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Please excuse the quality of the screen captures, including a live view through the lens. Although the D5300 does include A/V cables, the camera does not output the on-screen icons in Live View mode (other than the AF box), so we had to photograph the monitor.

Record2 - manual GIF.gifWhen using the viewfinder for framing your shots with the Nikon D5300, you'll find a variety of information about the camera's settings displayed on the LCD screen. 

When shooting with one of the advanced settings modes (M, A, S, or P), you'll see the screen as shown above. Three color combinations are available. You also can change the display design to look like the display in the image below with digital dials.

In the design shown above the shooting mode will be listed in the upper left, alongside the shutter speed and aperture. You can make changes to the shutter speed and aperture by spinning the command dial, depending on which shooting mode you're using. The second row includes the autofocus points, the drive mode, the ISO setting, and the number of photos remaining that can be stored on the memory card's free space.

Below the second row is a grid that offers access to a variety of settings. Just press the i button on the back of the camera to gain access to the grid and use the four-way button to highlight a box in the grid. Then press OK to gain access to a popup box for the highlighted box, such as the box labeled for ISO Sensitivity in the image above.

Press the Help button on the back of the camera any time you see a question mark icon in the lower left corner of the screen to see a Help screen. 

The settings options in Program Auto mode in each box of the grid, starting with the upper box on the left, are:

  • Image Quality - NEF (RAW) + JPEG fine, NEF (RAW) + JPEG normal, NEF (RAW) + JPEG basic, NEF (RAW), JPEG fine, JPEG normal, JPEG basic
  • Image Size - Large, Medium, Small
  • Auto Bracketing - Off, AE 0.3, AE 0.7, AE 1.0, AE 1.3, AE 1.7, AE 2.0
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) - Auto, Extra High, High, Normal, Low, Off
  • Active D-Lighting - Auto, Extra High, High, Normal, Low, Off
  • White Balance - Auto, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, Preset Manual
  • ISO - 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800, Hi 0.3, Hi 0.7, Hi 1
  • Picture Control - Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape
  • Focus Mode - Auto-Servo AF, Single-Servo AF, Continuous-Servo AF, Manual Focus
  • AF-area Mode - Single-Point AF, Dynamic-Area AF 9 points, Dynamic-Area AF 21 points, Dynamic-Area AF 39 points, 3D-Tracking, Auto-Area AF
  • Metering - Matrix Metering, Center-Weighted Metering, Spot Metering
  • Flash - Fill Flash, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync + Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear-Curtain + Slow Sync
  • Flash Compensation - Between +1.0 and -3.0 in 1/3 increments
  • Exposure Compensation - Between +5.0 and -5.0 in 1/3 increments
Keep in mind that some of these settings will change or be grayed out, depending on which shooting mode you've selected.


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When you switch to one of the automatic modes -- scene modes, special effects, or fully automatic -- the default screen shows a series of graphics that look like dials across the top of the screen, along with the same grid system discussed above. As you pick various automatic shooting modes with the mode dial, the mode's name will appear in the middle of the screen.

Dials representing the shutter speed and aperture appear on the left side of the top of the screen, while a digital mode dial will appear in the upper right corner of the screen.

Again you can change the design of this automatic mode screen through the camera's menus, selecting a different color scheme or a design similar to the one shown above with the advanced shooting modes.



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When you switch to Live View mode, the LCD screen will show quite a bit of data, although the data will change a bit depending on which shooting mode you've selected. 

Across the top of the screen, from the left, you'll see the shooting mode, drive, focus mode, AF-area mode, HDR mode, active D-lighting mode, picture control, white balance, photo size, and photo quality. At the bottom of the screen, you'll see the battery icon, audio setting, help options, metering mode, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and number of photos remaining on the memory card. An exposure setting graph is sometimes shown in the lower right corner.



Record - info GIF.gifWhen working in Live View mode, you can change the data displayed on the screen by pressing the Info button on the top of the camera near the shutter button. Five different display screens are available, as shown here.



Record - live view grid GIF.gifPress the i button on the back of the camera in Live View mode to see a popup window with a grid through which you can change 14 different settings, similar to what was available in Viewfinder mode. Press the OK button with a box in the grid highlighted to open a popup menu that allows you to change the settings.



