Nikon D5000 Record Modes & Screens

Menus, Custom Settings

Here you can see the screen when using the Live View function. Icons indicate we are using Auto exposure mode, Single frame drive mode, Face Detection AF, Active D-Lighting, RAW+JPEG Large Fine quality, Auto white balance, Sound on for Movie recording, Evaluative metering, 1/60 shutter speed, F4.0 aperture, and ISO Auto. You can also see the battery level indicator and space avaiable for Movies (5 minutes 0 seconds) or Stills (117). Pressing the OK button will start recording a movie.

Nikon D5000 Digital SLR

The D5000 is yet another dSLR that allows you to record motion video. You can shoot at three different resolutions, 1280x720, 640x424 or 320x216, with a frame rate of 24fps. The maximum clip length is up tp 5 minutes or 2GB when using HD mode.

Nikon D5000 Digital SLR

Movie mode options:

    Quality - 1280x720 (16:9), 640x424 (3:2), 320x216 (3:2)
    - On or Off

Nikon D5000 Digital SLR

Shooting Menu

    Scene mode - Choose the exposure mode when the mode dial is set to SCENE

    Set picture control - Select from Picture Controls to instantly adjust image processing settings

    Manage picture control - Save and modify Picture Control combinations, or copy settings to and from the CF card

    Image quality - NEF(RAW)+JPEG (Fine/Normal/Basic), NEF (RAW) or JPEG (Fine/Normal/Basic)

    Image size - Large (4288x2848; 12.2M), Medium (3216x2136; 6.9M), Small (2144x1424; 3.1M)

    White balance - Auto, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, Choose color temp (2,500-10,000K), Preset manually

    ISO sensitivity settings - ISO sensitivity (200 - 3200 in 1/3 EV steps with LO and HI 0.3 - 1EV settings), ISO sensitivity Auto Control (Off/On), Max. sensitivity (400, 800, 1600, 3200, Hi 1), Minimum shutter speed (1/2000 - 1 seconds)

    Active D-lighting - Auto (default), Extra High, High, Normal, Low, Off

    Auto distortion control - On or Off

    Color Space - Select sRGB or Adobe RGB

    Long exp. NR - Off (default) or On (enabled when shutter speeds are 8 seconds or slower)

    High ISO NR - High, Normal (default), Low, Off

    Active Folder - Create, rename, or delete the folders in which photographs and movie files are stored on the memory card

    Multiple exposure - Create a single image from 2 or 3 exposures

    Movie Settings - Choose video settings, see the menu screen above

    Interval timer shooting - Choose the start time, number of shots, interval between frames, etc.

Nikon D5000 Digital SLR

Custom settings allow you to fine-tune a great number of camera settings and/or button functions to suit your particular needs.

To make it easy to get to the settings you want, the Custom Menu is organized into six color-coded groups:

    A - Autofocus
    B - Metering/Exposure
    C - Timers/AE Lock
    D - Shooting/Display
    E - Bracketing/Flash
    F - Controls

Nikon D5000 Digital SLR

Custom Menu - Autofocus

    a1 AF-area mode - Single, Dynamic, Auto-area (default), 3D-tracking (11 points)

    a2 Built-in AF-assist illuminator - Enables/disables the built-in AF-assist illuminator

    a3 Live View Autofocus - Choose the AF mode for Live View; Face priority, Wide area (default) or Normal area

    a4 Rangefinder - Choose whether a a scale is displayed in the viewfinder that indicates the focus distance setting in manual focus mode

Nikon D5000 Digital SLR

Custom Menu - Metering/Exposure

    b1 EV steps for exposure control - Choose 1/3 (default) or 1/2 stop increments

Nikon D5000 Digital SLR

Custom Menu - Timers/AE Lock

    c1 Shutter-Release Button AE-L - Controls whether the exposure locks when the shutter release is half-pressed, or only when the AE-L/AF-L button is depressed

    c2 Auto off timers - Controls how long before the LCD turn off and the camera enters stand-by

    c3 Self-timer - Length of self-timer delay: 2, 5, 10, 20S; Number of shots: 1 - 9

    c4 Remote on duration - 1, 5, 10 or 15 minutes

Nikon D5000 Digital SLR

Custom Menu - Shooting/Display

    d1 Beep - High, Low or off

    d2 Viewfinder Grid Display - Turns on grid lines in viewfinder

    d3 ISO display - Choose whether ISO sensitivity is shown in the viewfinder frame-count display

    d4 File No. Seq. - Sequential file numbering options (On, Off or Reset)

    d5 Exposure Delay Mode - Delay shutter release by about 1 sec to minimize camera shake caused by mirror slap

    d6 Date Imprint - Choose Off, Date, Date and Time or Date counter

    d7 Live View display options - Choose the information shown in the Live View display

Nikon D5000 Digital SLR

Custom Menu - Bracketing/Flash

    e1 Flash Control for Built-in Flash - Controls built-in flash mode, TTL or Manual

    e2 Auto Bracketing set - Controls what settings are used in AE Bracketing mode: AE bracketing, WB bracketing, ADL bracketing

Nikon D5000 Digital SLR

Custom Menu - Controls

    f1 Assign Self-timer/FN Button - Controls the function performed by the Self-timer/FN (function) button; Self-timer, Drive mode, Image quality/size, ISO, White balance, etc.

    f2 Assign AE-L/AF-L Button - Choose the role of the AE-L/AF-L button; AE/AF Lock, AE lock only, AF lock only, AE lock (hold), AF-ON

    f3 Reverse dial rotation - Change the rotation direction of the command dial

    f4 No Memory Card? - Lock or Enable shutter release if no memory card is present

    f5 Reverse Indicators - Change the exposure indicators in the control panel, viewfinder shooting, and shooting information display From positive - negative (+0-) to negative - positive (-0+)

Nikon D5000 Digital SLR

Setup Menu

    Format memory card - Format the CF card

    LCD brightness - Adjust LCD back light +3 to -3

    Info display format - Select the Info display format (Classic or Graphic)

    Auto information display - On or Off (set for both Auto/scene or P/S/A/M modes)

    Info wrap-around - On or Off

    Clean Image Sensor - Cleans the Low Pass Filter to remove dust and dirt particles

    Lock Mirror up for cleaning - Lock mirror up for cleaning the low-pass filter manually (the EN-EL3 battery has to have greater than 60% charged)

    Video mode - Select video output format: NTSC or PAL

    HDMI - Select the HDMI format: Auto (camera selects appropriate format), 480p, 576p, 720p, 1080i

    Time zone and date - Set the Time zone, date and time, date format, daylight saving time

    Language - Select the menu language

    Image comment - Enter a comment that will be embedded in the image information

    Auto image rotation - Auto rotates portrait mode images for proper video display

    Image Dust Off ref photo - Capture a photo to be used with Capture NX 2's Dust Off feature

    GPS - Adjust settings for connection to a GPS unit, like Nikon's GP-1

    Firmware Version - Display the camera's current firmware version information

Nikon D5000 Digital SLR

The final option at the bottom of the menus gives access to two different systems; My menu and Recent Settings. Recent settings displays the twenty most recently used settings, while My menu allows you to make a customized set of options tailored for your needs.

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