The D200 allows you to change image sharpening, tone (contrast), color saturation and color hue. You can choose to output in sRGB or Adobe RGB color space. There are also three color modes (which affect color mapping) of I, II and II, all three are available in Adobe RGB color space but only I and III in sRGB color space. Sharpening, Tone and Saturation all have 'Auto' options where the camera selects the best value depending on other camera settings and scene information. According to the user manual Auto mode works best with Type G or D lens.
Image parameter adjustments
- Image Optimization presets: Normal, Softer, Vivid, More Vivid, Portrait, B&W, Custom
- Color space: sRGB, Adobe RGB
- Custom image optimizations
- Sharpening: Auto, Normal, Low, Medium Low, Medium High, High, None
- Tone: Auto, Normal, Less contrast, More contrast, Custom
- Color mode: I (for portraits), II (moderate, Adobe RGB only), III (for landscapes)
- Saturation: Auto, Normal, Moderate, Enhanced
- Hue: -9° to +9°
I was honestly a little disappointed to still see only three levels of adjustment for some image parameters (tone and saturation), some competitor cameras offer up to nine levels for each parameter.
Image parameter presets
The D200 features six parameter presets which each encompass different settings for sharpening, tone, color mode and saturation. These provide a quick and reliable way to achieve a particular look to your image. The only disadvantage is that when you have a preset selected you can not adjust any image parameter other than color space.
Place your mouse over the label to see a ColorChecker chart shot in the respective preset mode. Color space was sRGB (Mode I).
|More Vivid||Portrait||Black and White|
Below you will find samples of our standard 'studio watch shot' take in each of the D200's preset image parameter sets, this demonstrates both the color / tone difference as well as sharpening.
Color mode / color space
You can now select color space independently from color mode, however the available color modes are different depending on the color space. In sRGB color space you can use color mode I (general / portrait) or III (landscape), in Adobe RGB color space you can use any of the three color modes (mode II is a very neutral color response). I personally peferred the Mode III response (perhaps because I shoot more scene / landscape shots). Images taken in the Adobe RGB color space have their filename prefixed with an underscore (_) this complies with DCF 2.0 (Exif 2.21); and plays havoc with the order of images if you sort by filename.
Place your mouse over the label to see a ColorChecker chart shot in the respective mode. Preset was Normal.
|sRGB (Mode I)||n/a||sRGB (Mode III)|
|Adobe RGB (Mode I)*||Adobe RGB (Mode II)*||Adobe RGB (Mode III)*|
* Note that the Adobe RGB images have been converted to the sRGB color space for correct display in your web browser.
Color space: CIE u'v' Color Distribution chart
Note that in these samples the Adobe RGB image has not been converted to sRGB and so to view it correctly you will have to load it into a color space aware photo application and assign the Adobe RGB color space. Below each sample is the CIE u'v' Color Distribution chart; larger gray triangle approximately represents the range of color which the human eye can resolve, the inner triangle the available gamut in each color space (sRGB or Adobe RGB).
|Mode I||Mode II (n/a)||Mode III|
Adobe RGB (unconverted)
|Mode I||Mode II||Mode III|
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