Camera Menus

The D800 has an extensive, yet sensibly arranged menu system that will look very familiar to owners upgrading from the D700. By default, menu navigation is accomplished using the multi selector, though you can also configure the camera's front and rear dials to move among options as well. Pressing the camera's external help button will pop-up explanatory text describing the currently selected option.

The D800's menu system is divided into six main categories.The contents of each category are displayed in a page-driven interface. Menu display is sticky, meaning that whether you exit the menu system or turn off the camera, pressing the Menu button returns you to the primary menu option you last visited.

Playback menu

In the playback menu you can delete, copy and rotate images, as well as specify the information that is displayed during image review. In this table and all those that follow the * indicates a material change over the D700 (we haven't marked menu items that have simply been moved or renamed).

Option Values / Actions Notes
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Delete  • Multiple images
Selection screen
 • All
SD card slot
CF card slot
 
Playback folder  • ND800
 • All
 • Current
 
Hide image  • Select/set
 • Deselect all?
 
Playback display options  • Basic photo info
Focus point
 • Additional photo info
None (image only)
Highlights
RGB Histogram
Shooting data
Overview
Allows you to select the information screeens that are available to cycle among in image playback.
Copy images *  • Select source
SD card slot
CF card slot
 • Select images
Folder name
Deselect all
Select all images
Select protected images
 • Select destination folder
Select folder by number
Enter folder number
Select folder from list
Choose from list
 • Copy images?
Yes
No
 
Image review  • On
 • Off
 
After delete  • Show next
 • Show previous
 • Continue as before
The 'Continue as before' option cycles through the remaining images in the direction you were scrolling.
Rotate tall  • On
 • Off
Enable to automaically rotate vertical images in playback.
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Slide show  • Start
 • Image type
Still images and movies
Still images only
Movies only
 • Frame interval
2 s
3 s
5 s
10 s
 
Print set (DPOF)  • Select / set
 • Deselect all?
 

Shooting menu

The shooting menu is where you'll find a vast array of parameters related to image size, quality and color settings. Among these options is the choice for handling the camera's dual card slot configuration. This is also where you set the movie recording options.

Option Values / Actions Notes
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Shooting menu bank  • A
 • B
 • C
 • D
 • Rename
Text entry

Four banks of settings can be memorized and quickly switched. Each bank can be given a custom name. Settings for each bank can be individually reset back to camera defaults via the Delete button.

Extended menu banks *  • On
 • Off
Allows exposure mode, shutter and aperture values (where applicable) to be saved in menu banks.
Primary slot selection *  • SD card slot
 • CF card slot
 
Secondary slot function *  • Overflow
 • Backup
 • RAW primary, JPEG secondary
 
Image quality  • NEF (RAW) + JPEG Fine
 • NEF (RAW) + JPEG Normal
 • NEF (RAW) + JPEG Basic
 • NEF (RAW)
 • TIFF (RGB)
 • JPEG Fine
 • JPEG Normal
 • JPEG Basic
 
Image size  • Large
 • Medium
 • Small
- 7360 x 4912 / 36.2 M
- 5520 x 3680 / 20.3 M
- 3680 x 2456 / 9.0 M
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Image area  • Auto DX crop
On
Off
 • Choose image area
FX (36x24)
1.2x (30x20)
DX (24x16)
5:4 (30x24)
With 'Auto' enabled, the camera will automatically switch to a DX crop when a DX lens is mounted. Non-DX lenses will use the crop specified in the image area setting.
JPEG compression  • Size priority
 • Optimal quality
 
NEF (RAW) recording  • Type
Lossless compressed
Compressed
Uncompressed
 • NEF (RAW) bit depth
12-bit
14-bit
Set the type of compression used in the NEF file as well as the bit-depth recorded.
White balance  • Auto
Normal
Keep warm lighting colors *
 • Incandescent
 • Fluorescent
 • Direct Sunlight
 • Flash
 • Cloudy
 • Shade
 • Choose color temp.
 • Preset manual

A separate A-B, G-M grid is available to fine tune WB in all modes except Kelvin mode, which offers G-M. Kelvin adjustments are possible in increments of 10 degrees.

