Record Screens & Menus

Please excuse the poor quality of these screen captures. The 99500 kit does not include an AV output cable, therefore we had to photograph the display screen.

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In the basic Auto shooting mode, the Nikon S9500 has quite a bit of data on the screen, but very little of it is actually related to the current camera settings for shooting a photo.

In the upper right corner, you'll see the mode icon. Along the top, you may see a special effects icon, if you've activated that feature. Along the right side is the battery charge, Vibration Reduction, GPS, movie resolution, movie recording time remaining, still image resolution, and space remaining on the memory card for storing still images.

You can work through the on-screen menus to select a display mode where all of the icons are removed from the screen. Most cameras have a Display button that allows you to change the view of the data on the screen in one step, but with this Nikon camera, you'll have to work through several steps in the on-screen menus to make these changes.

When you pre-focus on the scene by pressing the shutter button halfway, the shutter speed and aperture -- as set by the S9500 automatically -- will appear along the bottom of the screen. A green focus box will show the selected focus point or points.

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As you turn the mode dial, you'll see a graphical representation of the mode dial appear on the screen, and the currently selected mode will appear as a yellow icon with a text explanation in the middle of the screen.

  • Auto
  • Scene Auto Selector
  • Scene
  • Night Landscape
  • Night Portrait
  • Backlighting
  • Smart Portrait
  • Special Effects

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    When you press the edges of the four-way button, you can open some different popup menus that allow you to change a few of the camera's settings. The popup menu options with the four-way button include:

    • Flash - Auto, Red-eye, Off, Fill In, Slow Sync
    • EV - Between +2 and -2 in 1/3 increments
    • Macro - On, Off
    • Self-timer - 10 Seconds, 2 Seconds, Off
    Through the EV menu, you also can set the Hue (11 color choices) or the Vividness (11 options).

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    By picking the Effects option from the mode dial, you can open the Special Effects menu on the screen. There are half a dozen options for applying effects to the images as you shoot them. The options are:

    • Soft (Focus)
    • Nostalgic Sepia
    • High-Contrast Monochrome
    • High Key
    • Low Key
    • Selective Color - When using this option, you'll see a color bar on the left side of the screen that allows you to pick the color that will show up in the image, with the rest of the photo remaining black and white

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    You can apply a special effect to your images immediately after you shoot them from Auto mode. Work through the on-screen menu in Auto mode to turn on Quick Effects. Then after you shoot a photo, press the OK button to open the Quick Effects menu. The Quick Effect options are: Painting, High Key, Toy Camera Effect, Low Key, Soft, Fisheye, Cross Screen, Miniature Effect, High-Contrast Monochrome, Sepia, Cyanotype, and Selective Color (12 color options).

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    Movie recording with the Coolpix S9500 is very easy, as you simply press the video recording button on the back of the camera. When recording a video, you'll see a red "REC" icon in the upper left corner of the screen. Unfortunately, there's no digital readout of how long you've been recording anywhere on the screen.

    When you pause the recording, the icon in the upper left will show a Pause icon.

    The Movie menu offers four options for controlling your movie recording. You just have to highlight the movie camera icon along the left side of the screen to gain access to the Movie menu.

    • Movie Options - 1080*/30p (less compression applied), 1080/30p, 720/30p, iFrame 540/30p, 480/30p, HS 240/8x, HS480/4x, HS720/2x, HS1080/0.5x
    • Open With HS Footage - On, Off
    • Autofocus Mode - AF-S/Single AF, AF-F/Full-Time AF
    • Wind Noise Reduction - On, Off

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    The main shooting menu in Auto shooting mode is indicated by the digital camera icon on the left side of the screen. When you press the Menu button to open this menu, you'll see quite a few options, which will change depending on what mode you've picked on the mode dial. Highlight a menu option and press the right button on the four-way button to see your options. The main still image menu options in Auto mode are:

    • Image Mode - 18M* (less compression applied), 18M, 8M, 4M, 2M, VGA, 13M (16:9)
    • White Balance - Auto, Preset Manual, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Flash,
    • Metering - Matrix, Center-weighted
    • Continuous - Single, Continuous H, Continuous L, Pre-shooting Cache, Continuous H: 120 fps, Continuous H: 60 fps, BSS, Multi-shot 16
    • ISO Sensitivity - Auto, Fixed Range Auto, 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
    • AF Area Mode - Face Priority, Manual, Center, Subject Tracking, Target Finding AF
    • Autofocus Mode - AF-S/Single AF, AF-F/Full-time AF
    • Quick Effects - On, Off

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    When you have the mode dial turned to Scene mode, you'll see the Scene icon in the upper left corner of the menu screen, along with all of your scene mode options, which include:

    • Portrait
    • Landscape
    • Sports
    • Night Portrait
    • Party/Indoor
    • Beach
    • Snow
    • Sunset
    • Dusk/Dawn
    • Close-up
    • Food
    • Museum
    • Fireworks Show
    • Black and White Copy
    • Easy Panorama - Normal 180 degrees, Wide 360 degrees
    • Pet Portrait - Single, Continuous
    • 3D Photography
    • Image Mode - 18M* (less compression applied), 18M, 8M, 4M, 2M, VGA, 13M (16:9)

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    You can access the Coolpix S9500's GPS functions through the menu screen as well. Highlight the satellite icon on the left side to open the GPS menu options, which include:

    • GPS Options - Record GPS Data (Off, On), Update A-GPS File, Erase GPS Data
    • Points of Interest (POI) - Embed POI (Off, On), Display POI (Off, On), Level of Detail (Level 1 General, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4, Level 5, Level 6 Detailed)
    • Create Log - Start Log (Next 6 Hours, Next 12 Hours, Next 24 Hours, Next 72 Hours), Log Interval (5 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 30 sec, 1 min), End Log (Save Log, Erase Log)
    • View Log
    • Synchronize - Use GPS to Set Camera Clock (Yes, No)
    • Electronic Compass - Compass Display (Off, On), Compass Correction

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    The Set Up menu is accessible through the wrench icon on the left side. You'll use this menu to control the camera's overall functions. The Set Up menu options are:

    • Welcome Screen - None, Coolpix, Select an Image
    • Time Zone and Date - Date and Time, Date Format (Y/M/D, M/D/Y, D/M/Y), Time Zone (Home Time Zone, Travel Destination)
    • Monitor Settings - Photo Info (Auto Info, Hide Info, Framing Grid + Auto Info, Movie Frame + Auto Info, Show Info), Image Review (On, Off), Brightness (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
    • Print Date - Date, Date and Time, Off
    • Vibration Reduction - On Hybrid, On, Off
    • Motion Detection - Auto, Off
    • AF Assist - Auto, Off
    • Digital Zoom - On, Crop, Off
    • Sound Settings - Button Sound (On, Off), Shutter Sound (On, Off)
    • Auto Off - 30 sec, 1 min, 5 min, 30 min
    • Format Card - Format, No
    • Language - 34 options
    • TV Settings - Video Mode (NTSC, PAL), HDMI (Auto, 480p, 720p, 1080i), HDMI Device Control (On, Off), HDMI 3D Output (On, Off)
    • Charge By Computer - Auto, Off
    • Blink Warning - On, Off
    • Wi-Fi Options - Wi-Fi Network (On, Off), SSID, Auth./Encryp. (Open, WPA2-PSK-AES), Password, Channel (1 through 11), Subnet Mask, DHCP Server IP Address, Current Settings, Restore Factory Defaults (Yes, No)
    • Eye-Fi Upload - Enable, Disable
    • Filmstrip - On, Off
    • Reset All - Reset, No
    • Firmware Version

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