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Record Menu

Pressing the MENU button in M-REC mode displays the record menu which displays overlaid on the live scene preview. The menu system is essentially the same as the 990 with the addition of a few new features.

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.

With an option highlighted you can roll the command wheel to change that option's setting or you can press the right cursor to open up the menu and select an option from this expanded menu. For clarity the menus below were captured with a black background, normally the live scene preview would be visible behind the menu.

Record Menu Summary Map

The map below is a summary of menu options in record mode. Click on the menu option heading to jump to more detailed information about the option or simply scroll down to browse through the options (across the next three pages).

  Page One
  White Balance
Auto *
White Bal Preset
Set
Fine
+/-3
Incandescent
+/-3
Fluorescent
FL1, FL2, FL3
Cloudy
+/-3
Speedlight
+/-3
 
  Metering
Matrix *
Spot
Center-Weighted
Spot AF Area
 
  Continuous
Single *
Continuous
Multi-shot 16
VGA Sequence
Ultra HS
Movie
 
  Best Shot Selection
Off *
On
 
  Image Adjustment
Auto *
Normal
More Contrast
Less contrast
Lighten Image
Darken Image
 
  Saturation Control
Maximum
Normal *
Moderate
Minimum
B&W
 
  Lens
Normal *
Wide Adapter
Telephoto 1
Telephoto 2
Fisheye 1
Fisheye 2
Slide Copy Adapter
  Page Two
  User Setting
1 *
2
3
 
  Exposure Options
AE Lock
Off *
On
Reset
EXP +/-
+/-2 EV, 0.3 EV
Exposure Mode
P *
A
S
M
 
  Focus Options
AF Area Mode
Auto *
Manual
Off
Auto-Focus Mode
Continuous AF *
Single AF
Focus Confirmation
MF *
On
Off
Distance Units
m *
ft
 
  Image Sharpening
Auto *
High
Normal
Low
Off
 
  Auto Bracketing
Off *
On
3, +/-0.3
3, +/-0.7
3, +/-1.0
5, +/-0.3
5, +/-0.7
5, +/-1.0
WB Bracketing
 
  Noise Reduction
On
Off *
 
  Reset All
No
Reset
* Factory default setting

Record Menu: Page One

White Balance

The 995'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 Incandescent white balance
 
Taking a white balance preset measurement from a white wall  

The 995 inherits the 990's excellent selection of white balance modes. Especially impressive is the white balance preset which accurate and easy to use and 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. 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 five 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)
Movie (320 x 240 QuickTime Movie at 15fps, max 40 seconds)

Same selection of continuous shooting modes we saw on the 990, VGA sequence and Ultra HS are the two rather unique "burst" exposure modes unique to the 990 and 995. NOTE: If you select Ultra HS or Movie mode the camera automatically locks sensitivity at ISO 200.

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

 

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