Nikon 1 J3 Manual User Guide And Product Specification

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DIGITAL CAMERA
Reference Manual
En
Thank you for your purchase of a Nikon digital camera. To get
the most from your camera, please be sure to read all instruc-
tions thoroughly and keep them where they will be read by all
who use the product.
Camera Settings
The explanations in this manual assume that default settings are used.
Symbols and Conventions
To make it easier to find the information you need, the following sym-
bols and conventions are used:
The 1, 3, 4, and 2 symbols represent up, down, left, and right on the
multi selector.
Digitutor
“Digitutor”, a series of “watch and learn” manuals in movie form, is avail-
able from the following website:
http://www.nikondigitutor.com/index_eng.html
DThis icon marks cautions; information that should be read before
use to prevent damage to the camera.
AThis icon marks notes; information that should be read before
using the camera.
0This icon marks references to other pages in this manual.
AFor Your Safety
Before using the camera for the first time, read the safety instructions in
“For Your Safety” (0x–xii).
i
Getting the Most from Your Camera 0ii
Table of Contents 0iv
sIntroduction 01
zAuto Mode 021
6Creative Mode 031
bBest Moment Capture Mode 045
9Motion Snapshot Mode 053
yRecording and Viewing Movies 057
tMore on Photography 067
IMore on Playback 079
QConnections 091
oThe Playback Menu 0107
iThe Shooting Menu 0117
(The Movie Menu 0139
)The Image Processing Menu 0143
gThe Setup Menu 0157
nTechnical Notes 0165
ii
Getting the Most from Your Camera
Take photos with the shutter-release button.
Photos can be taken in any
mode by pressing the shutter-
release button. See page 6 for
more information.
Shutter-release button
Shoot movies with the movie-record button.
Movies can be recorded by
pressing the movie-record but-
ton in auto (029), creative
(044), and advanced movie
(057) modes.
Movie-record button
Create short movies with music.
Install the supplied software (091), copy photos and movies
to your computer using ViewNX 2 (095), and use Short Movie
Creator to create short movies (098).
View short movies in high definition.
Transfer short movies to the camera (099) and use an HDMI
cable to connect the camera to an HDTV (0100).
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Accessories
Expand your photographic horizons with a wide variety of inter-
changeable lenses and other accessories (0165).
Lenses
Wireless
mobile
adapters
Software for
Nikon digital
cameras
(available on
CD)
Mount
adapters
Waterproof
cases
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Getting the Most from Your Camera ......................................... ii
Accessories .............................................................................................. iii
For Your Safety............................................................................... x
Notices..........................................................................................xiii
Introduction 1
Before You Begin ...........................................................................1
Parts of the Camera.......................................................................2
The Camera Body ................................................................................... 2
The Monitor.............................................................................................. 4
The Mode Dial ......................................................................................... 6
The Multi Selector .................................................................................. 7
The G Button.................................................................................... 8
& (Feature) .............................................................................................10
First Steps......................................................................................11
Auto Mode 21
Taking Photos in Auto Mode.....................................................21
Viewing Photographs .................................................................27
Deleting Pictures ..................................................................................28
Recording Movies in Auto Mode ..............................................29
Creative Mode 31
Choosing a Creative Mode.........................................................31
Choosing a Scene ........................................................................32
Taking Photos in P, S, A, and M Modes ......................................34
PProgrammed Auto............................................................................34
SShutter-Priority Auto........................................................................35
AAperture-Priority Auto ....................................................................36
MManual .................................................................................................37
Backlighting .................................................................................40
Easy Panorama.............................................................................41
Recording Movies in Creative Mode........................................44
Table of Contents
v
Best Moment Capture Mode 45
Slow View......................................................................................45
Smart Photo Selector..................................................................47
Viewing Photos Taken with the Smart Photo Selector ........50
Choosing the Best Shot ..................................................................... 50
Deleting Pictures.................................................................................. 51
Motion Snapshot Mode 53
Shooting in Motion Snapshot Mode .......................................53
Viewing Motion Snapshots .......................................................56
Deleting Motion Snapshots............................................................. 56
Recording and Viewing Movies 57
Recording HD Movies................................................................. 58
Recording Slow-Motion Movies ............................................... 62
Viewing Movies ...........................................................................65
Deleting Movies ................................................................................... 66
More on Photography 67
Single-Frame, Continuous, and Self-Timer Modes ...............67
Continuous Mode................................................................................ 67
Self-Timer Modes................................................................................. 69
Exposure Compensation ........................................................... 71
The Built-in Flash.........................................................................72
Choosing a Flash Mode ..................................................................... 73
The WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter ......................................76
More on Playback 79
Photo Information ...................................................................... 79
Thumbnail Playback ................................................................... 82
Calendar Playback ......................................................................83
Playback Zoom ............................................................................ 84
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Deleting Pictures .........................................................................85
Deleting the Current Picture............................................................85
The Playback Menu .............................................................................85
Rating Pictures .............................................................................86
Slide Shows...................................................................................87
Connections 91
Installing the Supplied Software..............................................91
System Requirements.........................................................................93
Viewing and Editing Pictures on a Computer........................95
Transferring Pictures...........................................................................95
Viewing Pictures ...................................................................................96
Creating Short Movies........................................................................98
Viewing Pictures on TV............................................................ 100
High-Definition Devices.................................................................. 100
Printing Photographs .............................................................. 102
Connecting the Printer.................................................................... 102
Printing Pictures One at a Time.................................................... 103
Printing Multiple Pictures............................................................... 104
Creating a DPOF Print Order: Print Set ...................................... 106
The Playback Menu 107
Selecting Multiple Images.............................................................. 109
Image Review ............................................................................ 110
Rotate Tall .................................................................................. 110
Protect ........................................................................................ 110
Rating.......................................................................................... 110
D-Lighting.................................................................................. 111
Resize .......................................................................................... 112
Crop............................................................................................. 113
Face-Priority Zoom................................................................... 114
Edit Movie .................................................................................. 114
Change Theme .......................................................................... 115
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The Shooting Menu 117
Reset Shooting Options ...........................................................119
Exposure Mode..........................................................................119
Image Quality.............................................................................120
Image Size...................................................................................120
Number of Shots Saved ...........................................................123
Movie Before/After ...................................................................123
File Format..................................................................................124
Metering .....................................................................................124
Auto Distortion Control ...........................................................125
Color Space.................................................................................126
Active D-Lighting ......................................................................127
Long Exposure NR.....................................................................128
Optical VR ...................................................................................128
Electronic VR ..............................................................................129
Focus Mode ................................................................................129
Manual Focus ......................................................................................132
AF-Area Mode ............................................................................134
Focus Lock............................................................................................135
Face-Priority ...............................................................................136
Built-in AF Assist........................................................................136
Flash Compensation.................................................................137
The Movie Menu 139
Reset Movie Options.................................................................140
Frame Rate..................................................................................140
Movie Settings ...........................................................................141
Movie Sound Options...............................................................142
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The Image Processing Menu 143
Reset Processing Options ....................................................... 144
White Balance............................................................................ 144
Fine-Tuning White Balance ........................................................... 145
Preset Manual..................................................................................... 146
ISO Sensitivity ........................................................................... 149
Picture Control .......................................................................... 150
Modifying Picture Controls............................................................ 150
Custom Picture Control ........................................................... 154
Edit/Save............................................................................................... 154
Load from/Save to Card.................................................................. 155
High ISO Noise Reduction....................................................... 156
The Setup Menu 157
Reset Setup Options ................................................................ 158
Format Memory Card............................................................... 158
Slot Empty Release Lock ......................................................... 159
Display ........................................................................................ 159
Display Brightness ............................................................................ 159
Grid Display ......................................................................................... 159
Shooting............................................................................................... 159
Playback................................................................................................ 160
Sound Settings.......................................................................... 160
Auto Power Off.......................................................................... 160
Shutter Button AE Lock ........................................................... 161
Flicker Reduction...................................................................... 161
Reset File Numbering .............................................................. 161
Time Zone and Date................................................................. 162
Language ................................................................................... 162
Auto Image Rotation................................................................ 163
Pixel Mapping ........................................................................... 164
Firmware Version ..................................................................... 164
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Technical Notes 165
Optional Accessories ................................................................165
Approved Memory Cards................................................................167
Approved Eye-Fi Cards ....................................................................168
Attaching a Power Connector and AC Adapter......................169
Storage and Cleaning...............................................................171
Storage ..................................................................................................171
Cleaning................................................................................................171
Caring for the Camera and Battery: Cautions......................172
Available Settings .....................................................................176
Defaults.......................................................................................180
Memory Card Capacity.............................................................181
Troubleshooting........................................................................184
Battery/Display ...................................................................................184
Shooting (All Modes)........................................................................185
Shooting (P, S, A, and M Modes).....................................................186
Movies....................................................................................................186
Playback ................................................................................................187
Miscellaneous .....................................................................................187
Error Messages...........................................................................188
Specifications.............................................................................191
Nikon 1 J3 Digital Camera ..............................................................191
Battery Life ...........................................................................................208
Index ............................................................................................209
x
To prevent damage to your Nikon product or injury to yourself or to others,
read the following safety precautions in their entirety before using this equip-
ment. Keep these safety instructions where all those who use the product will
read them.
The consequences that could result from failure to observe the precautions
listed in this section are indicated by the following symbol:
❚❚WARNINGS
For Your Safety
AThis icon marks warnings. To prevent possible injury, read all warn-
ings before using this Nikon product.
AKeep the sun out of the frame. Keep the
sun well out of the frame when
shooting backlit subjects. Sunlight
focused into the camera when the
sun is in or close to the frame could
cause a fire.
ATurn off immediately in the event of mal-
function. Should you notice smoke or
an unusual smell coming from the
equipment or AC adapter (available
separately), unplug the AC adapter
and remove the battery immediately,
taking care to avoid burns. Continued
operation could result in injury. After
removing the battery, take the equip-
ment to a Nikon-authorized service
center for inspection.
ADo not use in the presence of flammable
gas. Do not use electronic equipment
in the presence of flammable gas, as
this could result in explosion or fire.
ADo not disassemble. Touching the prod-
uct’s internal parts could result in
injury. In the event of malfunction,
the product should be repaired only
by a qualified technician. Should the
product break open as the result of a
fall or other accident, remove the bat-
tery and/or AC adapter and then take
the product to a Nikon-authorized
service center for inspection.
AKeep out of reach of children. Failure to
observe this precaution could result
in injury. In addition, note that small
parts constitute a choking hazard.
Should a child swallow any part of
this equipment, consult a physician
immediately.
ADo not place the strap around the neck of
an infant or child. Placing the camera
strap around the neck of an infant or
child could result in strangulation.
xi
ADo not remain in contact with the camera,
battery, or charger for extended periods
while the devices are on or in use. Parts of
the device become hot. Leaving the
device in direct contact with the skin
for extended periods may result in
low-temperature burns.
ADo not aim the flash at the operator of a
motor vehicle. Failure to observe this
precaution could result in accidents.
AObserve caution when using a flash.
Using the camera with the flash in
close contact with the skin or other
objects could cause burns.
Using a flash close to the subject’s
eyes could cause temporary visual
impairment. Particular care should
be observed when photographing
infants, when the flash should be no
less than one meter (39 in.) from the
subject.
AAvoid contact with liquid crystal. Should
the display break, care should be
taken to avoid injury due to broken
glass and to prevent the liquid crystal
from the display touching the skin or
entering the eyes or mouth.
AObserve proper precautions when handling
batteries. Batteries may leak or
explode if improperly handled.
Observe the following precautions
when handling batteries for use in
this product:
Use only batteries approved for use
in this equipment.
Do not short or disassemble the
battery.
Be sure the product is off before
replacing the battery. If you are
using an AC adapter, be sure it is
unplugged.
Do not attempt to insert the battery
upside down or backwards.
Do not expose the battery to flame
or to excessive heat.
Do not immerse in or expose to
water.
Replace the terminal cover when
transporting the battery. Do not
transport or store the battery with
metal objects such as necklaces or
hairpins.
Batteries are prone to leakage when
fully discharged. To avoid damage
to the product, be sure to remove
the battery when no charge
remains.
When the battery is not in use,
attach the terminal cover and store
in a cool, dry place.
The battery may be hot immedi-
ately after use or when the product
has been used on battery power for
an extended period. Before remov-
ing the battery turn the camera off
and allow the battery to cool.
Discontinue use immediately
should you notice any changes in
the battery, such as discoloration or
deformation.
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AObserve proper precautions when handling
the charger:
Keep dry. Failure to observe this
precaution could result in fire or
electric shock.
Do not short the charger terminals.
Failure to observe this precaution
could result in overheating and
damage to the charger.
Dust on or near the metal parts of
the plug should be removed with a
dry cloth. Continued use could
result in fire.
Do not go near the charger during
thunderstorms. Failure to observe
this precaution could result in elec-
tric shock.
Do not handle the plug or charger
with wet hands. Failure to observe
this precaution could result in elec-
tric shock.
Do not use with travel converters or
adapters designed to convert from
one voltage to another or with DC-
to-AC inverters. Failure to observe
this precaution could damage the
product or cause overheating or fire.
AUse appropriate cables. When connect-
ing cables to the input and output
jacks, use only the cables provided or
sold by Nikon for the purpose to
maintain compliance with product
regulations.
ACD-ROMs: CD-ROMs containing soft-
ware or manuals should not be
played back on audio CD equipment.
Playing CD-ROMs on an audio CD
player could cause hearing loss or
damage the equipment.
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No part of the manuals included
with this product may be repro-
duced, transmitted, transcribed,
stored in a retrieval system, or trans-
lated into any language in any form,
by any means, without Nikons prior
written permission.
Nikon reserves the right to change
the specifications of the hardware
and software described in these
manuals at any time and without
prior notice.
Nikon will not be held liable for any
damages resulting from the use of
this product.
While every effort has been made to
ensure that the information in these
manuals is accurate and complete,
we would appreciate it were you to
bring any errors or omissions to the
attention of the Nikon representa-
tive in your area (address provided
separately).
Notice for Customers in Canada
CAUTION
This Class B digital apparatus com-
plies with Canadian ICES-003.
ATTENTION
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B
est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du
Canada.
Notice for Customers in Europe
This symbol indicates that
electrical and electronic
equipment is to be col-
lected separately.
The following apply only to
users in European countries:
This product is designated for sepa-
rate collection at an appropriate col-
lection point. Do not dispose of as
household waste.
Separate collection and recycling
helps conserve natural resources
and prevent negative consequences
for human health and the environ-
ment that might result from incor-
rect disposal.
For more information, contact the
retailer or the local authorities in
charge of waste management.
This symbol on the battery
indicates that the battery is
to be collected separately.
The following apply only to
users in European countries:
All batteries, whether marked with
this symbol or not, are designated
for separate collection at an appro-
priate collection point. Do not dis-
pose of as household waste.
For more information, contact the
retailer or the local authorities in
charge of waste management.
Notices
CAUTION: RISK OF EXPLOSION IF BATTERY IS REPLACED BY AN INCORRECT
TYPE. DISPOSE OF USED BATTERIES ACCORDING TO THE INSTRUCTIONS.
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Notice for Customers in the U.S.A.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Radio Frequency Interference Statement
This equipment has been tested and
found to comply with the limits for a
Class B digital device, pursuant to Part
15 of the FCC rules. These limits are
designed to provide reasonable pro-
tection against harmful interference in
a residential installation. This equip-
ment generates, uses, and can radiate
radio frequency energy and, if not
installed and used in accordance with
the instructions, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that
interference will not occur in a particu-
lar installation. If this equipment does
cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be
determined by turning the equipment
off and on, the user is encouraged to
try to correct the interference by one
or more of the following measures:
Reorient or relocate the receiving
antenna.
Increase the separation between the
equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment into an out-
let on a circuit different from that to
which the receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced
radio/television technician for help.
CAUTIONS
Modifications
The FCC requires the user be notified
that any changes or modifications
made to this device that are not
expressly approved by Nikon Corpo-
ration may void the users authority to
operate the equipment.
Interface Cables
Use the interface cables sold or pro-
vided by Nikon for your equipment.
Using other interface cables may
exceed the limits of Class B Part 15 of
the FCC rules.
