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Menus cont: Custom Settings

The D600's exhaustive variety of custom settings are split into seven color coded categories, labeled 'a - g'. This makes it easier to remember a specific option and quicker to enter the custom settings menu at the correct position. You can still scroll through all custom settings options as one big menu if you wish.

Custom Settings Menu (a: Autofocus)

Option Values / Actions Notes
a1 AF-C priority selection  • Release
 • Release + focus
 • Focus
Defines if camera must have focus lock before shutter release.
a2 AF-S priority selection  • Release
 • Focus
 
a3 Focus tracking with lock-on  • 5 (Long)
 • 4
 • 3 (Normal)
 • 2
 • 1 (Short)
 • Off
Controls how focusing is affected by subject distance changing and how quickly the system should react.
a4 AF point illumination  • Auto
 • On
 • Off
 
a5 Focus point wrap-around  • Wrap
 • No wrap
 
a6 Number of focus points  • 39 points
 • 11 points
 
a7 Built-in AF-assist illuminator  • On
 • Off
 

Custom Settings Menu (b: Metering / exposure)

Option Values / Actions Notes
b1 ISO sensitivity step value  • 1/3 step
 • 1/2 step
Set the steps used for selection of ISO sensitivity.
b2 EV steps for exposure cntrl.  • 1/3 step
 • 1/2 step
 
b3 Easy exposure compensation  • On (Auto reset)
 • On
 • Off
Enables control via a command dial without first pressing the exp. comp. button.
b5 Center weight area  • 8 mm
 • 12 mm
 • 15 mm
 • 20 mm
 • Average
Sets the diameter of the center-weighted metering area
b6 Fine tune optimal exposure  • Yes
Matrix metering
Center-weighted
Spot metering
 • No
Allows you to fine tune metered exposure values in the range of -1.0 EV to +1.0 EV in 1/6 EV steps.

Custom Settings Menu (c: Timers / AE Lock)

Option Values / Actions Notes
c1 Shutter-release
button AE-L
 • On
 • Off
Define AE lock during shutter release half-press.
c2 Standby timer  • 4 s
 • 6 s
 • 8 s
 • 16 s
 • 30 s
 • 1 min
 • 5 min
 • 10 min
 • 30 min
 • No Limit
Define how long the camera continues to meter with no other operations performed. Longer times reduce battery life.
c3 Self-timer  • Self-timer delay
2 s
5 s
10 s
20 s
 • Number of shots
Choose 1 - 9
 • Interval between shots
.5 s
1 s
2 s
3 s
Define number of images to be taken at specified intervals.
c4 Monitor off delay  • Playback
4 s
10 s
20 s
1 m
5 m
10 m
 • Menus
 4 s
10 s
20 s
1 m
5 m
10 m
 • Information display
4 s
10 s
20 s
1 m
5 m
10 m
 • Image review 
2 s
4 s
10 s
20 s
1 m
5 m
10 m
 • Live view
5 m
10 m
15 m
20 m
30 m
No limit
 
c2 Remote on duration  • 1 min
 • 5 min
 • 10 min
 • 15 min
Select the length of time the camera will wait for a signal from the remote before cancelling remote control mode

Custom Settings Menu (d: Shooting / display)

Option Values / Actions Notes
d1 Beep  •Volume
3
2
1
Off
 • Pitch
High
Low
 
d2 Viewfinder grid display  • On
 • Off
 
d3 ISO display and adjust.  • Show ISO sensitivity
 • Show ISO/Easy ISO
 • Show frame count
Determine whether ISO value or frame count is displayed in the top LCD panel.
d4 Screen tips  • On
 • Off
Activates help comments in the quick settings display
d5 CL mode shooting speed  • 5 fps
 • 4 fps
 • 3 fps
 • 2 fps
 • 1 fps
Define shooting speed for the Continuous L drive mode.
d6 Max continuous release  • 1 - 100 Maximum shots in a burst.
d7 File Number Sequence  • On
 • Off
 • Reset
 
d8 Information display  • Auto
 • Manual
Dark on light
Light on dark
Defines if shooting info display should automatically change color in low light
d9 LCD illumination  • On
 • Off
Enable to allow a button press to light the control panel.
d10 Exposure delay mode  • 3 s
 • 2 s
 • 1 s
 • Off
Shutter release is delayed to avoid vibration.
d11 Flash warning  • On
 • Off
 
d11 MB-D14 battery type  • LR6 (AA alkaline)
 • HR6 (AA Ni-MH)
 • FR6 (AA lithium)
 
d12 Battery order  • Use MB-D14 batteries first
 • Use camera battery first
 

Custom Settings Menu (e: Bracketing / flash)

