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Record Menu

Pressing the MENU button in CSM mode displays the record menu which displays overlaid on the live scene preview. The menu system is essentially the same as the 995, except that the SETUP menu now has a separate position on the mode dial.

The menu is split over two "pages" which can be accessed by pressing MENU, cursor off the page (press left) and cursor down, or simply scrolling down to the bottom of one page and onto the next. * Cursor refers to the 4-way direction pad.

For clarity the menus below were captured with a black background, normally the live scene preview would be visible behind the menu. Much of what you'll see below is identical to the 995.

Record Menu: Page One

White Balance

The 885's White Balance menu allows you to select from Auto white balance, one of the five pre-programmed white balance settings as well as custom white balance preset. Rolling the command wheel with a pre-programmed white balance highlighted allows you to fine tune the white balance by 7 levels (+/-3) for fluorescent white balance you can choose from one of three tube types.

Select white balance Fine tuning Fine (daylight) white balance

Kudos to Nikon for not skimping on white balance, one of the most important factors in quality digital photography and often overlooked by many manufacturers. The ability to fine-tune the pre-programmed white balance settings, this is especially useful for mapping to the lights most commonly used in your environment.

Metering

Select metering mode:

Matrix (256-segment matrix metering)
Spot (meters only a small central portion of the image as indicated on the LCD preview)
Center-Weighted (meters the entire frame but weights 80% to the central quarter)
Spot AF Area (spot meters only in the selected AF Area - works for manually or automatically selected AF areas).

Again, an excellent range of metering options, Nikon's 256-segment matrix metering produces consistent accurate and well "measured" (slightly underexposing where appropriate) exposures. It's so good you can't even fool it with strong backlight. Spot AF area metering is especially useful if you wish to take a spot meter from the same area of the frame as focusing.

Continuous

Select one of four continuous shooting modes:
Single
Continuous (shoots as many full size shots as possible - about 1.5fps, max 5 frames)
Multi-shot 16 (sixteen 512 x 384 images onto a full frame image)
VGA Sequence (640 x 480 at about 2fps, max 44 frames - NORMAL quality)
Ultra HS (320 x 240 at very high speed 30fps - each batch saved into its own folder)

Best Shot Selection

Enables or disables Best-Shot Selection mode. In this mode the camera shoots continuously as long as the shutter release button is held down (for a maximum of 10 images) then selects the sharpest image and saves this to the CF card.

The flash cannot be used in conjunction with BSS

Image Adjustment

Enables in-camera post-processing filters which adjust the brightness and contrast of the image after it's taken but before it's written to the CF card.

Auto - Camera automatically chooses an image adjustment
More / Less Contrast - adjust contrast
Lighten / Darken Image - adjust brightness

Image Sharpening

This option gives you control over the cameras sharpening algorithm which is applied before the image is saved.

Auto - camera automatically selects sharpening setting based on scene content and other settings.
High - sets sharpening to High
Normal - sets sharpening to Normal
Low - sets sharpening to Low
Off- disables in-camera sharpening

Lens

Switches the camera into special modes depending on the optional lens attachment used. Each of these modes is intended to work with Nikon Coolpix lenses. Additionally there's now support for Nikon's own Slide Copy adapter.

Details of these optional lenses can be found in the Nikon Accessories section of this review.

 

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