Use the g (h/Q) button to choose image processing (“Picture Control”) options for new photos according to the scene or your creative intent.

Choosing a Picture Control

Pressing the g (h/Q) button displays Picture Control options. Highlight an option using 4 or 2 and press J to select.





The camera automatically adjusts hues and tones based on the [Standard] Picture Control.



Standard processing for balanced results. Recommended for most situations.



Minimal processing for natural results. Choose for photographs that will later be processed or retouched.



Pictures are enhanced for a vivid, photoprint effect. Choose for photographs that emphasize primary colors.



Take monochrome photographs.



Smooth complexions for natural-looking portraits.



Shoot vibrant landscapes and cityscapes.



Details are preserved over a wide tone range, from highlights to shadows. Choose for photographs that will later be extensively processed or retouched.

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Creative Picture Control

Creative Picture Controls offer unique combinations of hue, tone, saturation, and other settings tuned for particular effects. Choose from a total of 20 options, including [Dream] and [Morning].

Modifying Picture Controls

To modify Picture Control settings, highlight a Picture Control and press 3.

  • Press 1 or 3 to highlight settings. Press 4 or 2 to choose a value in increments of 1, or rotate the sub-command dial to choose a value in increments of 0.25.

  • The options available vary with the Picture Control selected.

  • Default settings can be restored by pressing the O (Q) button.

  • Press J to save changes.

  • Picture Controls that have been modified from default settings are indicated by an asterisk (“U”).

Picture Control Settings



[ Effect level]

Mute or heighten the effect of Creative Picture Controls.

[ Quick sharp]

Quickly adjust levels for balanced [Sharpening], [Mid-range sharpening], and [Clarity]. These parameters can also be adjusted individually.


Control the sharpness of details and outlines.

[ Mid-range sharpening]

Adjust the sharpness of patterns and lines in the range between [Sharpening] and [Clarity].


Adjust overall sharpness and the sharpness of thicker outlines without affecting brightness or dynamic range.

[ Contrast]

Adjust contrast.

[ Brightness]

Raise or lower brightness without loss of detail in highlights or shadows.

[ Saturation]

Control the vividness of colors.

[ Hue]

Adjust hue.

[ Filter effects]

Simulate the effect of color filters on monochrome pictures.

[ Toning]

Choose the tint used in monochrome pictures. Pressing 2 when an option other than [B&W] (black-and-white) is selected displays saturation options.

[Toning] (Creative Picture Control)

Choose the shade of color used for Creative Picture Controls.

The j Indicator

The j indicator under the value display in the Picture Control setting menu indicates the previous value for the setting.

[A] (Auto)
  • Selecting the [A] (auto) option available for some settings lets the camera adjust the setting automatically.

  • Results vary with exposure and the position of the subject in the frame.

[Filter Effects]

Choose from the following [Filter effects]:



[Y] (yellow) *

These options enhance contrast and can be used to tone down the brightness of the sky in landscape photographs. Orange [O] produces more contrast than yellow [Y], red [R] more contrast than orange.

[O] (orange) *

[R] (red) *

[G] (green) *

Green softens skin tones. Use for portraits and the like.

  • The term in parentheses is the name of the corresponding third-party color filter for black-and-white photography.

The [Auto] Picture Control

Settings can be adjusted in the range [A−2] to [A+2].

Protecting Pictures from Deletion

During playback, the g (h/Q) button can be used to protect pictures. Protecting pictures helps prevent accidental deletion.

Viewing Help

Press the g (h/Q) button to view help for the current item, where available ( The d (Help) Icon ).