Image parameters (contd.)

Color saturation adjustment

Saturation adjustment allows you to control the strength of color in the final image. As noted when we reviewed the DMC-L1 the range of adjustments is almost ludicrously narrow; while there is some difference it's hardly enough to even justify having a saturation adjustment option.

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As you can see from the 100% crops below the DMC-L10's default sharpening is fairly conservative, and the JPEG output looks pretty soft. If you prefer a slightly sharper image out of the camera you can safely turn it up to +1 or +2 without seeing anything in the way of artefacts. This is mainly because, like the other parameters, the difference between the five steps is minimal and cannot counteract the softness introduced by the noise reduction (or whatever it is that Panasonic's doing to the images to rob them of the detail being delivered by the sensor). I'd shoot raw.

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

Noise reduction

We've covered the effects of the noise reduction settings on higher ISO shots elsewhere but (given our recent experiences with Olympus DLSRs) we thought we'd better check to see if there were any significant effects on detail or sharpness at base ISO. There aren't, though there is inevitably a slight softening of very fine low contrast detail on the watch face at the strongest setting, and there is possibly slight more detail in the -2 shot (it's certainly worth turning the NR down for ISO 100 shots if you want to guarantee yourself the most detailed JPEGs possible). Part of the reason you can't see any difference ist hat we suspect even the -2 setting is quite high (which would explain the soft JPEGs).

Noise reduction -2
Noise reduction 0 (default)
Noise reduction +2