I'm brand new here, so maybe I'm just missing something and I need y'all to help steer me in the right direction. But I'm trying to find discussions here on the "Image Data Converter" software that came with my NEX 7 (and I presume it comes with other NEXes too) -- and Play Memories Home, too, far as that goes. So, trying to find discussions on the IDC, first thing I do is plug its name into the search routine here, which generates this: The following words are either very common, too long, or too short and were not included in your search: "image data converter" I tell you what, I am not filled with confidence that I'm gonna find what I'm searching for when the name of the software product I'm trying to find more information about results in an error message being generated. So, given the content of this post's subject area, is there even any interest here in discussing the ins and outs of the Sony software that came with our cameras? At first blush, it would seem to me that there isn't. Since my searches turn up error messages instead of hits. But just in case there might be interest in discussing the Sony software that came with our cameras, does it seem like it might merit its own discussion area? Anyway, moving on, since I do have questions and comments about Image Data Converter and my NEX 7's menu function's specifically, I was looking for a way to control things like sharpness and contrast from within the camera. This is something that EOS DSLRs have, plus the software that comes with them, Canon's Digital Photo Professional, also offers contrast and sharpening routines, as well as other useful things. Well, I think that I've answered to my own level of satisfaction that the NEX 7 does not have any camera based contrast or sharpening routines, but that the IDC software does, and it would appear at least, that IDC offers quite a bit of control over contrast, several aspects of sharpening, and a whole lot more. However, when I go to actually use this product on images I am underwhelmed to say the least. In this case I'm referring specifically to its sharpening routines. It began like this -- I was struggling with getting as much detail as possible from some test images I was shooting and was puzzled why the final images that were converted just didn't seem very sharp. Certainly not 24.3 mp worth of sharp. More like 5 mp worth of sharp. The test images I was shooting were made using two legacy 17mm manual focus lenses, each of which has an excellent reputation. One of them is new to me, but the other one isn't, and I have film files I can call up, taken with this lens, that exhibit more resolution that I seem to be getting with my NEX 7 right now. And yes, I've defaulted the camera to ISO 100 just to be sure, and have been shooting at high enough shutter speeds to eliminate blur. At one point, I noticed significantly more detail being displayed on the LCD screen than was being displayed in the converted image (raw to jpg). I had left the conversion compression routine at the default, reasoning that the default should not result in a significant loss of image detail. But now I guess I must question this as well. Anyway, so yesterday, I go back and load some raw images up into IDC so that I can adjust sharpness and see what sort of improvements I can expect to see. And this is where I was underwhelmed. I mean, setting the slider to a maximum of 100% results in an almost undetectable improvement in sharpness. Yes, there is some improvement, but it is vanishingly small. I played around with the three other settings. None of them seemed to do much of anything either. So I guess I'm wondering at this point, does this sound about par for the course for you? If so, what do you do to improve output such that it at least resembles what you see on your LCD screen immediately after capturing the image? Thanks for any feedback you might be able to offer on this. I am really quite puzzled. And disconcerted.