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  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2008

    Turn off noise reduction?

    When shooting in daylight with my 510 at low to medium ISO, will I get improved image sharpness if I turn off noise reduction?

    It seems as if I read that suggestion somewhere, but for the life of me cannot recall where.

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Chicago, IL

    Re: Turn off noise reduction?

    Yes, you will. I would also shoot in RAW and turn off the noise filter.
    Erik Williams

    Olympus E3, E510
    12-60 SWD, 50-200 SWD, 50 f/2 macro, EX25, FL36's and an FL50r.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Chicago, IL

    Re: Turn off noise reduction?

    Actually you won't get any difference in image sharpness in daylight if you turn off noise reduction. Noise reduction is a different technique than noise filtering, and on the E-510 it only activates with exposures of at least 4 seconds, I think even longer at ISO 100. I leave my noise reduction on since I find the camera does an acceptable job at dark frame subtraction.

    The noise filter is what you should be most concerned with - it will swallow up a lot of detail in a photo if it's too aggressive, and the E-510 is pretty aggressive with it. I keep mine off.

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