Notice for Customers in the State of California
WARNING: Handling the cord on this
product may expose you to lead, a
chemical known to the State of Cali-
fornia to cause birth defects or other
reproductive harm. Wash hands after
handling.
Nikon Inc., 1300 Walt Whitman Road,
Melville, New York 11747-3064, U.S.A.
Tel.: 631-547-4200
The Battery Charger
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS—SAVE THESE
INSTRUCTIONS
DANGER—TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC
SHOCK, CAREFULLY FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS
For connection to a supply not in the U.S.A., use an attachment plug adapter
of the proper configuration for the power outlet if needed. This power unit
is intended to be correctly oriented in a vertical or floor mount position.
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Notice Concerning Prohibition of Copying or Reproduction
Note that simply being in possession of material that has been digitally cop-
ied or reproduced by means of a scanner, digital camera, or other device may
be punishable by law.
Items prohibited by law from being copied
or reproduced
Do not copy or reproduce paper
money, coins, securities, govern-
ment bonds, or local government
bonds, even if such copies or repro-
ductions are stamped “Sample.
The copying or reproduction of
paper money, coins, or securities
which are circulated in a foreign
country is prohibited.
Unless the prior permission of the
government has been obtained, the
copying or reproduction of unused
postage stamps or post cards issued
by the government is prohibited.
The copying or reproduction of
stamps issued by the government
and of certified documents stipu-
lated by law is prohibited.
Cautions on certain copies and reproduc-
tions
The government has issued cautions
on copies or reproductions of securities
issued by private companies (shares,
bills, checks, gift certificates, etc.), com-
muter passes, or coupon tickets, except
when a minimum of necessary copies
are to be provided for business use by a
company. Also, do not copy or repro-
duce passports issued by the govern-
ment, licenses issued by public
agencies and private groups, ID cards,
and tickets, such as passes and meal
coupons.
Comply with copyright notices
The copying or reproduction of
copyrighted creative works such as
books, music, paintings, woodcuts,
prints, maps, drawings, movies, and
photographs is governed by
national and international copyright
laws. Do not use this product for the
purpose of making illegal copies or
to infringe copyright laws.
Disposing of Data Storage Devices
Please note that deleting images or formatting memory cards or other data
storage devices does not completely erase the original image data. Deleted
files can sometimes be recovered from discarded storage devices using com-
mercially available software, potentially resulting in the malicious use of per-
sonal image data. Ensuring the privacy of such data is the users
responsibility.
Before discarding a data storage device or transferring ownership to another
person, erase all data using commercial deletion software, or format the
device and then completely refill it with images containing no private infor-
mation (for example, pictures of empty sky). Care should be taken to avoid
injury when physically destroying data storage devices.
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AVC Patent Portfolio License
THIS PRODUCT IS LICENSED UNDER THE AVC PATENT PORTFOLIO LICENSE FOR THE PERSONAL
AND NON-COMMERCIAL USE OF A CONSUMER TO (I) ENCODE VIDEO IN COMPLIANCE WITH
THE AVC STANDARD (“AVC VIDEO”) AND/OR (II) DECODE AVC VIDEO THAT WAS ENCODED
BY A CONSUMER ENGAGED IN A PERSONAL AND NON-COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY AND/OR WAS
OBTAINED FROM A VIDEO PROVIDER LICENSED TO PROVIDE AVC VIDEO. NO LICENSE IS
GRANTED OR SHALL BE IMPLIED FOR ANY OTHER USE. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION MAY BE
OBTAINED FROM MPEG LA, L.L.C. SEE http://www.mpegla.com
Temperature Warnings
The camera may become warm to the touch during use; this is normal and
does not indicate a malfunction. At high ambient temperatures, after
extended periods of continuous use, or after several photographs have been
taken in quick succession, a temperature warning may be displayed, follow-
ing which the camera will turn off automatically to minimize damage to its
internal circuits. Wait for the camera to cool before resuming use.
Use Only Nikon Brand Electronic Accessories
Nikon cameras are designed to the highest standards and include complex
electronic circuitry. Only Nikon brand electronic accessories (including charg-
ers, batteries, AC adapters, and lens accessories) certified by Nikon specifically
for use with this Nikon digital camera are engineered and proven to operate
within the operational and safety requirements of this electronic circuitry.
The use of non-Nikon electronic accessories could damage the
camera and may void your Nikon warranty. The use of third-
party rechargeable Li-ion batteries not bearing the Nikon holo-
graphic seal shown at right could interfere with normal operation of the cam-
era or result in the batteries overheating, igniting, rupturing, or leaking.
For more information about Nikon brand accessories, contact a local autho-
rized Nikon dealer.
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DUse Only Nikon Brand Accessories
Only Nikon brand accessories certified by Nikon specifically for use
with your Nikon digital camera are engineered and proven to operate
within its operational and safety requirements. THE USE OF NON-NIKON
ACCESSORIES COULD DAMAGE YOUR CAMERA AND MAY VOID YOUR NIKON WAR-
RANTY.
AServicing the Camera and Accessories
The camera is a precision device and requires regular servicing. Nikon
recommends that the camera be inspected by the original retailer or a
Nikon-authorized service representative once every one to two years,
and that it be serviced once every three to five years (note that fees
apply to these services). Frequent inspection and servicing are particu-
larly recommended if the camera is used professionally. Any accesso-
ries regularly used with the camera, such as lenses, should be included
when the camera is inspected or serviced.
ABefore Taking Important Pictures
Before taking pictures on important occasions (such as at weddings or
before taking the camera on a trip), take a test shot to ensure that the
camera is functioning normally. Nikon will not be held liable for dam-
ages or lost profits that may result from product malfunction.
ALife-Long Learning
As part of Nikon’s “Life-Long Learning” commitment to ongoing prod-
uct support and education, continually-updated information is avail-
able on-line at the following sites:
For users in the U.S.A.: http://www.nikonusa.com/
For users in Europe and Africa: http://www.europe-nikon.com/support/
For users in Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East: http://www.nikon-asia.com/
Visit these sites to keep up-to-date with the latest product information,
tips, answers to frequently-asked questions (FAQs), and general advice
on digital imaging and photography. Additional information may be
available from the Nikon representative in your area. For contact infor-
mation, visit http://imaging.nikon.com/
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1
s
s
Introduction
Before using your camera for the first time, confirm that the
package contains the items listed in the Users Manual.
Before You Begin
2
s
Take a few moments to familiarize yourself with camera controls
and displays. You may find it helpful to bookmark this section
and refer to it as you read through the rest of the manual.
The Camera Body
Parts of the Camera
31 2 54
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17
16
6
5
7
8
9
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20
18
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10
11
1Movie-record button
.................................... 29, 44, 57, 59, 63
2Shutter-release
button ....................... 23, 46, 48, 54, 61
3Power switch........................................17
4Mode dial................................................ 6
5Microphone........................................142
6Focal plane mark (E) ......................133
7AF-assist illuminator ........................136
Self-timer lamp ...................................69
Red-eye reduction lamp ...................74
8Eyelet for camera strap......................11
9Flash pop-up button.......................... 72
10 HDMI connector cover ....................100
11 USB connector cover ......... 76, 95, 102
12 Lens release button..........................200
13 Dust shield ................................171, 172
14 Lens mount ................................. 16, 133
15 Mounting mark ................................... 16
16 Power lamp .......................................... 17
17 Body cap .............................................166
18 Built-in flash......................................... 72
19 HDMI mini-pin connector...............100
20 USB connector..................... 76, 95, 102
3
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The Camera Body (Continued)
*Camera does not support TA-N100 tripod mounting spacer.
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3
4
5
7
6
8
9
12 13
1Monitor ....................................4, 79, 159
2K (playback) button ............27, 50, 56
3G (menu) button .......................... 8
4Multi selector......................................... 7
J (OK) button....................................... 7
& (feature) ...........................................10
E (exposure compensation)............71
M (flash mode).....................................73
C (continuous shooting/
self-timer)..................................... 67, 69
5Memory card access lamp......... 15, 22
6O (delete) button......................... 28, 85
7Power connector cover
for optional power connector......169
8Battery-chamber/memory card slot
cover latch........................... 13, 15, 169
9Battery-chamber/
memory card slot cover... 13, 15, 169
10 Tripod socket *
11 Speaker
12 Memory card slot................................ 13
13 Battery latch......................... 13, 15, 169
AHolding the Camera
When framing photographs, hold the camera as shown below.
Hold the camera in
your right hand.
Keep your elbows
propped lightly
against your torso.
Cradle the lens with
your left hand.
4
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The Monitor
*Available only when Detailed is selected for Display > Shooting in the
setup menu (0159).
421 3 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
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29
30
28
17
12
13
14
18
21
27 222325 2426 20
15
16
19
32
33
34
35
1Shooting mode ..................................... 6
2Live image control..............................25
Creative mode ............................. 31, 32
Best moment capture
selection ....................................... 45, 47
Advanced movie selection ........ 57, 62
Exposure mode ................................ 119
3Flexible program indicator...............34
4Flash mode...........................................72
5Self-timer ....................................... 67, 69
Continuous mode *.............................67
6Active D-Lighting *.......................... 127
7Picture Control *............................... 150
8White balance *................................ 144
9Movie settings (HD movies) *........ 141
Frame rate
(slow-motion movies) *................. 140
10 Image size *....................................... 120
11 Image quality *................................. 120
12 Focus mode *..................................... 129
13 AF-area mode *................................. 134
14 Face-priority *..............................24, 136
15 Focus area....................................22, 134
16 AF-area brackets *............................ 129
17 Flash compensation........................ 137
18 Exposure compensation ...................71
19 Flash-ready indicator.........................72
20 “K” (appears when memory remains
for over 1000 exposures).................20
21 Number of exposures remaining....20
Number of shots remaining
before memory buffer fills ..............68
White balance
recording indicator .........................147
Card warning indicator...........159, 188
22 Time available............................... 59, 63
23 ISO sensitivity ....................................149
24 ISO sensitivity indicator...................149
Auto ISO sensitivity indicator ........149
25 Aperture......................................... 36, 37
26 Shutter speed ............................... 35, 37
27 Metering .............................................124
28 Battery indicator *...............................20
29 Sound settings *................................160
30 HDR ........................................................40
31 Eye-Fi connection indicator *.........168
32 Autoexposure (AE) lock
indicator ........................................... 161
33 Microphone sensitivity *.................142
34 Time elapsed................................. 59, 63
35 Recording indicator..................... 59, 63
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AThe Framing Grid
A framing grid can be displayed by selecting
On for Display > Grid display in the setup
menu (0159).
ASee also
For information on adjusting monitor brightness, see page 159.
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The Mode Dial
The camera offers a choice of the follow-
ing shooting modes:
Mode dial
z Motion Snapshot mode (053): Each time the shutter is released, the
camera records a still image and about 1.6 s of movie footage. When the
resulting “Motion Snapshot” is viewed on the camera, the movie will
play back in slow motion over approximately 4 s, followed by the still
image.
uBest moment capture mode (045):
Choose the moment to release the shut-
ter as the scene plays back in slow motion
(slow view), or let the camera choose the
best shot based on composition and
motion (Smart Photo Selector).
C Auto mode (021): Let the camera pick
the settings for photographs and movies.
w Creative mode (031): For photographs
in which you want to use special effects,
match settings to the scene, or control
shutter speed and aperture.
v Advanced movie mode (057): Choose the shutter speed and aperture
for HD movies or shoot slow-motion movies.
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The Multi Selector
The multi selector and J button are used
to adjust settings and navigate the cam-
era menus.
Multi selector
Settings: &
See page 10.
Menu navigation: 1
Move cursor up.
Settings: C
View continuous
shooting/self-timer
menu (067).
Menu navigation: 4
Return to previous
menu.
Select highlighted
item.
Settings: E
View exposure com-
pensation menu
(071).
Menu navigation: 2
Select highlighted item
or display sub-menu.
Settings: M
View flash mode menu (072).
Menu navigation: 3
Move cursor down.
AThe Multi Selector
Items can be highlighted by rotating the multi selector
as shown at right.
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The G Button
Most shooting, playback, and setup
options can be accessed from the camera
menus. Press the G button to display
the menu selection dialog shown below,
then use the multi selector to highlight
the icon for the desired menu and press
J.G button
Shooting menu (0117):
Adjust settings for still photography.
Playback menu (0107): Movie menu (0139):
Adjust playback settings. Adjust movie-recording
options.
Image processing menu (0143): History menu:
Adjust white balance, ISO sensitivity,
Picture Controls, and other image
processing settings for photographs
and movies.
Display recently used settings,
or select Reset history > Yes to
remove all items from the
history menu.
Setup menu (0157):
Adjust basic camera settings.
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❚❚ Using the Menus
1Select an item.
2Select an option.
Use the multi selector (07) to navigate
the playback, shooting, movie, image
processing, setup, and history menus.
Multi selector
Press 1 or 3 to highlight menu items
and press 2 to view options for the
highlighted item.
Press 1 or 3 to highlight the desired
option and press J to select.
AUsing the Menus
The items listed may vary with camera settings. Items displayed in gray
are not currently available (0176). To exit the menus and return to
shooting mode, press the shutter-release button halfway (023).
AChoosing a Menu
To display another menu, press 4 in Step 1
and then press 1 or 3 to highlight the
desired icon. Press 2 to position the cursor in
the highlighted menu.
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& (Feature)
Live image control (Cauto mode; 025): Adjust exposure (Bright-
ness control), contrast (Active D-Lighting), or depth of field
(Background softening), or freeze or blur motion (Motion
control). The effects can be previewed in the monitor.
Creative (wcreative mode; 031): Choose from Programmed
auto (P), Shutter-priority auto (S), Aperture-priority auto (A),
Manual (M), Night landscape (j), Night portrait (o), Back-
lighting (m), Easy panorama (p), Soft (q), Miniature effect
(r), and Selective color (s).
Best moment capture (ubest moment capture mode; 045): Choose
from Slow view and Smart Photo Selector (047) options.
Advanced movie (vadvanced movie mode; 057): Choose Slow
motion (y) for slow-motion recording (062) or select Pro-
grammed auto (P), Shutter-priority auto (S), Aperture-prior-
ity auto (A), or Manual (M) for high-definition (HD) movie
recording.
Theme (zMotion Snapshot mode; 055): Choose from Beauty,
Waves, Relaxation, and Tenderness.
Pressing 1(&) gives access to the fea-
tures listed below. Press 1(&) to display
options for the current mode, then rotate
the multi selector or press 1 or 3 to
highlight the desired option and press J
to select.
Rating (playback mode; 086): Rate pic-
tures.
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1Attach the camera strap.
Attach the strap securely to the two camera eyelets.
2Charge the battery.
Insert the battery into the charger q and plug the charger in
w. An exhausted battery fully charges in about two hours.
Unplug the charger and remove the battery when charging is
complete.
First Steps
AThe Plug Adapter
Depending on the country or region of
purchase, a plug adapter may be sup-
plied with the charger.
The shape of the
adapter varies with the country or region
of purchase. If a plug adapter is supplied,
raise the wall plug and connect the plug
adapter as shown at right, making sure
the plug is fully inserted.
Attempting to forcibly remove the plug
adapter could damage the product.
Battery
charging
Charging
complete
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DThe Battery and Charger
Read and follow the warnings and cautions on pages x–xii and 172–
175 of this manual. Do not use the battery at ambient temperatures
below 0°C (32°F) or above 40°C (104°F); failure to observe this pre-
caution could damage the battery or impair its performance.
Capacity may be reduced and charging times may increase at bat-
tery temperatures from 0°C (32°F) to 10°C (50°F) and from 45°C
(113°F) to 60°C (140°F); the battery will not charge if its tempera-
ture is below 0°C (32°F) or above 60°C (140°F).
Charge the battery at ambient temperatures between 5°C (41°F)
and 35°C (95°F). If the CHARGE lamp flashes quickly during charging,
cease use immediately and take battery and charger to your retailer
or a Nikon-authorized service representative.
Do not move the charger or touch the battery during charging. Fail-
ure to observe this precaution could in very rare instances result in
the charger showing that charging is complete when the battery is
only partially charged. Remove and reinsert the battery to begin
charging again.
Use the charger with compatible batteries only. Unplug when not
in use.
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3Insert the battery and a memory card.
