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Menus (cont.)

Setup menu

There are very few changes here compared to the D3100 - just a couple of additional languages, and the ability to configure the camera's HDMI output.

A green superscript one (¹) indicates the default setting. Asterisk (*) indicates new or changed from the D3100.

Option Values / Actions Notes
Reset Setup Options  • Yes
 • No
Returns all setup options to default settings
Format memory card  • Yes
 • No
 
LCD brightness*  • LCD brightness
-3 to +3
'Auto Dim' no longer available
Info display format  • Classic
Blue
Black
Orange
 • Graphic
Green
Black
Brown
 
Auto Info Display  • On
 • Off
 
Clean image sensor  • Clean now
 • Clean startup/shutdown
Startup
Shutdown
Startup & Shutdown ¹
Off
 
Mirror lock-up  • Start Locks mirror up for the sole purpose of manually cleaning the sensor
Video Mode  • NTSC
 • PAL ¹
 
HDMI*  • Output Resolution
Auto ¹
480p (progressive)
576p (progressive)
720p (progressive)
1080i (interlaced)
• Device Control
Off ¹
On
 
Flicker reduction  • 50 Hz
 • 60 Hz
 
Time zone and date  • Time zone
Select
 • Date and time
Date set
Time set
 • Date format
yy/mm/dd
mm/dd/yy
dd/mm/yy
 • Daylight saving time
Off
On
 
Language  • Czech*
 • Danish
 • German
 • English
 • Spanish
 • French
 • Indonesian*
 • Italian
 • Dutch
 • Norwegian
 • Polish
 • Portuguese
 • Russian
 • Finnish
 • Swedish
 • Turkish*
 • Chinese Traditional
 • Chinese Simplified
 • Japanese
 • Korean
 
Image comment  • Done
 • Input comment
Text entry
 • Attach comment
When enabled the comment is written into the header of each image.
Auto image rotation  • On ¹
 • Off
 
Dust Off ref photo  • Start
 • Clean sensor and start
Used to capture a 'dust reference image' for the 'Dust Off' feature of Nikon Capture NX/2. (RAW only).
Auto Off Timers  • Short
 • Normal
 • Long
 • Custom
Playback/Menus
Image review
Live View*
Auto meter off
Sets the amount of time before a function or menu screen is deactivated after a period of inactivity, up to a maximum of 5 minutes (Live View), 10 minutes (Playback/Menus, Image Review) or 30 minutes (Auto meter-off)
Self-timer delay  • 2s
 • 10s ¹
The 5 and 20s options of the D3000 have been removed.
Beep  • On ¹
 • Off
 
Rangefinder  • On
 • Off ¹
 
File number sequence  • On
 • Off ¹
 • Reset
 
Buttons  • Self timer/Fn button
Image quality/size
ISO sensitivity ¹
White balance
Active D-Lighting
 • AE-L/AF-L
AE/AF lock¹
AE lock only
AF lock only
AE lock (hold)
AF-ON
 • AE lock
On
Off ¹
 
Slot empty release lock  • Release locked
 • Enable release
 
Date imprint  • Off
 • Date
 • Date and time
 • Date counter
Imprints date information at the bottom right corner of captured images
Storage Folder  • Select folder
 • New
 • Rename
 • Delete
Selects the preferred folder for recording images or creates a new folder on the memory card
GPS  • Auto meter-off
On ¹
Off
 • Position
 
Firmware Version  • Version No.
A x.00
B x.00
L x.00
Information display only.

Retouch menu

The D3100 adds a few useful new features to what's already probably the most comprehensive in-camera processing suite available. You can now correct barrel or pincushion distortion (again for D- and G-type Nikon lenses only), rotate images which aren't quite straight, and apply perspective correction (most obviously to fix converging verticals when pointing a wide angle lens up or down).

Option Values / Actions Notes
D-Lighting  • Select image
Normal
Low
High
 
Red-eye correction  • Select image Corrects redeye automatically in portraits. Ignores images that do not contain faces
Trim  • Select image
Zoom / Scroll
Aspect ratio
 
Monochrome  • Black-and-white  
Select image
 • Sepia
Select image
Lighter/Darker
 • Cyanotype
Select image
Lighter/Darker
'Lighter/Darker' changes saturation of toning in Sepia and Cyanotype modes
Filter effects  • Skylight 
Select image
 • Warm filter
Select image
 • Red intensifier
Select image
 • Green intensifier
Select image
 • Blue intensifier
Select image
 • Cross screen
Number of points
Filter amount
Filter angle
Length of points
 • Soft
Low
Normal
High
 
Color balance  • Select image
Adjust color
 
Small picture  • Select image
 • Choose size
640x480
320x240
160x120
 
Image overlay  • Image 1
 • Image 2
 • Preview
 
NEF (RAW) processing  • Select image
 • Choose parameters
Image quality
Image size
White Balance
Exposure comp.
Set Picture Control
Execute
 
Quick retouch  • Select image
 • Select level
Normal
Low
High
Automatically adjusts contrast and saturation
Straighten* • Select image
Adjust
+/- 5° rotation in 0.25° increments
Distortion Control*  • Auto
 • Manual
 
Color outline  • Select image
 
Perspective Control*  • Select image
Adjust
Adjust horizontal and vertical perspective (+/-20 scale)
Miniature effect  • Select image
Adjust
 
Edit movie  • Choose start point
 • Choose end point
 • Save selected frame
 

Recent settings/My menu

To help speed up the use of such long menus, the D3100 allows fast access to commonly-used menu options by grouping the twenty most recently used settings in the 'Recent Settings' menu. Because this menu is fluid, it is less versatile than a customizable 'My Menu'-type tab, of the sort found in Nikon's higher level DSLRs; the advantage is that it requires no user intervention.

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sarath cp

nikon d3100 is an intermediate dslr? right? i saw a post about guides for buying a dslr on www.know4u.com
actually they says that there is too much to investigate before buying one... is that true always..? the link is http://know4u.com/dslr%20photography/How%20to%20Choose%20a%20DSLR%20Camera/How%20to%20Choose%20a%20DSLR%20Camera.html

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whodat101

Looking at the comparison, it appears to my novice mind that the d3100 has in most areas slightly better specs than the d5000. Since I am looking at both of these cameras, would appreciate comments. The 3100 is on sale at the local camera shop; the 5000 is available on Craiglist at a considerably lower price, but is of course used.

Also; packed away I have two nikon entry level cameras from the early 1980's with quite a few E series lenses. The E series lens was standard on the two cameras. Will these work on the 3100 and 5000, and if so, are there problems in compatibility such as auto-focus, etc.

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Flight815

D3100 is a great camera. i bought another one recently new from Target..dont need anything newer or more $$$ this thing is just perfect.I think it only auto focuses with Nikon AF-S..you'll have to read up on 3rd party lenses for af.

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