In ProCamera, you can tailor your Image Capture Quality according to your needs. This setting adjusts the degree of Image Fusion involved in the image capture process. You can opt for a Capture Quality that fully utilizes the camera's capabilities for sharp, detailed imagery, or choose a more natural aesthetic. Please be aware that certain settings might be specific to either manual M/SI modes or the automatic A mode.
Accessing Capture Quality settings:
- Open ProCamera Settings.
- Select Capture Quality under Photo Mode Options.
Set up Image Capture Quality for automatic A mode:
Adjust the amount of processing by selecting one of the following Capture Quality options:
- Highly Detailed - uses progressive multi-image capture and sophisticated image processing. It provides outstanding sharpness, improved dynamic range, and reduced noise for optimal clarity.
- Natural - uses standard multi-image capture and image processing. It creates more naturally enhanced photos. It still benefits from improved dynamic range and reduced noise, but the enhancements are less aggressive compared to the Highly Detailed option.
Set up Image Capture Quality for manual M and semi-automatic SI modes:
M/Sl modes support Standard/Deep fusion, but no Multi-Lens fusion as only one lens is in use at a time. In addition to the Highly Detailed and Natural levels, in M/SI modes there are two unprocessed options available.
- Highly Detailed and Natural are the same as for A mode. Required for Smart HDR.
- Unprocessed - applies optical image stabilization, but no image fusion.
- Unprocessed (no OIS) - applies no optical image stabilization and no image fusion. This makes it ideal for capturing motion blur and intentional camera movement.
Shooting unprocessed photos with the exact exposure settings
If you want to capture photos with the exact exposure settings (exposure time and ISO) you have selected, choose Unprocessed or Unprocessed (no OIS). These options disable multi-image fusion and only capture one exposure (single sensor read-out). Unlike these unprocessed options, both Highly Detailed and Natural options capture and merge multiple images to create an optimized photo with a higher dynamic range. In this multi-image process, the concept of a "single exposure time" becomes obsolete as several photos with varying exposure times and ISO values are merged.
Selecting Unprocessed or Unprocessed (no OIS) deactivates Smart HDR and disables image fusion. Turning off Smart HDR on the capture screen automatically enables the most recently selected unprocessed Capture Quality.
Image Fusion while shooting in the Bayer RAW format
When you are shooting in Bayer RAW format, which is defined as "unprocessed sensor data", no image fusion is applied, even if "Highly Detailed" or "Natural" is selected. Settings relating to image fusion are bypassed when using the Bayer RAW format. The only option applicable for Bayer RAW is Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). To deactivate OIS, select the Unprocessed (no OIS) option.
This limitation does not apply to the ProRAW format, which supports multi-image fusion and all levels of Capture Quality.