Check to be sure the battery and card are in the correct orien-
tation. Using the battery to keep the orange battery latch
pressed to one side, slide the battery in until it latches, and
then slide in the memory card until it clicks into place.
Rear
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DInserting and Removing Batteries and Memory Cards
Always turn the camera off before inserting or removing batteries
or memory cards. Note that the battery and memory cards may be
hot after use; observe due caution when removing the battery and
memory cards.
AFormatting Memory Cards
If this is the first time the memory card
will be used in the camera or if the card
has been formatted in another device,
select Format memory card in the setup
menu and follow the on-screen instruc-
tions to format the card (0158). Note
that this permanently deletes any data the
card may contain. Be sure to copy any
photographs and other data you wish to
keep to a computer before proceeding.
AThe Write Protect Switch
Memory cards are equipped
with a write protect switch to
prevent accidental loss of data.
When this switch is in the “lock”
position, the memory card can
not be formatted and photos can not be deleted or recorded. To
unlock the memory card, slide the switch to the “write” position.
Write-protect switch
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ARemoving Batteries and Memory Cards
After turning the camera off, confirm that
the memory card access lamp (
0
3) is off
and open the battery-chamber/memory
card slot cover. To remove the battery, first
release it by pressing the orange battery
latch in the direction shown by the arrow
and then remove the battery by hand.
To remove a memory card, first press the
card in to eject it (q); the card can then
be removed by hand (w).
DMemory Cards
The camera stores pictures on SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
(available separately; 0167).
Do not remove memory cards from the camera, turn the camera
off, or remove or disconnect the power source during formatting
or while data are being recorded, deleted, or copied to a com-
puter. Failure to observe these precautions could result in loss of
data or in damage to the camera or card.
Do not touch the card terminals with your fingers or metal objects.
Do not bend, drop, or subject to strong physical shocks.
Do not apply force to the card casing. Failure to observe this pre-
caution could damage the card.
Do not expose to water, heat, high levels of humidity, or direct
sunlight.
Do not format memory cards in a computer.
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4Attach a lens.
Be careful to prevent dust from entering the camera when the
lens or body cap is removed. The lens generally used in this
manual for illustrative purposes is a 1 NIKKOR VR 10–30mm
f/3.5–5.6. See page 128 for information on vibration reduc-
tion (VR) and page 200 for information on removing lenses.
ALenses with Retractable Lens Barrel Buttons
Lenses with retractable lens barrel but-
tons can not be used when retracted. To
unlock and extend the lens, keep the
retractable lens barrel button pressed (q)
while rotating the zoom ring (w). The
lens can be retracted and the zoom ring
locked by pressing the retractable lens
barrel button and rotating the ring in the opposite direction. Be
careful not to press the retractable lens barrel button while attach-
ing or removing the lens.
Keeping marks aligned, position lens on
camera, then rotate until it clicks into place.
Mounting mark
(camera)
Mounting mark (lens)
Mounting mark (lens)
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5Turn the camera on.
Press the power switch to turn the
camera on. The power lamp will
briefly light green and the monitor will
turn on. Be sure to remove the lens
cap before shooting.
ATurning the Camera Off
To turn the camera off, press the power switch again. The monitor
will turn off.
AAuto Power Off
If no operations are performed for about a minute, the display will
turn off and the power lamp start to flash (if desired, the delay
before the display turns off automatically can be changed using the
Auto power off option in the setup menu; 0160). The camera can
be reactivated by operating the shutter-release button. If no opera-
tions are performed for about three minutes after the display has
turned off, the camera will turn off automatically.
AAttaching and Removing Lenses
Turn the camera off before attaching or removing lenses. Note that
when the camera is turned off, the sensor protection barrier in the
lens will close, protecting the camera image sensor.
ALenses with Retractable Lens Barrel Buttons
If you are using a lens with a retractable lens barrel button (016),
the camera will turn on automatically when the retractable lens bar-
rel lock is released; in addition, if the view through the lens is dis-
played or the monitor is off, the camera will turn off when the lens
barrel is locked (in the case of 1 NIKKOR VR 10–30mm f/3.5–5.6 and
1 NIKKOR VR 30–110mm f/3.8–5.6 lenses, firmware version 1.10 or
later is required if locking the lens barrel is to turn the camera off
when the monitor is off; for information on updating lens firmware,
visit the Nikon website for your area).
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6Choose a language and set the clock.
A language-selection dialog will be displayed the first time
the camera is turned on. Use the multi selector and J button
(07) to choose a language and set the camera clock. Photos
can not be taken until you have set the time and date.
Press 1 or 3 to highlight
language and press J.
Press 4 or 2 to highlight time
zone and press J.
Press 1 or 3 to highlight date
format and press J.
Press 1 or 3 to highlight daylight
saving time option and press J.
Note: The camera uses a 24-hour
clock. Language and clock can be
changed at any time using
Language (0162) and Time
zone and date (0162) options in
setup menu.
Press 4 or 2 to select items and
press 1 or 3 to change. Press J
when finished.
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AThe Camera Clock
The camera clock is less accurate than most watches and household
clocks. Check the clock regularly against more accurate time pieces
and reset as necessary.
The camera clock is powered by an independent, rechargeable
power source, which is charged as necessary when the main battery
is installed or the camera is powered by an optional EP-5C power
connector and EH-5b AC adapter (0169). Three days of charging
will power the clock for about a month. If a message warning that
the clock is not set is displayed when the camera is turned on, the
clock battery is exhausted and the clock has been reset. Set the
clock to the correct time and date.
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7Check the battery level and memory card capacity.
Check the battery level and number
of exposures remaining in the moni-
tor.
❚❚ Battery Level
❚❚ Number of Exposures Remaining
The monitor shows the number of pictures that can be stored
on the memory card at current settings (values over 1000 are
rounded down to the nearest hundred; e.g., values between
1200 and 1299 are shown as 1.2 k). If a warning is displayed
stating that there is not enough memory for additional
images, insert another memory card (013) or delete some
photos (085).
Display Description
NO ICON
Battery fully charged or
partially discharged;
level shown by L or
K icon in detailed
display (0159).
H
Low battery. Ready
fully-charged battery or
prepare to charge
battery.
Cannot take pictures.
Insert fully-charged
battery.
Battery exhausted;
shutter-release
disabled. Insert charged
battery.
Battery level
Exposures remaining
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z
Auto Mode
Shoot photographs and movies. The camera automatically
adjusts settings to suit the subject.
1Select auto mode.
2Ready the camera.
3Frame the photograph.
Taking Photos in Auto Mode
Rotate the mode dial to C.
Hold the camera securely with both
hands, being careful not to obstruct
the lens, AF-assist illuminator, or
microphone. Rotate the camera as
shown at lower right when taking pic-
tures in “tall” (portrait) orientation.
Position your subject in the center of
the frame.
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4Focus.
Press the shutter-release button half-
way to focus. If the subject is poorly lit,
the flash may pop up (072) and the
AF-assist illuminator (0136) may
light to assist the focus operation.
If the camera is able to focus, the selected
focus area will be highlighted in green
and a beep will sound (a beep may not
sound if the subject is moving).
If the camera is unable to focus, the focus
area will be displayed in red. See page
131.
5Shoot.
Smoothly press the shutter-release
button the rest of the way down to
release the shutter and record the
photograph. The memory card access
lamp will light and the photograph
will be displayed in the monitor for a
few seconds (the photo will automati-
cally clear from the display when the
shutter-release button is pressed half-
way). Do not eject the memory card or
remove or disconnect the power source
until the lamp has gone out and record-
ing is complete.
Memory card access
lamp
Focus area
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AThe Shutter-Release Button
The camera has a two-stage shutter-release button. The camera
focuses when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. To take the
photograph, press the shutter-release button the rest of the way down.
Focus: Press halfway Shoot: Press the rest
of the way down
ATaking Several Photographs in Succession
If Off is selected for Image review in the playback menu (0110), you
can take additional photographs without refocusing by keeping the
shutter-release button pressed halfway between shots.
AAutomatic Scene Selection
In auto mode, the camera automatically ana-
lyzes the subject and selects the appropriate
scene. The selected scene is shown in the
monitor.
Scene icon
cPortrait: Human portrait subjects.
dLandscape: Landscapes and cityscapes.
fNight portrait: Portrait subjects framed against dark backgrounds.
eClose up: Subjects close to the camera.
gNight landscape: Poorly-lit landscapes and cityscapes.
ZAuto: Subjects that do not fall into the categories listed above.
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AUsing a Zoom Lens
Use the zoom ring to zoom in on the subject so that it fills a larger area
of the frame, or zoom out to increase the area visible in the final photo-
graph (select longer focal lengths on the lens focal length scale to
zoom in, shorter focal lengths to zoom out).
Zoom in Zoom out
Zoom ring
If you are using an optional lens with a power
drive zoom switch, select T to zoom in and W
to zoom out. The speed with which the cam-
era zooms in and out varies with how far you
slide the switch. The zoom position is shown
by the zoom guide in the display. Zoom guide
AFace Priority
The camera detects and focuses on portrait
subjects (face priority). A double yellow bor-
der will be displayed if a portrait subject is
detected facing the camera (if multiple faces,
up to a maximum of five, are detected, the
camera will select the closest subject). Press
the shutter-release button halfway to focus
on the subject in the double yellow border. The border will clear from
the display if the camera can no longer detect the subject (because, for
example, the subject has looked away).
AAvailable Settings
For information on the options available in auto mode, see page 176.
ASee Also
See page 160 for information on silencing the beep that sounds when
the camera focuses or the shutter is released.
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❚❚ Live Image Control
Live image controls let you preview how
changes to each control will affect the
final photograph. To choose a live image
control for auto mode, press 1 (&), use
the multi selector to highlight a control,
and press J to view the effect.
Rotate the multi selector to choose a set-
ting and press J to select. To cancel live
image controls, press 1 (&) again.
Active D-Lighting: Preserve details in high-
lights and shadows for natural contrast.
Increase effect
Reduce effectActive D-Lighting: High Active D-Lighting: Low
Background softening: Soften background
details to make your subject stand out, or
bring both background and foreground
into focus.
Sharpen background
Soften background
Background sharp Background softened
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Motion control: Suggest motion by blurring
moving objects, or “freeze” motion to
capture moving objects clearly.
Freeze motion
Blur motion
Freeze motion Blur motion
Brightness control: Make pictures brighter
or darker.
Brighter
DarkerBrighter Darker
DLive Image Control
Continuous shooting is not available (067) and the built-in flash can
not be used when live image control is in effect. Pressing the movie-
record button cancels live image control.
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To end playback and return to shooting mode, press the shutter-
release button halfway.
Viewing Photographs
Press K to display your most recent pho-
tograph full frame in the monitor (full-
frame playback).
K button
Press 4 or 2 or rotate the multi selector
to view additional pictures.
ASee Also
For information on toggling photo info on or off, see page 160. See
page 82 for information on viewing multiple images. For information
on zooming in on the center of the current image, see page 84. See
page 87 for information on slide shows.
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Deleting Pictures
To delete the current picture, press O. Note that once deleted, pic-
tures can not be recovered.
1Display the photograph.
Display the photograph you wish to delete as described on
the preceding page.
2Press O.
3Delete the photograph.
A confirmation dialog will be dis-
played.
O button
Press O again to delete the picture and
return to playback, or press K to exit
without deleting the picture.
ADeleting Multiple Pictures
The Delete option in the playback menu (085) can be used to delete
all or selected pictures.
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In auto mode, the movie-record button
can be used to shoot HD movies with
sound at an aspect ratio of 16 : 9 (the
movie crop is shown in the display).
Press the movie-record button to start
and stop recording.
Recording Movies in Auto Mode
ATaking Photographs During Recording
Photographs can be taken at any time dur-
ing recording by pressing the shutter-
release button all the way down. Movie
recording is not interrupted.
ASee Also
See page 65 for information on viewing
movies.
Movie-record button
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Creative Mode
Choose creative mode when to take photos using special effects,
match settings to the scene, or control shutter speed and aper-
ture.
1Select creative mode.
2Choose a scene.
Choosing a Creative Mode
Rotate the mode dial to w.
Press 1 (&) and highlight a scene
using the multi selector (032).
Press J to select the
highlighted scene. Your
selection is indicated by
an icon in the display.
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Creative mode offers a choice of the following scenes:
Choosing a Scene
Option Description
Programmed auto (P)
The camera sets shutter speed and aperture for opti-
mal exposure (034). Recommended for snapshots
and in other situations in which there is little time to
adjust camera settings.
Shutter-priority auto
(S)
You choose the shutter speed; the camera selects an
aperture for best results (035). Use to freeze or blur
motion.
Aperture-priority
auto (A)
You choose the aperture; the camera selects a shut-
ter speed for best results (036). Use to blur the
background or bring both foreground and back-
ground into focus.
Manual (M)
You control both shutter speed and aperture (037).
Choose a shutter speed of “Bulb” for long time-expo-
sures (038).
Night landscape (j)
Each time the shutter-release button is fully pressed,
the camera takes a series of shots and combines
them to capture low lighting in night scenes; during
processing, a message is displayed and no pictures
can be taken. The flash does not fire and the edges of
photos are cropped out. Note that the desired results
may not be obtained if the camera or subject moves
during shooting; if the camera is unable to combine
the images, a warning will be displayed and only
one picture will be taken.
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Night portrait (o)
Each time the shutter-release button is fully pressed,
the camera takes a series of shots, some with the
flash and some without, and combines them to cap-
ture background lighting in portraits taken at night
or under low light; during processing, a message is
displayed and no pictures can be taken. Note
that
the edges of photos are cropped out and that
the
desired results may not be obtained if the camera or
subject moves during shooting; if the camera is
unable to combine the images, a warning will be dis-
played and the camera will take a single picture
using the flash.
Backlighting (m)Photograph backlit subjects (040).
Easy panorama (p)Shoot panoramas for later viewing on the camera
(041).
Soft (q)
Shoot photographs with a
soft filter effect. To choose
the amount of softening,
press
J
when the view
through the lens is dis-
played, highlight an option
using the multi selector,
and press
J
to select.
Miniature effect (r)
The top and bottom of each photo is blurred so that
the subject appears to have been a diorama photo-
graphed at short range. Works best when shooting
from a high vantage point.
Selective color (s)
Take photos in which only
a selected hue appears in
color. To choose the hue,
press
J
when the view
through the lens is dis-
played and use the multi
selector and
J
button.
AAvailable Settings
For information on the options available in creative mode, see page
178.
Option Description
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P, S, A, and M modes offer varying degrees of control over shutter
speed and aperture. Choose a mode and adjust settings accord-
ing to your creative intent.
PProgrammed Auto
In this mode, the camera automatically adjusts shutter speed
and aperture for optimal exposure in most situations. This mode
is recommended for snapshots and other situations in which
you want to leave the camera in charge of shutter speed and
aperture.
❚❚ Choosing a Combination of Shutter Speed and Aperture
Although the shutter speed and aperture
chosen by the camera will produce opti-
mal results, you can also choose from
other combinations that will produce the
same exposure (“flexible program”).
Rotate the multi selector clockwise for
large apertures (low f-numbers) that blur
background details or fast shutter speeds
that “freeze” motion. Rotate the multi
selector counterclockwise for small aper-
tures (high f-numbers) that increase
depth of field or slow shutter speeds that blur motion. U is dis-
played while flexible program is in effect.
Taking Photos in P, S, A, and M Modes
ARestoring Default Shutter Speed and Aperture Settings
To restore default shutter speed and aperture settings, rotate the multi
selector until U is no longer displayed or turn the camera off. The
default shutter speed and aperture is automatically restored when the
camera enters standby mode.
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SShutter-Priority Auto
In shutter-priority auto, you choose the shutter speed while the
camera automatically selects the aperture that will produce the
optimal exposure. Use slow shutter speeds to suggest motion
by blurring moving subjects, fast shutter speeds to “freeze”
motion.
❚❚ Choosing a Shutter Speed
Rotate the multi selector to choose from
shutter speeds between 30 s and 1
/
16,000 s.
Rotate the selector clockwise for faster
shutter speeds, counterclockwise for
slower shutter speeds.
Fast shutter speed (1
/
1600 s) Slow shutter speed (1 s)
AContinuous Shooting
The selected shutter speed may change
when continuous shooting (067) is in effect.
