Nikon D90 SLR Review

Menus, Custom Settings

Here you can see the screen when using the Live View function. Icons indicate we are using Manual (M) exposure mode, JPEG Large Fine quality, Auto white balance, Sound on for Movie recording, Evaluative metering, 1/4000 shutter speed, F4.0 aperture, ISO 200, and the AF system has achieved and locked focus (green retangle). You can also see the options available by pressing the play+4-way controller up/down (brightness), Live View button (Exit), and the OK button (Start recording a movie).

Nikon D90 Digital SLR

The D90 is yet another dSLR that allows you to record motion video. You can shoot at three different resolutions, 1280x720, 640x424 or 320x216, with a frame rate of 24fps. The maximum clip length is up tp 5 minutes or 2GB when using HD mode.

Nikon D90 Digital SLR

Movie mode options:

    Quality - 1280x720 (16:9), 640x424 (3:2), 320x216 (3:2)
    - On or Off

Nikon D90 Digital SLR

Shooting Menu

    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

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

    Image size - Large (4288x2848; 12.2M), Medium (3216x2136; 6.9M), Small (2144x1424; 3.1M)

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

    ISO sensitivity settings - ISO sensitivity (200 - 3200 in 1/3 EV steps with LO and HI 0.3 - 1EV settings), ISO sensitivity Auto Control (Off/On), Max. sensitivity (400, 800, 1600, 3200, Hi 1), Minimum shutter speed (1/2000 - 1 seconds)

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

    Color Space - Select sRGB or Adobe RGB

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

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

    Active Folder - Create, rename, or delete the folders in which photographs and movie files are stored on the memory card

    Multiple exposure - Create a single image from 2 or 3 exposures

    Movie Settings - Choose video settings, see the menu screen above

Nikon D90 Digital SLR

Custom settings allow you to fine-tune a great number of camera settings and/or button functions to suit your particular needs.

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

    Timers/AE Lock

Nikon D90 Digital SLR

Custom Menu - Autofocus

    a1 AF-area mode - Single, Dynamic, Auto-area (default), 3D-tracking (11 points)

    a2 Center focus point - Normal zone or Wide zone

    a3 Built-in AF-assist illuminator - Enables/disables the built-in AF-assist illuminator

    a4 AF Point Illumination - Auto, On or Off; controls whether the active focus areas are highlighted in red in the viewfinder

    a5 Focus Point Wrap-Around - Wrap or no wrap; Select whether the focus-point selection 'wrap around'

    a6 AE-L/AF-L for MB-D80 - Choose the function assigned to the AE-L/AF-L button on the optional MB-D80 battery pack

    a7 Live View Autofocus - Choose the AF mode for Live View; Face priority, Wide area (default) or Normal area

Nikon D90 Digital SLR

Custom Menu - Metering/Exposure

    b1 EV steps for exposure control - Choose 1/3 (default) or 1/2 stop increments

    b2 Easy exposure compensation - On or Off

    b3 Center-weighted area - Choose the diameter of the center-weighted metering circle; 6mm, 8mm (default) or 10mm increment in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps

    b4 Fine Tune Optimal Exposure - Fine tune the exposure for each metering method +/-1EV in 1/6 EV steps

Nikon D90 Digital SLR

Custom Menu - Timers/AE 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

    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: 4s - 10m

    c5 Remote on duration - 1 - 15 minutes

Nikon D90 Digital SLR

Custom Menu - Shooting/Display

    d1 Beep - On or off

    d2 Viewfinder Grid Display - Turns on grid lines in viewfinder

    d3 ISO display and adjustment - Choose Show ISO sensitivity or Show ISO/Easy ISO to display the current ISO sensitivity setting in the frame count displays in the control panel and viewfinder

    d3 Viewfinder Warning Display - Enables viewfinder display of low battery, no memory card, or shooting in black warning

    d4 Screen tips - Choose On (default) to display tips for items selected in the shooting information display, Off to turn tip display off. This option is available in all shooting modes.

    d5 CL Mode Shooting Speed - Determines frame rate in Continuous-low speed mode, choose from values between 1 and 4fps (3fps is the default setting)

    d7 File No. Seq. - Sequential file numbering options (On, Off or Reset)

    d8 Shooting Info Display - Choose the color settings for the Shooting info display (Auto or Manual)

    d9 LCD Illumination - Illuminate data displays only with lamp switch or whenever meter is active.

    d10 Exposure Delay Mode - Delay shutter release by about 1 sec to minimize camera shake caused by mirror slap

    d11 Flash warning - On or Off, Will display a flash warning when shooting in poor lighting (P/S/A/M modes)

    d12 MB-D80 Battery Type - Specify AA battery type installed (LR6, HR6, FR6 or ZR6)

Nikon D90 Digital SLR

Custom Menu - Bracketing/Flash

    e1 Flash shutter speed - Determines slowest shutter speed with flash when in P or A mode: 1/60 to 30s

    e2 Flash Control for Built-in Flash - Controls built-in flash mode, TTL, Manual, Repeating flash or Commander mode (controls remote flash units)

    e3 Modeling flash - Determines whether the built-in and optional Speedlights emit a modeling flash when DOF button is pressed

    e4 Auto Bracketing set - Controls what settings are affected by AE Bracketing: AE & flash, AE only, Flash only, WB bracketing, ADL bracketing

    e6 Auto FP - Enables/Disables Auto FP High-Speed Sync with optional flash units that support the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS), which allows the flash to be used at shutter speeds from 1/200 1/4000 sec.

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

Nikon D90 Digital SLR

Custom Menu - Controls

    f1 LCD backlight switch - Choose whether the data LCD backlight or both the LCD backlight and Shooting information is displayed when the power switch is rotated to this position

    f2 OK button (shooting mode) - Choose the function of this button when in Record mode; Select center focus point, Highlight active focus point, Not used

    f3 Assign FUNC. Button - Controls the function performed by the FUNC button; Framing Grid, FV lock, AF-area mode, Matrix metering, Flash off, Access top item in My menu, etc.

    f4 Assign AE-L/AF-L Button - Choose the role of the AE-L/AF-L button; AE/AF Lock, AE lock only, AF lock only, AE lock (hold), AF-ON, FV lock

    f5 Customize Command dials - Change the rotation direction of command dials, swap the function of main and sub command dials, change functions performed by command dials in playback mode and menu navigation

    f6 No Memory Card? - Lock or Enable shutter release if no CF card is present

    f7 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 D90 Digital SLR

Setup Menu

    Format memory card - Format the CF card

    LCD brightness - Adjust LCD back light +3 to -3

    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

    Image Dust Off ref photo - Capture a photo to be used with Capture NX 2's Dust Off feature

    Battery info - Display the battery info screen

    GPS - Adjust settings for connection to a GPS unit, like Nikon's GP-1

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

Nikon D90 Digital SLR

The final option at the bottom of the menus gives access to two different systems; My menu and Recent Settings. Recent settings displays the twenty most recently used settings, while My menu allows you to make a customized set of options tailored for your needs.

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