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Menus (cont.)

Setup menu

There are very few changes here compared to the D3100 - just a couple of additional languages, and the ability to configure the camera's HDMI output.

A green superscript one (¹) indicates the default setting. Asterisk (*) indicates new or changed from the D3100.

Option Values / Actions Notes
Reset Setup Options  • Yes
 • No
Returns all setup options to default settings
Format memory card  • Yes
 • No
LCD brightness*  • LCD brightness
-3 to +3
'Auto Dim' no longer available
Info display format  • Classic
 • Graphic
Auto Info Display  • On
 • Off
Clean image sensor  • Clean now
 • Clean startup/shutdown
Startup & Shutdown ¹
Mirror lock-up  • Start Locks mirror up for the sole purpose of manually cleaning the sensor
Video Mode  • NTSC
 • PAL ¹
HDMI*  • Output Resolution
Auto ¹
480p (progressive)
576p (progressive)
720p (progressive)
1080i (interlaced)
• Device Control
Off ¹
Flicker reduction  • 50 Hz
 • 60 Hz
Time zone and date  • Time zone
 • Date and time
Date set
Time set
 • Date format
 • Daylight saving time
Language  • Czech*
 • Danish
 • German
 • English
 • Spanish
 • French
 • Indonesian*
 • Italian
 • Dutch
 • Norwegian
 • Polish
 • Portuguese
 • Russian
 • Finnish
 • Swedish
 • Turkish*
 • Chinese Traditional
 • Chinese Simplified
 • Japanese
 • Korean
Image comment  • Done
 • Input comment
Text entry
 • Attach comment
When enabled the comment is written into the header of each image.
Auto image rotation  • On ¹
 • Off
Dust Off ref photo  • Start
 • Clean sensor and start
Used to capture a 'dust reference image' for the 'Dust Off' feature of Nikon Capture NX/2. (RAW only).
Auto Off Timers  • Short
 • Normal
 • Long
 • Custom
Image review
Live View*
Auto meter off
Sets the amount of time before a function or menu screen is deactivated after a period of inactivity, up to a maximum of 5 minutes (Live View), 10 minutes (Playback/Menus, Image Review) or 30 minutes (Auto meter-off)
Self-timer delay  • 2s
 • 10s ¹
The 5 and 20s options of the D3000 have been removed.
Beep  • On ¹
 • Off
Rangefinder  • On
 • Off ¹
File number sequence  • On
 • Off ¹
 • Reset
Buttons  • Self timer/Fn button
Image quality/size
ISO sensitivity ¹
White balance
Active D-Lighting
 • AE-L/AF-L
AE/AF lock¹
AE lock only
AF lock only
AE lock (hold)
 • AE lock
Off ¹
Slot empty release lock  • Release locked
 • Enable release
Date imprint  • Off
 • Date
 • Date and time
 • Date counter
Imprints date information at the bottom right corner of captured images
Storage Folder  • Select folder
 • New
 • Rename
 • Delete
Selects the preferred folder for recording images or creates a new folder on the memory card
GPS  • Auto meter-off
On ¹
 • Position
Firmware Version  • Version No.
A x.00
B x.00
L x.00
Information display only.

Retouch menu

The D3100 adds a few useful new features to what's already probably the most comprehensive in-camera processing suite available. You can now correct barrel or pincushion distortion (again for D- and G-type Nikon lenses only), rotate images which aren't quite straight, and apply perspective correction (most obviously to fix converging verticals when pointing a wide angle lens up or down).

Option Values / Actions Notes
D-Lighting  • Select image
Red-eye correction  • Select image Corrects redeye automatically in portraits. Ignores images that do not contain faces
Trim  • Select image
Zoom / Scroll
Aspect ratio
Monochrome  • Black-and-white  
Select image
 • Sepia
Select image
 • Cyanotype
Select image
'Lighter/Darker' changes saturation of toning in Sepia and Cyanotype modes
Filter effects  • Skylight 
Select image
 • Warm filter
Select image
 • Red intensifier
Select image
 • Green intensifier
Select image
 • Blue intensifier
Select image
 • Cross screen
Number of points
Filter amount
Filter angle
Length of points
 • Soft
Color balance  • Select image
Adjust color
Small picture  • Select image
 • Choose size
Image overlay  • Image 1
 • Image 2
 • Preview
NEF (RAW) processing  • Select image
 • Choose parameters
Image quality
Image size
White Balance
Exposure comp.
Set Picture Control
Quick retouch  • Select image
 • Select level
Automatically adjusts contrast and saturation
Straighten* • Select image
+/- 5° rotation in 0.25° increments
Distortion Control*  • Auto
 • Manual
Color outline  • Select image
Perspective Control*  • Select image
Adjust horizontal and vertical perspective (+/-20 scale)
Miniature effect  • Select image
Edit movie  • Choose start point
 • Choose end point
 • Save selected frame