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When you turn the mode dial to SCENE, you'll gain access to the D5300's additional scene modes. Just spin the command dial in the upper right corner of the back panel of the camera to scroll through these additional scene mode options, including:

  • Night Portrait
  • Night Landscape
  • Party/Indoor
  • Beach/Snow
  • Sunset
  • Dusk/Dawn
  • Pet Portrait
  • Candlelight
  • Blossom
  • Autumn Colors
  • Food
The more commonly used scene modes are included on the mode dial. The following scene modes are not available by twisting the mode dial to SCENE and using the command dial. You can only access these scene modes by twisting the mode dial to the correct icon, including:

  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Child
  • Sports
  • Close up 

Record - live view effects GIF.gifYou also can apply special effects to your images through a similar process. Turn the mode dial to EFFECTS and then spin the command dial to gain access to the special effect options. The special effect options are:

  • Night Vision
  • Color Sketch
  • Toy Camera Effect
  • Miniature Effect
  • Selective Color
  • Silhouette
  • High Key
  • Low Key
  • HDR Painting

Record2 - help GIF.gifNikon included several Help screens with the D5300 interface. Anytime you see a question mark icon appear on the screen (usually in the lower left corner), just press the question mark button in the lower right corner of the back of the camera to see the popup Help screens shown here.

Record - movie.jpgWhen recording movies with the Nikon D5300, you'll see a different set of informational icons across the top of the screen. You'll see a red record icon in the upper left corner while the video recording is occurring. In the upper right corner you'll see the time remaining in this movie recording, as well as the current video resolution. Along the right side are graphs showing the recording level of the left and right microphones built into the camera.

Movie recording is only available in Live View mode. If you're in Viewfinder mode the red video recording button will not work.

Record2 - shooting menu.jpgTo access the Nikon D5300's menu screens, press the Menu button on the back panel of the camera. The six different types of menus are listed as buttons along the left side of the screen. Use the four-way button to scroll up and down among the types of menus. With the correct button highlighted press the right side of the four-way button to gain access to the various menu commands related to the specific menu. With the desired command highlighted, press OK to see the settings options.

The Shooting menu controls settings for recording images and is represented by the camera icon button on the far left. The options under the Shooting menu are:

  • Reset Shooting Menu - Yes, No
  • Storage Folder - Select Folder, New, Rename, Delete
  • Image Quality - NEF (RAW) + JPEG fine, NEF (RAW) + JPEG normal, NEF (RAW) + JPEG basic, NEF (RAW), JPEG fine, JPEG normal, JPEG basic
  • Image Size - Large 6000x4000, Medium 4496x3000, Small 2992x2000
  • NEF (RAW) Recording - 12-bit, 14-bit
  • White Balance - Auto, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, Preset Manual
  • Set Picture Control - Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape
  • Manage Picture Control - Save/Edit, Rename, Delete, Load/Save
  • Auto Distortion Control - On, Off
  • Color Space - sRGB, Adobe RGB
  • Active D-Lighting - Auto, Extra High, High, Normal, Low, Off
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) - Auto, Extra High, High, Normal, Low, Off
  • Long Exposure NR - On, Off
  • High ISO NR - High, Normal, Low, Off
  • ISO Sensitivity Settings - ISO Sensitivity (Auto, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800, Hi 0.3, Hi 0.7, Hi 1), Auto ISO Sensitivity Control (On, Off), Maximum Sensitivity (200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, Hi 1), Minimum Shutter Speed (Auto, 1/2000, 1/1600, 1/1250, 1/1000, 1/800, 1/640, 1/500, 1/400, 1/320, 1/250, 1/200, 1/160, 1/125, 1/100, 1/80, 1/60, 1/50, 1/40, 1/30, 1/15, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1)
  • Release Mode - Single Frame, Continuous L, Continuous H, Quiet Shutter Release, Self-Timer, Delayed Remote, Quick-Response Remote
  • Multiple Exposure - Multiple Exposure Mode (Off, On), Number of Shots (2, 3), Auto Gain (Off, On)
  • Interval Timer Shooting - Choose Start Time (Now, Start Time), Interval, Number of Times, Start (On, Off)
  • Movie Settings - Frame Size/Frame Rate (1920x1080 60p, 1920x1080 30p, 1920x1080 24p, 1280x720 60p, 640x424 30p), Movie Quality (High Quality, Normal), Microphone (Auto Sensitivity, Manual Sensitivity, Microphone Off), Wind Noise Reduction (On, Off), Manual Movie Settings (On, Off)
Keep in mind that some menu commands and options may be grayed out, depending on which shooting mode you're using.

