The D3X features the same image parameters as the D3, D700 and D300. You have four standard 'Picture Control' presets (Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome) plus the ability to load and save custom sets. Adjustment options have been expanded providing a much wider latitude for sharpening, contrast and saturation as well as the new brightness adjustment. Note also the 'Quick adjust' feature which allows for linked adjustment of sharpening, contrast and saturation. Lastly there's also a grid view which allows you to see all of the current picture control modes on a saturation vs. contrast (plus sharpness) grid.
Image parameter adjustments
- Picture Control presets: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome
- Picture Control adjustments
- Sharpening: 0 to 9 (10 levels)
- Contrast: Auto, -3,to +3 (7 levels)
- Brightness: -1, 0, +1 (3 levels)
- Saturation: Auto, -3 to +3 (7 levels)
- Hue: -3 to +3 (7 levels)
Picture Control presets
Below are samples of our test scene taken in each of the Image Optimization presets, we've also included a 100% crop from each image so you can see the sharpness level of each preset.
The 'quick adjust' option allows you to modify sharpening, contrast and saturation together to produce a more vivid / sharp image (positive adjustment) or neutral / softer image (negative adjustment). It's worth noting that making negative 'quick adjust' changes doesn't appear to affect these three parameters equally.
The D3X provides a total of ten manual sharpening levels plus the traditional Nikon 'Auto' mode. The default sharpening level for Standard Picture Control mode is two; below you can see examples of Auto and a selection of the sharpening levels. Nikon is providing a fairly good range of sharpening options which cover a wide latitude of adjustment and deliver higher sharpening by default than on some older models. Having said that Nikon's approach is still quite conservative compared to some of the competition.