The K200D provides six predefined image tone modes, Bright (default), Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant and Monochrome. These define the color mapping, tone and sharpening baseline for image processing. As we've seen on other Pentax cameras before the Bright (default) option produces slightly oversaturated colors. We'd recommend to stick with the Natural setting and modify saturation and sharpening as required.
In addition to the Tone baseline you can also adjust Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness and Hue. When in monochrome image mode you can add filter effects and modify the toning.
Image parameter adjustments
- Tone modes: Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant and Monochrome
- Color space: sRGB, Adobe RGB
- Image parameter adjustments
- Contrast: -4 to +4
- Hue: -4 to +4 (any mode other than Monochrome)
- Saturation: -4 to +4 (any mode other than Monochrome)
- Sharpness: -4 to +4
- Filter effect: None, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red, Magenta, Blue, Cyan, Infrared Color (Monochrome only)
- Toning: -4 to +4 (Monochrome only)
Picture Styles (studio comparison)
As mentioned above the image tone mode provides a baseline for the other image parameters. Below are a few crops to demonstrate the differences between the options.
Adjusting the tone alters the shape of the 'S 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. The K200D gives you quite some latitude in terms of contrast although we would recommend sticking to the 0 setting to avoid any clipping. Personally I would always prefer to make this type of adjustment in post processing.
- 16 Photographic tests (Noise)
- 17 Photographic tests (DR)
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- 19 Photographic tests
- 20 Compared to
- 21 Compared to (JPEG)
- 22 Compared to (JPEG)
- 23 Compared to (JPEG)
- 24 Compared to (RAW)
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- 27 Compared to (Higher ISO)
- 28 Compared to (Resolution)
- 29 Conclusion
- 30 Samples