Nikon D5000 Record Modes & Screens
By Mike Flacy
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.
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.
Movie mode options:
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.
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:
B - Metering/Exposure
C - Timers/AE Lock
D - Shooting/Display
E - Bracketing/Flash
F - Controls
Custom Menu - Autofocus
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
Custom Menu - Metering/Exposure
Custom Menu - Timers/AE Lock
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
Custom Menu - Shooting/Display
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
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
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+)
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
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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