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AAperture-Priority Auto
In aperture-priority auto, you choose the aperture while the
camera automatically selects the shutter speed that will produce
the optimal exposure. Large apertures (low f-numbers) reduce
depth of field, blurring objects behind and in front of the main
subject. Small apertures (high f-numbers) increase depth of
field, bringing out details in the background and foreground.
Short field depths are generally used in portraits to blur back-
ground details, long field depths in landscape photographs to
bring the foreground and background into focus.
❚❚ Choosing an Aperture
Rotate the multi selector counterclock-
wise for larger apertures (lower f-num-
bers), clockwise for smaller apertures
(higher f-numbers). The minimum and
maximum values depend on the lens cur-
rently in use.
Large aperture (f/5.6) Small aperture (f/16)
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MManual
In manual mode, you control both shutter speed and aperture.
❚❚ Choosing Shutter Speed and Aperture
Adjust shutter speed and aperture with
reference to the exposure indicator (see
below). Press 2 to highlight shutter
speed or aperture and rotate the multi
selector to choose a value, then repeat
for the remaining item. Rotate the selec-
tor clockwise for faster shutter speeds or
smaller apertures (higher f-numbers),
counterclockwise for slower shutter
speeds and larger apertures (lower f-
numbers). Shutter speeds can be set to
values as fast as 1
/
16,000 s or as slow as 30 s,
or toBulb to hold the shutter open
indefinitely for a long time-exposure
(038). Aperture can be set to values
between the minimum and maximum for
the lens.
AContinuous Shooting
The selected shutter speed may change when continuous shooting
(067) is in effect.
Shutter speed
Press 2 to highlight
aperture.
A
perture
Press 2 to highlight
shutter speed.
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Select a shutter speed of “Bulb” for long
time-exposures of moving lights, the
stars, night scenery, or fireworks. The
shutter remains open while the shutter-
release button is held down. To prevent
blur, use a tripod.
1Ready the camera.
Mount the camera on a tripod or place it on a stable, level sur-
face. To prevent loss of power before the exposure is com-
plete, use a fully charged EN-EL20 battery or an optional
EH-5b AC adapter and EP-5C power connector. Note that
noise (bright spots, randomly-spaced bright pixels, or fog)
may be present in long exposures; before shooting, choose
On for Long exposure NR in the shooting menu (0128).
AThe Exposure Indicator
When shutter speeds other than “Bulb” are selected, the exposure indi-
cator shows whether the photograph would be under- or over-
exposed at current settings.
Optimal exposure Underexposed by 1
/
3EV Overexposed by over 2 EV
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2Choose a shutter speed of “Bulb.
Press 2 to highlight shutter speed and
rotate the multi selector counterclock-
wise to select “Bulb.
3Open the shutter.
After focusing, press the shutter-release button all the way
down. Keep the shutter-release button pressed until the
exposure is complete.
4Close the shutter.
Take your finger off the shutter-release button.
Shooting ends automatically after about two minutes. Note that
some time may be required to record long exposures.
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The method used to capture details in shaded areas of back-lit
subjects depends on the option selected for HDR in the shoot-
ing menu (0117).
Backlighting
On
Details in highlights and shadows are preserved using HDR (high
dynamic range); Z appears in the display. Each time the shutter-
release button is fully pressed, the camera takes two shots in quick
succession and combines them to preserve details in highlights
and shadows in high-contrast scenes; the built-in flash does not
fire. While the shots are combined, a message will be displayed and
the shutter release will be disabled. The final photograph will be
displayed when processing is complete.
+
First exposure
(darker)
Second exposure
(brighter)
Combined HDR
image
Off
The flash fires to “fill in” (illuminate) shadows in back-lit subjects.
Only one shot is taken when the shutter-release button is fully
pressed, and the flash fires with each shot.
DFraming HDR Photographs
The edges of the image will be cropped out. The desired results may
not be achieved if the camera or subject moves during shooting.
Depending on the scene, shading may be uneven and shadows may
appear around bright objects or halos around dark objects. If the cam-
era is unable to successfully combine the two images, a single image
will be recorded at normal exposure and Active D-Lighting (0127) will
be applied.
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Follow the steps below to shoot panoramas. During shooting,
the camera focuses using auto-area AF (0134); face detection
(024) is not available. Exposure compensation (071) can be
used, but the built-in flash will not fire.
1Set focus and exposure.
Frame the start of the pan-
orama and press the shut-
ter-release button halfway.
Guides will appear in the
display.
2Start shooting.
Press the shutter-release
button the rest of the way
down and then lift your fin-
ger from the button. a, c,
d, and b icons will appear in
the display to indicate the
possible pan directions.
3Pan the camera.
Easy Panorama
Slowly pan the camera up, down, left,
or right as shown below. Shooting will
start when the camera detects the pan
direction and a progress indicator will
appear in the display. Shooting ends
automatically when the end of the
panorama is reached.
Progress indicator
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An example of how to pan the camera is shown below. With-
out changing your position, pan the camera in a steady curve
either horizontally or vertically. Time the pan according to
the option selected for Image size in the shooting menu:
about 15 seconds are needed to complete the pan when
ANormal panorama is selected, about 30 seconds when
BWide panorama is selected.
APanoramas
High-distortion wide-angle lenses may fail to produce the desired
results. An error message will be displayed if the camera is panned too
quickly or unsteadily.
The completed panorama will be slightly smaller than the area visible
in the display during shooting. No panorama will be recorded if shoot-
ing ends before the halfway point; if shooting ends after the halfway
point but before the panorama is complete, the unrecorded portion
will be shown in gray.
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❚❚ Viewing Panoramas
Panoramas can be viewed by pressing 3 when a panorama is
displayed full frame (027). The start of the panorama will be
displayed with the smallest dimension filling the display and the
camera will then scroll through the picture in the original pan
direction.
The following operations can be performed:
Navigation
window
Guide
To Use Description
Pause Pause playback.
Play JResume playback when the panorama is
paused or during rewind/advance.
Advance/
rewind
Press 4 to rewind, 2 to advance. If playback is
paused, the panorama rewinds or advances a
segment at a time; keep the button pressed
for continuous rewind or advance.
Return to
full-frame
playback
/KPress 1 or K to exit to full-frame playback.
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Recording Movies in Creative Mode
In creative mode, the movie-record but-
ton can be used to shoot HD movies
with sound at an aspect ratio of 16 : 9
(the corners of the movie crop are shown
in the display). Press the movie-record
button to start and stop recording. Note
that regardless of the mode selected,
movies are recorded using programmed
auto exposure; to adjust exposure when
shooting movies, select advanced movie
mode (057).
Movie-record button
Movie crop
ATaking Photographs During Recording
Photographs can be taken at any time during recording by pressing the
shutter-release button all the way down. Movie recording is not inter-
rupted.
ASee Also
See page 65 for information on viewing movies.
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b
Best Moment Capture Mode
This mode is ideal for fast-changing, hard-to-capture subjects.
Choose when to release the shutter as the scene plays back in
slow motion (slow view), or let the camera choose the best shot
based on composition and motion (Smart Photo Selector; 047).
In this mode, the camera captures a short sequence of still
images and plays them back in slow motion so that you can
choose the precise moment for a photograph. While the shutter-
release button is pressed halfway, the camera records up to 20
frames over about 1.3 s and plays them back in a continuous
slow-motion loop. When the frame you want to keep is dis-
played, press the shutter-release button the rest of the way
down to record the current frame and discard the remaining
images. To use slow view, select Slow view from the 1 (&) but-
ton menu in best moment capture mode.
1Select best moment capture mode.
Slow View
Rotate the mode dial to u. If Smart
Photo Selector is selected, choose
Slow view.
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2Frame the photograph.
3Press the shutter-release button halfway.
4View the buffer contents.
5Record the desired frame.
Compose the photograph with your
subject in the center of the frame.
The camera will focus (022) and then,
over a span of about 1.3 s, record 20
frames to a temporary memory buffer.
Keep the shutter-release button
pressed halfway to play the frames in
the buffer back in a continuous loop
about 6.5 s long. The position of the
current frame is shown by a progress
indicator.
Progress indicator
Press the shutter-release button all
the way down to record the current
frame and discard the remaining
images; the selected frame will be dis-
played for a few seconds when record-
ing is complete. To exit without
recording a photograph, release the
button without pressing it all the way
down.
AViewing and Deleting Photos Taken in Slow View
Photos taken in slow view can be viewed as described on page 27 or
deleted as described on page 28.
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Choose Smart Photo Selector mode to let the camera help you
take photos that capture a fleeting expression on the face of a
portrait subject or other hard-to-time shots such as group pho-
tos in party scenes. Each time the shutter is released, the camera
automatically selects the best shot and a number of best shot
candidates based on composition and motion. To use the Smart
Photo Selector, select Smart Photo Selector from the 1 (&)
button menu in best moment capture mode.
1Select best moment capture mode.
Smart Photo Selector
Rotate the mode dial to u. If Slow
view is selected, choose Smart Photo
Selector.
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2Frame the photograph.
3Begin buffering photographs.
4Shoot.
Smoothly press the shutter-release
button the rest of the way down. The
camera will compare shots recorded
to the buffer both before and after the
shutter-release button was pressed all
the way down, and select five to copy
to the memory card. Note that some
time may be required. The best pic-
ture is displayed in the monitor when
recording is complete.
Compose the photograph with your
subject in the center of the frame.
Press the shutter-release button half-
way to focus (022). An icon will be
displayed as the camera begins
recording images to the memory
buffer. The camera continuously
adjusts focus to account for changes
in the distance to the subject while
the shutter-release button is pressed
halfway.
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ABuffering
Buffering begins when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway
and ends after about 90 seconds or when the shutter-release button is
pressed all the way down.
DSmart Photo Selector Files
Do not delete the “NCSPSLST.LST” file from the “NCFL” folder on the
memory card or change the file names of images taken with the Smart
Photo Selector. The camera will no longer recognize the affected files
as Smart Photo Selector images and will instead handle them as inde-
pendent photographs.
AAvailable Settings
For information on the options available in best moment capture
mode, see page 176.
ABest Moment Capture Mode
The camera automatically chooses a scene mode appropriate to the
subject. Movies can not be recorded, and pressing the movie-record
button has no effect. The flash can not be used.
ASee Also
Use the Number of shots saved option in the shooting menu to
choose the number of shots selected by the Smart Photo Selector
(0123).
Shutter-release
button pressed
halfway to focus
Shutter-release button
pressed all the way
down Shooting ends
Buffering
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Choosing the Best Shot
Viewing Photos Taken with the Smart Photo Selector
Press K and use the multi selector to
display photographs taken with the
Smart Photo Selector (027; pictures
taken with the Smart Photo Selector are
indicated by a y icon). Of the photo-
graphs recorded by the Smart Photo
Selector, only the best shot will be dis-
played (when you press the multi selec-
tor right to view the next picture, the
camera will skip over the best shot can-
didates, with the result that the next pic-
ture displayed will not have a file
number that immediately follows that of
the current picture). To end playback
and return to shooting mode, press the
shutter-release button halfway.
K button
When a photograph taken with the
Smart Photo Selector is displayed, you
can choose the best shot by pressing 3.
Press 4 or 2 to view the other pictures
in the sequence and press J to select
the current picture as the best shot. To
return to normal playback, press D.
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Deleting Pictures
Pressing O when a picture taken with the
Smart Photo Selector is selected displays
a confirmation dialog; press O again to
delete the best shot and the best shot
candidates, or press K to exit without
deleting the pictures. Note that once
deleted, pictures can not be recovered.
ADeleting Individual Photographs
Pressing the O button in the best shot selec-
tion dialog displays the following options;
highlight an option using the multi selector
and press J to select.
This image: Delete the current photo (note
that the picture currently selected as the
best shot can not be deleted).
All except best shot: Delete the best shot candidates, but not picture cur-
rently selected as the best shot.
A confirmation dialog will be displayed; to delete the selected image or
images, highlight Yes and press J.
O button
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Motion Snapshot Mode
Record brief movie vignettes with your photographs. Each time
the shutter is released, the camera records a still image and
about 1.6 s of movie footage. When the resulting “Motion Snap-
shot” is viewed on the camera, the movie will play back in slow
motion over approximately 4 s, followed by the still image; play-
back is accompanied by a background track about 10 s long.
1Select Motion Snapshot mode.
2Frame the picture.
Shooting in Motion Snapshot Mode
Rotate the mode dial to z.
Compose the photograph with your
subject in the center of the frame.
AAvailable Settings
For information on the options available in Motion Snapshot mode, see
page 176.
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3Begin buffering.
4Shoot.
Smoothly press the shutter-release
button the rest of the way down. The
camera will record a photograph,
together with about 1.6 s of movie
footage beginning before and ending
after the time the shutter-release but-
ton was pressed all the way down.
Note that some time may be required.
When recording is complete, the pho-
tograph will be displayed for a few
seconds.
Press the shutter-release button half-
way to focus (022). An icon will be
displayed as the camera begins
recording footage to the memory
buffer.
ABuffering
Buffering begins when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway
and ends after about 90 seconds or when the shutter-release button is
pressed all the way down.
Shutter-release
button pressed
halfway to focus
Shutter-release button
pressed all the way
down Shooting ends
Buffering
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❚❚ Choosing a Theme
To choose the background music for the
movie, press 1(&) and use the multi
selector and J button to select from
Beauty, Waves, Relaxation, and Tender-
ness.
To play the background music for the
highlighted theme, press 2 and rotate
the multi selector to adjust volume.
AMotion Snapshot Mode
Live audio is not recorded. Movies can not be recorded using the
movie-record button and the flash can not be used.
ASee Also
See page 123 for information on choosing what portions of the buffer
are included in the movie footage. For information on saving Motion
Snapshots in a format that can be viewed in most movie playback soft-
ware, see page 124.
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9Deleting Motion Snapshots
To delete the current Motion Snapshot,
press O. A confirmation dialog will be dis-
played; press O again to delete the photo
and movie and return to playback, or
press K to exit without deleting the file.
Note that once deleted, Motion Snapshots
can not be recovered.
Viewing Motion Snapshots
Press K and use the multi selector to dis-
play a Motion Snapshot (027; Motion
Snapshots are indicated by a z icon).
Pressing 3 when a Motion Snapshot is
displayed plays back the movie portion in
slow motion over a period of about 4 s,
followed by the photo; the background
track plays for about 10 s (to choose a
new background track, use the Change
theme option in the playback menu;
0115). To end playback and return to
shooting mode, press the shutter-release
button halfway.
K button
O button
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Recording and Viewing Movies
The camera can record high-definition
(HD) movies with an aspect ratio of 16 : 9
and slow-motion movies with an aspect
ratio of 8 : 3. Movies can be recorded by
pressing the movie-record button in the
following shooting modes: Movie-record button
Mode Movie type Description
CAuto mode (029)
HD (16 : 9)
The camera automatically
optimizes settings for the
current subject or scene.
wCreative mode (044)
Shoot movies. Regardless of
the scene selected with the
camera, movies are recorded
in mode P; shutter speed and
aperture are controlled by
the camera.
v
Advanced
movie
mode ( 058,
62)
Programmed
auto (P)
Shutter speed and aperture
are controlled by the camera.
Shutter-
priority auto
(S)
You choose the shutter
speed; the camera automati-
cally adjusts aperture for
optimal exposure (035).
Aperture-
priority auto
(A)
You choose the aperture; the
camera automatically adjusts
shutter speed for optimal
exposure (036).
Manual (M)You choose the shutter speed
and aperture (037).
Slow motion
(y)
Slow
motion
(8 : 3)
Record silent slow-motion
movies. Movies are recorded
at 400 fps and play back at
about 30 fps (062).
AAvailable Settings
For information on the options available in advanced movie mode, see
page 176.
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Record movies with sound at an aspect ratio of 16 : 9.
1Choose a shooting mode.
2Frame the opening shot.
Recording HD Movies
Rotate the mode dial to choose a
shooting mode. Note that best
moment capture and Motion Snap-
shot modes do not support HD movie
recording.
For greater control of exposure, select v (advanced movie
mode), press 1(&), and choose from P Programmed auto, S
Shutter-priority auto, A Aperture-priority auto, and M
Manual (057).
