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The D800's exhaustive 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. In the camera's custom menu an asterisk (*) appears next to a setting once it has been changed from the camera default setting.

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 activation  • Shutter / AF-ON
 • AF-ON Only
 
a5 AF point illumination

 • Auto
 • On
 • Off

 
a6 Focus point wrap-around  • Wrap
 • No wrap
 
a7 Number of focus points  • 51 points
 • 11 points
 
a8 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
 • 1 step
Set the steps used for selection of ISO sensitivity.
b2 EV steps for exposure cntrl.  • 1/3 step
 • 1/2 step
 • 1 step
 
b3 Exp./flash comp. step value  • 1/3 step
 • 1/2 step
 • 1 step
 
b4 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 Auto meter-off delay  • 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 operatiosn performed. Longer times reduce battery life.
c3 Self-timer delay  • 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
 

Custom Settings Menu (d: Shooting / display)

Option Values / Actions Notes
d1 Beep

 •Volume
3
2
1
 • Pitch *
High
Low

 
d2 CL mode shooting speed

 • 5 fps
 • 4 fps
 • 3 fps
 • 2 fps
 • 1 fps

Define shooting speed for the Continuous L drive mode.
d3 Max continuous release  • 1 - 100 Maximum shots in a burst.
d4 Exposure delay mode  • 3 s
 • 2 s
 • 1 s
 • Off
Shutter release is delayed to avoid vibration.
d5 File Number Sequence  • On
 • Off
 • Reset
 
d6 Viewfinder grid display  • On
 • Off
 
d7 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.
d8 Screen tips  • On
 • Off
Activates help comments in the quick settings display
d9 Information display  • Auto
 • Manual
Dark on light
Light on dark
Defines if shooting info display should automatically change color in low light
d10 LCD illumination  • On
 • Off
Enable to allow a button press to light the control panel.
d11 MB-D10 battery type  • LR6 (AA alkaline)
 • HR6 (AA Ni-MH)
 • FR6 (AA lithium)
 
d12 Battery order  • Use MB-D10 batteries first
 • Use camera battery first
 

Custom Settings Menu (e: Bracketing / flash)

Option Values / Actions Notes
e1 Flash sync speed

 • 1/320 (Auto FP)
 • 1/250 (Auto FP)
 • 1/250
 • 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 Modeling flash  • On
 • Off
Allow DOF preview button to trigger modeling flash.
e5 Auto bracketing set  • AE & flash
 • AE only
 • Flash only
 • WB bracketing
 • ADL bracketing
 
e6 Auto bracketing (Mode M)  • Flash / speed
 • Flash / speed / aperture
 • Flash / aperture
 • Flash Only
 
e7 Bracketing order  • Meter > under > over
 • Under > meter > over
 

Custom Settings Menu (f: Controls)

Option Values / Actions Notes
f1 LCD backlight switch  • LCD backlight
 • LCD backlight and information display
LCD light switch can activate LCD illumination only or LCD illumination and shooting information on the rear display.
f2 Multi selector center button

 • Shooting mode
Select center focus pt
Highlight active focus pt
Not Used
 • Playback mode
Thumbnail on/off
View histograms
Zoom on/off
Low mag.
Medium mag.
High mag.
Choose slot and folder
 • Live view
Select center focus pt
Zoom On/Off
Low mag.
Medium mag.
High mag.
Not used

Define multi selector center button function.
f3 Multi selector  • Reset meter-off delay
 • Do nothing
 
f4 Assign Fn button

 • Fn button press
Preview
FV Lock
AE/AF lock
AE lock only
AE lock (reset on rel.)
AE lock (hold)
AF lock only
AF-ON *
Flash off
Bracketing burst
Matrix metering
Center-weighted mtr.
Spot metering
Playback
Top item in My Menu
+ NEF (RAW)
Viewfinder virt. horizon *
None
 • Fn button + command dials
Choose image area
Shutter spd & apert. lock
1 step spd / aperture
Choose non-CPU lens
Active D-Lighting *
None

Define the operation of the Fn button both with and without the command dial.
f5 Assign preview button

 • Preview button press
Preview ¹
FV Lock
AE/AF lock
AE lock only
AE lock (reset on rel.)
AE lock (hold)
AF lock only
Flash off
Bracketing burst
Matrix metering
Center-weighted mtr.
Spot metering
Playback *
Top item in My Menu
+ NEF (RAW)
Viewfinder virt. horizon *
None
 • Fn button + command dials
Choose image area
Shutter spd & apert. lock
1 step spd / aperture
Choose non-CPU lens
Active D-Lighting *
None

