posted on Jun 14, 2009 at 6:28AM
Head-2-Head Review: Olympus E-30 vs. Canon EOS 50D
Picture ModesBy Patrick Singleton
The E-30 offers Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait and Monotone modes. Vivid punches up all colors, and Muted tones them down. Portrait brightens up warm tones, which may help minimize skin blemishes. Monotone should be “Monochrome,” since it produces black and white images. The E-30 can be set to emulate typical black and white filters – yellow, orange and red progressively darken blue skies, green brightens vegetation, and so on. We found that both Portrait and Vivid blocked up the red channels in our fruit and vegetable still life, indicating that it would be better shot in the Natural mode to retain image data, and tweak the files in post-production.
The 50D isn't very much different from the E-30. It offers Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Monochrome and Faithful Picture Styles. Canon's “Standard” setting punches up color compared to Neutral and Faithful, but it's not as heavy-handed as Olympus's “Vivid.” Portrait and Landscape punch things up enough to block up red and green channels in our fruit and vegetables. Canon has long offered both Neutral and Faithful modes on DSLRs. Both are supposed to preserve data for post-processing, and they do. Faithful is supposed to shoot “colorimetrically” accurate shots under 5200 K lighting. Shots made in the two modes look an awful lot alike.