Record Screens & Menus

Please excuse the quality of the screen captures, including a live view through the lens. Although the D5200 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.

When using the viewfinder for framing your shots, the LCD displays camera settings information, and offers 14 menus for quick settings changes (you access them by pressing the information edit button beside the viewfinder). The appearance of this graphic can be changed in the setup menu to one of six options.

In Live View mode, the LCD displays settings information along the top and bottom of the screen. It is shown here in Auto mode (see top left icon). Note that this is a photograph of the screen - if you plan to use the included A/V cable to output to a monitor, you will not see the settings information, only the image and AF box.

The view in Program mode is much the same as in Auto mode, though note the difference in some of the icons along the top row: Flash is off, and VI indicates that Picture Control has been changed from standard to vibrant. Also, the continuous shooting icon at top right shows I've changed from single shot to continuous high.

Pressing the information display button atop the camera, behind the shutter button, cycles the display through four views. This second view shows movie recording indicators, such as audio level (at left) and time remaining at current video setting (at right).

Another press of the Info button hides the previously discussed indicators.

The fourth display launched by the Info button includes a framing grid.

Pressing the magnification button on the back panel takes you through five levels of enlargement of the live view image, which is helpful, in particular, if you're using manual focus.

The maximum magnification on the LCD gets you very close - and the 921,000-dot resolution of the screen is very sharp.

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Pressing the information edit button brings up a menu of common settings at the bottom of the screen. This is how it looks when using the viewfinder. In Live View, this same menu is overlaid on the preview image.

AF-area mode menu:
  • Single-point AF
  • Dynamic-area AF (9 points)
  • Dynamic-area AF (21 points)
  • Dynamic-area AF (39 points)
  • 3D-tracking
  • Auto-area AF
AF-area mode menu (live view):
  • Face-priority AF
  • Wide-area AF
  • Normal-area AF
  • Subject-tracking AF

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Pictured is the focus mode menu in regular shooting mode. In Live View mode, you can not use continuous auto focus. Rather, you get an AF-F option (full-time-servo AF) which focuses continually until you trip the shutter, but does not continue to focus thereafter for burst shooting.

Auto focus menu:
  • AF-A Auto-servo AF: Camera automatically selects single-servo AF or continuous-servo AF.
  • AF-S Single-servo AF: Pressing shutter button halfway locks focus.
  • AF-C Continuous-servo AF: Camera focuses continuously while shutter button is pressed halfway, and uses predictive focus tracking if subject moves.
Auto focus menu (live view):
  • AF-S Single-servo AF: For stationary subjects. Focus locks with half-press of shutter button.
  • AF-F Full-time servo AF: Continuous auto focus for moving subjects until shutter button is pressed.
  • MF Manual focus

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The Picture Control menu lets you select one of six settings. Each setting can be customized, and the settings (including sharpening, contrast, brightness, saturation, and hue) can be shared with compatible software and devices.

Picture Control menu:
  • Standard
  • Neutral
  • Vivid
  • Monochrome
  • Portrait
  • Landscape

Shown above is an example of an explanation of camera settings you get when pressing the help button (zoom out) while navigating a menu.

Pressing the help button in shooting mode brings up an explanation of the current shooting mode or photography suggestions (such as to use the flash in low light), depending on the shooting mode. For example, if you're not using live view, pressing the button in Auto mode brings up an explanation of automatic camera settings on the TFT screen. But if you're using live view, no explanation or photography suggestion is offered. However, in shutter-priority mode, the camera offered the suggestion that I use a slower shutter speed, regardless of whether the camera was in live view mode or not.

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The shooting menu is accessed by pressing the Menu button to the left of the viewfinder. This is where you can make changes to numerous settings, though some of them (like image quality) are also available more quickly by pressing the information edit button to the right of the viewfinder.

Shooting menu:
  • Reset shooting menu
  • Storage folder
  • Image quality
  • Image size
  • White balance
  • Set Picture Control
  • Manage Picture Control
  • Auto distortion control
  • Color space
  • Active D-Lighting
  • HDR (high dynamic range)
  • Long exposure noise reduction
  • High ISO noise reduction
  • ISO sensitivity
  • Auto ISO sensitivity control
  • Release mode
  • Multiple exposure
  • Interval timer shooting
  • Movie settings

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Custom settings menu:
  • Autofocus: AF-Continuous priority (release, focus), number of focus points (39, 11), built-in AF-assist illuminator (on/off), rangefinder (on/off)
  • Exposure: EV steps for exposure control (1/3, 1/2)
  • Timers/AE lock: Shutter-release button AE-L (on, off), Auto off timers (short, normal, long, custom), self-timer delay (2 sec., 5 sec., 10 sec., 20 sec.), self-timer number of shots (1-9), remote on duration (1 min., 5 min., 10 min., 15 min.)
  • Shooting/display: Beep volume, viewfinder grid display (on/off), ISO display (on/off), file number sequence (on/off), exposure delay mode (on/off), print date (on/off)
  • Bracketing/flash: Flash control for built-in flash (TTL, manual), auto bracketing set (AE bracketing, WB bracketing, Active D-Lighting (ADL) bracketing)
  • Controls: Assign Fn button, Assign AE-L/AF-L button, reverse dial rotation, slot empty release lock (shutter-release won't work if no memory card is detected), reverse indicators (exposure indicators' left/right orientation can be flipped)


The function of the Fn button near the lens mount is set in the Custom Setting menu. In the Controls section, you also set how auto bracketing performs and the AE-L/AF-L button function.

Fn button menu:
  • Image quality/size
  • ISO sensitivity
  • White balance
  • HDR
  • NEF (RAW)
  • Auto bracketing
  • AF-area mode
  • Live view
  • AE/AF lock
  • AE lock only
  • AE lock (hold)
  • AF lock only
  • Auto focus (AF) on

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The setup menu is where you perform a number of basic functions, such as setting monitor brightness, turn information display on or off, and set whether the camera cleans the sensor at start-up or shutdown or both (you can also select clean now).

Setup menu:
  • Format memory card
  • Monitor brightness: +/-3
  • Info display format: Auto/Scene/Effects (six options), P/S/A/M (six options)
  • Auto info display: On, off
  • Clean image sensor: clean now, at start-up, at shutdown, at start-up and shutdown, cleaning off
  • Lock mirror up for cleaning: Start
  • Image dust off reference photo: Start, clean sensor then start
  • Video mode: NTSC, PAL
  • HDMI: Output resolution (auto, 480p, 576p, 720p, 1080p, 1080i), device control (on, off)
  • Flicker rate: Auto, 50 Hz, 60 Hz
  • Time zone and date
  • Language
  • Image comment: On, off
  • Auto image rotation: On, off
  • Accessory terminal: remote shutter release (take photos, record movies), GPS (standby timer, position, use GPS to set camera clock)
  • Wireless mobile adapter: On, off
  • Firmware version

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The Recent Settings menu is a handy way to navigate quickly to settings you change often, but are not available more quickly via a dedicated button.

The camera can not record video while using the viewfinder (the dedicated movie record button simply doesn't work). Shown here is the movie record screen in Live View mode. To change the view you simply press the information display button, just as you do for still image shooting. As shown in the fourth image on this page, there is a movie record view that has an audio meter.

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