Nikon D300 SLR Review

Nikon D300 Professional

Menus, Custom Settings

Here you can see the Live View function.

Nikon Professional D300

Shooting Menu

    Shooting menu bank - Select active memory set: A,B,C,D. Banks can be renamed with up to 20 characters

    Reset shooting menu - Reset entire shooting menu to default

    Active folder - Select/create the active image folder

    File Naming - Create a prefix for image file names

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

    Image size - 4288x2848 Large, 3216x2136 Medium, 2144x1424 Small

    JPEG compression - Optimize compression for consistent file size or optimal image quality

    NEF (Raw) recording - Choose Type (Lossless compressed, Compressed, Uncompressed) and Bit depth (12-bit or 14-bit)

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

    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

    Color Space - Select sRGB or Adobe RGB

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

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

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

    ISO sensitivity settings - 200 - 3200 in 1/3 EV steps with LO and HI 0.3 - 1EV settings

    Live view - Choose the Live View mode, Hand-held or Tripod

    Multiple exposure - Create a single image from 2 to 10 exposures

    Interval timer shooting - Time-lapse recording options

Nikon Professional D300

Custom settings allow the user to fine-tune a great number of camera settings and/or button functions to suit their particular needs. Up to four sets (A,B,C,D) can be created and quickly recalled using the Bank select option.

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

    Timers/AE&AF Lock

Nikon Professional D300

Custom Menu - Autofocus

    a1 AF-C Priority Selection - Capture whenever shutter release is pressed (release priority) , only when focus is locked (focus priority) or when the camera in Not focused (release+focus priority)

    a2 AF-S Priority Selection - Capture whenever shutter release is pressed (release priority) or only when focus is locked (focus priority)

    a3 Dynamic AF Area - Choose 9-pints (default), 21 points, 51 points or 51 points 3D-trakcing

    a4 Focus Tracking with Lock-On - Select a long, normal, long or no delay in AF adjustment to sudden large changes in subject distance. Delay is useful when subject will pass behind an object, or an object may pass between the camera and subject.

    a5 AF Activation - Controls whether the AF is activated by both the shutter release button and AF-ON button, or only by the AF-ON button.

    a6 AF Point Illumination - Controls whether the active focus areas are highlighted in red in the viewfinder

    a7 Focus Point Wrap-Around - Select whether the focus-point selection "wrap around" from top to bottom, right to left, etc.

    a8 AF point selection - Choose 51 (default) or 11 points

    a9 Built-in AF-assist illuminator - Enables the built-in AF-assist illuminator for poorly lit subjects, or not

    a10 AF-ON Button for MB-D300Battery Pack - Assigns one of several functions to the AF-ON button of the D300's optional MB-D10 battery pack

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Custom Menu - Metering/Exposure

    b2 ISO Step Value - ISO increments in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps

    b3 EV steps for Exposure Cntrl - Shutter speed, aperture and bracketing adjustment increment in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps

    b4 Exposure Comp/Fine Tune - Exposure compensation increments in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps

    b5 Easy Exposure Comp. - Controls weather the +/- button is needed to set exposure comp. (Reset On/Auto reset, On or Off)

    b6 Center weight area - Select diameter for the center-weighted metering circle: 6, 8, 10 or 13mm, or Average

    b7 Fine Tune Optimal Exposure - Fine tune the exposure for each metering method +/-1EV in 1/6 EV steps

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Custom Menu - Timers/AE&AF 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 meter-off delay - Controls how long the camera continues to meter the exposure when no operations are performed: 4 seconds - 30 minutes or No Limit

    c3 Self-timer delay - Length of self-timer delay: 2, 5, 10, 20s

    c4 Monitor off delay - Length of time the color LCD remains on when no operations are performed: 10s, 20s, 1m, 5m, 10m

