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Image parameters

The D70 provides seven 'Optimize Image' settings as well as one Custom setting which allows for your own choice of Sharpening, Tone, Color mode (color space), Saturation and Hue. These options are only available in P, S, A and M exposure modes, in Auto or Scene modes the camera automatically selects image optimization.

Image parameter presets

Each image parameter preset represents a pre-programmesd combination of sharpening, tone, color mode and color saturation. Place your mouse over the labels below the image to see the scene taken in each parameter preset, note that in the top right corner is a crop from the image shown at 100% (1:1), the originating image portion is indicated with a red box.

Settings: ISO 200, Nikkor DX 18-70 mm, F14 (Studio strobe)

Normal Vivid Sharper Softer Direct Print Portrait Landscape

Custom image parameters

Select the 'Custom' setting from the 'Optimize Image' menu and you can create your own combination of the five image parameters:

  • Sharpening: Auto, -2 to +2, None
  • Tone comp: Auto, -2 to +2, Custom
  • Color mode: Ia sRGB, II Adobe RGB, IIIa sRGB
  • Saturation: Normal, Moderate, Enhanced
  • Hue: +9° to -9°

Custom: Sharpening adjustment

The D70 now has the expanded range of sharpening we saw introduced with the D2H, in total it provides six sharpening settings of -2 to +2 as well as None. Set Sharpening to 'Auto' and the camera will automatically select the appropriate sharpening level depending on other camera parameters and exposure.

Settings: ISO 200, Nikkor DX 18-70 mm, F14 (Studio strobe)

  Sharpness (100% crop)
Auto
Normal
(0)
Low
(-2)
Medium
Low
(-1)
Medium
High
(+1)
High
(+2)
None

Custom: Tone compensation

Adjusting the tone alters the shape of the 'S curve' used to map the linear image data captured by the sensor into the selected gamma (sRGB / Adobe RGB). 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. The D70 has an expanded range of tone adjustment, from -2 to +2 as well as Auto and Custom.

Settings: ISO 200, Nikkor DX 18-70 mm, F14 (Studio strobe)

  Contrast Luminosity histogram
Auto
Normal
(0)
Low
contrast
(-2)
Medium
low
(-1)
Medium
high
(+1)
High
contrast
(+2)

Custom: Saturation adjustment

The D70 allows you to control the saturation of color by one level more and less than normal. These are labeled as 'Normal', 'Moderate' and 'Enhanced'. Place your mouse over the labels below the image to see the GretagMacbeth ColorChecker chart shot with the each Saturation setting.

Settings: ISO 200, Nikkor DX 18-70 mm, F5.6

Normal Saturation Moderate Saturation Enhanced Saturation

Custom: Hue adjustment

The hue adjustment setting allows you to make some subtle changes to the hue output of the image, it is useful for compensation of hue shifts caused by certain artificial light. The D70 manual describes Hue adjustment as this:

Hue can be adjusted in the range of about –9° to +9° in increments of 3°. If red is taken as the starting color, raising hue above 0° (the default setting) would introduce a yellow cast, making colors that would be red at a setting of 0° appear increasingly orange. Lowering hue below 0° would introduce a blue cast, making colors that would be red at a setting of 0° appear increasingly purple.

Place your mouse over the labels below the image to see the GretagMacbeth ColorChecker chart shot at the two extremes of hue adjustment and the default hue (+0°).

Settings: ISO 200, Nikkor DX 18-70 mm, F5.6

Hue -9° Hue +0° Hue +9°
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Total comments: 6
Rick1345

If you dont want to participate in Megapixel race created by Camera Makers & need a camera for photography not for "Bells & whistles" which you are not going to use anyway then this is the camera for you.Nowadays we are paying for features which stay unused & has no direct impact on improving our skills to create a great shot because great shot come from great imaginations & experience not cameras.

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BobFoster

Had this DSLR since 2004 and I still can't get enough of it. It feels so much more solid than any reasonably priced offerings of modern day. And the kit lens...what a fantastic kit lens! Reaches longer and has a faster aperture than any kit lens of today. A true workhorse combination.

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pixelpushing

I have one - I wouldn't say it feels more solid. It's about as composite (plastic)-ish as any other well built Nikon (or other brand). My ex-GF dropped her sister's D70 years ago; it cracked down the middle and stopped working, so they're not exactly bulletproof. :)

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reanim888

I think thant as of January 2005 it's one of the most popular cameras of all time and usually in short supply. Since stores can sell as many of them as Nikon can ship no one has any reason to have to discount. I've never seen a discount from anyone, and all the discounts I've seen are from scam operations who never really have any to ship. I just got on a waiting list and my camera appeared. Be very wary of fraud over the internet. Adorama and B&H and Amazon are fine, but be careful of the thousands of others offering these.

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jkittyler

Hi am just asking i real don't know what wrong with my camera D70 i just took 350 picture then there no more spice in my me Compact Flash Memory Cards is full

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Lassoni

You should make a topic in the forums, but if the camera is functioning correctly, then the memory card is simply full, and you need to make space by moving the pictures to computer.

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