Define the operation of the DOF Preview button both with and without the command dial.
f6 Assign AE-L/AF-L button  • AE-L/AF-L button press
Preview
FV Lock
AE/AF lock
AE lock only
AE lock (reset on rel.)
AE lock (hold)
AF lock only
AF-ON
Flash off
Bracketing burst
Matrix metering
Center-weighted mtr.
Spot metering
Playback *
Top item in My Menu
+ NEF (RAW)
Viewfinder virt. horizon
None
 • AE-L/AF-L button + dials
Choose image area
Shutter spd & apert. lock
Choose non-CPU lens
None
 
f7 Shutter spd & aperture lock  • Shutter speed lock
On
Off
 • Aperture lock
On
Off
- Available in S and M modes



- Available in A and M modes
f8 Assign BKT button  • Auto bracketing
 • Multiple exposure
 • HDR
 
f9 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
 
f10 Release button to use dial  • Yes
 • No
 
f11 Slot empty rel. lock  • Release locked
 • Enable release
Enable shutter release with no card in camera.
f12 Reverse indicators  • + ---- 0 ---- -
 • - ---- 0 ---- +
 
f13 Assign MB-D12 AF-ON *  • AE-L/AF-L button press
AF-ON
FV Lock
AE/AF lock
AE lock only
AE lock (reset on rel.)
AE lock (hold)
AF lock only
Same as Fn button
 

Custom Settings Menu (g: Movie) *

Option Values / Actions Notes
g1 Assign Fn button  • Fn button press
Pwr apert. (open)
Index marking
View photo info
None
Define Fn button operation in movie mode.
g2Assign Preview button  • Preview button press
Pwr apert. (close)
Index marking
View photo info
None
Define Preview button operation in movie mode.
g3 Assign AE-L/AF-L button  • AE-L/AF-L butt. press
Index marking
View photo info
AE/AF lock
AE lock only
AE lock (hold)
AF lock only
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: 16
Galbertson

Maybe subject expressed before, has anyone tested older legacy glass, 70's manual prime nikkor glass on D800E for overall performance? The resolving power on film was extremely high, the only artifacts in hi res scans was film grain, not flaws in optics, seemingly capable of resolving limits of 36mp sensor. Have never found true test without bias for "new", "best" nikkor glass.

0 upvotes
josikim

Legacy glasses will do just fine! I only have one, which is a 50mm F2 AI. I own the D800E and the resolving power on that little lens is still amazing. It keeps up with my modern Nikkor 35 1.8G, which, according to Dxo is sharper than it's big brother the 35 1.4G. It's definitely not as sharp as, say my 58mm 1.4G, but for an old lens, it really does bring out its best.

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Vmo9

After using this camera for a while, I tried the Canon 5D Mark III and recently made the switch. Auto focus needs improvement, as does the weather proofing. After 30 plus years of being a Nikon fanatic and after the issues with this camera causing countless shipping for maintenance and water seepage I became frustrated and ended not using it as much. Resale value was fair but not what I had thought a camera such as this would bring.

2 upvotes
q8wizard

VMO9 you have the same issue of mine, focusing problem and slight salty water leaked inside and spreads like a cancer in the camera component, it is not a weather nor water sealed and it cant be fixed, now since i have all the top of the lenses and accessories i cant think of switching, so I'm in delma, should i wait for the upgrade or to by the d800e, I'm very loyal to this brand for very long time, i cant think of abandons nikon but i guess as someone said Nikon who is trying to.

1 upvote
Vmo9

It was not easy to switch from Nikon to Canon, especially since I owned every "fast" professional lens Nikon produces. From the fisheye to the 800mm and two 400mm f2.8 lenses, it was a very difficult choice financially and also to end my loyalty to Nikon after 30 years. Selling all of my used gear and basically starting over was an adventure in itself. What I can offer is that since I made the switch the customer service that I've received from Canon has been impressive, as I'm hard on my gear and push the limits. The recent firmware update for my 5D Mark III pushed the standards even higher. It's difficult after purchasing an expensive piece of hardware to give it a thumbs down, as know one wants to admit making a bad decision.

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bdenize

I just got my D800 2 days ago, coming from D7000.
I do not own the very expensive lenses everyone say to be the "MUST" on the D800/E. And that was my very big concern about getting this camera.
I tested it with my 70-300VR and even with my 24-85 AFD. It works just GREAT !
Maybe I unconsciously take a bit more care in holding the camera when shooting. But that is the point also for every amateur... improving the technique.
Still, IMHO... I am very happy I didn't go for the smaller D610. Worth every penny I spent for it. I am VERY happy I did it.
I did my homework of course, and checked the left AF points. All is fine for me.
I found the shutter noise to be a bit kinky compared to D7000... not as "smooth" but it seems normal for FX.
If you are Amateur, go for it and be happy if your budget allows it. You will certainly be with the D800, no matter you need or don't the extra mpx. It is a monster.

