Look profiles

The DCS-14n has two different 'Look' profiles in-camera, these are Product (normal contrast) and Portrait (less contrast, more shadow detail). These are the only profiles you can have for in-camera JPEG images (which is a shame, it would have been nice if you could upload custom profiles into the camera, or place them on the CF card). If you shoot RAW you can change the Look at the time of conversion, in addition to the Product and Portrait profiles there is also an optional Look pack available from Kodak which provides an additional ten profiles (including B&W and Sepia), these can only be applied to RAW images. Below you can see the same shot (JPEG 3.4mp) taken with each Look profile, along with a histogram.

Settings: ISO 80, Nikkor 28-70 mm F2.8D, Normal NR, Low SHP

Product Look Portrait Look


There are four in-camera sharpening settings, for RAW images the setting is simply recorded in the image file header (there are far more sharpening options available in Photo Desk for RAW images). For JPEG images these are of course applied at the time of writing, my preference being Low.

Settings: ISO 80, Nikkor 28-70 mm F2.8D, Normal NR, Product Look


Noise Reduction

The DCS-14n provides two levels of noise reduction in-camera, these are 'Normal' and 'Strong'. It is perhaps a sign of the 14n's underlying noise issue that Kodak don't offer a 'Low' or 'None' setting for Noise Reduction. The noise reduction system employed by Kodak delivers washy 'watercolor painting-like' images with clear artifacts and a patchy improvement. The images below were taken in low light. (See the second page of the Software section for how in-camera noise reduction compares to RAW files converted in Photo Desk).

Settings: ISO 400, Nikkor 28-70 mm F2.8D, Low SHP, Product Look, (Exp: 1/6 sec, F11)

Normal Strong