HS50 settings

Started Mar 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
Wellington100 Forum Pro • Posts: 11,732
Re: HS50 settings

jcmarfilph wrote:

Wellington100 wrote:

I came up with an outdoor daylight Black and White setting for EXR cameras which is:

S/N mode, ISO100, B&W, -1EV and lift the shadows in PP to bring out the tones that you want.

Try it on the HS50 in strong sunlight especially and I bet you will get both great contrast and as much tone in PP as you can handle.

I shoot this in jpeg on my F300 and even then it works very well I think.

Since you've done tremendous amount of PP in JPEG, why not do it in RAW? See my samples above, upsampled M size cannot match the LSize in resolution. DR difference is almost nil and is only visible if you will pull down the highlight and lift the shadows. Again I can do it easily with L size too and much better in RAW.

Well my F300 is pre RAW it has the old jpeg only firmware.

In my head I know I should be using RAW with my cameras but my jpegs are good enough for my screen needs but for quality stuff I intend to try soon, I will go FF Nikon and RAW I guess

jcmarfilph wrote:

So I recently acquired my HS50 and have been playing around with its settings (I missed the quickie buttons) and I am somehow adjusting to Q button and menus of this cam.

With my first outing with the cam (see Red alert... red alert!) I did use the same settings I have for my HS30. Note that there maybe some slight changes as I progress with this cam.

I normally shoot wildlife so here I am using C-Mode with these settings:

Static/Semi Static critters

C-Mode set to Aperture-Priority (Go to Aperture Priority mode then save to C-Settings)

ISO = Auto 400 (shoot first on this then if the critter stays shoot on lower-ISO)
DR = Auto
EV = -0.33 now at 0.

Aperture = F/2.8 (it will become f/5.6 on the long end automatically and vice-versa)
Image Size = L 4:3 RAW
Image Quality = Fine
Film Simulation = Velvia/Vivid
File format = RAW+JPEG
Noise Reduction = Low
Intelligent Sharpness = Off
Face Detection = Off
Face Recognition = Off

Image Stabilization Mode = Continuous IS
AF Illuminator = On
EVF/LCD Mode = 50 60 fps now.
Quick Start Mode Power Saving - High Performance Mode = On

Continuous Shot Mode at 5 frames/s

Photometry(Metering) = Spot
White Balance = Auto
AF-Mode = Center
Focusing = AF-Single

LCD on Best Framing (RO3 guide)

For Bird-in-flight or other flying critter

Shutter-Priority Mode

Shutter speed = 1/1000s

Focusing = Continuous

For Macro

Aperture or Program Mode

Flash ON for insects and other critters under shade

To achieve Maximum magnification/Shallow DOF set the focal length to 150-160mm TBD (EFL) and lens at 3-5 TBD inches away

For Low-light

EXR-SN or PAS mode

ISO=Auto ISO1600
Image Size = M 4:3
DR = DR100
Film Simulation = Standard
Noise Reduction=Low

For General purpose type of shooting like events

Program Mode

ISO=Auto ISO400
Image Size = M 4:3
DR = DR400
Film Simulation = Standard
Noise Reduction=Low


  • If you want extra resolution shoot in L-Size and set DR to Auto, File-type to RAW and PP it. After careful post-processing, resize it down to 50-75% (depending on the quality of the shot).

  • I am using Silkypix to PP my RAW files but sometimes especially on macro mode, JPEG is more than enough.

Here is screenie of my default SilkyPix settings

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