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Record menu

Pressing the MENU button while in record mode displays the record menu over the live preview image. In the captures below a black background was used for clarity (normally you'd see the live view 'behind' the menus).

The menu is split across three pages which can be accessed by pressing the left or right arrow on the 4-way controller, press down to enter the menu proper. It's a shame the last two menus don't have a more helpful description other than 'Custom'.

Record menu: Basic

AF mode

Changes Autofocus drive mode:

AF-Single
AF-Continuous

AF is triggered when shutter release is half-pressed or AF/AEL button, in AF-cont. mode the camera will continue to focus while finger is half-pressed (doesn't lock). I personally found AF-cont. to be virtually useless. The standard AF is so slow that it can't keep up, if you set the camera to AF-cont. the camera tends to just scan aimlessly for a focus position.

Metering mode

Select different exposure metering systems:

Multi-Segment (300 segment)
Center Weighted Average
Spot

Multi-Segment metering uses 300 different segments of the scene to measure luminance (brightness) and colour in combination with distance information to calculate exposure.

Flash mode

Select flash mode:

Fill-flash
Red-eye (reduction)
Rear F-sync (slow sync flash)

The D7's red-eye reduction is executed by firing the flash twice at relatively high power just before the final flash.

Flash compensation

Set flash power output compensation +/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV steps. This controls the power of the internal flash to allow you to compensate for very close or distant exposures.

Flash metering

Set flash metering mode:

ADI flash - uses parameters such as aperture and subject distances to calculate flash power and exposure.
Pre-flash TTL - camera fires a brief pre-flash just before the main flash which is used to measure the amount of light required.

Record menu: Custom1

Memory

User setting memory:

Memory 1
Memory 2
Memory 3
Store memory

This option allows you to store camera settings in one of three different 'user memories', this can be useful for quick recall of settings for a particular type of scene, or for different users.

Exposure bracket

Set auto exposure bracketing step:

0.3 EV
0.5 EV
1.0 EV

The D7's exposure bracketing system takes three frames at normal, under and over the metered exposure. This menu option sets the amount by which the camera adjusts the exposure each time.

Time-lapse Interval / Frames

This menu option allows you to set the number of and interval between frames shot as part of a time-lapse sequence. You can choose from between 2 and 99 frames to be shot every 1 to 60 minutes. In time-lapse mode the camera shuts down the EVF and LCD and only indicates activity on the top status LCD.

AF/AEL button

Set AF/AEL button function:

AF/AE hold - auto focus and auto exposure are locked for as long as the button is held
AF/AE toggle - auto focus and auto exposure are locked when the button is pressed and released on the next press *
AE hold - only auto exposure is locked for as long as the button is held
AE toggle - only auto exposure is locked when the button is pressed and released on the next press *
* even across multiple exposures

Mag. button

Set Mag. button function:

Digital zoom - when the button is pressed the camera enters / leaves x2 digital zoom
Electronic magnify - when the button is pressed (and camera is set to manual focus) the screen magnifies the center portion of the display x4 to assist focusing

Record menu: Custom2

Sharpness

Set in-camera sharpening level:

Hard (+) - hard sharpening
Normal - typical 'normal' sharpening
Soft (-) - virtually no sharpening

Soft sharpening offered the cleanest images, though may require third party sharpening later.

Color mode

Select colour / black & white mode:

Color
B&W

The D7's black and white mode is a simple 'desaturate' there's no clever channel mixing going on here.

Data imprint

The data imprint option allows you to automatically overlay a piece of information / text onto the bottom right corner of each image as it's shot. This can be the date, date and time or a piece of free text or ID. Selecting the Text or Text+ID option displays the 'virtual keyboard' above which is navigated using the 4-way controller. (Remember date and time information is recorded in the JPEG EXIF header and so can be something easily retrieved later).

Instant playback

Set the method of instant playback after shot has been taken:

No - Don't display a review image
2 secs
10 secs

Both the 2 and 10 second instant playback displays can be interrupted by simply half-pressing the shutter release (except for RAW or TIFF files which blank out the display until the image has been written).

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