Menus cont.

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.