D200 Predefined "Optimize Image" Settings

Started Dec 21, 2005 | Discussions
Jim Kaye Senior Member • Posts: 2,753
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:

NO:
Sharpening Auto, Tone Comp Auto, Color Mode I, Saturation Auto

SO:
Sharpening Low, Tone Comp Low contrast, Color Mode I, Saturation Auto

VI:
Sharpening Medium high, Tone Comp Normal, Color Mode III, Saturation Enhanced

VI+:
Sharpening High, Tone Comp High contrast, Color Mode III, Saturation Enhanced

PO:
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...
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Jrobe Regular Member • Posts: 443
Nice post.

Thanks you.

Kevin Roczey Senior Member • Posts: 1,136
Re: D200 Predefined "Optimize Image" Settings

Jim,

Thanks for taking the time to document that, very nice post.

Kevin R.

Janet Zinn
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this is really good to know

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!
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OP Jim Kaye Senior Member • Posts: 2,753
Re: this is really good to know

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...)
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PAR1967 Contributing Member • Posts: 812
nice post, thanks.
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Re: D200 Predefined "Optimize Image" Settings

This is a great post, Thanks!

Katherine Lud Regular Member • Posts: 376
Shamelessly bumping this.

This was great info for me and I just found it.

Thanks, Katherine

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Thanks, Katherine (nt)
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jcnjcn Regular Member • Posts: 449
Re: D200 Predefined "Optimize Image" Settings

Where is the 'As read by the "Shooting Data" in Nikon software'? Is it NC?
Jean Claude

OP Jim Kaye Senior Member • Posts: 2,753
Yes, Jean Claude, it's in Capture, also Nikon Browser...

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).
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nikonsrme Senior Member • Posts: 1,461
Excellent post Jim, Thanks.
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