Set Picture Control  • Standard
Quick adjust (-2 to +2)
Sharpening (A, 0 to 9)
Contrast (A, -3 to +3)
Brightness (-1 to +1)
Saturation (A, -3 to +3)
Hue (-3 to +3)
 • Neutral
Sharpening (A, 0 to 9)
Contrast (A, -3 to +3)
Brightness (-1 to +1)
Saturation (A, -3 to +3)
Hue (-3 to +3)
 • Vivid
Quick adjust (-2 to +2)
Sharpening (A, 0 to 9)
Contrast (A, -3 to +3)
Brightness (-1 to +1)
Saturation (A, -3 to +3)
Hue (-3 to +3)
 • Monochrome
Sharpening (A, 0 to 9)
Contrast (A, -3 to +3)
Brightness (-1 to +1)
Filter (Off, Y, O, R, G)
Toning (10 options)
 • Portrait *
Quick adjust (-2 to +2)
Sharpening (A, 0 to 9)
Contrast (A, -3 to +3)
Brightness (-1 to +1)
Saturation (A, -3 to +3)
Hue (-3 to +3)
• Landscape *
Quick adjust (-2 to +2)
Sharpening (A, 0 to 9)
Contrast (A, -3 to +3)
Brightness (-1 to +1)
Saturation (A, -3 to +3)
Hue (-3 to +3)
The 'Quick adjust' setting triggers pre-programmed values for the underlying options.
Manage Picture Control  • Save/edit
Choose a Picture Control
 • Rename
 • Delete
 • Load/save
Copy to camera
Delete from card
Copy to card

Create custom Picture Control sets

Color Space  • sRGB
 • Adobe RGB
 
Active D-Lighting  • Auto
 • Extra high
 •High
 • Normal
 • Low
 • Off
 
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HDR *  • HDR mode
On (series)
On (single photo)
Off
 • Exposure differential
Auto
1 EV
2 EV
3 EV
 • Smoothing
High
Normal
Low
Combines two images captured at user-specified EV differences to form a single HDR image. Available in JPEG and TIFF modes only.
Vignette Control  • High
 • Normal
 • Low
 • Off
Applies in-camera masking to reduce corner shading. Not available for movies, multiple exposure or DX format images.
Auto distortion control *  • On
 • Off
Enable to reduce barrel and pin-cushion lens distortion.
Long exp. NR  • On
 • Off
Enables dark frame subtraction NR for exposures of 1 sec or longer.
High ISO NR.  • High
 • Normal
 • Low
 • Off
When set to 'Off', NR is still applied (to a lesser degree) to images shot at ISO 1600 and higher.
ISO sensitivity settings  • ISO sensitivity
Lo 1
Lo 0.7
Lo 0.3
100
125
160
200
250
320
400
500
640
800
1000
1250
1600
2000
2500
3200
4000
5000
6400
Hi 0.3
Hi 0.7
Hi 1
Hi 2
 • ISO sensitivity auto control
On / Off
Maximum sensitivity
200
250
320
400
500
640
800
1000
1250
1600
2000
2500
3200
4000
5000
6400
Hi 0.3
Hi 0.7
Hi 1
Hi 2
Minimum shutter speed
Auto
1/4000 - 1 sec

Available sensitivities depend on ISO step custom setting.

Full range: Lo 1 = ISO 50 to Hi 2 = ISO 25600.

Multiple exposure  • Multiple exposure mode
On (series)
On (single photo)
Off
 • Number of shots
2 - 10
 • Auto gain
On
Off
Create a new image from between two and ten exposures.
Interval timer shooting    • Choose start time
Now
Start time
[hh:mm]
 • Interval
[hh:mm:ss]
 • Select no. of times*no. of shots
[000] x [0] = 0001
 • Start
Off
On
Cannot be used simultaneously with time-lapse photography.
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Time-lapse photography  • Start
On
Off
 • Interval
[hh:mm:ss]
 • Shooting time
[hh:mm:ss]
 • Start
Off
On
Time-lapse is not available in live view, with shutter speed set to 'bulb', or in bracketing, HDR or multiple exposure modes.
Movie settings  • Frame size/frame rate
1920 × 1080; 30 fps
1920 × 1080; 25 fps
1920 × 1080; 24 fps
1280 x 720; 60 fps
1280 x 720; 50 fps
1280 x 720; 30 fps
1280 x 720; 25 fps
 • Movie quality
High quality
Normal
 • Microphone
Auto sensitivity
Manual sensitivty
1 - 20
Microphone off
 • Destination
SD card slot
CF card slot