The Nikon D5200 menu options

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Check out the Menu options on the new Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200 front with screen

The D5200 menu options offer a quick way of sorting out various function parameters for your camera. Here is a quick overview.

Playback Menu

This allows you to control the options for playback either in video or stills. It offers the following options:

Delete: This lets you delete pictures or stills you have taken, though usually it is easier and quicker to use the wastebin button on the camera.

Playback folder: This give you the option to choose where your images are stored. You can create as many folders on your memory card as you wish and then select which folder to playback from here.

Playback display options: Photo information is superimposed on images displayed in full-frame playback.This can be quite detailed, and you may not want it. This option allows you to chose how much information is visible. Use the multi-selector to select and de-select.

Image Review: Allows you to decide if you want your images to display automatically on the back screen immediately after shooting.

Rotate Tall: This allows you to rotate portrait shaped images when they are viewed during playback. It is a simple On/Off option

Slide show: This option allows you to view all your pictures as a slideshow. Image type offers a choice between showing stills, movies, or both. Frame Interval lets you choose how long between each frame.

DPOF Print Order: This option allows you to create a digital print order for compatible printers.<span

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Shooting Menu

The Shooting menu lets you change those settings you might to change during a shoot. It offers the following options:

Reset Shooting Menu: This allows you to reset the shooting menu settings. You can reset the following:

Release Mode to single frame

Focus Point to the center of the frame

Flexible Program to OFF

Focus and Exposure Lock OFF

Focus Mode to Auto

Flash Mode to Auto

Exposure compensation OFF

Flash Compensation OFF

Set Picture Control: The D5200 will select picture control automatically in most Modes, except P,S,A and M modes.

Image Quality and Image Size

White Balance: The D5200 has an Auto Option, which is useful in most circumstances, but also Incandescent, Fluorescent, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade options.

ISO Sensitivity Settings: In the D5200 the ISO ranges from 100-6400 with an extra option called Hi 1, which is effectively an ISO of 12,800.

Active D-Lighting: Choose either On or Off. If you actually want to lose the highlight or the shadows, use the High key or Low key settings in Effects.

Auto Distortion Control: Navigate to the option using the multi-selector. Choose either On or Off.

Color Space: This option allows you to choose AdobeRGB as a reproduction mode.

Noise Reduction: The ON option here sets noise reduction on all images, OFF still applies noise reduction to high ISO settings.

AF-Area Mode: This option allows you to decide which part of your image will be the focus point. Options are available either through the viewfinder, or through Live-view on the back screen.

Built in AF-Assist Illuminator: Choose either On or Off.

Custom settings Menu

Custom settings allow you to change some of the common settings quickly. It offers the following options:

Autofocus: The choices in the section are: AF-C priority selection, number of focus points, Built-in AF assist illuminator and Rangefinder.

Exposure: This offers exposure control from -3 ev to +3 ev.

Timers/AE Lock: The choices in this section are: Shutter release button AE-L, Auto off timers, Self timer ad remote on duration.

Shooting/Display: The choices in this selection are: turning the Focus beep on or off. Switching on the viewfinder grid display, the ISO display, file number sequence, exposure delay mode and Print date.

Bracketing/Flash: This offers the Flash control for the built-in flash and auto-bracketing.

Controls: This relates to the two buttons you can dedicate to specific tasks, the Fn button and the AE-l/AF-L button.

Set Up Menu

The Set Up Menu offers the following options:

Reset Set Up options: Select yes to reset Set Up Menu for all settings except Video Mode, Time Zone and Date, Language and Storage folder.

Format memory card

Monitor brightness

Info display format: The D5200 has the option of two screen displays. The first is called the Classic display and the second is called the Graphic display.

Clean image sensor: If you suspect that the Image sensor has dust or dirt on it, then you can use this option.

Time zone and data: Here you can change the time zone, set the camera clock ( which is less accurate than a normal digital clock).

Language: Select your preferred language here.

Image Comment: If you want to annotate your images for future reference, you can do so here.

Auto image rotation: If you switch this on, The image will have orientation information recorded when it is taken.

Image Dust Off reference photo: This function helps you if you discover some dust spots on your images.

Auto off timers: This sets the time for the auto off.

Self timer: This allows you to select the time delay on the shutter release and selects the number of shots to be taken.

Remote on duration: This lets you choose how long the camera will stay on the selected remote control release mode before switching back to the previously selected mode.

Beep: Choose the pitch of the beep that sounds when the camera focusses etc. HERE.

Rangefinder: This uses the exposure indicator to check if the camera is focussed properly.

File number sequence: This Gives you the option to reset the numbering every time you open a new folder or reformat the memory card.

There is also the Recent Settings Menu which lets you quickly revisit the last twenty menu changes

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