Frame the opening shot with your
subject in the center of the display.
AThe 0 Icon
A 0 icon indicates that movies can not be recorded.
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3Start recording.
4End recording.
Press the movie-record button to
begin recording. A recording indica-
tor, the time elapsed, and the time
available are displayed while record-
ing is in progress.
AAudio Recording
Be careful not to cover the microphone
and note that the built-in microphone
may record sounds made by the camera
or lens. By default, the camera focuses
continuously; to avoid recording focus
noise, select Single AF for Focus mode in
the movie menu (0129). The Movie
sound options item in the movie menu
offers microphone sensitivity and wind
noise options (0142).
Movie-record button
Recording indicator/
Time elapsed
Time available
Press the movie-record button again
to end recording. Recording will end
automatically when the maximum
length is reached (0141), the mem-
ory card is full, another mode is
selected, the lens is removed, or the
camera becomes hot (0xvi). Movie-record button
AMaximum Length
At default settings, HD movies can be up to 4 GB in size and 20 min-
utes in length (for more information, see page 141); note that
depending on memory card write speed, shooting may end before
this length is reached (0167).
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AThe Movie Crop
The movie crop is shown in the monitor.
AFocus Lock
If Single AF is selected for Focus mode in the movie menu for
advanced movie mode, focus will lock while the shutter-release button
is pressed halfway (0135).
HD crop (16 : 9) Slow-motion movie crop
(8 : 3)
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❚❚ Taking Photographs During HD Movie Recording
Press the shutter-release button all the
way down to take a photograph without
interrupting HD movie recording. Photo-
graphs taken during movie recording
have an aspect ratio of 3 : 2.
ATaking Photographs During Movie Recording
Up to 20 photographs can be taken with each movie shot. Please note
that photographs can not be taken with slow-motion movies.
DRecording Movies
Flicker, banding, or distortion may be visible in the display and in the
final movie under fluorescent, mercury vapor, or sodium lamps or if the
camera is panned horizontally or an object moves at high speed
through frame (flicker and banding can be reduced in HD movies by
choosing a Flicker reduction option that matches the frequency of the
local AC power supply as described on page 161, but note that the
slowest shutter speed available is 1
/
100 s at 50 Hz, 1
/
60 s at 60 Hz; flicker
reduction is not available with slow-motion movies). Bright light
sources may leave after-images when the camera is panned. Jagged
edges, color fringing, moiré, and bright spots may also appear. When
recording movies, avoid pointing the camera at the sun or other strong
light sources. Failure to observe this precaution could result in damage
to the cameras internal circuitry.
ASee Also
Frame size and frame rate options are described on page 141.
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Silent slow-motion movies with an aspect ratio of 8 : 3 can be
recorded by selecting y Slow motion from the 1 (&) button
menu in advanced movie mode. Slow-motion movies are
recorded at 400 fps and play back at about 30 fps.
1Select advanced movie mode.
2Frame the opening shot.
Recording Slow-Motion Movies
Rotate the mode dial to v. If an
option other than y Slow motion is
selected, choose y Slow motion.
Frame the opening shot with your
subject in the center of the display.
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3Focus.
4Start recording.
Press the movie-record button to
begin recording. A recording indica-
tor, the time elapsed, and the time
available are displayed while record-
ing is in progress. The camera focuses
on the subject at the center of the dis-
play; face detection (024) is not
available and focus and exposure can
not be adjusted.
Movie-record button
Recording indicator/
Time elapsed
Time available
Focus area
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5End recording.
Press the movie-record button again
to end recording. Recording will end
automatically when the maximum
length is reached, the memory card is
full, another mode is selected, the lens
is removed, or the camera becomes
hot (0xvi).
AMaximum Length
Up to 3 seconds of footage can be recorded; note that depending
on memory card write speed, shooting may end before this length
is reached (0167).
ASee Also
Frame rate options are described on page 140.
Movie-record button
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Movies are indicated by a 1 icon in full-frame playback (027).
Press 3 to start playback.
The following operations can be performed:
Viewing Movies
1 icon/Length
Movie playback indicator/
Current position/total length
Guide Volume
To Use Description
Pause Pause playback.
Play JResume playback when the movie is paused
or during rewind/advance.
Advance/
rewind
Press 4 to rewind, 2 to advance. Speed
increases with each press, from 2× to 4× to 8×
to 16×. If playback is paused, the movie
rewinds or advances one frame at a time; keep
the button pressed for continuous rewind or
advance.
Adjust
volume Rotate the multi selector to adjust volume.
Return to
full-frame
playback
/KPress 1 or K to exit to full-frame playback.
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Deleting Movies
To delete the current movie, press O. A
confirmation dialog will be displayed;
press O again to delete the movie and
return to playback, or press K to exit
without deleting the movie. Note that
once deleted, movies can not be recovered.
ASee Also
See page 114 for information on trimming
unwanted footage from movies.
O button
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More on Photography
Pressing 4 (C) on the multi selector displays a choice of shutter-
release modes for still photography:
Continuous Mode
To take pictures in continuous mode:
1Display release mode options.
2Select a frame rate.
3Compose the shot and start shooting.
Single-Frame, Continuous, and Self-Timer Modes
8The camera takes pictures one at a time.
5 fps Continuous: The camera records photographs at
about 5, 15, 30, or 60 fps while the shutter-release
button is pressed all the way down.
15 fps
30 fps
60 fps
E 10 s The shutter is released about 10, 5, or 2 seconds
after the shutter-release button is pressed all the
way down. Choose 10 s or 5 s for self-portraits, 2 s
to reduce camera shake.
E 5 s
E 2 s
Press 4 (C) to display release mode
options.
Highlight 5fps, 15 fps, 30 fps, or
60 fps and press J.
The camera takes pictures while the
shutter-release button is held all the
way down.
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DContinuous Mode
The maximum number of shots that can be taken in a single burst var-
ies with the release mode. At frame rates of 30 and 60 fps, the maxi-
mum number of shots that can be taken in a single burst is 20.
The built-in flash can be used when 5fps is selected, but only one pic-
ture will be taken each time the shutter-release button is pressed; at
settings of 15, 30, and 60 fps, the built-in flash will not fire.
While photographs are being recorded to the memory card, the mem-
ory card access lamp will light. Depending on shooting conditions and
memory card write speed, recording may take some time. If the battery
is exhausted before all photographs are recorded, the shutter release
will be disabled and the remaining images transferred to the memory
card.
Continuous shooting is not available in creative modes other than P, S,
A, or M, in best moment capture, advanced movie, or Motion Snapshot
mode, or when live image control is used in auto mode (025).
ABuffer Size
The camera is equipped with a memory
buffer for temporary storage, allowing
shooting to continue while photographs are
being saved to the memory card. Note that
the frame rate will drop or shooting will
pause when the buffer is full. The approxi-
mate number of images that can be stored in
the memory buffer at current settings is displayed while the shutter-
release button is pressed halfway (this number is an approximation
only and varies with shooting conditions; 0181). The illustration
shows the display when space remains in the buffer for about 41 pic-
tures.
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Self-Timer Modes
The self-timer can be used to reduce camera shake or for self-
portraits.
1Display release mode options.
2Select the desired self-timer option.
3Mount the camera on a tripod.
Mount the camera on a tripod or place the camera on a sta-
ble, level surface.
4Frame the photograph and shoot.
Press the shutter-release button half-
way to focus, and then press the but-
ton the rest of the way down. The self-
timer lamp will start to flash and a
beep will begin to sound. Two sec-
onds before the photo is taken, the
lamp will stop flashing and the beep-
ing will become more rapid.
Press 4 (C) to display release mode
options.
Use the multi selector to highlight
E10 s, E 5 s, or E 2 s and press J.
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Note that the timer may not start or a photograph may not be
taken if the camera is unable to focus or in other situations in
which the shutter can not be released. Turning the camera off
cancels the self-timer.
AMovie Mode
In self-timer mode, start and stop the timer by pressing the movie-
record button instead of the shutter-release button.
ARaising the Flash
In P, S, A, or M mode, press the flash pop-up button to raise the flash
before shooting. Shooting will be interrupted if the flash is raised while
the timer is counting down.
ASee Also
For information on controlling the beeps that sound when the self-
timer is used, see page 160.
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Exposure compensation is used to alter exposure from the value
suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker.
1Display exposure compensation options.
2Choose a value.
Normal exposure can be restored by setting exposure compen-
sation to ±0. In modes P, S, and A, exposure compensation is not
reset when the camera is turned off.
Exposure Compensation
–1 EV No compensation +1 EV
Press 2 (E) to display exposure com-
pensation options.
Use the multi selector to choose from
values between –3 EV (underexpo-
sure) and +3 EV (overexposure) in
increments of 1
/
3EV. In general, posi-
tive values make the image brighter
while negative values make it darker.
AExposure Compensation
Exposure compensation is most effective when used with center-
weighted or spot metering (0124).
AThe Built-in Flash
When used with the built-in flash, exposure compensation affects both
background exposure and flash level.
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Use the built-in flash for additional lighting when the subject is
poorly lit or to “fill-in” (illuminate) back-lit subjects. The camera
offers a choice of flash modes; choose a mode according to light-
ing conditions and your creative intent. The built-in flash is avail-
able in the following shooting modes:
❚❚ Auto Pop-up Modes
In C (auto) and in night portrait, backlighting, soft, miniature
effect, and selective color w (creative) modes, the flash will
pop-up automatically and fire when required.
1Choose a flash mode (073).
2Take pictures.
❚❚ Manual Pop-up Modes
When P, S, A, or M is selected in w (creative) mode, the flash
must be raised manually. The flash will not fire if it is not raised.
1Raise the flash.
The Built-in Flash
The flash will pop up and
fire as required. In night
portrait (033) and (if HDR
is off) in backlighting
(040) mode, the flash will
pop up and fire with every
shot.
Press the flash pop-up button to raise
the flash.
2Choose a flash mode (073).
3Take pictures.
The flash will fire with every shot. To
disable the flash, press it gently down-
ward until it latches (075).
Flash pop-up button
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Choosing a Flash Mode
The options available vary with the shooting mode.
1 Select to disable built-in flash.
2 Available only when built-in flash is raised.
To choose a flash mode:
1Display flash modes.
Press 3(N) on the multi selector to
display a list of the available flash
modes.
2Select a flash mode.
Charging begins when the flash is raised; once charging is com-
plete, a flash-ready indicator (N) will be displayed when the shut-
ter-release button is pressed halfway.
Auto
,
Soft
(
q
),
Miniature effect
(
r
),
Selective color
(
s
)
P, A
oAuto NFill flash
nAuto+red-eye reduction NYRed-eye reduction
sOff 1NYpRed-eye reduction +
slow sync
Night portrait (o),
Backlighting (m)
Np Fill flash + slow sync
Nr Rear curtain + slow sync
NFill flash sOff 2
NYRed-eye reduction
S, M
NFill flash
NYRed-eye reduction
Nq Rear-curtain sync
sOff 2
Use the multi selector to highlight a
flash mode and press J to select.
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DRaising the Flash
When using the flash, be sure it is fully raised
as shown at right. Do not touch the flash dur-
ing shooting.
AFlash Modes
The flash modes listed on the previous page may combine one or more
of the following settings, as shown by the flash mode icon:
AUTO (auto flash): When lighting is poor or subject is backlit, flash pops
up automatically when shutter-release button is pressed halfway and
fires as required.
Y (red-eye reduction): Use for portraits. Red-eye reduction lamp lights
before flash fires, reducing “red-eye.
s
(off)
: Flash does not fire even when lighting is poor or subject is backlit.
SLOW (slow sync): Shutter speed slows automatically to capture back-
ground lighting at night or under low light. Use to include back-
ground lighting in portraits.
REAR (rear-curtain sync): Flash fires just before shutter closes, creating a
stream of light behind moving light sources (below at right). If this
icon is not displayed, flash will fire as the shutter opens (front-curtain
sync; the effect this produces with moving light sources is shown
below at left).
Front-curtain sync Rear-curtain sync
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ALowering the Built-in Flash
To save power when the flash is not in use,
press it gently downward until the latch
clicks into place. Do not use force. Failure to
observe this precaution could result in prod-
uct malfunction.
AUsing the Built-in Flash
The built-in flash can not be used with live image control (025) and
will not fire during continuous shooting at frame advance rates faster
than 5 fps (067) or when On is selected for HDR in the shooting menu
(040). If the flash is fired multiple times in quick succession, the flash
and shutter may be temporarily disabled to protect the flash. Shooting
can be resumed after a brief pause.
Objects close to the camera may be overexposed in photographs taken
with the flash at high ISO sensitivities.
To avoid vignetting, remove lens hoods and shoot at ranges of at least
0.6 m (2 ft). Some lenses may cause vignetting at greater distances or
obstruct the red-eye reduction lamp, interfering with red-eye reduc-
tion. The following illustrations show the effect of vignetting caused by
shadows cast by the lens when the built-in flash is used.
Shadow Shadow
AAperture, Sensitivity, and Flash Range
Flash range varies with sensitivity (ISO equivalency) and aperture. With
the standard zoom lens at maximum aperture and ISO sensitivity set to
ISO 160 to 6400, the range is approximately 0.6 m–7.0 m (2 ft–23 ft)
when the lens is zoomed all the way out, 0.6 m–4.2 m (2 ft–13.8 ft) at
maximum zoom.
ASee Also
See page 137 for information on adjusting flash level.
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Attach an optional WU-1b wireless mobile adapter to the cam-
era USB connector to copy images to, or control the camera
from, smartphone or tablet devices running the Wireless Mobile
Utility app.
1Connect the WU-1b.
2Activate the adapter.
3Launch the Wireless Mobile Utility.
Launch the Wireless Mobile Utility on the smart device.
The WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter
After removing the rubber cap from
the WU-1b USB connector, turn the
camera off and attach the adapter to
the camera USB connector.
Select Wireless mobile adapter in
the setup menu (0157). A confirma-
tion dialog will be displayed; select
Yes to activate the WU-1b, allowing
wireless connection to smart devices,
or No to deactivate the WU-1b and
prevent wireless connection.
DUsing the WU-1b for the First Time
After connecting the WU-1b, you will need to adjust smart device
wireless settings. See the WU-1b manual for more information.
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4Take pictures remotely.
Once a wireless connection is estab-
lished, the smart device will display
the view through the camera lens; the
camera will display a message stating
that a wireless connection is active.
DWireless Networks
Camera settings can not be adjusted while the camera is connected to
a wireless network. To end the connection, press the G button.
AThe Wireless Mobile Utility
The Wireless Mobile Utility is available from Google Play and the App
Store. System requirements and Information on installation, wireless
connections and use may be found in the Wireless Mobile Utility man-
ual available in pdf format from the following URL:
http://nikonimglib.com/ManDL/WMAU/
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More on Playback
Photo information is superimposed on images displayed in full-
frame playback (027). The information displayed can be
selected using the Display > Playback option in the setup
menu (0160).
❚❚ Basic Info
Photo Information
Still images Movies
1 2 3
9
10
875
4
6
11
13
3
9
10
875
4
6
212
1
1Shooting mode
2Protect status.....................................110
3Frame number/total number of
images
4Image quality.....................................120
Frame rate..................................140, 141
5Image size...........................................120
Frame size..................................140, 141
6File name ............................................122
7Time of recording ...................... 18, 162
8Date of recording....................... 18, 162
9Battery indicator ................................. 20
10 Rating ....................................................86
11 Movie length........................................65
12 Audio recording indicator...............142
13 On-screen guide (for movies) .......... 65
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❚❚ Detailed Photo Information
Still images
Movies
1234
7
6
5
8
12
11
13
14
10
15
9
27
16
28
17
18
24
25
26
22 2023 19
21
27
24
25
22 2023 19
21
1 2 4
6
5
12
11
29
13
26
16
3
1Shooting mode
2Frame number/total number of
images
3Protect status.....................................110
4Camera name
5Retouch indicator ...........111, 112, 113
Movie edit indicator.........................114
6Histogram showing distribution of
tones in image ...................................81
7ISO sensitivity ....................................149
8Focal length .......................................197
9Flash mode........................................... 73
10 Flash compensation.........................137
11 Exposure compensation ................... 71
12 Metering .............................................124
13 Creative mode .............................. 31, 32
Best moment capture selection
.... 45, 47
Advanced movie selection........ 57, 62
Exposure mode .................................119
14 Shutter speed ............................... 35, 37
15 Aperture......................................... 36, 37
16 Picture Control ..................................150
17 Active D-Lighting indicator............127
18 HDR indicator ...................................... 40
19 Image quality.....................................120
Frame rate .................................140, 141
20 Image size...........................................120
Frame size..................................140, 141
21 File name ............................................122
22 Time of recording ...................... 18, 162
23 Date of recording....................... 18, 162
24 Battery indicator ................................. 20
25 White balance....................................144
White balance fine-tuning .............145
26 Color space.........................................126
27 Rating .................................................... 86
28 Auto distortion control....................125
29 Audio recording indicator ..............142
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AHistograms (080)
Camera histograms are intended only as a guide and may differ from
those in imaging applications. Sample histograms are shown below:
If brightness varies evenly across the
image, the distribution of tones
will be relatively even.
