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Image parameters

The DSC-V3 provides just three levels of adjustment (-1 to +1) for each of the contrast, saturation and sharpness image parameters. I'll give Sony the same berating as I've given to other manufacturers who offer such a limited range of adjustment, you need to do better! This amount of adjustment equates to a token gesture and doesn't really provide the photographer with any useful level of adjustment.

Image parameter adjustments

  • Contrast: -, 0, +
  • Saturation: -, 0, +
  • Sharpness: -, 0, +

Contrast

Adjusting the tone alters the shape of the 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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0

+

Saturation

Saturation adjustment allows you to control the strength of color in the final image.

  Saturation 100% Crop
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0
+

Sharpness

You can reduce sharpnening halos by setting the camera's sharpness parameter to the '-' setting, however that also impacts on the level of detail delivered which can in the case of the V3 be fairly difficult to recover in post-processing.

Sharpness: -
Sharpness: 0
Sharpness: +
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