JPG Settings Menu
On to the second page of the menu system in here. And so with the JPG Settings, obviously this is gonna only affect the JPG images, but let's dive in here and see what we have. First up we have is the Resolution. So we have large, medium, and small JPGs. And if you are shooting JPGs you're probably gonna wanna shoot the larger size JPGs which will allow you a larger print size. But there are some cases where you know, for a variety of reasons, that you're never going to make a large print or need a lot of resolution from a particular image. And so you can set that to a smaller size if need be, and use up a lot less file space on the memory card as well as on your computer hard drives going forward. But normally you're probably gonna want the maximum resolution. If you are shooting in JPGs, you can adjust the contrast standards. And so I wanted to go in and do a little test on the different options with Contrast. And so you'll see there is a subtle difference between Low, Standard on, a...
nd High, as to how vibrant those colors are going to be when we have that contrast change. Now once again, this is only affecting JPGs, not affecting the RAW images. We can also control the Sharpness, which is controlling the edge details. And so it would seem like we wanna have the highest sharpness possible all the time, but in some cases it can actually be a little bit too much. The difference between the Low and the High here is probably most notable in the texture of that plastic surface on the right and on the bottom of the frame, and you will get a little bit more detail in there. And so if you are shooting JPGs, you can go in and adjust this according to your needs. Finally there is the Saturation option, and so if you want a little bit more or a little bit less saturation, you can do that. You can also adjust saturation a little bit with the contrast control that we looked at earlier, but this is specifically looking at the colors and not so much the contrast. Once again, only affecting JPG images. You can also turn this camera into a monochrome camera if you do want to shoot black and white. It's not quite the same as like a monochrome camera, which does truly only shoot in black and white, but this gives you the option when you shoot in RAW that you can see the image on the back of the camera in black and white. From there you can go in and adjust the camera's contrast and sharpness once you are in black and white, to achieve maybe a more pleasing result with your black and white images. Leica has been associated with black and white for a lot of work and so it's a lot of fun to shoot black and white with a Leica camera. So if you are gonna set your camera to Monochrome, get a color image with your RAW image and adjust it later, it's sometimes nice to see it in camera close to the way that you want to adjust it in post-production later on. So if I'm doing that, I'll often bump the Contrast up a little bit higher as well as the Sharpness, because that's often what I'm doing with my black and whites. Normally you'd leave that Off, but it is something I encourage you to get in there and turn On and play around with, 'cause it's a nice setting. So those are your JPG Settings. The Auto Review simply allows you to turn the LCD on the back of the camera automatically on, if you are, once you shoot a photograph, and how long it stays on. And so usually one or three seconds seems to be pretty good. If you don't want it to distract you, if you wanna save battery life, you can completely turn it off. And a lot of people will do that, just so that they don't end up too much time chimping and looking at the back of their camera.