Playback Screens & Menus

Please excuse the poor quality of these screen captures. The Nikon D500 kit does not include an AV output cable, therefore we had to photograph the display screen in some instances.

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The Playback button on the Nikon D500 is in the upper left corner of the back of the camera. Press it to see the images and movies you have stored on either of the DSLR's memory cards.

When viewing an individual photo on the D500's LCD screen, you'll see data about the currently displayed photo across the bottom of the screen, including the resolution, the image quality, and the date and time the image was recorded. Press the upward button on the four-way button to see additional information on the screen, including a histogram.

You can use the Playback menu, as discussed below, to add other data to the screen, such as an RGB histogram.

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Nikon included a thumbnail grid option with the D500. Press the minus magnifying glass button on the back left side of the camera to increase the number of thumbnails displayed on the screen. (You also can use the touch screen to enter thumbnail view by dragging your thumb and finger across the screen in an inward pinching motion. The grid options are 2x2, 3x3, and 8x9. If you press the minus magnifying glass button from the 8x9 grid, you'll see a popup window that allows you to switch to a different memory card.

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You can also zoom in on stored images from Playback mode, allowing to you see if an image is sharply focused (or poorly focused, as the image displayed here). Press the plus magnifying glass button icon to zoom in on the image. (You also can drag your thumb and finger across the screen in a reverse pinching motion to magnify the image.)

You'll see a thumbnail image in the lower right corner of the screen that represents the entire image. The yellow box indicates the current view on the main screen.

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To play a movie stored on the camera's memory card, just touch the Play icon in the middle of the screen or press the middle of the four-way button. A progress bar will appear in the lower left corner of the screen to indicate the time expired in the playing of the movie.

You can see data about the stored movie on the screen, just as you would with a still image. Press the upward part of the four-way button to see additional data, including a histogram.

To edit the movie press the i button in the lower right corner of the back of the camera.

Press the Menu button on the back of the D500 to gain access to the Playback menu, indicated by the Play icon on the tab in the upper left portion of the screen. The Playback menu options are:

  • Delete - Selected, All
  • Playback Folder - ND500, All, Current
  • Hide Image - Select/Set, Deselect All
  • Playback Display Options - Focus Point, None/Image Only, Highlights, RGB Histogram, Shooting Data, Overview
  • Copy Images - Select Source, Select Images, Select Destination Folder, Copy Images
  • Image Review - On, Off
  • After Delete - Show Next, Show Previous, Continue As Before
  • After Burst, Show - First Image in Burst, Last Image in Burst
  • Auto Image Rotation - On, Off
  • Rotate Tall - On, Off
  • Slide Show - Start, Image Type (Still Images and Movies, Still Images Only, Movies Only), Frame Interval (2 sec, 3 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec)
  • Select to Send to Smart Device - Select Images, Deselect All

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The Retouch menu on the Nikon D500 allows you to edit the images you've shot. The Retouch menu tab on the left side of the Menu screen is indicated by a paintbrush icon. Depending on the type of image you were viewing on the screen at the time you pressed the Menu button, some commands in the Retouch menu may be grayed out.
  • NEF/RAW Processing
  • Trim - 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 1:1, 16:9
  • Resize - Select Image, Choose Destination (SD card, CF card), Choose Size (2.5M, 1.1M, 0.6M, 0.3M)
  • D-Lighting - Low, Medium, High
  • Red-Eye Correction
  • Straighten
  • Distortion Control - Auto, Manual
  • Perspective Control - 40 horizontal settings, 40 vertical settings
  • Filter Effects - Skylight, Warm Filter
  • Monochrome - Black and White, Sepia, Cyanotype
  • Image Overlay
  • Edit Movie - Choose Start/End Point, Save Selected Frame

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