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Set up Menu

Pressing the MENU/OK button without an image displayed on the LCD monitor enters the camera's set up mode. This mode provides control over various settings including custom white balance, high mode selection, storage card selection etc.

Use the up and down arrows to navigate through the menu, press the left or right arrows to change settings.

Set up Menu

Option Values / Actions Notes
Image Display • Off
• Postview
• Preview
• Preview Histogram
'Postview' provides you with a quick review of the image after it is taken then returns to live view. 'Preview' provides you with a review which you must confirm before the image is saved.
Custom WB • Set Set a custom white balance (choose custom 1 or 2 via the rear panel display). (clip)
High Mode • TIFF-RGB
Select the type of file created when the 'High' image quality is selected. A TIFF-RGB file is around 35 MB @ 4256 x 2848, a CCD-RAW file is around 12.5 MB.
Media • CF Type II
• SmartMedia
The camera will automatically select the correct media of only one is inserted, this option allows you to select the specific media slot if both are in use.
Test Shooting
(No Card)
• Off
• On
When enabled this option allows you to take images without a storage card (and therefore no images are stored).
Voice Memo • Off
• On
When enabled the camera will record up to 30 seconds of voice memo after each shot.
Frame No.

• Renew
• Cont.

PC Mode • USB Downloading
• 1394 Shooting
• 1394 Downloading
- Camera shows up as a USB storage device
- Camera is set up for the remote shooting s/w
- Camera shows up as a Firewire storage device
Beep • Off
• Low
• High
Language • English
• Francais
• Deutsch
• Japanese
(European S2 Pro)
Date/Time • Set  
Reset All • OK  

Play Menu

Pressing the MENU/OK button while an image is displayed (after pressing PLAY) enters the Play menu. The menu consists of five options arranged along the bottom of the display. Menu options are displayed over the current image. For clarity we have used a black background.

Play Menu

Option Values / Actions Notes
Erase • Format
• Frame
When you erase an image the camera 'fades' the image out with a little animation (clip). While cute this does take some time, it doesn't allow for quick deletion of images.
Protect • Unprotect All
• All Frames
- Remove protection from all frames
- Mark all frames as protected
DPOF • Date On
• Date Off
Voice Memo • On Select On and the camera will record a 30 second voice memo which will carry the same filename as the image ('attaching' it to the image). (clip)
LCD Brightness • Set Brightness can be set from -5 to +5

Custom Function Menu (CSM)

Turn the camera mode dial to the 'CSM' position to change the camera's custom function settings. In this mode settings are chosen using the main command dial (front) and changed using the sub command dial (rear). A full textual description of the setting is shown on the rear LCD monitor and a numeric representation is shown on the top status panel LCD.

Custom Function Menu

Option Values Notes
1: Bracketing Order 0: Meter -> Under -> Over
1: Under -> Meter -> Over
Change the Bracketing compensation sequence
2: On-demand Grid lines 0: Off
1: On
Enable viewfinder grid lines
3: Illumination for Focus Area 0: Auto
1: Off
2: On
Makes AF points glow red when AF is being measured
4: Focus Area Selection 0: Normal
1: Enable Rotation
Enable 'wrap around' selection of AF point using 4-way controller
5: AE-Lock 0: Disabled
1: Activated
When enabled a half-press locks AE
6: Bulb in Manual Mode 0: Disabled
1: Activated
Enable Bulb exposures in manual exposure mode
7: S-AF Closest Subject Priority 0: Enabled
1: Disabled
Disable closest subject AF for AF-S mode
8: C-AF Closest Subject Priority 0: Disabled
1: Enabled
Enable closest subject AF for AF-C mode
9: AE/AF Lock Button 0: AE/AF Lock
1: AE Lock only
2: AF Lock only
3: AE Remains locked
4: AF Operation
Control the function of the AE/AF lock button
10: Command Dial functions 0: Disabled
1: Enabled
Allows you to switch the function of the command dials
11: Multiple Exposure 0: Single Shutter Release
1: Continuous Shutter Release
Enable continuous shooting for multiple exposures
12: Auto Power Off   0: Off
15: 15 secs
  2: 2 mins
  5: 5 mins
Change the auto power off time
13: Self-Timer Operation   2: 2 secs
  5: 5 secs
10: 10 secs
20: 20 secs
Change the self-timer time
14: LCD Illumination   0: Off
  5: 5 secs
15: 15 secs
When set to 5 or 15 the LCD panels will illuminate with any button press
15: AF-Assist Illuminator 0: On
1: Off
Enable or disable white AF assist lamp for low light situations
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As I know the S2 offers slightly better resolution (just a small part of overall image quality) and slightly lower speed and practicality than the obsolete Nikon D100. The S2 also costs more than the D100. For my uses I would prefer the D70, and since it costs only half as much as the S2 and is more practical for me. The only real advantage of the S2 is very slightly higher image resolution, which to me is much less significant than all the other disadvantages.

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