As with almost all Nikon cameras there is also a Picture Control option, here you can choose between Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait and Landscape. Each of the settings can be customised with Sharpening, Contrast, Brightness, Saturation and Hue. For monochrome you can apply a B/W filter from a choice of Orange, Yellow, Red or Green or apply an overall tone from a selection of colours, each tone can have an increased or reduced saturation which is set on a sliding scale. This is a superb feature, however, anyone who has moderate skills in Photoshop, PaintShop Pro or other imaging application could easily achieve a similar result. Any settings you make on Picture Control will be lost when you turn off the camera. However, directly below is the Custom Picture Control, the settings you make here can be saved and recalled for future use. Up to 9 Custom Picture Controls can be defined and saved to the camera or SD card.
One feature which you may want to experiment with is the Interval shooting feature. Just select an interval Hours: Minutes or Seconds and the number of frames you want to capture. Press the Start button and the camera snaps away for you. Once completed you can compile all the images to produce a time lapse sequence in your video editing application. This function worked without any major problem with the exception that the minimum interval time has to be 5 seconds between shots. I would have liked an option to shoot at 1 or 2 second intervals as this would provide smoother time lapse sequences. If you do try to select 1 second intervals then an Error message is displayed informing you “Camera cannot start the interval timer – choose a different setting”, not very helpful!
The camera offers ISO settings between 100 to 3200 + Hi 1. There are also three Auto settings A400 which offers Auto ISO from 100 to 400, Auto ISO A800 offers 100 – 800 and Auto ISO A3200 offers 100 – 3200. At the higher ISO settings the camera didn’t display an excessive amount of noise, and there is a High ISO noise reduction option available in the menu, as well as a Long exposure NR. The camera has an incredible shutter speed range from 30 seconds through to 1/16000 sec plus bulb. The shutter speeds are selected via the Playback Zoom control, this can be fiddly to use for someone with large hands or wearing gloves. The selected speed is indicated at the bottom of the LCD display. Apertures are selected by rotating the rear multi selector wheel, the selected value is also indicated at the bottom of the LCD screen.