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[Part 4] Testing the Expressive Power of “Fine Detail”

The EOS 5DS has adopted a new Picture Style, ”Fine Detail”. Compared to other Picture Style effects, ”Fine Detail” is suitable for more delicate depiction. In this article, I carried out a still photo shoot in a studio to test the effect of the ”Fine Detail” Picture Style. (Edited by: COMMERCIAL PHOTO)

Excels not only in detailed depiction, but colour reproduction too

In this example, I made use of "Fine Detail", a new Picture Style effect introduced for the first time on the EOS 5DS, to capture some ground cherries. I fired a strong flash against a black background. Let's take a look at the extent to which “Fine Detail" is able to reproduce the fine leaf veins and vivid colour under the high contrast.

* Click on the image to enlarge.

I captured some ground cherries with very fine leaf veins. "Fine Detail" was able to reproduce the colours faithfully and express the minute details clearly.

EOS 5DS/ TS-E90mm f/2.8/ Manual (f/11, 1/125 sec.)/ ISO 100/ WB: 4800K/ Picture Style: Fine Detail

*All shooting settings for shots taken by the EOS 5D Mark III were the same as the above except that Picture Style was set to "Standard".

(Photo by: Masaya Nakamura Styling by: Futoshi Watanabe & Toshiya Suzuki (Book inc.))

Below, we compare an image captured using the "Fine Detail" Picture Style on the EOS 5DS and that using "Standard" on the EOS 5D Mark III. First of all, for the highlighted area at the top left, blowout is milder in the "Fine Detail" image of the EOS 5DS,  with the texture and dimensionality  surpassing those in the "Standard" Picture Style of the EOS 5D Mark III. Next, if we observe the bottom right where light penetrates the leaf veins, we can tell that the EOS 5DS reproduces the red tone of the ground cherry faithfully and expresses the details of the fine leaf veins more clearly.

EOS 5DS [Fine Detail]

"Fine Detail" of the EOS 5DS is relatively low in contrast with only a small amount of blowout. It is able to reproduce the subtle gradation of the red colour and clearly expresses the leaf veins up to the details.

EOS 5D Mark III [Standard]

"Standard" of the EOS 5D Mark III creates a beautiful impression with its high contrast and saturation. However, when we take the need to retouch the image into consideration, the image produced using "Fine Detail" of the EOS 5DS is much easier to work with.

"Fine Detail" of the EOS 5DS produces an image that maintains the apparent resolution with minimal blowout and colour saturation, thus allowing you to carry out retouch works easily up to the finishing stage. The rich tonal reproduction and ultra-high 50.6-megapixel resolution also mean an improved image quality suitable for printing on magazine paper.  Compared to the conventional "Standard" Picture Style, "Fine Detail" expresses texture in detail and places priority on the tonal gradation. These qualities came across quite clearly in the test above.

Now, you can also find the "Fine Detail" option on the latest version of Canon's image development software, Digital Photo Professional 4. Besides the EOS 5DS, this new Picture Style effect can also be applied to RAW data captured by other supported models.

A new Picture Style, "Fine Detail", has been added to the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R. It allows setting of the sharpness effect in greater detail, which in turn enables more intricate reproduction of the subject's texture.


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