Pressing the MENU button while in one of the record modes (S, C,
self-timer) will display the shooting menu. It is one of the four
menus (playback, shooting, custom and set up) available on the D1x.
The menus are navigated using the 4-way controller, up and down
to select an option, right to confirm (or enter a sub-menu) and
left to cancel or return to the previous menu. The FUNC button can
also be used (it has the same function as pressing the 4-way controller
to the right).
The Image Quality option allows you to set the current image quality
(RAW, TIFF, JPEG - 3 levels), colour output (colour / B&W), and image
size (Large - 6mp, Medium - 2.7 mp). Note that image quality settings
can also be changed via the FUNC button (default assignment) combined
with the main and sub command dial.
Select White Balance
Auto (4200K - 7000K) - camera evaluates
the scene and automatically selects a white balance
WBPreset (3 settings)
Choosing the WB Preset option displays a second sub-menu which allows
you to program a white balance setting by shooting a gray card, this can
then be recorded in one of the three wb preset memories. White balance
can also be set directly by pressing the WB button and rolling the main
ISO sensitivities can be selected between ISO 125 and 800 in 1/3, 1/2
or 1 EV steps by changing custom function 20. I've used the orange
typeface to indicate a 1 stop increase in sensitivity (though not
strictly true between ISO 125 and ISO 200). Custom function 31 also provides
two additional 'boosted' ISO sensitivities. HI-1 represents approximately
ISO 1600, HI-2 represents approximately ISO 3200. ISO sensitivity can
also be selected by pressing the ISO button on the top of the camera and
rolling the main command dial.
the action for the FUNC button when it's used in combination with
the main and sub-command dial:
Quality - Change the image quality / size.
CSM - Change custom settings.
AF Area - Change AF Area selection.
Lock - Lock shutter speed in shutter priority
or aperture in aperture priority.
AF Area Mode
Selects AF Area Mode:
Dynamic Area AF - When the shutter release
is half-pressed or AF-ON button is pressed the camera first
focuses on the selected focus area, then attempts to track the
focused subject by constantly monitoring all five AF areas.
Single Area AF - When the shutter release
is half-pressed or AF-ON button is pressed the camera focuses
on the selected focus area.
File Seq No.
File number sequencing
Off - Filename numbering is reset to zero
when an empty card is detected (or card is formatted)
On - Filename numbering is sequential,
that is the running number used in the filename is remembered
by the camera even when blank cards are inserted.
Reset - Reset numbering to lowest number
Notable improvements: Clear concise easy
to understand menus with descriptions. The new flexible FUNC button is
a welcome change on the D1x, it allows you to have quick access to a function
you use the most.