Nikon D80 Review
The D80 features 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. Unlike the D200 however you can not independently select color space, this instead is tied to the color mode, Ia and IIIa being sRGB, II being Adobe RGB. 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.
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)
- 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 D80 provides a total of six different sharpening settings, from -2 to +2 as well as None. As you can see in this example the Auto setting selected a sharpening level nearest to Normal. We found that you could happily (without visible artifacts) use the Medium High (+1) setting if you preferred your images a little sharper straight from the camera.
|Medium Low (-1)|
|Medium High (+1)|
|Morning At Picture Lake by Buzz Lightyear|
from Dawns first rays
|AT-6 Harvard by jarud|
from Trainer aircraft
|Matterhorn by ewng|