If the image is dark, tone distribu-
tion will be shifted to the left.
If the image is bright, tone distribu-
tion will be shifted to the right.
Exposure compensation shifts the distribution of tones to the right
when raised, to the left when lowered. Histograms can give you a
rough idea of overall exposure when bright ambient lighting makes it
difficult to see the display in the monitor.
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To view pictures in “contact sheets” of 4, 9, or 72 images, press J
when a picture is displayed full frame and rotate the multi selec-
tor counterclockwise.
The following operations can be performed:
Thumbnail Playback
To Use Description
Display more
images
Rotate the multi selector counterclockwise
to increase the number of images displayed
from 1 to 4, from 4 to 9, or from 9 to 72. To
view images taken on selected dates (083),
rotate the selector counterclockwise when
72 images are displayed.
Display fewer
images
Rotate the multi selector clockwise to
reduce the number of images displayed
from 72 to 9 or 9 to 4. To view the high-
lighted image full frame, rotate the selector
clockwise when 4 images are displayed.
Highlight
images
Use the multi selector to highlight images.
You can delete (085) the highlighted
image or zoom in for a closer look (084).
View
highlighted
image
JPress J to view the highlighted image full
frame.
Delete
highlighted
image
OSee page 85.
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To view pictures taken on a selected date, rotate the multi selec-
tor counterclockwise when 72 pictures are displayed (082).
The following operations can be performed:
Calendar Playback
To Use Description
Display
calendar
To view the calendar, rotate the multi selec-
tor counterclockwise when 72 images are
displayed (082).
Exit to
thumbnail
playback
To return to the 72-image display, rotate the
multi selector clockwise when the calendar
is displayed.
Highlight date Use multi selector to highlight date in calen-
dar display.
View pictures
taken on
highlighted
date
JPress J to view the first picture taken on
the highlighted date.
Delete pictures
taken on
highlighted
date
OPress O to delete all pictures taken on the
highlighted date.
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To zoom in on a photograph, display it full frame and press J
and rotate the multi selector clockwise. Playback zoom is not
available with movies or Motion Snapshots.
The following operations can be performed:
Playback Zoom
To Use Description
Zoom in Rotate the multi selec-
tor clockwise to zoom
in, counterclockwise to
zoom out. Whenever
you zoom in or out, a
navigation window will
appear with the area
currently visible in the display indicated by a yel-
low border. Press 1, 3, 4, or 2 to scroll the
image.
Zoom out
View other
areas of
image
View faces
Faces (up to five)
detected during
face
priority
are indicated by
white borders in the
navigation window.
Press 4 or 2 to view
other faces.
Exit zoom JReturn to full-frame playback.
ASee Also
The Face-priority zoom option in the playback menu (0114) is used
to choose whether the multi selector to be used to scroll from face to
face during face-priority zoom.
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Pictures can be deleted from the memory card as described
below. Note that once deleted, pictures can not be recovered; pro-
tected images, however, will not be deleted.
Deleting the Current Picture
The Playback Menu
To delete multiple images, press the G button, select Delete
in the playback menu, and choose from the options below. A
confirmation dialog will be displayed; select Yes to delete the
images (note that some time may be required if a large number
of images is selected).
Deleting Pictures
To delete the picture currently displayed
in full-frame playback or selected in the
thumbnail list, press O. A confirmation
dialog will be displayed; press O again to
delete the picture and return to playback,
or press K to exit without deleting the
picture. O button
Delete selected images
Highlight images and press 3 to select or dese-
lect (0109). Press J to exit when the selection is
complete.
Delete all images Delete all pictures on the memory card.
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Rate pictures or mark them as candidates for later deletion. Rat-
ing is not available with protected images.
1Select a picture.
Display a picture in full-frame playback.
2Press 1(&).
Rating Pictures
Press 1(&) and rotate the multi
selector to choose from ratings of
zero to five stars, or select ) to mark
the picture as a candidate for later
deletion.
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1Select the type of image used in the show.
Highlight the desired option and press J.
Slide Shows
To view a slide show of the pictures on
the memory card, press the G button,
select Slide show in the playback menu,
and follow the steps below.
G button
All images Display all the images on the memory card.
Still images
Display still images only. Images taken using Easy
panorama will be displayed in panorama mode
(041).
Movies Display movies only.
Motion Snapshot Display only the movie portion of Motion Snapshots.
The associated photographs are not displayed.
Select images by
date
Display only images
recorded on a selected
date. A calendar will be
displayed; use the multi
selector to highlight a
date.
Selected scene
Display only photos belonging to a specific scene.
Choose from
i
Auto
,
k
Portrait
,
l
Landscape
,
j
Night landscape
,
o
Night portrait
,
m
Backlighting
,
n
Close-up
,
p
Easy panorama
,
q
Soft
,
r
Miniature
effect
, and
s
Selective color
.
Face priority Display only images in which the camera has
detected a face (024).
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2Adjust display times and choose a background track.
Adjust the following options:
Frame interval Choose how long each still image is displayed.
Movie playback
time
Choose how much of each movie is played back
before the next slide is displayed. Choose Same as
frame interval to display the next slide after the
time selected for Frame interval, No limit to play
back the entire movie before displaying the next
slide.
Audio
Mute audio playback or
choose a slide show back-
ground track (to play the
highlighted background
track prior to selection,
press 2 and rotate the
multi selector to adjust
volume; to end playback,
press 2 again). Select
Movie sound tracks to play only audio recorded
with movies; in this case, no sound is played for still
images or Motion Snapshots.
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3Select Start.
The following operations can be performed while a slide
show is in progress:
The options shown at right are dis-
played when the show ends. Select
Resume to restart or Exit to exit to the
playback menu.
Highlight Start and press J to start
the slide show.
To Use Description
Skip back/skip
ahead
Press 4 to return to the previous frame,
2 to skip to the next frame.
Pause/resume JPause the show. Press again to resume.
Adjust volume Rotate the multi selector to adjust vol-
ume.
Exit to playback
mode KEnd the show and return to playback
mode.
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Q
Connections
Install the supplied software to copy pictures to your computer
for viewing and editing pictures and creating short movies.
Before installing the software, confirm that your system meets
the requirements on page 93.
1Launch the installer.
Start the computer, insert
the ViewNX 2/Short Movie
Creator installer CD, and
launch the installer.
2Select a language.
If the desired language is
not available, click Region
Selection to choose a dif-
ferent region and then
choose the desired lan-
guage (region selection is
not available in the Euro-
pean release).
3Start the installer.
Click Install and follow the
on-screen instructions.
Installing the Supplied Software
q Select region (if required)
w Select language e Click Nex
t
Click Instal
l
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4Exit the installer.
Click Yes (Windows) or OK (Mac OS) when installation is com-
plete.
The following software is installed:
ViewNX 2
Short Movie Creator
Apple QuickTime (Windows only)
5Remove the installer CD from the CD-ROM drive.
Windows Mac OS
Click Yes Click OK
ASupplied Software
Be sure to update to the latest versions of the supplied software.
Nikon Message Center 2 will periodically check for updates while the
computer is connected to the Internet.
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System Requirements
The system requirements for ViewNX 2 are:
Windows
CPU
Photos/JPEG movies: Intel Celeron, Pentium 4, or Core series,
1.6 GHz or better
H.264 movies (playback): 3.0 GHz Pentium D or better
H.264 movies (editing): 2.6 GHz Core 2 Duo or better
OS Pre-installed versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Win-
dows 7, and Windows 8
RAM
Windows 8/Windows 7/Windows Vista: 1 GB or more (2 GB or more rec-
ommended)
Windows XP: 512 MB or more (2 GB or more recommended)
Hard-disk
space
A minimum of 500 MB available on the startup disk (1 GB or more rec-
ommended)
Monitor
Resolution: 1024 × 768 pixels (XGA) or more (1280 × 1024 pixels/SXGA
or more recommended)
Color: 24-bit color (True Color) or more
Mac OS
CPU
Photos/JPEG movies: Intel Core or Xeon series
H.264 movies (playback): 2 GHz Core Duo or better
H.264 movies (editing): 2.6 GHz Core 2 Duo or better
OS Mac OS X version 10.6, 10.7, or 10.8
RAM 512 MB or more (2 GB or more recommended)
Hard-disk
space
A minimum of 500 MB available on the startup disk (1 GB or more rec-
ommended)
Monitor
Resolution: 1024 × 768 pixels (XGA) or more (1280 × 1024 pixels/SXGA
or more recommended)
Color: 24-bit color (millions of colors) or more
AMotion Snapshots
ViewNX 2 is required to view Motion Snapshots saved using the File
format > NMS files option in the shooting menu (0124).
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The system requirements for Short Movie Creator are:
If your system does not meet the above requirements, only
ViewNX 2 will be installed (093).
Windows
CPU 2 GHz intel Core 2 Duo or better
OS Pre-installed versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Win-
dows 7, and Windows 8
RAM 1.5 GB or more with at least 128 MB of video RAM (2 GB or more
with at least 256 MB of video RAM recommended for creating HD movies)
Hard-disk
space
A minimum of 500 MB available on the startup disk (1 GB or more rec-
ommended)
Monitor Resolution: 1024 × 768 pixels (XGA) or more
Color: 32-bit color (True Color) or more
Other DirectX 9 or later and OpenGL 1.4 or later
Mac OS
CPU 2 GHz intel Core 2 Duo or better
OS Mac OS X version 10.6, 10.7, or 10.8
RAM 1GB or more
Hard-disk
space
A minimum of 500 MB available on the startup disk (1 GB or more rec-
ommended)
Monitor Resolution: 1024 × 768 pixels (XGA) or more
Color: 24-bit color (millions of colors) or more
ASupported Operating Systems
See the websites listed on page xvii for the latest information on sup-
ported operating systems.
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Transferring Pictures
1Choose how pictures will be copied to the computer.
Choose one of the following methods:
Direct USB connection: Turn the camera off and ensure that the
memory card is inserted in the camera. Connect the camera
to the computer using the supplied USB cable (do not use
force or insert the connectors at an angle) and then turn the
camera on.
SD card slot: If your computer is equipped with an SD card slot,
the card can be inserted directly in the slot.
SD card reader: Connect a card reader (available separately
from third-party suppliers) to the computer and insert the
memory card.
2Start the Nikon Transfer 2 component of ViewNX 2.
If a message is displayed prompting you to choose a pro-
gram, select Nikon Transfer 2.
Viewing and Editing Pictures on a Computer
AWindows 7
If the following dialog is displayed, select Nikon Transfer 2 as
described below.
1Under Import pictures and
videos, click Change pro-
gram. A program selection
dialog will be displayed; select
Import File using Nikon
Transfer 2 and click OK.
2Double-click Import file.
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3Click Start Transfer.
At default settings, all the
pictures on the memory
card will be copied to the
computer.
4Terminate the connection.
If the camera is connected to the computer, turn the camera
off and disconnect the USB cable. If you are using a card
reader or card slot, choose the appropriate option in the com-
puter operating system to eject the removable disk corre-
sponding to the memory card and then remove the card from
the card reader or card slot.
Viewing Pictures
Pictures are displayed in
ViewNX 2 when transfer is com-
plete.
AStarting ViewNX 2 Manually
Windows: Double-click the
ViewNX 2 shortcut on the desk-
top.
Mac OS: Click the ViewNX 2 icon in
the Dock.
Click Start Transfe
r
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❚❚ Retouching Photographs
To crop pictures and perform
such tasks as adjusting sharp-
ness and tone levels, click the
Edit button in the toolbar.
❚❚ Creating Short Movies
Use the Short Movie Creator to
create short movies combining
photos, music, Motion Snap-
shots, and movie footage
(098).
❚❚ Printing Pictures
Click the Print button in the
toolbar. A dialog will be dis-
played, allowing you to print
pictures on a printer connected
to the computer.
AFor More Information
Consult online help for more infor-
mation on using ViewNX 2.
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Creating Short Movies
Use the supplied Short Movie Creator software to create movies
combining photographs with Motion Snapshots, movies, and
music.
1Transfer pictures.
Transfer pictures as described on page 95.
2Select components.
Select pictures in ViewNX 2.
3Start Short Movie Creator.
The images selected in Step
2 will be displayed in the
Short Movie Creator “Com-
ponents” panel; if desired,
additional pictures can be
dragged into the “Compo-
nents” panel from ViewNX 2
and re-ordered using drag
and drop. In the case of
photos taken with the
Smart Photo Selector, only the best shot will be displayed.
The photo and movie components of Motion Snapshots
appear as separate files.
4Select a style and background track.
Select a style in the “Styles” panel and a background track in
the “Music” panel. To preview the movie, click .
Click the Short Movie
Creator button in ViewNX 2.
“Components” panel
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5Save the movie.
Click Create Movie. The dia-
log shown at right will be
displayed; select one of the
following options and click
Create.
Save file: Save the movie to a
folder on the computer.
Save to Camera (memory card):
Save the movie to a mem-
ory card so that it can later
be played back on the cam-
era. To use this option, you
will first need to insert a memory card that has been format-
ted in the camera (0158) into a card reader or card slot.
AStarting Short Movie Creator
If ViewNX 2 is not running, you can start
Short Movie Creator by double-clicking
the Short Movie Creator icon on the
desktop (Windows) or clicking the Short
Movie Creator icon in the Dock (Mac OS). Windows Mac OS
AViewing Short Movies on Other Devices
Movies saved to a memory card using the Save to Camera (memory
card) option in Short Movie Creator can be viewed on the camera, or
displayed on a television monitor when the camera is connected to a
TV (0100). Movies created in other applications or using the Save file
option in Short Movie Creator can not be viewed on the camera.
AFor More Information
Consult online help for more infor-
mation on using Short Movie Cre-
ator.
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Connect the camera to a television for playback.
High-Definition Devices
A type C mini-pin High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)
cable (available separately from third-party suppliers) can be
used to connect the camera to high-definition video devices.
1Connect the HDMI cable.
Turn the camera off and connect the HDMI cable.
2Tune the device to the HDMI channel.
3Turn the camera on.
Turn the camera on; the camera monitor will remain off and
the camera shooting mode display will appear on the HD
device. Pictures can be played back using camera controls as
described elsewhere in this manual; note that the edges of
images may not be visible in the display.
Viewing Pictures on TV
AConnecting an HDMI Cable
Always turn the camera off before connecting or disconnecting HDMI
cables. When connecting cables, do not use force or attempt to insert
the connectors at an angle.
Connect to HD device
(choose cable with
appropriate connector)
Connect to camera
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❚❚ HDMI Device Control
To control the camera remotely from a device that supports
HDMI-CEC (High-Definition Multimedia InterfaceConsumer
Electronics Control), select On for HDMI device control in the
camera setup menu. The HDMI-CEC device will display a remote
control guide and the remote control can be used in place of the
following camera controls:
The remote control guide can be hidden or displayed at any time
by pressing the yellow button on the remote control. See the
television manual for details.
DClose the Connector Cover
Close the connector cover when the connectors are not in use. Foreign
matter in the connectors can interfere with data transfer.
ATelevision Playback
Volume can be adjusted using the controls on the television; adjusting
volume on the camera has no effect. Use of an EH-5b AC adapter and
EP-5C power connector (available separately) is recommended for
extended playback.
