Image parameters (contd.)

Color saturation adjustment

Saturation adjustment allows you to control the strength of color in the final image. As you can see from the crops below the latitude of adjustment is quite strong. If you prefer your color a little stronger out of the camera the +1 setting works well without over-saturating. (Picture mode Natural used for these samples).

  Saturation 50% crop


We used the E-500's "Natural" picture mode for these samples so treat the 'Default' as slightly lower sharpening than you would get in Vivid mode. If you prefer your images a little sharper out of the camera you can always use a +1 setting (although be aware of which picture mode you're in). Increasing sharpness also increases the visibility of jagged artifacts around highlights.

Sharpness: -2
Sharpness: -1
Sharpness: 0 (default)
Sharpness: +1
Sharpness: +2

Black & White mode

In-camera black and white mode with selectable color filters is a new feature to Olympus, we have seen it on other brands previously. In Black and White (or 'Monotone') mode you can select both the B&W filter and tone effect in addition to contrast and sharpness. The sample below was produced from a single RAW file converted by the camera's "Edit" mode to produce JPEG's with different B&W filter effects (this would be the same as multiple separate shots in different B&W modes). Obviously in addition you can also add toning to these filters. Place your mouse over the label below the chart to see that image. Typically Red filters work well with blue skies and as you can see here the Green filter works well with strawberries!

Color B&W: