Record Screens & Menus

Please excuse the poor quality of these screen captures. The Nikon D810 kit does not include an AV output cable, therefore we had to photograph the LCD.

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When shooting in Live View mode you'll see the LCD screen as it appears here. The shooting mode appears in the upper left corner, and many of the other current settings are in the upper right corner, including Picture Control setting, white balance, image quality, and resolution setting. Along the bottom of the screen are the metering mode, shutter speed, aperture setting, ISO setting, and number of exposures remaining.

If you choose to use viewfinder mode, you'll see items superimposed in the middle of the scene, including the focus points. Additional data appears along the bottom of the scene in a black bar, including the focus indicator, metering setting, AE lock, shutter speed, autofocus mode, aperture setting, exposure mode, ISO setting, number of exposures remaining, flash ready indicator icon, and bracketing option icons.

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You can change the data displayed on the screen in Live View mode by pressing the info button on the back of the camera. The display will switch between the various modes shown above, including a 4x4 grid and a digital level. You can customize what data appears on the screen using the menus.


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While in Live View mode, as you use the buttons on top of the release mode dial on the top of the camera to change settings, you'll see the setting you're changing highlighted in yellow on the LCD. In the example pictured here I pressed the QUAL button and spun the command dial to change the image quality setting, which is highlighted in yellow in the upper right corner as the settings change. In the photo at the top of this page I changed the shooting mode setting, which is highlighted in yellow in the upper left corner, by holding down the MODE button and spinning the command dial.


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Press the i button while in Live View mode and you'll open a popup menu along the right side of the screen. Use the four-way button to highlight an option in the popup menu and press OK to make changes to the selected setting. The popup menu options are:

  • Image Area - FX (36x24) 1.0x, 1.2x (30x20), DX (24x16) 1.5x, 5:4 (30x24)
  • Active D-Lighting - Auto, Extra High, High, Normal, Low, Off
  • Electronic Front-Curtain Shutter - Enable, Disable
  • Monitor Brightness - Between -5 and +5 in 1-step increments
  • Photo Live View Display WB - None, Auto, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, Choose Color Temp., Preset Manual
  • Split-Screen Display Zoom


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You can set the Picture Control while in Live View mode by pressing the key icon button on the left side of the back of the camera, opening a Picture Control popup menu on the right side of the LCD screen. With the desired Picture Control setting highlighted in yellow, press the right side of the four-way button to see additional options. The Picture Control options and sub-options are:

  • Standard - Quick Adjust, Sharpening, Clarity, Contrast, Brightness, Saturation, Hue
  • Neutral - Sharpening, Clarity, Contrast, Brightness, Saturation, Hue
  • Vivid - Quick Adjust, Sharpening, Clarity, Contrast, Brightness, Saturation, Hue
  • Monochrome - Sharpening, Clarity, Contrast, Brightness, Filter Effects (Off, Y, O, R, G), Toning (Black and White, Sepia, Cyanotype, Red, Yellow, Green, Blue/Green, Blue, Blue/Purple, Purple/Red)
  • Portrait - Quick Adjust, Sharpening, Clarity, Contrast, Brightness, Saturation, Hue
  • Landscape - Quick Adjust, Sharpening, Clarity, Contrast, Brightness, Saturation, Hue
  • Flat - Sharpening, Clarity, Contrast, Brightness, Saturation, Hue


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When you want to dial in an extremely precise focus in manual focus mode while shooting in Live View mode, you can press the plus magnifying glass icon on the left side of the back of the camera. Use the minus magnifying glass icon to zoom out again. (Be sure to flip the manual focus toggle switch on the front of the camera if you want to shoot in manual focus.)



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If the data included in the viewfinder window is a little small for you to see it clearly, of if you're having a tough time deciphering all of the various icons in the viewfinder, you can display the settings data on the LCD screen while continuing to use the viewfinder to frame photos. Press the i button to bring this view to the LCD screen. (You may need to press the i button a second time to see the upper portion of the window clearly.)

The upper portion of this screen displays a variety of settings. As you press buttons like the QUAL or ISO or MODE buttons on the top of the camera body, you can make changes to the associated setting on this screen by spinning the command dial.



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The grid area along the bottom of this screen allows you to make changes to other settings that aren't accessible through a dedicated button on the top of the camera. Use the four-way button to scroll through the grid options. Touch OK when the setting you want to change is highlighted. An explanation of the highlighted grid box will appear in the middle of the screen.

Most of the time you'll gain immediate access to this grid after pressing the i button, but you sometimes might need to press the i button a second time to highlight a grid box. The grid box options (starting with top row, going left to right) include:

  • Shooting Menu Bank - A, B, C, D
  • High ISO NR - High, Normal, Low, Off
  • Active D-Lighting - Auto, Extra High, High, Normal, Low, Off
  • Color Space - sRGB, Adobe RGB
  • Assign Preview Button
  • Custom Settings Bank - A, B, C, D
  • Long Exposure NR - On, Off
  • Assign BKT Button - Auto Bracketing, Multiple Exposure, HDR
  • Assign AE-L/AF-L Button
  • Assign Fn Button


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Any time you see a question mark icon appear in the lower left corner of the screen, press the key button on the back of the camera to open a help screen, where you can read more information about the setting in question. Hold down the button to keep the information visible on the screen. Release the button to remove the help screen and return to the previous view. You can turn off the help screen option through the on-screen menus listed below.



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When you're ready to record a movie with the D810, you'll see a movie camera icon in the lower right corner of the screen. And the amount of time remaining in the recording is listed in the upper right corner.

To record a movie you need to flip the toggle switch around the LV button on the back of the camera to the movie camera icon. Then press the LV button to enter Live View mode. You cannot record movies in viewfinder mode. Finally, press the red movie recording button on the top panel of the camera, which is near the shutter button, to start and stop the movie recording. A red dot and REC will appear in the upper left corner of the screen while the movie is recording.



To access the Shooting menu with the Nikon D810, press the Menu button on the back of the camera. Highlight the camera icon on the left side of the screen to see the Shooting menu options. Use the four-way button to move among the settings. With a setting highlighted press the right side of the four-way button to see the options. The Shooting menu options are:

  • Shooting Menu Bank - A, B, C, D (these can be given up to 20-character more descriptive names)
  • Extended Menu Banks - On, Off
  • Storage Folder - Select Folder by Number, Select Folder from List
  • File Naming - sRGB (DSC_), Adobe RGB (_DSC)
  • Primary Slot Selection - SD Card Slot, CF Card Slot
  • Secondary Slot Function - Overflow, Backup, RAW Primary/JPEG Secondary
  • Image Quality - NEF (RAW) + JPEG Fine, NEF (RAW) + JPEG Normal, NEF (RAW) + JPEG Basic, NEF (RAW), TIFF (RGB), JPEG Fine, JPEG Normal, JPEG Basic
  • JPEG/TIFF Recording - Image Size (Large, Medium, Small), JPEG Compression (Size Priority, Optical Quality)
  • NEF (RAW) Recording - Image Size (Large, Small), NEF (RAW) Compression (Lossless Compressed, Compressed, Uncompressed), NEF (RAW) Bit Depth (12-bit, 14-bit)
  • Image Area - Choose Image Area (FX (36x24) 1.0x, 1.2x (30x20), DX (24x16) 1.5x, 5:4 (30x24)
  • White Balance - Auto (Normal, Keep Warm Lighting Colors), Incandescent, Fluorescent (Sodium-Vapor Lamps, Warm-White Fluorescent, White Fluorescent, Cool-White Fluorescent, Day White Fluorescent, Daylight Fluorescent, High Temp. Mercury-Vapor), Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, Choose Color Temp. (between 2500K and 10,000K), Preset Manual (six options)
  • Set Picture Control - Standard (Quick Adjust, Sharpening, Clarity, Contrast, Brightness, Saturation, Hue), Neutral (Sharpening, Clarity, Contrast, Brightness, Saturation, Hue), Vivid (Quick Adjust, Sharpening, Clarity, Contrast, Brightness, Saturation, Hue), Monochrome (Sharpening, Clarity, Contrast, Brightness, Filter Effects (Off, Y, O, R, G), Toning (Black and White, Sepia, Cyanotype, Red, Yellow, Green, Blue/Green, Blue, Blue/Purple, Purple/Red)), Portrait (Quick Adjust, Sharpening, Clarity, Contrast, Brightness, Saturation, Hue), Landscape (Quick Adjust, Sharpening, Clarity, Contrast, Brightness, Saturation, Hue), Flat (Sharpening, Clarity, Contrast, Brightness, Saturation, Hue)
  • Manage Picture Control - Save/Edit, Rename, Delete, Load/Save
  • Color Space - sRGB, Adobe RGB
  • Active D-Lighting - Auto, Extra High, High, Normal, Low, Off
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range)
  • Vignette Control - High, Normal, Low, Off
  • Auto Distortion Control - On, Off
  • Long Exposure NR - On, Off
  • High ISO NR - High, Normal, Low, Off
  • ISO Sensitivity Settings - ISO Sensitivity (Lo 1, Lo 0.7, Lo 0.3, 64, 80, 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, Hi 2), Auto ISO Sensitivity Control (On, Off), Maximum Sensitivity (80, 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, Hi 2), Minimum Shutter Speed (Auto, 1/4000, 1/3200, 1/2500, 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, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30)
  • Multiple Exposure - Multiple Exposure Mode (On/Series, On/Single Photo, Off), Number of Shots (between 2 and 10), Auto Gain (On, Off)
  • Interval Timer Shooting - Start, Start Options (Now, Choose Start Day and Start Time), Interval, No. of Intervals x Shots/Interval, Exposure Smoothing (On, Off)
  • Time-Lapse Photography - Start, Interval, Shooting Time, Exposure Smoothing (On, Off)
  • Movie Settings - Frame Size/Frame Rate (1920x1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280x720 (60p, 50p)), Movie Quality (High Quality, Normal), Microphone Sensitivity (Auto Sensitivity, Manual Sensitivity, Microphone Off), Frequency Response (Wide Range, Vocal Range), Wind Noise Reduction (On, Off), Destination (SD Card Slot, CF Card Slot), Movie ISO Sensitivity Settings (ISO Sensitivity/Mode M (64, 80, 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, Hi 2), Auto ISO Control/Mode M (On, Off), Maximum Sensitivity (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, Hi 2))



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The Setup menu tab is marked with a wrench icon along the left side of the screen, where the options are:

  • Format Memory Card - SD Card Slot, CF Card Slot
  • Monitor Brightness - +5, +4, +3, +2, +1, 0, -1, -2, -3, -4, -5
  • Monitor Color Balance
  • Clean Image Sensor - Clean Now, Clean at Startup/Shutdown
  • Lock Mirror Up for Cleaning
  • Image Dust Off Ref Photo - Start, Clean Sensor and Then Start
  • Flicker Reduction - Auto, 50Hz, 60Hz
  • Time Zone and Date - Time Zone, Date and Time, Date Format, Daylight Saving Time (On, Off)
  • Language
  • Auto Image Rotation - On, Off
  • Battery Info
  • Image Comment - Attach Comment, Input Comment
  • Copyright Information - Attach Copyright Information, Artist, Copyright
  • Save/Load Settings - Save Settings, Load Settings
  • Virtual Horizon
  • Non-CPU Lens Data - Lens Number, Focal Length, Maximum Aperture
  • AF Fine-Tune - AF Fine-Tune On/Off (On, Off), Saved Value (+20 to -20), Default (+20 to -20), List Saved Values
  • HDMI - Output Resolution (Auto, 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 480p), Advanced (Output Range (Auto, Limited Range, Full Range), Output Display Size (95%, 100%), Live View On-Screen Display (On, Off), Dual Monitor (On, Off))
  • Location Data - Standby Timer (Enable, Disable), Position, Set Clock From Satellite (Yes, No)
  • Network - FTP Upload, Image Transfer, Camera Control, HTTP Server
  • Firmware Version