Option Values / Actions Notes
e1 Flash sync speed  • 1/250 (Auto FP)
 • 1/200 (Auto FP)
 • 1/200
 • 1/160
 • 1/125
 • 1/100
 • 1/80
 • 1/60
 
e2 Flash shutter speed  • 1/60 s
 • 1/30 s
 • 1/15 s
 • 1/8 s
 • 1/4 s
 • 1/2 s
 • 1 s
 • 2 s
 • 4 s
 • 8 s
 • 15 s
 • 30 s
Set minimum flash shutter speed.
e3 Flash cntrl for built-in flash • TTL
• Manual
Full
1/1.3
1/1.7
1/2
1/2.5
1/3.2
1/4
1/5
1/6.4
1/8
1/10
1/13
1/16
1/20
1/25
1/32
1/40
1/50
1/64
1/80
1/100
1/128
• Repeating flash
Output
Times
Frequency
• Commander Mode
Built-in flash
Group A
Group B
Channel

Set the mode for the built-in flash.

Commander mode lets you choose a flash mode and flash compensation for the internal flash and flash groups A and B.













e4 Exposure comp. for flash  • On
 • Off
Allow DOF preview button to trigger modeling flash.
e5 Modeling flash  • On
 • Off
Allow DOF preview button to trigger modeling flash.
e6 Auto bracketing set  • AE & flash
 • AE only
 • Flash only
 • WB bracketing
 • ADL bracketing
 
e7 Bracketing order  • Meter > under > over
 • Under > meter > over
 

Custom Settings Menu (f: Controls)

Option Values / Actions Notes
f1 OK button (shooting mode)  • Reset center focus point
 • Highlight active focus point
 • Not used
Define multi selector center button function.
f2 Assign Fn button  • Preview
 • FV lock
 • AE/AF lock
 • AE lock only
 • AE lock (hold)
 • AF lock only
 • AF-ON
 • Flash off
 • Bracketing burst
 • Active D-Lighting
 • + NEF (RAW)
 • Matrix Metering
 • Center-weighted metering
 • Spot metering
 • Framing grid
 • Choose image area  
• Viewfinder virtual horizon
 • MY MENU
 • Access top item in MY MENU
 • 1 step spd/aperture
 • Choose non-CPU lens number
 • Playback
 • None
Define the operation of the Fn button.
f3 Assign preview button  • Preview
 • FV lock
 • AE/AF lock
 • AE lock only
 • AE lock (hold)
 • AF lock only
 • AF-ON
 • Flash off
 • Bracketing burst
 • Active D-Lighting
 • + NEF (RAW)
 • Matrix Metering
 • Center-weighted metering
 • Spot metering
 • Framing grid
 • Choose image area  
• Viewfinder virtual horizon
 • MY MENU
 • Access top item in MY MENU
 • 1 step spd/aperture
 • Choose non-CPU lens number
 • Playback
 • None
Define the operation of the preview button.
f4 Assign AE-L/AF-L button  • AE/AF lock
 • AE lock only
 • AE lock (hold)
 • AF lock only
 • AF-ON
 • FV-lock
 • None
Define the operation of the AE-L/AF-L button.
f5 Customize command dials  • Reverse rotation
Exposure compensation
Shutter speed/aperture
 • Change main/sub
On
On (Mode A)
Off
 • Aperture setting
Sub-command dial
Aperture ring
 • Menus and playback
On
On (image rev. exclud.)
Off
 
f6 Release button to use dial  • Yes
 • No
 
f7 Slot empty rel. lock  • Release locked
 • Enable release
Enable shutter release with no card in camera.
f8 Reverse indicators  • + ---- 0 ---- -
 • - ---- 0 ---- +
 
f9 Assign MB-D12 AE-L/AF-L button  • AE/AF lock
 • AE lock only
 • AE lock (hold)
 • AF lock only
 • AF-ON
 • FV lock
 • Same as Fn button
 

