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Adjust image quality settings.


To display image quality settings, press MENU/OK in the shooting display and select the (IMAGE QUALITY SETTING) tab.

The options available vary with the shooting mode selected.

IMAGE SIZE

Choose the size and aspect ratio at which still pictures are recorded.

Option Image size
4 : 3 8256 × 6192
3 : 2 8256 × 5504
16 : 9 8256 × 4640
1 : 1 6192 × 6192
65 : 24 8256 × 3048
5 : 4 7744 × 6192
7 : 6 7232 × 6192
Option Image size
4 : 3 4000 × 3000
3 : 2 4000 × 2664
16 : 9 4000 × 2248
1 : 1 2992 × 2992
65 : 24 4000 × 1480
5 : 4 3744 × 3000
7 : 6 3504 × 3000

IMAGE SIZE is not reset when the camera is turned off or another shooting mode is selected.

IMAGE QUALITY

Choose a file format and compression ratio. Select SUPER FINE (minimum compression), FINE (low compression), or NORMAL (high compression) to record JPEG images, RAW to record RAW images, or SUPER FINE+RAW, FINE+RAW, or NORMAL+RAW to record both JPEG and RAW images. With JPEG images, the lower the compression ratio, the higher the quality of the image, while higher compression ratios allow more images to be stored in the same amount of memory.

The Function Buttons

To toggle RAW image quality on or off for a single shot, assign RAW to a function button (Assigning Roles to the Function Buttons). If a JPEG option is currently selected for image quality, pressing the button temporarily selects the equivalent JPEG+RAW option. If a JPEG+RAW option is currently selected, pressing the button temporarily selects the equivalent JPEG option, while if RAW is selected, pressing the button temporarily selects FINE. Taking a picture or pressing the button again restores the previous setting.

RAW RECORDING

Choose whether to compress RAW images.

Option Description
UNCOMPRESSED RAW images are not compressed.
LOSSLESS COMPRESSED RAW images are compressed using a reversible algorithm that reduces file size with no loss of image data. The images can be viewed in RAW FILE CONVERTER EX 2.0 or other software that supports “lossless” RAW compression (Viewing RAW Files).

FILM SIMULATION

Simulate the effects of different kinds of film, including black-and-white (with or without color filters). Choose a palette according to your subject and creative intent.

Option Description

PROVIA/STANDARD
Standard color reproduction. Suited to a wide range of subjects, from portraits to landscapes.

Velvia/VIVID
A high-contrast palette of saturated colors, suited to nature photos.

ASTIA/SOFT
Enhances the range of hues available for skin tones in portraits while preserving the bright blues of daylight skies. Recommended for outdoor portrait photography.

CLASSIC CHROME
Soft color and enhanced shadow contrast for a calm look.

PRO Neg. Hi
Offers slightly more contrast than PRO Neg. Std. Recommended for outdoor portrait photography.

PRO Neg. Std
A soft-toned palette. The range of hues available for skin tones is enhanced, making this a good choice for studio portrait photography.

ACROS *
Take black-and-white photos with rich gradation and outstanding sharpness.

MONOCHROME *
Take pictures in standard black and white.

SEPIA
Take pictures in sepia.

* Available with yellow (Ye), red (R), and green (G) filters, which deepen shades of gray corresponding to hues complementary to the selected color. The yellow (Ye) filter deepens purples and blues and the red (R) filter blues and greens. The green (G) filter deepens reds and browns, including skin tones, making it a good choice for portraits.

Film simulation options can be combined with tone and sharpness settings.

Film simulation settings can also be accessed via shortcuts (Shortcut Options).

For more information, visit: “The World of Film Simulation episode 1

GRAIN EFFECT

Add a film grain effect. Select an amount (STRONG or WEAK) or choose OFF to turn film grain off.

Options
STRONG WEAK OFF

COLOR CHROME EFFECT

Deepen colors in shadows. Select an amount (STRONG or WEAK) or choose OFF to turn the effect off.

Options
STRONG WEAK OFF

COLOR CHROME EFFECT is not available during bracketing or burst photography.

DYNAMIC RANGE

Control contrast. Choose lower values to increase contrast when shooting indoors or under overcast skies, higher values to reduce loss of detail in highlights and shadows when photographing high-contrast scenes. Higher values are recommended for scenes that include both sunlight and deep shade, for such high-contrast subjects as sunlight on water, brightly-lit autumn leaves, and portraits taken against a blue sky, and for white objects or people wearing white; note, however, that mottling may appear in pictures taken at higher values.

Options
AUTO 100% 200% 400%

If AUTO is selected, the camera will automatically choose either 100% or 200% according to the subject and shooting conditions. Shutter speed and aperture will be displayed when the shutter button is pressed halfway.

200% is available at sensitivities of ISO 200 and above, 400% at sensitivities of ISO 400 and above.

WHITE BALANCE

For natural colors, choose a white balance option that matches the light source.

