightly behind the XT’s .33 seconds and the D70’s .35 seconds recording rate, but still far beyond most compact models.

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