Record2 - setup menu.jpgThe Setup menu is indicated by the wrench icon on the left side of the screen. The Setup menu options are:

  • Format Memory Card - Yes, No
  • Monitor Brightness - +5 to -5 in one-step intervals
  • Info Display Format - Auto/Scene/Effects (6 options), P/S/A/M (6 options)
  • Auto Info Display - On, Off
  • Clean Image Sensor - Clean Now, Clean at Startup/Shutdown (Clean at Startup, Clean at Shutdown, Clean at Startup & Shutdown, Cleaning Off)
  • Lock Mirror Up for Cleaning
  • Image Dust Off Ref Photo - Start, Clean Sensor and Then Start
  • Flicker Reduction - Auto, 50 Hz, 60 Hz
  • Time Zone and Date - Time Zone, Date and Time, Date Format (Y/M/D, M/D/Y, D/M/Y), Daylight Saving Time (On, Off)
  • Language
  • Auto Image Rotation - On, Off
  • Image Comment - Attach Comment, Input Comment
  • Location Data - Record Location Data (On, Off), GPS Options (Standby Timer (Enable, Disable), Set Clock from Satellite (Yes, No), Update A-GPS Data), Create Log, Log List
  • Video Mode - NTSC, PAL
  • HDMI - Output Resolution (Auto, 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 480p), Device Control (On, Off)
  • Remote Control - Remote Shutter Release (Take Photos, Record Movies), Assign Fn Button (Same as Camera AE-L/AF-L Button, Live View)
  • Wi-Fi - Network Connection (Enable, Disable), Network Settings
  • Conformity Marking
  • Firmware Version

Record2 - custom menu.jpgYou'll use the Custom Setting menu (marked with a pencil icon) to fine tune the D5300's various settings. The Custom Setting menu options are:

  • Reset Custom Settings
  • a Autofocus - a1 AF-C Priority Selection (Release, Focus), a2 Number of Focus Points (AF39, AF11), a3 Built-in AF-Assist Illuminator (On, Off), a4 Rangefinder (On, Off)
  • b Exposure - b1 EV Steps for Exposure Control (1/3 step, 1/2 step)
  • c Timers/AE Lock - c1 Shutter-Release Button AE-L (On, Off), c2 Auto Off Timers (Short, Normal, Long, Custom), c3 Self-Timer (Self-Timer Delay (2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s), Number of Shots (between 1 and 9)), c4 Remote on Duration (1 min, 5 min, 10 min, 15 min)
  • d Shooting/Display - d1 Beep (High, Low, Off), d2 Viewfinder Grid Display (On, Off), d3 ISO Display (On, Off), d4 File Number Sequence (On, Off, Reset), d5 Exposure Delay Mode (On, Off), d6 Print Date (Off, Date, Date and Time, Date Counter)
  • e Bracketing/Flash - e1 Flash Control for Built-in Flash (TTL, Manual), e2 Auto Bracketing Set (AE Bracketing, WB Bracketing, ADL Bracketing)
  • f Controls - f1 Assign Fn Button (Image Quality/Size, ISO Sensitivity, White Balance, Active D-Lighting, HDR, + NEF (RAW), Auto Bracketing, AF-Area Mode, Viewfinder Grid Display, Wi-Fi), f2 Assign AE-L/AF-L Button (AE/AF Lock, AE Lock Only, AE Lock Hold, AF Lock Only, AF-ON), f3 Reverse Dial Rotation (Exposure Compensation, Shutter Speed/Aperture), f4 Slot Empty Release Lock (Release Locked, Enable Release), f5 Reverse Indicators (Plus to Minus, Minus to Plus)

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The Recent Settings menu is indicated by a sheet of paper icon on the left side of the screen. It lists the 20 most recent commands and settings you've used, allowing you to revisit one quickly. 

If you scroll to the bottom of the Recent Settings menu, you will see a Choose Tab command, which allows you to toggle between Recent Settings and My Menu. If you choose My Menu, you can create a customized menu that contains the settings you use most often. My Menu then would replace Recent Settings in the list of buttons on the left side of the Menu screen, until you select the Choose Tab command again.

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