Camera Remote control
1, 3, 4, 2Up, down, left, and right buttons
JCenter button
KBlue button
GRed button
Slide show menu Green button
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Selected JPEG images can be printed on a PictBridge printer
connected directly to the camera.
Connecting the Printer
Connect the camera using the supplied USB cable.
1Turn the camera off.
2Connect the USB cable.
Turn the printer on and connect the USB cable as shown. Do
not use force or attempt to insert the connectors at an angle.
3Turn the camera on.
Printing Photographs
AUSB Hubs
Connect the camera directly to the printer; do not connect the
cable via a USB hub.
A welcome screen will be displayed in
the monitor, followed by a PictBridge
playback display.
APrinting Via Direct USB Connection
Be sure the EN-EL20 battery is fully charged or use an optional EH-5b
AC adapter and EP-5C power connector.
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Printing Pictures One at a Time
1Select a picture.
Press 4 or 2 to view additional pictures. Rotate the multi
selector clockwise to zoom in on the current frame (084;
rotate the multi selector counterclockwise to exit zoom). To
view nine pictures at a time, rotate the selector counterclock-
wise when a picture is displayed full frame. Press 1, 3, 4, or
2 to highlight pictures, or rotate the multi selector clockwise
to display the highlighted picture full frame.
2Adjust print options.
Press J to display PictBridge print options (0105). Press 1
or 3 to highlight options and press 2 to select.
3Start printing.
Highlight Start printing and press J
to start printing. To cancel before all
copies have been printed, press J
again.
DSelecting Photographs for Printing
Movies and NEF (RAW) photographs (0120) can not be selected for
printing. If Motion Snapshots are selected, only the photographs will
be printed; the movie portion will not be printed. If photographs taken
with the Smart Photo Selector are selected, only the best shot will be
printed.
DPanoramas
Some printers may not print panoramas, while at some settings others
may not print entire panoramas. See the printer manual for details.
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Printing Multiple Pictures
1Display the PictBridge menu.
Press the G button in the PictBridge playback display (see
Step 3 on page 102).
2Choose an option.
Highlight one of the following options and press 2.
Select images for printing: Select pictures for printing.
Print DPOF print order: Print an existing print order created with
the DPOF print order option in the playback menu
(0106). The current print order will be displayed in Step 3.
Index print: To create an index print of all JPEG pictures on the
memory card, proceed to Step 4. Note that if the memory
card contains more than 256 pictures, a warning will be dis-
played and only the first 256 images will be printed.
3Select pictures.
Press 4 or 2 to highlight pictures. To select the current pic-
ture for printing, press 1. The number of prints will be set to
1; press 1 or 3 to specify the number of prints (up to 99; to
deselect the picture, press 3 when the number of prints is 1).
Continue until all the desired pictures have been selected.
4Adjust print options.
Press J to display PictBridge print options. Press 1 or 3 to
highlight page size, border, or time stamp items and press 2
to display the options described on page 105; note that a
warning will be displayed if the selected page size is too small
for an index print.
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5Start printing.
Highlight Start printing and press J
to start printing. To cancel before all
copies have been printed, press J
again.
AErrors
See page 188 for information on what to do if an error occurs during
printing.
APictBridge Print Options
Page
size
Highlight a page size (only sizes supported by the current
printer are listed) and press J to select and exit to the previous
menu (to print at the default page size for the current printer,
select Use printer settings).
Number
of
copies
This option is listed only when pictures are printed one at a
time. Press 1 or 3 to choose number of copies (maximum 99),
then press J to select and return to the previous menu.
Print
border
This option is listed only if supported by the printer. Highlight
Use printer settings (use current printer settings), Yes (print
white borders), or No (no borders) and press J to select and
exit to the previous menu.
Print
time
stamp
Highlight Use printer settings (use current printer settings),
Yes (print times and dates of recording on photos), or No (no
time stamp) and press J to select and exit to the previous
menu.
Crop
This option is listed only when pictures are printed one at a
time on a printer that supports cropping. To exit without crop-
ping, highlight No and press J. To crop the current picture,
highlight Yes and press 2. A crop selection dialog will be dis-
played; rotate the multi selector clockwise to increase the size
of the crop, counterclockwise to decrease. Press 1, 3, 4, or 2
to position the crop and press J. Note that print quality may
drop if small crops are printed at large sizes.
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Creating a DPOF Print Order: Print Set
The DPOF print order option is used to
create digital “print orders” for Pict-
Bridge-compatible printers and devices
that support DPOF. Press the G but-
ton, select DPOF print order in the play-
back menu, and choose from the
following options:
Select/
set
Press 4 or 2 to highlight pictures
(0109). To select the current picture
for printing, press 1. The picture will
be marked with a Z icon and the
number of prints will be set to 1; press
1 or 3 to specify the number of
prints (up to 99; to deselect the pic-
ture, press 3 when the number of prints is 1). When the selec-
tion is complete, press J to display printing options. Highlight
Print shooting info (print the shutter speed and aperture on all
pictures in the print order) or Print date (print the date of
recording on all pictures in the print order) and press 2 to select
or deselect, and then press J to complete the print order.
Reset Remove all pictures from the print order.
DDPOF Print Order
DPOF date and shooting info options are not supported when printing
via direct USB connection; to print the date of recording on photo-
graphs in the current print order, use the PictBridge Print time stamp
option (0105).
The DPOF print order option can not be used if there is not enough
space on the memory card to store the print order. For restrictions on
the types of images that can be selected for printing, see page 103.
Print orders may not print correctly if images are deleted using a com-
puter or other device after the print order is created.
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The Playback Menu
To display the playback menu, press G and select Playback.
The playback menu contains the following options:
G button
Option Description Default 0
Delete Delete multiple images. 85
Slide show View movies and photos in a slide
show.
Image type: All images
Selected scene: Auto
Frame interval: 5 s
Movie playback time:
Same as frame interval
Audio: Background track 1
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Image
review
Choose whether pictures are
displayed after shooting. On 110
Rotate tall
Rotate “tall” (portrait-orientation)
pictures for display during
playback.
On 110
DPOF print
order Create digital “print orders. 106
Protect Protect pictures from accidental
deletion. — 110
Rating Rate pictures. 110
D-Lighting
Brighten shadows in dark or back-lit
photos, creating a retouched copy
that is saved separately from the
unmodified original.
— 111
Resize Create small copies of selected
pictures.
Choose size:
1280×856; 1.1 M 112
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Crop Create cropped copies of selected
pictures. Aspect ratio: 3 : 2 113
Face-
priority
zoom
Choose whether 4 and 2 can be
used during playback zoom (084)
to select faces detected with face
priority.
On 114
Edit movie
Create copies of movies from which
unwanted footage has been
trimmed.
—114
Change
theme
Change the themes for existing
Motion Snapshots. —115
APlayback
The camera may be unable to display or retouch images that were cre-
ated or have been edited with other devices.
AImage Quality
Copies created from JPEG photos are the same quality as the original,
while copies created from NEF (RAW) photos are saved as fine-quality
JPEG images (0120).
Option Description Default 0
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Selecting Multiple Images
Choosing the options listed below dis-
plays an image selection dialog. Press 4
or 2 to highlight pictures (only pictures
to which the operation applies are avail-
able for selection).
Delete > Delete selected images (085)
DPOF print order > Select/set (0106)
Protect > Select/set (0110) Rating (0110)
D-Lighting (0111) Resize > Select images (0112)
Crop > Select images (0113) Edit movie (0114)
Change theme (0115)
AInspecting Pictures
The picture currently highlighted in the
thumbnail display can be inspected by press-
ing 1; except in the cases of DPOF print
order, Rating, and Change theme, the pic-
ture will be displayed full screen while the
button is pressed.
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If On is selected, pictures will be displayed immediately after
shooting. To view pictures when Off is selected, press the K
button.
Choose whether to rotate “tall” (portrait-orientation) pictures for
display during playback. Note that because the camera itself is
already in the appropriate orientation during shooting, images
are not rotated automatically during image review.
Protect selected images from accidental deletion. Note that this
option does NOT protect files from deletion when the memory
card is formatted (0158).
Press 4 or 2 to highlight pictures (0109) and press 1 or 3 to
choose a rating (086). Press J to exit when the operation is
complete.
Image Review
Rotate Tall
On
Tall” (portrait-orientation) pictures are automatically rotated
for display in the camera monitor. Pictures taken with Off
selected for Auto image rotation (0163) will be displayed in
“wide” (landscape) orientation.
Off “Tall” (portrait-orientation) pictures are displayed in “wide”
(landscape) orientation.
Protect
Select/set
Press 4 or 2 to highlight pictures (0109) and press 3 to
select or deselect. Press J to exit when the operation is com-
plete.
Reset Remove protection from all pictures.
Rating
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Applied to selected images, D-Lighting creates copies that have
been processed to brighten shadows. Use to retouch dark or
backlit photographs.
Press 4 or 2 to highlight an image
(0109) and press J to display the
options shown at right. Press 1 or 3 to
choose the amount of correction per-
formed (the effect can be previewed in
the display) and press J to create a
retouched copy.
D-Lighting
Before After
DD-Lighting
Noise (randomly-spaced bright pixels, fog, or lines) may appear in cop-
ies created with D-Lighting. Uneven shading may be visible with some
subjects.
AImage Size
Copies created from JPEG photos are the same size as the original,
while copies created from NEF (RAW) photos are saved as JPEG images
with a size of 4608 × 3072.
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Create small copies of selected photo-
graphs. Select
Choose size
and choose a
size from
1280×856; 1.1M
(1280 × 856 pix-
els),
960×640; 0.6 M
(960 × 640 pixels), and
640×424; 0.3M
(640 × 424 pixels), and then
choose
Select images
. Press
4
or
2
to
highlight pictures (
0
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3
to select or deselect. When
the selection is complete, press
J
to display a confirmation dialog
and select
Yes
to save the resized copies.
Resize
DResized Copies
Playback zoom may not be available with resized copies.
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Create a cropped copy of selected photographs.
The selected image will be displayed with
a default crop of the selected aspect ratio
shown in yellow. Use the controls below
to size and position the crop and save the
copy.
Crop
Select
images
To select an image for trimming, choose Select images, high-
light a picture (0109), and press J.
Aspect
ratio Choose from aspect ratios of 3 : 2, 4 : 3, 1 : 1, and 16 : 9.
To Use Description
Decrease crop
size
Rotate the multi selector counterclockwise
to decrease the size of the crop.
Increase crop
size
Rotate the multi selector clockwise to
increase the size of the crop.
Position crop Press 1, 3, 4, or 2 to position the crop.
Create copy JSave the current crop as a separate file.
DCropped Copies
Playback zoom may not be available with
cropped copies. The size of the copy varies
with crop size and aspect ratio and appears
at upper left in the crop display.
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If On is selected, 4 and 2 can be used during playback zoom to
select faces detected with face priority. If Off is selected, 4 and
2 can be used with 1 and 3 to scroll the display.
Trim footage from movies to create edited copies.
1Select Choose start point or Choose end point.
Choose from the following options:
Choose start point: Trim the opening
footage.
Choose end point: Trim the closing foot-
age.
2Select a movie.
Press 4 or 2 to highlight a movie (0109) and press J to
select.
3Pause the movie on opening or closing frame.
Play the movie back, pressing J to
begin and resume playback and 3 to
pause (065; the first frame is indi-
cated by a h icon in the display, the
last frame by i). Pause playback
when you reach the frame that will
become the new opening or closing frame.
4Delete the unwanted frames.
Press 1 to delete all frames before (Choose start point) or
after (Choose end point) the current frame.
Face-Priority Zoom
Edit Movie
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5Save the copy.
Highlight Yes and press J to save the
edited copy. If necessary, the copy can
be trimmed as described above to
remove additional footage.
Assign existing Motion Snapshots new themes (NMS-format files
only; Motion Snapshots created with MOV file selected for File
format in the shooting menu can not be assigned new themes).
Choose from Beauty, Waves, Relaxation, Tenderness, and
None. Highlight a Motion Snapshot and press J to display a list
of themes (to play a theme, highlight it and press 2; volume can
be adjusted by rotating the multi selector). Highlight the new
theme and press J. A confirmation dialog will be displayed;
select Ye s to save the selected Motion Snapshot with the new
theme.
DTrimming Movies
Movies must be at least two seconds long. If a copy can not be created
at the current playback position, the current position will be displayed
in red in Step 4 and no copy will be created. The copy will not be saved
if there is insufficient space available on the memory card.
To prevent the camera from turning off unexpectedly, use a fully-
charged battery when editing movies.
Change Theme
ASee Also
See page 124 for information on Motion Snapshot file formats.
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The Shooting Menu
To display the shooting menu, press G and select Shooting.
The shooting menu contains the following options:
G button
Option Description Default 0
Reset shooting
options
Reset shooting options to
default values. 119
Exposure
mode
Choose how the camera sets
shutter speed and aperture in
Motion Snapshot mode
(053).
Scene auto selector 119
Image quality Choose a file format and
compression ratio. JPEG normal 120
Image size Choose a size for new photos.
4608 × 3072; 14.2 M
(standard photos)/ Normal
panorama (panoramas)
120
Number of
shots saved
Choose the number of shots
selected by the Smart Photo
Selector (047).
5123
Movie before/
after
Choose when the movie
portion of Motion Snapshots is
recorded (053).
1.0 s : 0.6 s 123
File format Choose a file format for new
Motion Snapshots (053). NMS files 124
Metering Choose how the camera
meters exposure. Matrix 124
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*Varies with lens (0128).
Auto distortion
control
Choose whether the camera
corrects barrel and pincushion
distortion.
Off 125
Color space Choose a color space for new
pictures. sRGB 126
Active
D-Lighting
Avoid loss of detail in
highlights and shadows. On 127
HDR
Enhance detail in highlights
and shadows when
photographing high-contrast
scenes with Backlighting
selected in creative mode.
On 40
Long exposure
NR
Reduce noise in long time-
exposures. Off 128
Optical VR
Adjust settings for 1 NIKKOR
lenses with vibration
reduction.
Active/On*128
Electronic VR
Choose whether to use
vibration reduction in Motion
Snapshot mode (053). This
feature is available even if
vibration reduction is not
offered by the attached 1
NIKKOR lens.
On 129
Focus mode Choose how the camera
focuses. See page 130 129
AF-area mode Choose how the focus area is
selected. Auto-area 134
Face-priority Turn face priority on or off. On 136
Built-in AF
assist
Control the built-in AF-assist
illuminator. On 136
Flash
compensation Control flash output. 0.0 137
Option Description Default 0
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Select Yes to reset the options in the shooting menu and other
shooting settings to default values (0117, 180).
The options in the exposure mode menu offer varying degrees
of control over shutter speed and aperture in Motion Snapshot
mode (053).
Reset Shooting Options
Exposure Mode
hScene auto
selector
An automatic, “point-and-shoot” mode in which the
camera not only chooses shutter speed and aperture
but adjusts other settings to suit the subject (
automatic
scene selection;
023).
PProgrammed
auto
The camera sets shutter speed and aperture for optimal
exposure (034). Recommended for snapshots and in
other situations in which there is little time to adjust
camera settings.
SShutter-
priority auto
You choose the shutter speed; the camera selects an
aperture for best results (035). Use to freeze or blur
motion.
AAperture-
priority auto
You choose the aperture; the camera selects a shutter
speed for best results (036). Use to blur the back-
ground or bring both foreground and background into
focus.
MManual You control both shutter speed and aperture (037). Set
shutter speed to “Bulb” for long time-exposures.
AISO Sensitivity (P, S, A, and M Modes)
When an “auto” option is selected for ISO sensitivity (0149), the cam-
era will automatically adjust sensitivity within the selected range if
optimal exposure can not be achieved at the selected shutter speed or
aperture.
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Choose a file format and compression ratio for photographs.
Choose the size of photographs.
❚❚ Standard Photographs
The following options are available in still image and Smart
Photo Selector modes and when an option other than Easy pan-
orama is selected in creative mode.
Image Quality
Option File type Description
NEF (RAW) NEF
Compressed 12-bit raw data from the image sensor
are saved directly to the memory card. White bal-
ance, contrast, and other settings can be adjusted
on a computer after shooting.
JPEG fine
JPEG
Record JPEG images at a compression ratio of
roughly 1 : 4 (fine quality).