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Custom Menu - Shooting/Display

    d1 Beep - High, Low or Off volume of sound for self timer and AF-S focus

    d2 Viewfinder Grid Display - Turns on grid lines in viewfinder d3 Viewfinder Warning Display - Enables viewfinder display of low battery, no memory card, or shooting in black warning

    d4 CL Mode Shooting Speed - Determines frame rate in Continuous-low speed mode, choose from values between 1 and 7fps (max 6fps without MB-D10 battery pack)

    d5 Max. Continuous Release - Maximum number of shots that can be taken in a single burst using continuous mode (1 - 100)

    d6 File No. Seq. - Sequential file numbering options (On, Off or Reset)

    d7 Shooting Info Display - Choose the color settings for the Shooting info display (Auto, Black or White)

    d8 LCD Illumination - Illuminate data displays only with lamp switch or whenever meter is active.

    d9 Exposure Delay Mode - Delay shutter release by about 1 sec to minimize camera shake caused by mirror slap

    d10 MB-D10 Battery Type - Specify AA battery type installed (LR6, HR6, FR6 or ZR6)

    d11 Battery Order - Use MB-D10 batteries first or the camera's battery first

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Custom Menu - Bracketing/Flash

    e1 Flash sync speed - Select the flash sync speed: 1/320 to 1/60s (1/250 default)

    e2 Flash shutter speed - Determines slowest shutter speed with flash when in P or A mode: 1/60 to 30s

    e3 Flash Cntrl for Built-in Flash - Controls built-in flash mode, TTL, Manual, Repeating flash or Commander mode (controls remote flash units)

    e4 Modeling flash - Determines whether the built-in and optional Speedlights emit a modeling flash when DOF button is pressed

    e5 Auto Bracketing set - Controls what settings are affected by AE Bracketing: AE & flash, AE only, Flash only, WB bracketing

    e6 Auto Bracketing (Mode M) - Controls what settings are affected when AE & flash or AE only is selected for CS e5 in manual mode: Flash/speed, Flash/speed/aperture, Flash/aperture, Flash only

    e7 Bracketing Order - Controls the order in which bracketing is performed: MTR>Under>Over, Under>MTR>Over

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Custom Menu - Controls

    f1 Multi Selector Center button - Determines what function is performed when the multi selector is pressed in the center:
      Shooting mode - Center AF area, Illuminate AF area, or not used
      Playback mode - Thumbnail on/off, Histogram on/off, Zoom on/off

    f2 Multi selector - Multi selector can be used to activate the exposure meters or initiate autofocus

    f3 PhotoInfo/Playback - Reverse the multi selector function in playback mode: Info (L-R)/Image (Up-Dn) or Info (Up-Dn)/Image (L-R)

    f4 Assign FUNC. Button - Controls the function performed by the FUNC button: Preview, FV lock, AE/AF Lock, AE lock only, AE Lock (reset), AE Lock (Hold), AF lock only, Flash off, Bracketing burst, Matrix metering, Center-weighted, Spot metering, None

    f5 Assign Preview Button - Choose the role of the depth-of-field preview button, either by itself of when used in combination with the command dials

    f6 Assign AE-L/AF-L Button - Choose the role of the AE-L/AF-L button, either by itself of when used in combination with the command dials

    f7 Customize Command dials - Change the rotation direction of command dials, swap the function of main and sub command dials, set aperture with sub-command dial or aperture ring, change functions performed by command dials in playback mode and menu navigation

    f8 Release Buttons to Use Dial - Changes to settings that involve both a command dial and a button can be made so that the button does not need to be held down

    f9 No Memory Card? - Enable shutter release if no CF card is present

    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 Professional D300

Setup Menu

    Format memory card - Format the CF card

    LCD brightness - Adjust LCD back light +2 to -2

    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)

    World Time - Set the date, time, time zone, date format

    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

    USB - Select PTP or Mass Storage USB mode

    Dust Off ref photo - Capture a photo to be used with Capture 4's Dust Off feature

    Battery info - Display the battery info screen

    Wireless transmitter - Adjust settings for connection to a wireless network when using the WT-4 transmitter

    Image authentication - On or Off

    Save/load settings - Save personal settings to the memory card

    GPS - Adjust settings for connection to a GPS unit

    Non-CPU lens data - Specify lens data for non-CPU lenses to gain access to a variety of CPU functions

    AF fine tune - Fine-tune the focus for up to 12 lenses

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

Nikon Professional D300

The D300's My Menu can be used to create and edit a customized list of options for the playback, shooting, Custom Settings, setup, and retouch menus for quick access.

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