Olympus E-420 Review
The E-420 allows you to change image sharpening, contrast and color saturation each of which have five levels of adjustment. You can also select between sRGB or Adobe RGB output color space. Additionally the E-420 features Picture Mode preset image parameters.
Image parameter adjustments
- Picture Mode (presets): Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone
- Gradation: Auto, Low Key, Normal, High Key
- Noise Filter: Off, Low, Standard, High
- Image adjustments (color Picture Modes)
- Contrast: -2, -1, 0, +1, +2
- Saturation: -2, -1, 0, +1, +2
- Sharpness: -2, -1, 0, +1, +2
- Image adjustments (Monotone Picture Mode)
- Contrast: -2, -1, 0, +1, +2
- Sharpness: -2, -1, 0, +1, +2
- B&W filter: Neutral, Yellow, Orange, Red, Green
- Picture tone: Neutral, Sepia, Blue, Purple, Green
- Color space: sRGB, Adobe RGB
Like its predecessors the E-420 features 'Picture Modes'. These adjustments apply very slightly different levels of contrast, saturation and sharpness and obviously the same results can be achieved by altering these parameters directly instead of using a picture mode.
Below are samples of our test scene taken in each of the Picture Mode presets, we've also included a 100% crop from each image so you can see the sharpness level of each preset.
We used the E-420's Natural Picture Mode for these samples so treat the 'Default' as slightly lower sharpening than you would get in Vivid mode (which applies a tad more sharpening). If you prefer your images a little sharper out of the camera you can always use a +1 or +2 setting (although be aware of which picture mode you're in). You can clearly see the difference between the highest and lowest sharpening setting but even at +2 the output does not appear oversharpened as the E-420 doesn't exhibit any of the jagged artifacts around highlights which we have seen in some earlier models.
Note that the impact of the noise filter on the E-420 is much more subtle than it was on the E-410 and therefore only has a marginal impact on overall sharpness. We examine the noise filter setting in more detail on the next page.
|Sharpness: 0 (default)|
- 17 Photographic tests (Noise)
- 18 Photographic tests (DR)
- 19 Photographic tests
- 20 Compared to
- 21 Compared to (JPEG)
- 22 Compared to (JPEG)
- 23 Compared to (JPEG)
- 24 Compared to (JPEG)
- 25 Compared to (RAW)
- 26 Compared to (RAW)
- 27 Compared to (RAW)
- 28 Compared to (Higher ISO)
- 29 Compared to (Resolution)
- 30 Conclusion
- 31 Samples
|Douaumont Ossuary by Eric 54-BNF|
from Armistice Day
|Silhouette at sunset by Jill Hancock|
from Portrait Lens (around 80mm or equivalent - please check the full rules)
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