You can save the settings of your personal adjustments in Picture Control in the camera so that you can use them again easily. For example, if you have made a special adjustment such as “reproducing a child with a gentle atmosphere in bright sunshine” and you intend to use the same setting again in a similar situation, you can register the setting and save it in the camera, so that you can easily find it the next time it is needed. You can save up to nine* custom Picture Controls in a D-SLR camera compatible with Picture Control.
*The number of custom Picture Control settings able to be registered in a camera depends on the specifications of models to be released in the future.
Two ways to create a custom Picture Control
1) Creating inside the camera
Edit the parameters based on the built-in Picture Control, which can be registered as a new Picture Control of your own style. You can create a Picture Control customized according to your preferences via simple operation.
Register a custom Picture Control after you have edited Picture Control.
Your custom Picture Control is indicated in the Picture Control list.
Example of an image using custom Picture Control
A stunning image is realized via a custom Picture Control based on Vivid.
Parameters changed based on Vivid
2) Creating with Picture Control Utility 2, a dedicated Picture Control management and adjustment software
Custom Picture Controls can also be created with Picture Control Utility 2 (can be downloaded from Nikon's website free of charge). With Picture Control Utility 2, adjustment by using a custom tone curve is also possible, which enables you to adjust the subtle brightness and contrast while checking in real-time with the preview display. A custom Picture Control created with Picture Control Utility 2 is automatically registered in the Picture Control list of ViewNX 2 and Capture NX-D in the same computer, which can be applied to any RAW image. It can be transferred to a camera via memory card and registered in the camera.
Adjustment using custom tone curve
Minute adjustment of brightness and contrast is available while confirming the preview image.
Major features of Picture Control Utility 2
Operation screen of Picture Control Utility 2
Linkage between Picture Control Utility 2 and camera
A custom Picture Control set with the D810 or cameras released after the D810 cannot be read with Picture Control Utility ver. 1.x. Also, if you select NP2 and create a custom Picture Control file with Picture Control Utility 2, the file can be read with the D810 or cameras released after the D810. If you use the file with cameras released before the D810, it is necessary to select NCP and save the file with Picture Control Utility 2.