Custom Settings Menu (g: Movie)

Option Values / Actions Notes
g1 Assign Fn button  • Index marking
 • View photo shooting info
 • AE/AF lock
 • AE lock only
 • AE lock (hold)
 • AF lock only
 • AF-ON
 • None
Define Fn button operation in movie mode.
g2Assign Preview button  • Index marking
 • View photo shooting info
 • AE/AF lock
 • AE lock only
 • AE lock (hold)
 • AF lock only
 • AF-ON
 • None
Define Preview button operation in movie mode.
g3 Assign AE-L/AF-L button  • Index marking
 • View photo shooting info
 • AE/AF lock
 • AE lock only
 • AE lock (hold)
 • AF lock only
 • AF-ON
 • None
Define AE-L/AF-L button operation in movie mode.
g4 Assign shutter button  • Take photos
 • Record movies
Define shutter button operation in movie mode.
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Comments

Total comments: 19
SxeHunKA77
By SxeHunKA77 (3 months ago)

What UI did Nikon install in this camera?

0 upvotes
carton dinis machado
By carton dinis machado (5 months ago)

how to compare Nikon D600 versus nikon D7100

1 upvote
Mike FL
By Mike FL (5 months ago)

The new D610 has the same problem that Dust spot issue continues.

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amestigon
By amestigon (5 months ago)

Today, D600 was ordered to be off sale by Government in China. 2014/03/16

0 upvotes
tallguy600
By tallguy600 (6 months ago)

Law Firms Lining Up to File Class Action Lawsuits Over the D600 Dust/Oil Issue:

http://petapixel.com/2014/02/25/law-firms-lining-file-class-action-lawuits-d600-dustoil-issue/

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tallguy600
By tallguy600 (6 months ago)

Great camera but the oil spots, sold all my Nikon equipment and got a Canon 6D instead.
Now much happier with great Wi-Fi implementation, made in Japan better camera body....

1 upvote
Scottelly
By Scottelly (8 months ago)

Something that amazes me is that the Sony A99 actually performs better at high ISO settings, like ISO 1600 and ISO 6400, than this camera and the D610. I didn't expect that. If you doubt me, just take a look at the photos here with the studio shot comparison tool. Be sure to set the ISO settings for both cameras and make sure you look at the playing card and the writing on the red square under the dime. Those areas REALLY show the noise. http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/studio-compare#baseDir=%2Freviews_data&cameraDataSubdir=boxshot&indexFileName=boxshotindex.xml&presetsFileName=boxshotpresets.xml&showDescriptions=false&headerTitle=Studio%20scene&headerSubTitle=Standard%20studio%20scene%20comparison&masterCamera=nikon_d600&masterSample=dsc_4526_03&slotsCount=4&slot0Camera=nikon_d600&slot0Sample=dsc_4526_03&slot0DisableCameraSelection=true&slot0DisableSampleSelection=true&slot0LinkWithMaster=true&slot1Camera=sony_slta99&slot1Sample=dsc00049&x=-0.378464142966364&y=0.34409159041539195

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munro harrap
By munro harrap (8 months ago)

I am sure you , thinking a little about it, must realize they produce with profit in mind, not love for you, who are merely contributors to their profits for them.
That is all you are, and all even the greatest photographers are- a means of supporting their incomes and assuring the wealth and value of the yen against the euro, pound, and dollar.

Nikon knew pre-release, surely, that this problem existed, as they extensively test new machines. Therefore, it follows, surely, that this was all done on purpose, as was designing lenses that do not cover more than APS-C properly (24-70 NahNo!) because they delude themselves that we are all so pleased to own a Nikon that we will even buy plastic mount lenses for it!! Made of plastic, and according to one reviewer taped inside with sticky tape as iPhone lenses are with glue.

They think we are that jackdaw stupid. They are correct. We are so stupid we cannot make cameras at all!!!

