The D60 (like other recent Nikon DSLRs) has six preset 'Image Optimization' (image parameter) settings. These provide the default mapping for color, tone and sharpness for various image 'looks' or shooting situations. In addition you can use the Custom option to change image sharpening, tone (contrast), color mode, color saturation and color hue. Sharpening, Tone and Saturation all have 'Auto' options where the camera selects the best value depending on other camera settings and scene information. According to the user manual Auto mode works best with Type G or D lens.
You can not independently select color space, it is instead tied to the color mode, Ia and IIIa being sRGB, II being Adobe RGB. The D60's default color mode is IIIa which delivers higher overall color saturation and but specifically stronger blues and greens for landscape scenes.
Image parameter adjustments
- Image Optimization presets: Normal, Softer, Vivid, More Vivid, Portrait, B&W, Custom
- Custom image optimizations
- Sharpening: Auto, Normal, Low, Medium low, Medium high, High, None
- Tone: Auto, Normal, Less, Medium low, Medium high, More, Custom
- Color mode: Ia (sRGB), II (Adobe RGB), IIIa (sRGB, for landscapes, default)
- Saturation: Auto, Normal, Moderate, Enhanced
- Hue: -9° to +9
Image Optimization presets
Below are samples of our test scene taken in each of the Image Optimization presets, we've also included a 100% crop from each image so you can see the sharpness level of each preset.
The D60 provides a total of six different sharpening settings, from -2 to +2 as well as None. Our experience with the 'Auto' setting was that it tended to produce results identical to, or very close to 'Normal'. We were quite happy with the 'Normal' (default setting), which is a touch on the conservative side, but produces very clean images with a good level of detail. If you're shooting JPEG for printing and don't want to do any post processing you may prefer to use the Medium high setting (the high setting is a little too strong for anything but the smallest prints due to the visible sharpening halos).
|Medium Low (-1)|
|Medium High (+1)|
|Thunderheads With Egret by Buzz Lightyear|
|Double Rainbow; Abiquiu, NM, USA. by abiquiuense|
from After the Rain