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In-camera retouching

One additional feature currently unique to the D80 is retouching, this allows you to apply various common image adjustments and filters to images without the need for a computer, clearly with the intention of improving control over images before direct-printing. The only obvious disadvantage is that all of these features have to be carried out on the relatively small (compared to a computer monitor) 2.5" LCD screen. The D80's retouching features are:

  • D-Lighting (shadow / highlight enhancement)
    • Moderate
    • Normal
    • Enhanced
  • Red-eye reduction
  • Trimming
    • Size
    • Position
  • Monochrome
    • Black-and-white
    • Sepia
    • Cyanotype
  • Filter effects
    • Sky light
    • Warm filter
    • Color balance
  • Small picture
    • 640 x 480
    • 320 x 240
    • 160 x 120
  • Image overlay (RAW)

While we won't be presenting examples of each of the D80's retouching features we did think D-Lighting was worthy of a quick test.

D-Lighting

D-Lighting is Nikon's implementation of the 'digital dodge and burn' or 'digital fill flash' feature we have seen implemented in other cameras (also called 'shadow/highlight' in Photoshop). This effectively identifies dark areas of the image (shadows) and brightens them while maintaining bright highlights. We ran their D-Lighting system against a few of our own shots, the results of which can be found below.

ISO 100 sample

Original image (4,080 KB) D-Lighting Moderate (4,520 KB)
D-Lighting Normal (5,021 KB) D-Lighting Enhanced (5,061 KB)

ISO 640 sample

Original image (3,881 KB) D-Lighting Moderate (4,379 KB)
D-Lighting Normal (4,587 KB) D-Lighting Enhanced (4,854 KB)
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