Image parameters (contd.)
I have to be very honest and say that I feel one of the D200's out-of-the-box issues is it's overly conservative sharpening. The default 'Normal' sharpening is in my opinion about one step (on Nikon's scale) too low for a 'default' response, it doesn't sharpen the image enough to reveal the details captured by the lens (it's still there but requires additional sharpening to stand out). I personally perferred to use the Medium High (+1) setting, and even that would be considered pretty mild compared to some other cameras. It's also worth noting that Nikon Capture's "Normal" sharpening is stronger than that of the camera.
|Medium Low (-1)|
|Medium High (+1)|
Tone (contrast) adjustment
Adjusting the tone alters the shape of the 'S curve' (gamma curve) used to map the linear image data captured by the sensor into the correct gamma. A lower contrast setting maintains more of the original data's dynamic range but leads to a flatter looking image. A higher contrast setting stretches the grayscale (dark to light) of the image and could lead to clipping of both shadow detail and highlights. Too few levels of adjustment with too little effect on the final image.