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Use the Custom Setting menu to change the default settings for the D810, allowing you to personalize certain aspects of the camera. If you take the time to work through these customization options, you'll really be pleased with all of the ways Nikon provides for you as a photographer to make the D810 truly work for you and your needs.

You even can create four different Custom Settings Banks, allowing for storage of four different groups of customized settings. You then can select which Custom Settings Bank to use through the Shooting menu. This is the most impressive list of customization options I've seen on a camera to date.

The customization options under the first section (a) Autofocus are:

  • AF-C Priority Selection - Release, Release + Focus, Focus
  • AF-S Priority Selection - Release, Focus
  • Focus Tracking With Lock-On - AF 5/Long, AF 4, AF 3/Normal, AF 2, AF 1/Short, Off
  • AF Activation - Shutter/AF-ON, AF-ON Only
  • Focus Point Illumination - Manual Focus Mode (On, Off), Dynamic-Area AF Display (On, Off), Group-Area AF Illumination
  • AF Point Illumination - Auto, On, Off
  • Focus Point Wrap-Around - Wrap, No Wrap
  • Number of Focus Points - 51 points, 11 points
  • Store by Orientation - Focus Point, Focus Point and AF-Area Mode, Off
  • Built-in AF-Assist Illuminator - On, Off
  • Limit AF-Area Mode Selection - Single Point AF (Dynamic-Area AF/9 points, Dynamic-Area AF/21 points, Dynamic Area AF/51 points, 3D-Tracking, Group-Area AF, Auto-Area AF)
  • Autofocus Mode Restrictions - AF-S, AF-C, No Restrictions
The customization options under the section (b) Metering/Exposure are:

  • ISO Sensitivity Step Value - 1/3 step, 1/2 step, 1 step
  • EV Steps for Exposure Control - 1/3 step, 1/2 step, 1 step
  • Exp./Flash Comp. Step Value - 1/3 step, 1/2 step, 1 step
  • Easy Exposure Compensation - On/Auto Reset, On, Off
  • Matrix Metering - Face Detection On, Face Detection Off
  • Center-Weighted Area - 8mm, 12mm, 15mm, 20mm, Average
  • Fine-Tune Optimal Exposure - Matrix Metering (+1 to -1 in 1/6 increments), Center-Weighted Metering (+1 to -1 in 1/6 increments), Spot Metering (+1 to -1 in 1/6 increments), Highlight-Weighted Metering (+1 to -1 in 1/6 increments)
The customization options under the section (c) Timers/AE Lock are:

  • Shutter-Release Button AE-L - On, Off
  • Standby Timer - 4 sec, 6 sec, 10 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 5 min, 10 min, 30 min, No Limit
  • Self-Timer - Self-Timer Delay (2 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec, 20 sec), Number of Shots (between 1 and 9), Interval Between Shots (0.5 sec, 1 sec, 2 sec, 3 sec)
  • Monitor Off Delay - Playback (4 sec, 10 sec, 20 sec, 1 min, 5 min, 10 min), Menus (4 sec, 10 sec, 20 sec, 1 min, 5 min, 10 min), Information Display (4 sec, 10 sec, 20 sec, 1 min, 5 min, 10 min), Image Review (2 sec, 4 sec, 10 sec, 20 sec, 1 min, 5 min, 10 min), Live View (5 min, 10 min, 15 min, 20 min, 30 min, No Limit)
The customization options under the section (d) Shooting/Display are:

  • Beep - Volume (Off, 1, 2, 3), Pitch (High, Low)
  • CL Mode Shooting Speed - 6 fps, 5 fps, 4 fps, 3 fps, 2 fps, 1 fps
  • Max. Continuous Release - Between 1 and 100 in 1-step increments
  • Exposure Delay Mode - Off, 1 sec, 2 sec, 3 sec
  • Electronic Front-Curtain Shutter - Enable, Disable
  • File Number Sequence - On, Off, Reset
  • Viewfinder Grid Display - On, Off
  • ISO Display and Adjustment - Show ISO Sensitivity, Show ISO/Easy ISO, Show Frame Count
  • Screen Tips - On, Off
  • Information Display - Auto, Manual (Dark on Light, Light on Dark)
  • LCD Illumination - On, Off
  • MB-D12 Battery Type - LR6/AA Alkaline, HR6/AA Ni-MH, FR6/AA Lithium
  • Battery Order - Use MB-D12 Batteries First, Use Camera Battery First
The customization options under the section (e) Bracketing/Flash are:

  • Flash Sync Speed - 1/320 Auto FP, 1/250 Auto FP, 1/250, 1/200, 1/160, 1/125, 1/100, 1/80, 1/60
  • Flash Shutter Speed - 1/60, 1/30, 1/15, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30
  • Flash Control for Built-in Flash - TTL, Manual, Repeating Flash, Commander Mode
  • Exposure Comp. for Flash - Entire Frame, Background Only
  • Modeling Flash - On, Off
  • Auto Bracketing Set - AE & Flash, AE Only, Flash Only, WB Bracketing, ADL Bracketing
  • Auto Bracketing (Mode M) - Flash/Speed, Flash/Speed/Aperture, Flash/Aperture, Flash Only
  • Bracketing Order - MTR > Under > Over, Under > MTR > Over
The customization options under the section (f) Controls are:

