Olympus E-M1 Picture Modes
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The Picture Modes, introduced by Olympus with the E-500 back in 2005, are handy packages of image-processing presets, applied to the captured image at the stage of converting it to RGB. These presets originally included sharpening, contrast, and color saturation; now also image gradation.
Obviously, Picture Modes do not affect images saved in the raw ORF format, although the preset values are stored with the image: if you ask the Olympus Viewer or Studio application to do the conversion "as shot", the stored presets will be applied.
The basic modes provided in the E-M1 (or E-M5) are Vivid, Natural and Muted, and Olympus provides no information about them beyond what you can figure out just from these names.
In the OM-D series (maybe already in Pens?) Olympus added at the #1 slot a new mode, creatively named
(Clearly, the guy whose main purpose in life is offending my intelligence is still working there, doing just fine!)
Another option is Portrait ("Produces smooth skin textures", I still have to figure out what it exactly does). There is also the Monochrome mode (to which Olympus refers as Monotone, which means something entirely different); it converts the image to black-and-white, optionally applying a color filter and the tint of converted image.
The mode-selecting interface has been polluted in the recent cameras by including also all "art effects" to it: instead of scrolling through just six or so choices, you have twelve more). Luckily, camera option settings allow you to remove these (or any other Picture Modes) from the scrolling sequence, to make it more manageable.
Just for the record, there is one extra slot, named Custom, allowing you to store your own combination of the four parameters affected.
To check how the mode selected affects generated picture files, I shot a few series of my lakeside scene; here are the results. (The captions at the left link to the original, unaltered image files.)
Except for the Picture Mode, all camera settings remained the same:
The side-by-side comparison between these samples is not so easy, especially on flat-screen monitors, where the conrast, color, and tonality usually depends on the vieving angle. If you want to view them critically, download the samples (or full-size images) to a separate folder anf flip through them full-screen in sequence, using any image viewer (if your viewer cannot do that, download the free FastStone and thank me later).
Here are my observations.
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