Noise and sharpness settings

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by pdbphoto, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. pdbphoto

    pdbphoto Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 19, 2013
    Hello to all.

    I am a new Olympus owner. I like to do my own image processing on my computer so I don't want the camera to do any sharpening, or other enhancements of the image.

    I noticed that the owner's manual recommends setting the sharpness level to -2 when noise reduction is turned off. Has anybody done this? What do you think of the results?
  2. JStheoriginal

    JStheoriginal Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 9, 2013
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    If you don't want any in-camera sharpening, maybe using Raw files is best?
  3. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
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    You mention that you like to do your own post-processings, which leads me to assume you would shoot in RAW. AFAIK any of the in-camera IQ settings will apply only to JPEG, so if you're working with RAW files, it shouldn't matter.
  4. pdbphoto

    pdbphoto Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 19, 2013
    Good point about the RAW processing. I knew that!
  5. pictor

    pictor Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 17, 2010
    In your case I would shoot raw and that's what I do because I process my images myself, too. But if you want to shoot JPEGs, the advice of Olympus is very sound because sharpening emphasizes noise and the pictures just look better with sharpening set to -2. If you want to process JPEGs, sharpening should be the last step anyway.
  6. Spuff

    Spuff Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 5, 2010
    Berkshire, UK.
    I think my EPL5 does sharpening, and whatever else it does to the Jpeg, very well (I think I have it on +1). I often can't get the RAW to look as good as the JPEG no matter what I do to it.
    (I do always shoot RAW + Jpeg).
  7. WasOM3user

    WasOM3user Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 20, 2012
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    I had a similar issue with OMD JPEG's vs Raw in Lightroom (I am a beginner at PP). Bought the Huelight profiles and now much closer to start with but better skin tones, greens and orange/reds!!

    At only $10 definitely worth a try.