  • Light Switch - LCD Backlight, Light and Information Display
  • Multi Selector Center Button - Shooting Mode (Select Center Focus Point, Preset Focus Point, Highlight Active Focus Point, None), Playback Mode (Thumbnail On/Off, View Histograms, Zoom On/Off, Choose Slot and Folder), Live View (Select Center Focus Point, Zoom On/Off, None)
  • Multi Selector - Restart Standby Timer, Do Nothing
  • Assign Fn Button - Press (Preview, FV Lock, AE/AF Lock, AE Lock Only, AE Lock/Reset on Release, AE Lock/Hold, AF Lock Only, AF-ON, Flash Disable/Enable, Bracketing Burst, +NEF (RAW), Matrix Metering, Center-Weighted Metering, Spot Metering, Highlight-Weighted Metering, Viewfinder Grid Display, Viewfinder Virtual Horizon, Disable Synchronized Release, Remote Release Only, MY MENU, Access Top Item in MY MENU, Playback, None), Press + Command Dials (Choose Image Area (FX 36x24, 1.2x 30x20, DX 24x16, 5:4 30x24), Shutter Speed & Aperture Lock, 1 Step Speed/Aperture, Choose Non-CPU Lens Number, Active D-Lighting, Exposure Delay Mode, None)
  • Assign Preview Button - Press (Preview, FV Lock, AE/AF Lock, AE Lock Only, AE Lock/Reset on Release, AE Lock/Hold, AF Lock Only, AF-ON, Flash Disable/Enable, Bracketing Burst, +NEF (RAW), Matrix Metering, Center-Weighted Metering, Spot Metering, Highlight-Weighted Metering, Viewfinder Grid Display, Viewfinder Virtual Horizon, Disable Synchronized Release, Remote Release Only, MY MENU, Access Top Item in MY MENU, Playback, None), Press + Command Dials (Choose Image Area (FX 36x24, 1.2x 30x20, DX 24x16, 5:4 30x24), Shutter Speed & Aperture Lock, 1 Step Speed/Aperture, Choose Non-CPU Lens Number, Active D-Lighting, Exposure Delay Mode, None)
  • Assign AE-L/AF-L Button - Press (Preview, FV Lock, AE/AF Lock, AE Lock Only, AE Lock/Reset on Release, AE Lock/Hold, AF Lock Only, AF-ON, Flash Disable/Enable, Bracketing Burst, +NEF (RAW), Matrix Metering, Center-Weighted Metering, Spot Metering, Highlight-Weighted Metering, Viewfinder Grid Display, Viewfinder Virtual Horizon, Disable Synchronized Release, Remote Release Only, MY MENU, Access Top Item in MY MENU, Playback, None), Press + Command Dials (Choose Image Area (FX 36x24, 1.2x 30x20, DX 24x16, 5:4 30x24), Shutter Speed & Aperture Lock, Choose Non-CPU Lens Number, Exposure Delay Mode, None)
  • Shutter Speed & Aperture Lock - Shutter Speed Lock (On, Off), Aperture Lock (On, Off)
  • Assign BKT Button - Auto Bracketing, Multiple Exposure, HDR
  • Customize Command Dials - Reverse Rotation (Exposure Compensation, Shutter Speed/Aperture), Change Main/Sub (Exposure Setting (On, On/Mode A, Off), Autofocus Setting (On, Off)), Aperture Setting (Sub-Command Dial, Aperture Ring), Menus and Playback (On, On/Image Review Excluded, Off), Sub-Dial Frame Advance (10 frames, 50 frames, Folder)
  • Release Button to Use Dial - Yes, No
  • Slot Empty Release Lock - Release Locked, Enable Release
  • Reverse Indicators - Plus to Minus, Minus to Plus
  • Assign Movie Record Button - Press + Command Dials (White Balance, ISO Sensitivity, Choose Image Area (FX 36x24, 1.2x 30x20, DX 24x16, 5:4 30x24), Shutter Speed & Aperture Lock, None)
  • Live View Button Options - Enable, Disable
  • Assign MB-D12 AF-ON - AF-ON, AF Lock Only, AE/AF Lock, AE Lock Only, AE Lock/Reset on Release, AE Lock/Hold, FV Lock, Same As Fn Button
  • Assign Remote (WR) Fn Button - +NEF (RAW), Live View, None
  • Lens Focus Function Buttons - AF Lock Only, AE/AF Lock, AE Lock Only, Preset Focus Point, AF-Area Mode (Single-Point AF, Dynamic-Area AF/9 Points, Dynamic-Area AF/21 Points, Dynamic-Area AF/51 Points, Group-Area AF, Auto-Area AF), Flash Disable/Enable, Disable Synchronized Release, Remote Release Only
The customization options under the section (g) Movie are:

  • Assign Fn Button - Press (Power Aperture/Open, Index Marking, View Photo Shooting Info, None)
  • Assign Preview Button - Press (Power Aperture/Close, Index Marking, View Photo Shooting Info, None)
  • Assign AE-L/AF-L Button - Press (Index Marking, View Photo Shooting Info, AE/AF Lock, AE Lock Only, AE Lock/Hold, AF Lock Only, None)
  • Assign Shutter Button - Take Photos, Record Movies


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Use the My Menu tab, which has an icon of a piece of paper, to access the My Menu screen. Through this screen you can further customize the D810, setting up a few commonly used commands to gain quick access to them. Because there are so many menu options, using My Menu is a great way to keep the menu options you use most frequently close at hand.

Select Add Items to add menu options from any of the five menus: Playback, Shooting, Custom Setting, Setup, or Retouch. The items you select will appear above the Add Items option listed here. You can add up to 20 items to the My Menu screen.

Select Remove Items to remove an custom menu options that you've previously selected. Select Rank Items to change the order in which the custom menu options appear on the screen.

Select Choose Tab to change the My Menu screen to a Recent Settings screen, where the most recent menu settings you've access will be listed. Some photographers may prefer the Recent Settings screen versus a My Menu screen, but you cannot use both at the same time.

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