Pentax *ist DS SLR Review
PENTAX PHOTO Browser is software for viewing and managing images taken on your digital
camera and saved on your computer. When you select a folder containing saved images, PENTAX
PHOTO Browser compatible images in the folder automatically appear as thumbnails.You can
select a thumbnail image to view an image. (Files with extensions [.PEF (RAW)], [.TIF
(TIFF)], and [.JPG (JPEG)] are supported)
PENTAX PHOTO Browser also does the following tasks:
- Save image files under a new name, change file names, copy, cut,
delete and paste.
- Create new folder, change folder name, copy, cut, delete and paste.
- Save Image Data List
- Check Image Data
- View RAW image data easily.
You can also start RAW image data editing software PENTAX PHOTO
Laboratory and camera control software PENTAX REMOTE Assistant
from within PENTAX PHOTO Browser.
The PENTAX PHOTO Browser window layout:
- Tree view:
Internal data on your computer appears here as a folder tree.
Select the folder containing saved image files here.
Also, the tree view handles operations such as creating new folders,
erasing folders or moving/copying folders. (Applies only to Windows)
- Thumbnail pane:
Images in the folder selected in the tree view appear here as thumbnails.
The size of thumbnails can be selected from four sizes. When a thumbnail
image is selected in the thumbnail pane, the image appears in the preview
pane and the image data appears in the image data pane.
- Preview pane:
An image selected in the thumbnail pane appears in this view.
- Image data pane:
The image information for the image selected in the thumbnail pane
Performs color separation processing and other processing on CCD RAW
image data recorded in PENTAX digital camera dedicated format,
enabling them to appear on commercially available image viewing and
When you click the [Custom Processing] button, a
RAW processing conditions setting panel appears
at the bottom of the PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory
window. When you click each item (White Balance,
Tone Curve / Histogram, Sensitivity / Contrast /
Saturation / Sharpness), each setting panel is
displayed. Set each item in its setting panel.
save formats are JPEG (5 levels), TIFF 8-bit, and TIFF 16-bit. Select
the save format using the appropriate toolbar
Setting the Sensitivity / Contrast / Saturation / Sharpness
Adjusts the sensitivity of development processing.
+ : The image becomes brighter.
- : The image becomes darker.
Adjusts the contrast between light and shadow.
+ : Increases contrast between light and shadow.
+ : Decreases contrast between light and shadow.
Adjusts the strength of the colors after RAW data development.
+ : The colors become stronger.
- : The colors become weaker.
Adjusts the sharpness of the edges.
+ : Image contour is enhanced.
- : Image contour is softened.
White Balance settings panel with the preset selections shown. You can select the
Camera Setting, use a preset, select a gray point from the image or manually set the
color temperature. The
changes made will be shown realtime in the preview window.
The relationship between the input level and output level is set
using a graph (Up to 16 points.).
If the graph is left clicked, the line on the graph moves to that
spot and the point can be set.
The point can be released by right clicking (Windows only).
Histogram (Brightness) displays the light distribution when combining RGB.
Histogram (R) Displays the light distribution for R (Red).
Reset Deletes the tone curve settings, and returns to a straight line.
Histogram (G) Displays the light distribution for G (Green).
Histogram (B) Displays the light distribution for B (Blue).
PENTAX REMOTE Assistant
This software has an additional function that controls the camera from a
computer. To use PENTAX REMOTE Assistant, you will need to purchase
and install PENTAX REMOTE Assistant separately. (Available soon)
PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory and PENTAX REMOTE Assistant can also
be run as standalone applications.
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