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Rear of camera controls

The "QUICK" button looks a little out of place and almost an after thought (it's even a different shape, why?). Otherwise the control layout is exactly the same as the 990 so the 995 would have a familiar feel to 990 owners, everything is logically laid out and most buttons have multiple functions when combined with the command wheel, which sits comfortably under your thumb.

Button functions (A-REC record mode)

Button
Press button
QUICK Quick review:

• Press once for quarter screen "quick review" of last shot.
• Press again for full screen review of last shot.
• Half-press of shutter release cancels review mode.
MONITOR Switches LCD display between:

• Monitor Off
• Monitor On, settings hidden
• Monitor On, settings shown
MENU Enters menu for current mode
W / T Zoom towards Wide (38 mm) or Tele (152 mm)
No action
Select auto focus mode:

• Normal AF
• Landscape (Infinity lock)
• Macro Focus
• Macro Focus + Self Timer
Switches through each flash mode (flash must be released first):

• Auto Flash
• Anti-Redeye
• Fill-in Flash
• Slow Sync

Button &
Press button Hold button and turn
command wheel
QUAL Select image quality:

• FINE (4:1 JPEG)
• NORMAL (8:1 JPEG)
• BASIC (16:1 JPEG)

Select image size:

• Full (2048 x 1536)
• UXGA (1600 x 1200)
• SXGA (1280 x 960)
• XGA (1024 x 768)
• VGA (640 x 480)
• 3:2 (2048 x 1360)

Button functions (M-REC record mode)

Button
Press button
QUICK Quick review:

• Press once for quarter screen "quick review" of last shot.
• Press again for full screen review of last shot.
• Half-press of shutter release cancels review mode.
MONITOR Switches LCD display between:

• Monitor Off
• Monitor On, settings hidden
• Monitor On, settings shown
MENU Enters menu for current mode (see next section of review)
W / T Zoom towards Wide (38 mm) or Tele (152 mm)
Select AF spot:

If "AF Area Mode" is set to Manual then pressing the 4-way direction pad selects the AF area spot, current spot is indicated on the main LCD by a red bracket. Unfortunately there's no way to "lock" this control and I found myself accidentally knocking it onto the wrong AF spot on several occasions.

Button
Press button Hold button and turn
command wheel
Select auto focus mode:

• Normal AF
• Landscape (Infinity lock)
• Macro Focus
• Macro Focus + Self Timer
Manual focus (metric): *

2 - 26 cm in 1 cm steps

0.28, 0.30, 0.32, 0.35, 0.40, 0.45, 0.5, 0.6, 0.7, 0.8, 0.9, 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5, 1.7, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 7.0, 10.0 m, Infinity
Select flash mode:
(flash must be released first)

• Auto Flash
• Anti-Redeye
• Fill-in Flash
• Slow Sync

Select sensitivity setting:

• Auto
• 800 (displayed in red)
• 400
• 200
• 100

QUAL

Select image quality:

• HI (TIFF)
• FINE (4:1 JPEG)
• NORMAL (8:1 JPEG)
• BASIC (16:1 JPEG)

Select image size:

• Full (2048 x 1536)
• UXGA (1600 x 1200)
• SXGA (1280 x 960)
• XGA (1024 x 768)
• VGA (640 x 480)
• 3:2 (2048 x 1360)

NOTES: Sensitivity is locked at ISO 200 if you use Ultra HS or Movie continuous shooting modes. The internal flash is disabled in any continuous mode.

The 995, just like the 990 before it, is the king of control. You can set and control almost anything without needing to go into the menu system. This is a boon for those who "shoot from the hip" and need to be able to quickly switch settings. Notable additions here are the new image size modes (UXGA / SXGA) and the new ISO 800 sensitivity mode (which interestingly shows up in RED on the main LCD screen to indicate that there is likely to be a good degree of noise at this setting.

I was sorry to see Nikon haven't added an easy way to lock the 4-way direction pad or the AF focus point, the 4-way pad is located so close to the edge of the body it's just too easy to knock or press it accidentally and change the AF spot (obviously this is only a problem if you use "AF Area Mode" of Manual).

Button functions (PLAY mode)

Button
Press button
QUICK No action
MONITOR Switches LCD display between:

• Monitor Off
• Monitor On, details hidden
• Monitor On, details shown
MENU Enters play menu (see next section of review)
W • Press once for 2 x 2 thumbnail view
• Press again for 3 x 3 thumbnail view
T • Press to magnify image, magnification levels: 1.2x - 6.0x in 0.2x steps.
• Once magnified use the 4-way direction pad to scroll.
Browse images:

• Left/Up - Previous image
• Right/Down - Next image
Movie playback (paused):

• Left/Up - Previous frame
• Right/Down - Next frame

The up/down buttons are also used for "marking" images in any of the contact sheet selection modes (multi-delete, protect, hide, print set, auto transfer select).

Delete image:

• Displays "delete yes/no" question

Toggle thumbnail view:

• Press once: 2 x 2 thumbnail view
• Press again: 3 x 3 thumbnail view
Movie playback:

• Pause movie
QUAL
Browse images:

No action
Movie playback:

• Play movie

Looks complicated, but it's all pretty logical. Once you get the hang of the playback controls it's easy to quickly navigate your way around, Nikon have added thumbnail view function to the "wide" zoom button (which is logical and in line with other manufacturers). They have also changed the order of thumbnail view; it now goes from 4 to 9 rather than 9 to 4 of the 990. In play back magnify mode you now have 1.5x more magnification (6.0x vs. 4.0x) which helps to check those fine details.

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