Recent settings/My menu

To help speed up the use of such long menus, the D3100 allows fast access to commonly-used menu options by grouping the twenty most recently used settings in the 'Recent Settings' menu. Because this menu is fluid, it is less versatile than a customizable 'My Menu'-type tab, of the sort found in Nikon's higher level DSLRs; the advantage is that it requires no user intervention.

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Spectre 13, might you elaborate a bit about how you are recording sound separately and, i assume, linking up in post. this info would be great as i find myself in the same situation as you.


I bought this camera for my wife when it first hit shelves 5 years ago. We got the package deal that came with two great lenses, plus we bought a third. It's a fantastic DSLR camera with pro features, but simple enough for beginners to use out of the box. The only feature that's missing, and certainly not a deal breaker is the lack of an external microphone input. This is something photographers won't miss at all, yet a feature that filmakers can easily get around with some ingenuity. That leads into my new love of this little gem. As a budding filmaker, I was watching tutorials and reading articles on the subject and found out that most independent filmakers and some pros swear by DSLR cameras for their tool of choice for capture. I remembered my wife's Nikon 3100 and immediately repurposed it for my new endeavor. With a cage, shotgun mic, 7" live feed monitor and matte shade on the way--our Nikon 3100 will get even more use!


I'm using Nikkon D3100...can anyone suggest which other lens should fit into it for zoom as well as for wide angle pictures. please tell me the specifications. the current lens 18/55mm...


I have just bought the new Tokina 11-20 and it's amazingly sharp !
AF is fast an IQ is awsome.
For Zoom, I wait to buy the Tamron SP 150-600mm. I have currently the Nikkor 55-300. This one is a good one but now I want more.


More information is needed in order to answer this. There are plenty of fantastic lenses available. It just depends on your needs. What zoom magnification you need, for example.


salam hangat

saya memiliki camera nikon D3100 dan saya memiliki masalah pada camera saya,permasalahannya adalah ketika saya ingin melakukan pemotretan dengan modul manual atau auto lampu flash tidak menyala dan timbul tulisan (r24) pada Viewfinder Eyepiece namun apabila lampu flash tidak di aktifkan camera dapat melakukan proses pemotretan
terima kasih


i am a novice and use my D3100 in auto mode. do you know if i can set a slower shutter speed for effects and still stay in auto mode? i want to try special effects with motion blur. any help would be appreciated.
thank you
ali black


Hi Alice,
The short answer is no. One of the things you'll learn as you get acquainted with digital photography is that Auto Mode is a neat feature for quick shots that have predetermined settings calculated and set for you. I'm not sure if you're shooting video or stills, but the same principles apply to both.
Manual settings are where you can get down into the great features of DSLR cameras for what you are looking at doing.
You must learn these features to properly use your camera.
There are many great online resources that will walk you through it.

sarath cp

nikon d3100 is an intermediate dslr? right? i saw a post about guides for buying a dslr on
actually they says that there is too much to investigate before buying one... is that true always..? the link is


Looking at the comparison, it appears to my novice mind that the d3100 has in most areas slightly better specs than the d5000. Since I am looking at both of these cameras, would appreciate comments. The 3100 is on sale at the local camera shop; the 5000 is available on Craiglist at a considerably lower price, but is of course used.

Also; packed away I have two nikon entry level cameras from the early 1980's with quite a few E series lenses. The E series lens was standard on the two cameras. Will these work on the 3100 and 5000, and if so, are there problems in compatibility such as auto-focus, etc.


D3100 is a great camera. i bought another one recently new from Target..dont need anything newer or more $$$ this thing is just perfect.I think it only auto focuses with Nikon'll have to read up on 3rd party lenses for af.

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