JPEG normal Record JPEG images at a compression ratio of
roughly 1 : 8 (normal quality).
JPEG basic Record JPEG images at a compression ratio of
roughly 1 : 16 (basic quality).
NEF (RAW) +
JPEG fine
NEF/
JPEG
Two images are recorded: one NEF (RAW) image
and one fine-quality JPEG image.
Image Size
Option Size (pixels) Approximate print size at 300 dpi (cm/in.) 1
#4608×3072; 14.2 M 4608 × 3072 39.0 × 26.0/15.4 × 10.2
$3456×2304; 8.0 M 3456 × 2304 29.3 × 19.5/11.5 × 7.7
%2304×1536; 3.5 M 2304 × 1536 19.5 × 13.0/ 7.7 × 5.1
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❚❚ Panoramas
The following options are available when Easy panorama is
selected in creative mode.
1Figures for horizontal and vertical panorama are reversed if camera is
rotated 90 degrees.
2Print size in inches equals image size in pixels divided by printer resolution
in dots per inch (dpi; 1 inch=approximately 2.54 cm).
Option Size (pixels)1Approximate print size at 300 dpi
(cm/in.) 2
ANormal
panorama
Camera panned
horizontally: 4800 × 920 40.6 × 7.8/16.0 × 3.0
Camera panned
vertically: 1536 × 4800 13.0 × 40.6/5.1 × 16.0
BWide
panorama
Camera panned
horizontally: 9600 × 920 81.3 × 7.8/32.0 × 3.1
Camera panned
vertically: 1536 × 9600 13.0 × 81.3/5.1 × 32.0
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ANEF (RAW)/NEF (RAW) + JPEG
The option selected for image size does not affect the size of NEF (RAW)
images. NEF (RAW) images can be viewed on the camera or using soft-
ware such as Capture NX 2 (available separately; 0166) or ViewNX 2
(supplied).
When photographs taken at NEF (RAW) + JPEG are viewed on the cam-
era, only the JPEG image will be displayed. When photographs taken at
these settings are deleted, both NEF and JPEG images will be deleted.
AFile Names
Photos and movies are stored as image files with names of the form
“xxx_nnnn.yyy,” where:
xxx is either NMS (Motion Snapshots recorded with NMS files
selected for File format; 0124) or DSC (photos, MOV-format Motion
Snapshots, and movies, including copies created with Edit movie;
0114),
nnnn a four-digit number between 0001 and 9999 assigned automat-
ically in ascending order by the camera, and
yyy one of the following three letter extensions: “NEF” for NEF (RAW)
images, “JPG” for JPEG images, or “MOV” for movies.
The NEF and JPEG files recorded at settings of NEF (RAW)+JPEG have
the same file names but different extensions. Trimmed copies created
with Edit movie (0114) have file names beginning with “DSC”; copies
created with the other retouch options in the playback menu have file
names beginning with “CSC” (e.g., CSC_0001.JPG”). Images recorded
with Adobe RGB selected for Color space (0126) have names that
begin with an underscore (e.g., “_DSC0001.JPG”).
AImage Quality and Size
Together, image quality and size determine how much space each pho-
tograph occupies on the memory card. Larger, higher quality images
can be printed at larger sizes but also require more memory, meaning
that fewer such images can be stored on the memory card (0181).
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Choose the number of shots selected by the Smart Photo Selec-
tor. If 5 is selected, the camera will save the best shot and 4 best
shot candidates. If 1 is selected, the camera will save only the
best shot.
Choose whether the movie portions of Motion Snapshots end
when the shutter-release button is pressed all the way or about
0.6 s after (053). If 1.6 s : 0 s is selected, the photograph used
for the Motion Snapshot will feature the last frame of the movie.
Number of Shots Saved
Movie Before/After
1.0 s : 0.6 s
Movie footage starts about a second before the shutter-
release button is pressed all the way down and ends about
0.6 s after.
1.6 s : 0 s
The camera records about 1.6 s of movie footage, ending
when the shutter-release button is pressed all the way down.
Shutter-release button
pressed halfway
Shutter-release button
pressed all the way down
1.0 s 0.6 s
Movie footage
Shutter-release button
pressed halfway
Shutter-release button
pressed all the way down
1.6 s
Movie footage
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Choose the file format for Motion Snapshots (053).
Choose how the camera sets exposure.
File Format
NMS files
Motion Snapshots are recorded as a 4 s MOV file and a JPEG
image. Motion Snapshots can only be viewed on the camera or
using ViewNX 2 (093).
MOV file
Motion Snapshots are recorded as a 10 s MOV file that can be
viewed in a variety of computer applications. The Motion Snap-
shot is not displayed automatically when shooting ends (054);
for information on viewing Motion Snapshot movies, see page
65.
Metering
LMatrix
The camera meters a wide area of the frame and adjusts for
contrast (tone distribution), color, composition, and subject
distance, producing natural results in most situations.
MCenter-
weighted
The camera meters the entire frame but assigns the greatest
weight to the center area. This is the classic meter for por-
traits and is recommended if you are using filters with an
exposure factor (filter factor) over 1×.
NSpot
The camera meters the current focus area; use to meter off-
center subjects (if Auto-area is selected for AF-area mode
as described on page 134, the camera will meter the center
focus area, while during face priority the camera will meter
the focus area closest to the center of the selected face;
024). Spot metering ensures that the subject will be cor-
rectly exposed, even when framed against a background
that is much brighter or darker.
AMetering and Shooting Mode
In auto and best moment capture modes and in creative modes other
than P, S, A, and M, and when hScene auto selector (0119) is chosen
in Motion Snapshot mode, metering is adjusted automatically accord-
ing to the scene.
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Select On to reduce barrel distortion in photos taken with wide-
angle lenses and to reduce pin-cushion distortion in photos
taken with long lenses (note that the edges of photographs may
be cropped out, and that there may be an increase in the time
needed to process images before they are saved). This option is
available only with 1 NIKKOR lenses and not with other NIKKOR
lenses attached using the FT1 mount adapter (0202). Results
are not guaranteed with third-party lenses.
Auto Distortion Control
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The color space determines the gamut of colors available for
color reproduction. Choose sRGB for photos that will be used
as is,” with no further modification, Adobe RGB for photos that
will be extensively processed or retouched after leaving the
camera. Note that regardless of the option selected, sRGB is
used for movies and Motion Snapshots and for photos taken
during movie recording.
Color Space
AColor Space
Color spaces define the correspondence between colors and the
numeric values by which they are represented in a digital image file.
The sRGB color space is widely used, while Adobe RGB is typically used
in publishing and commercial printing. sRGB is recommended when
taking photographs that will be printed without modification or
viewed in applications that do not support color management, or
when taking photographs that will be printed with ExifPrint, the direct
printing option on some household printers, or kiosk printing or other
commercial print services. Adobe RGB photographs can also be
printed using these options, but colors will not be as vivid.
JPEG photographs taken in the Adobe RGB color space are DCF compli-
ant; applications and printers that support DCF will select the correct
color space automatically. If the application or device does not support
DCF, select the appropriate color space manually. For more informa-
tion, see the documentation provided with the application or device.
ANikon Software
ViewNX 2 (supplied) and Capture NX 2 (available separately) automati-
cally select the correct color space when opening photographs created
with this camera.
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Active D-Lighting preserves details in highlights and shadows
for natural contrast. Use with high contrast scenes such as a
brightly lit outdoor view framed in a door or window or a sub-
jects in the shade on a sunny day. It is most effective when used
with Matrix metering (0124).
Active D-Lighting
Active D-Lighting: Off Active D-Lighting: Y On
DActive D-Lighting
Noise (randomly-spaced bright pixels, fog, or lines) may appear in pho-
tographs taken with Active D-Lighting. Uneven shading may be visible
with some subjects.
AActive D-Lighting” Versus “D-Lighting”
The Active D-Lighting option in the shooting menu adjusts exposure
before shooting to optimize the dynamic range, while the D-Lighting
option in the playback menu (0111) brightens shadows in images
after shooting.
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Photographs taken at slow shutter speeds are automatically pro-
cessed to reduce “noise” (bright spots, randomly-spaced bright
pixels, or fog), slightly increasing recording times. Selecting On
increases the amount of noise reduction performed at shutter
speeds slower than 1 s and increases the time required to record
images by roughly 1.5 to 2 times. During processing, a warning
will be displayed and pictures can not be taken (if the camera is
turned off before processing is complete, the picture will be
saved but noise reduction will not be performed). In continuous
release mode, frame rates will slow and while photographs are
being processed, the capacity of the memory buffer will drop.
This option is available with 1 NIKKOR lenses that support vibra-
tion reduction (VR). The options available vary with the type of
lens: Normal/Active/Off for lenses that support active vibration
reduction and On/Off for other VR lenses. Choose Active, Nor-
mal, or On to reduce the effects of vibration; choose Active
when shooting from a moving vehicle or while walking or for
other forms of strong camera shake, Normal for the relatively
mild camera shake that occurs while standing still.
Long Exposure NR
Optical VR
AVibration Reduction
When the camera is panned, vibration reduction applies only to motion
that is not part of the pan (if the camera is panned horizontally, for
example, vibration reduction will be applied only to vertical shake),
making it much easier to pan the camera smoothly in a wide arc. The
composition may appear to change after the shutter is released, but
this does not indicate a malfunction.
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Select On to enable electronic vibration reduction while record-
ing Motion Snapshots. This feature is available even if the
attached 1 NIKKOR lens does not support vibration reduction.
Note that there will be a slight delay before recording begins
and that the edges of the image will be cropped out when On is
selected.
Choose how the camera focuses.
*Shutter can only be released if camera is able to focus.
Electronic VR
Focus Mode
AF-A Auto-select AF: The camera automatically selects AF-S if the subject is
stationary, AF-C if it is moving.
AF-S Single AF: For stationary subjects. Focus locks when the shutter-
release button is pressed halfway. *
AF-C
Continuous AF: For subjects in motion. The
camera focuses continuously on the sub-
ject in the AF-area brackets while the
shutter-release button is pressed half-
way (note that the AF-area brackets
appear only in the detailed display;
0159). Photos can be taken whether or
not the camera is in focus. AF-area brackets
AF-F Full-time AF: For subjects in motion. The camera focuses continu-
ously; photos can be taken whether or not the camera is in focus.
MF Manual focus: Focus manually (0132). Photos can be taken whether
or not the camera is in focus.
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AFocus Mode
The options available vary as shown below.
Menu Focus mode
Shooting AF-A (default), AF-S, AF-C, MF
Movies
P Programmed auto, S Shutter-
priority auto, A Aperture-priority
auto, M Manual
AF-F (default), AF-S, MF
y Slow motion AF-S (default), MF
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AGetting Good Results with Autofocus
Autofocus does not perform well under the conditions listed below.
The shutter release may be disabled if the camera is unable to focus
under these conditions, or the focus area may be displayed in green
and the camera may sound a beep, allowing the shutter to be released
even when the subject is not in focus. In these cases, focus manually
(0132) or use focus lock (0135) to focus on another subject at the
same distance, and then recompose the photograph.
There is little or no contrast between
the subject and the background.
The subject contains areas of sharply
contrasting brightness.
Example: The
subject is the
same color as
the back-
ground.
Examples: The
subject is half
in the shade; a
night scene
with point illu-
mination.
The subject contains objects at differ-
ent distances from the camera.
Background objects appear larger
than the subject.
Example: The
subject is
inside a cage.
Example: A
building is in
the frame
behind the
subject.
The subject is dominated by regular
geometric patterns.
The subject contains many fine details
or is made up of objects that are small
or lack variation in brightness.
Example: Blinds
or a row of
windows in a
skyscraper.
Example: A field
of flowers.
ASee Also
See page 160 for information on controlling the beep that sounds
when the camera focuses.
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Manual Focus
Manual focus can be used when autofocus does not produce the
desired results.
1Select manual focus.
2Choose a magnification.
3Display the manual focus guides.
Highlight Manual focus in the focus
mode menu (0129) and press 2.
To choose the magnification for the
manual focus display, highlight 10×
zoom, 5× zoom, or 2× zoom and
press J.
In the shooting display, press J to
magnify the view at the center of the
frame by the amount selected in
Step 2 (this feature is not available
during movie recording or in slow-
motion movie mode). Manual focus
guides are also displayed.
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4Focus.
Rotate the multi selector until the sub-
ject is in focus. Rotate the multi selec-
tor clockwise to increase the focus
distance, counterclockwise to
decrease; the faster you rotate the
multi selector, the quicker the focus
distance changes. The focus indicator
shows the approximate focus dis-
tance. Press J when the subject is in
focus.
Press 1, 3, 4, or 2 to view areas of
the frame not currently visible in the
display; the visible portion is shown
by the navigation window.
Focus indicator
Navigation window
AMovies
The multi selector can also be used to choose the focus distance if man-
ual focus is selected prior to movie recording. Rotate the multi selector
clockwise to increase the focus distance, counterclockwise to decrease;
the faster you rotate the multi selector, the quicker the focus distance
changes.
AFocal Plane Position
To determine the distance between your
subject and the camera, measure from the
focal plane mark on the camera body. The
distance between the lens mounting flange
and the focal plane is approximately 17 mm
(0.7 in.). Focal plane mark
Approx.
17 mm
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Choose how the focus area for autofocus is selected.
AF-Area Mode
eAuto-
area
The camera automatically detects the subject and selects
the focus area.
cSingle-
point
Press J to view the focus area
selection display, then use the
multi selector to position the
focus area over your subject
and press J; the camera
focuses on the subject in the
selected focus area only.
Use
with stationary subjects.
Focus area
9Subject
tracking
Press J to view the focus area
selection display, then use the
multi selector to position the
focus area over your subject
and press J. The focus area
will track the subject as it
moves through the area shown
at right. The camera will focus
on the selected subject when
the shutter-release button is
pressed halfway. To end focus
tracking when shooting is
complete, press J.
Focus area
Subject tracking area
ASubject Tracking
The camera may be unable to track subjects if they move quickly, leave
the frame or are obscured by other objects, change visibly in size, color,
or brightness, or are too small, too large, too bright, too dark, or similar
in color or brightness to the background.
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Focus Lock
When Single AF is selected for Focus mode (0129), focus lock
can be used to change the composition after focusing on the
subject in the center of the frame, allowing you to focus on a
subject that will not be in the center of the final composition. If
the camera is unable to focus using autofocus (0131), you can
also focus on another subject at the same distance and then use
focus lock to recompose the photograph. Focus lock is most
effective when an option other than Auto-area is selected for
AF-area mode (0134).
1Lock focus.
Position the subject in the center of
the frame and press the shutter-
release button halfway to initiate
focus. Check that the focus area is dis-
played in green. Focus will remain
locked while the shutter-release but-
ton is pressed halfway.
2Recompose the photograph and shoot.
Focus will remain locked between
shots.
Do not change the distance between the camera and the sub-
ject while focus lock is in effect. If the subject moves, lift your fin-
ger from the shutter-release button to end focus lock and then
focus again at the new distance.
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Choose On to enable face priority (024).
When On is selected, the built-in AF-
assist illuminator will light to illuminate
poorly-lit subjects if:
AF-S is selected for focus mode (0129)
or single AF is selected in AF-A, and
Auto-area or Single-point is selected
for AF-area mode (0134).
The AF-assist illuminator will not light to assist the focus opera-
tion in advanced movie mode, during movie recording, or when
Off is selected. If the AF-assist illuminator does not light, autofo-
cus may not produce the desired results when lighting is poor.
Face-Priority
Built-in AF Assist
AThe AF-Assist Illuminator
Larger lenses may prevent the illuminator lighting all or part of the sub-
ject. Remove lens hoods when using the illuminator. Information on
the modes in which AF-assist is available may be found on page 176.
AF-assist illuminator
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Flash compensation alters flash output
from the level suggested by the camera,
changing the brightness of the main sub-
ject relative to the background. Choose
from values between –3 EV (darker) and
+1 EV (brighter) in increments of 1
/
3EV; in
general, positive values make the subject brighter while nega-
tive values make it darker.
A Y icon is displayed when flash com-
pensation is in effect. Normal flash out-
put can be restored by setting flash
compensation to ±0. Flash compensa-
tion is not reset when the camera is
turned off.
Flash Compensation
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