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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Frank C.
By Frank C. (9 months ago)

No recall from Nikon because of their abysmal recent quarter(s), if this would have happened in 2010 I'm sure Nikon would have replaced the shutter mechanisms for free under guarantee but is it stands now Nikon is struggling, there's no money in the pot to recall and fix the d600

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tallguy600
By tallguy600 (10 months ago)

How do you explain the D610 and the lack of recall of the D600?

One doesn't need a PHD in damage control; the way Nikon handled this issue and it's customer base are a shame.
The D600 should have been fixed, full shutter issue disclosure should have been provided.
Is the D610 shutter mechanism the same as the one on the D600 where it was replaced?
Simple questions, there should be answers but of course no, nothing.

4 upvotes
Andrew770
By Andrew770 (10 months ago)

DP Review is a professional organization and their review of the Nikon D600 meets professional standards. It is impressive how much better the Nikon D600 camera performs than Canon and Sony's high end cameras. The D600 is clearly the winner in the DP Review comparison of these top end cameras. For me the D600's handling of ISO images sets it apart from the competition and is one reason why Nikon is the #1 camera brand.

Apparently the early production run of the Nikon D600 had some cameras whose shutter mechanism was faulty. Nikon gave an advisory in February 2013 for those affected to take their cameras to their service centers and many had their camera's shutter mechanism replaced.

Canon's top end camera also experienced a light leak issue from its early production run. Apparently providing a fix was much more involved because it was a structural problem. Apparently Canon's solution was to put a tape inside the camera to cover the light leak.

Finally, the D600 is awesome!

1 upvote
Segaman
By Segaman (10 months ago)

For some its awesome, for others its their worst nightmare.
As long as your happy everything is fine, if there is a 610 there is a big reason for that.....

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 1 minute after posting
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WhiteBeard
By WhiteBeard (7 months ago)

You seem to trust DP Review's "professional standards" so much that you forget to use your own critical sense. Look closely at the studio shots, JPEG at 100 and 3200 ISO and tell me that the Nikon is not overly soft and lacking detail compared to the Sony or Canon, especially on the playing cards.

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Noogy
By Noogy (10 months ago)

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/nikon-d610/

Cheers to DPR for the gold rating of D600 - a clearly defective camera by design and component. The link above is the implied admission from Nikon. Next time raters from DPR, it is better that you state "we withhold any final rating on this camera at this time until we see a conclusive fix from Nikon" or something like that and save yourselves the embarrassment.

4 upvotes
gmortiz
By gmortiz (Aug 23, 2013)

D600 nightmare: After three weeks a few spots appeared. After four weeks a MASSIVE number of spots appeared and I sent it in to Nikon's New York repair facility. Two weeks later I received it, they had replaced the shutter mechanism and cleaned the low pass filter. I took some blue sky test shots which revealed spots still on the sensor. Back to Nikon for the second time. I received the D600 back from Nikon and the workorder shows all they did was re-clean the already cleaned sensor. Test shots show the exact same spots present as when they received it.

How ridiculous is it that an untrained consumer can see a serious problem in 5 minutes, and Nikon's service center has now twice sent out a camera with a damaged sensor.

One more thing: HEY NIKON - can we end the fantasy that the problem is dust? From the owner's manual: "Note, however, that the filter is extremely delicate and easily damaged." And apparently it is damaged when lubricant from the shutter mechanism hit it.

5 upvotes
nekrosoft13
By nekrosoft13 (11 months ago)

the "trained" technician is stuck in some poorly lit building. Is not like they can go outside and take shots of blue sky.

2 upvotes
hovirag
By hovirag (10 months ago)

Nikon comes clean over the dust and oil problem – meaning they fixed it. Nikon users also mentioned even before the Nikon announcement that these issues disappear after the camera has been run in.
Source: http://bubbajuju.com/get_nikon_d600_on_sale/
where there are two comparison grids of the most popular cameras to date.

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socaltrevor
By socaltrevor (1 month ago)

they didn't fix it

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jengord
By jengord (3 weeks ago)

No they havent fixed it. What they are doing in Australia is fitting a new D600 shutter, cleaning your sensor and sending it back, then surprise surprise after about 500-1000 shots the oil is splattered thickly again, not the normal one or two spots but multiple,this is not normal! after about 4 returns they send you another D600. So then your back on the round-about. I dont think I will buy NIKON again.

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