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calicam

I agree that to take full advantage of the D800E quality, it demands extra care when shooting and using the best lenses. I'm looking at the Sony A7R for a possible future purchase, maybe easier when backpacking. I also don't care for the very curvy, roundish look of the Nikon and Canon offerings.

0 upvotes
scottstensland

the ON/OFF switch on D800E is less ergonomically pleasing than D300

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aquadream

The review states that best results are obtained from D800/E if best (most expensive) lenses are used, which sounds a bit like a drawback. My experience shows the opposite. Nikon D800E shines the brightest over any other camera I have used when I use just simple plastic zooms like Nikon 28-80/3.3-5.6G
I was not able to get ever sharper immages with any Canon using superior prime lenses than the images I get from nikon D800E with the nikon 28-80/3.3-5.6G lens.
Perhaps the best D800E results will be with the best lenses there are. I also have Nikon 85/1.4G, no questions there. This lens is so sharp that manages to exite some moire and aliasing even when shooting grass.
However D800E produces superior image quality over anything else even with cheap lenses.

I could post some examples.

4 upvotes
mufflon

sound interesting -> i will test that too :)

0 upvotes
munro harrap

There seems to be a kind of failure to realize that the D800 responds very much faster to use than does the 5D MkIII, and that it does not degrade images as do the 5D MkII and 5D MkIII series.
There's no point having the resolution if the 5D Mk II and III smooth away all low contrast detail as they do- certainly in Raw files as well as Jpeg in the 5D MkII.

I would not advise anyone to buy such a camera whose shutter lag is also much greater than its peers. An Old 1Ds is a much better bet if you are a Canon fan, much. No degradation to fine detail (which happens at ALL isos and much much faster response-same as D800 in custom function mode.

I bought a 5D MkII. I was appalled at what it did to the images and the Jpegs are a disgrace-worse than the Basic level off a Nikon with all detail mushed. Well, if you want that, and the finest detail turned to mush in 5dMkII and MkIII RAW files too , as now Dpreview admit(years too late), go ahead, but the D800 is just SO much better -it just is.

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SASpurr

In the 'Final Word' subsection of the 'Overall Conclusions' section it states:-

"Yet, I'd caution anyone who considers buying the D800 or D800E solely, or even primarily because of their ultra-high resolution. Pushing these cameras to achieve their maximum level of detail requires an investment of both time (methodical preparation) and money (the very best lenses Nikon makes)."

The part about which I would like clarification is "...requires an investment of both time...". Is the author referring to additional tasks over and above what one would 'normally' do in taking a picture? If so what are these tasks?
Or does it refer to care in the conduct of normal tasks: use of tripod, select correct depth of field/aperture, exposure delay and remote control to reduce vibration, switch off image stabilisation??

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Joed700

The only reason you want this camera is because you plan to present your photos or make BIG prints. Of course, shooting RAW at all time. You probably want to invest in prime lenses or good zoom like 24-70mm f2.8 or 80-200mm f2.8; 50mm f1.8g... Also, purchasing a photo processing program is a must, like CS6 or similar. If you are a causal shooter who doesn't care about post processing, you are better off getting the D610 for full frame or D7100, D5300...and shoot jpegs.

Also, you really don't need a tripod in many situations. I think Nikon was trying to emphasize the pixel power of this camera by telling people to shoot at a higher shutter speed...

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YogiGX20

When digital cameras reached 14 MP, with the first being the Pentax K20D, criticism was raised, that lenses won't cope. It's now crept up to 24MP for APS-C and the sensors are praised for their detailed pictures. Makes me wonder how great all these new kit lenses must be??? Or it was all just a media hype?
Using a DX lens on a D800 brings the resolution down to about 15MP which is roughly the same pixel pitch as a Nikon D7000 or Pentax K5 - it is also considered the best compromise between pixel size and resolution. So a D800 is basically a full frame version of a 16MP APS-C sensor as far as I understand it.
I think you do need much better glass for a D7100 or D5300 (than a D800) to get the best out of the sensor and a much steadier hand (or fast shutter speeds) for really sharp pictures. Such a high amount of photo sites will pick up any lens movement ....
I reckon if Nikon also produced a "D800" with a 24MP sensor, it'd be more appealing to a wider audience.

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Mike Davis

Regarding the excellent demo of diffraction's impact at various f-stops, on page 25 of this review, where is the photo showing what could have been accomplished using Photoshop ACR sharpening against an f/4 RAW file?

I would very much like to compare sharpening of the f/4 RAW file to sharpening of the f/22 RAW file. Surely, a silk purse made from silk would be more attractive than a silk purse made from a pig's ear.

Link to page 25 of this review: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikon-d800-d800e/25

Mike

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arhmatic

Maybe it's just me, but I see this camesas looking more and more like a melted soap bar. I miss the days when bodies had straight, clean lines. They were also much smaller, for the same full frame film...

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