Option Description
AUTO White balance is adjusted automatically.
// Measure a value for white balance.
Choose a color temperature.
For subjects in direct sunlight.
For subjects in the shade.
Use under “daylight” fluorescent lights.
Use under “warm white” fluorescent lights.
Use under “cool white” fluorescent lights.
Use under incandescent lighting.
Reduces the blue cast typically associated with underwater lighting.

Results vary with shooting conditions. Play pictures back after shooting to check colors.

White balance is adjusted for flash lighting only in AUTO and modes. Turn the flash off using other white balance options.

White balance options can also be accessed via shortcuts (Shortcut Options).

Fine-Tuning White Balance

Pressing MENU/OK after selecting a white balance option displays the dialog shown at right; use the selector to fine-tune white balance or press DISP/BACK to exit without fine-tuning.

Custom White Balance

Choose , , or to adjust white balance for unusual lighting conditions. White balance measurement options will be displayed; frame a white object so that it fills the display and press the shutter button all the way down to measure white balance (to select the most recent custom value and exit without measuring white balance, press DISP/BACK, or press MENU/OK to select the most recent value and display the fine-tuning dialog).

If “COMPLETED!” is displayed, press MENU/OK to set white balance to the measured value.

If “UNDER” is displayed, raise exposure compensation and try again.

If “OVER” is displayed, lower exposure compensation and try again.

: Color Temperature

Selecting in the white balance menu displays a list of color temperatures; highlight a color temperature and press MENU/OK to select the highlighted option and display the fine-tuning dialog.

Color Temperature

Color temperature is an objective measure of the color of a light source, expressed in Kelvin (K). Light sources with a color temperature close to that of direct sunlight appear white; light sources with a lower color temperature have a yellow or red cast, while those with a higher color temperature are tinged with blue. You can match color temperature to the light source, or choose options that differ sharply from the color of the light source to make pictures “warmer” or “colder.”

HIGHLIGHT TONE

Adjust the appearance of highlights. Choose from seven options between +4 and −2.

Options
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 −1 −2

SHADOW TONE

Adjust the appearance of shadows. Choose from seven options between +4 and −2.

Options
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 −1 −2

COLOR

Adjust color density. Choose from nine options between +4 and −4.

Options
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 −1 −2 −3 −4

SHARPNESS

Sharpen or soften outlines. Choose from nine options between +4 and −4.

Options
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 −1 −2 −3 −4

NOISE REDUCTION

Reduce noise in pictures taken at high sensitivities. Choose from nine options between +4 and −4.

Options
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 −1 −2 −3 −4

LONG EXPOSURE NR

Select ON to reduce mottling in long time-exposures.

Options
ON OFF

LENS MODULATION OPTIMIZER

Select ON to improve definition by adjusting for diffraction and the slight loss of focus at the periphery of the lens.

Options
ON OFF

COLOR SPACE

Choose the gamut of colors available for color reproduction.

Option Description
sRGB Recommended in most situations.
Adobe RGB For commercial printing.

PIXEL MAPPING

Use this option if you notice bright spots in your pictures.

  1. Press MENU/OK in the shooting display and select the IMAGE QUALITY SETTING tab.

  2. Highlight PIXEL MAPPING and press MENU/OK to perform pixel mapping. Processing may take a few seconds.

Results are not guaranteed.

Be sure the battery is fully charged before beginning pixel mapping.

Pixel mapping is not available when the camera temperature is elevated.

SELECT CUSTOM SETTING

Recall settings saved with EDIT/SAVE CUSTOM SETTING. Settings can be recalled from any of the seven custom settings banks.

Banks
CUSTOM 1 CUSTOM 2 CUSTOM 3 CUSTOM 4
CUSTOM 5 CUSTOM 6 CUSTOM 7

EDIT/SAVE CUSTOM SETTING

Save up to 7 sets of custom camera settings for commonly-encountered situations. Saved settings can be recalled using IMAGE QUALITY SETTING > SELECT CUSTOM SETTING.

  1. Press MENU/OK in shooting mode to display the shooting menu. Select the IMAGE QUALITY SETTING tab, then highlight EDIT/SAVE CUSTOM SETTING and press MENU/OK.

  2. Highlight a custom settings bank and press MENU/OK to select.

  3. Adjust the following as desired:

    • DYNAMIC RANGE
    • FILM SIMULATION
    • GRAIN EFFECT
    • COLOR CHROME EFFECT
    • WHITE BALANCE
    • HIGHLIGHT TONE
    • SHADOW TONE
    • COLOR
    • SHARPNESS
    • NOISE REDUCTION

  4. Press DISP/BACK. A confirmation dialog will be displayed; highlight OK and press MENU/OK.

To store current camera settings in the selected bank, highlight SAVE CURRENT SETTINGS in Step 3 and press MENU/OK. Banks can be renamed using EDIT CUSTOM NAME.

To restore default settings for the current bank, select RESET.