D200 Predefined "Optimize Image" Settings
There are 7 options in the Optimize Image menu: Normal (NO), Softer (SO), Vivid (VI), More Vivid (VI+), Portrait (PO), Custom (pencil icon), and Black-and-white (BW). With Custom you can specify 5 settings: Image Sharpening, Tone Compensation, Color Mode, Saturation, and Hue Adjustment. The choices for sharpening, tone comp, color mode, saturation, and hue adjustment in the Custom menu are well documented in the D200 manual, but I couldn't find any description of what choices were being made for each of the first 5 "Optimize Image" Settings.
As read by the "Shooting Data" in Nikon software they are as follows:
Sharpening Auto, Tone Comp Auto, Color Mode I, Saturation Auto
Sharpening Low, Tone Comp Low contrast, Color Mode I, Saturation Auto
Sharpening Medium high, Tone Comp Normal, Color Mode III, Saturation Enhanced
Sharpening High, Tone Comp High contrast, Color Mode III, Saturation Enhanced
Sharpening Med low, Tone Comp Auto, Color Mode I, Saturation Auto
(None of these settings changes the Hue Adjustment from 0 deg.)
Of course wherever "Auto" is the selection, one still can't be sure exactly what the camera is doing on a particular shot.
I should also note that I had Adobe RGB selected as the color space when I looked at this, so Color Mode II was available and apparently isn't what the camera chooses for any of the predefined Optimize Image settings.
In case you were wondering...
I have it set up for RAW with Custom settings but I could see that it would be useful to have "Bank B" set up for JPGs with one of these options (VI most likely for my use). Just in case I ever want to shoot Jpgs. Thanks!
D 2 0 0
D 1 0 0
F 1 0 0
C P 5 7 0 0
I also prefer using raw and custom settings but sometimes shoot JPEG and then the predefined modes are more attractive.
Auto sharpening in the NORMAL mode could be a "gotcha" -- might be nasty at high ISOs, depending on how the camera chooses its sharpening setting in the face of some noise. (Have to look at that sometime...)
If you open the "Shooting Data" field just under the toolbar in the Browser part of Nikon View (click the little triangle on the left) you can see all the settings relating to the "Optimize Image" options. You can also look in the Advanced Raw tool in Capture to see what the settings were for a particular image and to change them if you want (assuming you were shooting RAW).
'I believe that the electronic image will be the next major advance. Such systems will have their own inherent and inescapable structural characteristics, and the artist and functional practitioner will again strive to comprehend and control them.' -- Ansel Adams, 1981
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