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Menus

The menu system of the D3S is extremely similar to the D3 and D3X, and the only obvious difference is the addition of some new video-specific settings. The organization of the lengthy menu system is fundamentally unchanged, and the D3S has the same 'my menu' tab into which often-used settings can be corralled for convenience.

Shooting / CSM menu banks

When working in the Shooting or CSM menus you are in actual fact changing the settings of a 'menu bank'. There are four banks for each of the Shooting and Custom function menus; A to D, each bank can be given a more meaningful label and the currently selected bank letter is indicated on the top control panel for quick reference. This is very useful for quickly switching between a type of shot or situation.

Help pages

The D3S features the same help screens as all current high-end Nikon DSLRs, and when a ? symbol is displayed next to a menu option, pressing and holding the corresponding button on the rear of the camera brings up a text explanation of the function. Not all settings have corresponding help text, but most of those that don't are reasonably self-explanatory.

Playback menu

Option Values / Actions Notes
Delete  • Selected
 • All
- Thumbnail selection
Playback folder  • NCD3S
 • All
 • Current
 
Hide image  • Select / set
 • Deselect all?
Hide image allows you to remove selected images from the normal image review interface, and place them in the Hide Image menu, where they are protected from deletion (but not from formatting).
Display mode  • Basic photo info
Focus point
 • Detailed photo info
Highlights
RGB Histogram
Data
Allows you to toggle different items of information shown in either basic or detailed photo display modes.
Copy image(s)  • Select image(s)
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Deselect all
Select all images
Select protected images
 • Select destination folder
Select folder by number
Select folder from list
 • Copy image(s)?
Yes
No
 
Image review  • Off
 • On
Selects whether a captured image appears on the rear LCD screen after it has been taken
After delete  • Show next
 • Show previous
 • Continue as before
 
Rotate tall  • On
 • Off
When enabled portrait shots appear vertically orientated.
Slide show  • Start
 • Frame interval
2 sec
3 sec
5 sec
10 sec
 • Audio playback
On
Frame interval
Length of voice memo
Off
 
Print set (DPOF)  • Select / set
 • Deselect all?
- Thumbnail selection

Shooting menu

A green superscript one (¹) indicates the default setting.

Option Values / Actions Notes / Sub options
Shooting menu bank  • A ¹
 • B
 • C
 • D
 • Rename
Text entry

Four banks of settings can be memorized and quickly switched, each bank can be labeled (see above).

Reset shooting menu  • Yes
 • No
 
Extended Menu Banks  • New folder number
 • Select folder
Select 'on' to include exposure mode, shutter speed (modes S and M only), and aperture (modes A and M only) in the information recorded in each of the four shooting menu banks, to be recalled whenever the bank is selected.
Active folder  • Select folder by number
 • Select folder from list
 
File naming  • File naming
Text entry
Change name prefix (default DSC).
Slot 2  • Overflow ¹
 • Backup
 • RAW Slot 1 - JPEG Slot 2
 
Image quality  • NEF (RAW) + JPEG Fine
 • NEF (RAW) + JPEG Normal
 • NEF (RAW) + JPEG Basic
 • NEF (RAW)
 • TIFF (RGB)
 • JPEG Fine
 • JPEG Normal ¹
 • JPEG Basic
Select image quality.
Image size  • Large ¹
 • Medium
 • Small
- 4256 x 2832 / 12.1 M
- 3184 x 2120 / 6.8 M
- 2128 x 1416 / 3.0 M
Image area  • Auto DX crop
On ¹
Off
 • Choose image area
FX format (36x24) ¹
1.2x (30x20) 
DX format (24x16)
5:4 (30x24)
 
JPEG compression  • Size priority ¹
 • Optimal quality
 
NEF (RAW) recording  • Type
Lossless compressed ¹
Compressed
Uncompressed
 • NEF (RAW) bit depth
12-bit ¹
14-bit
Set the type of compression used in the NEF file as well as the bit-depth recorded. Note that 14-bit NEF files are about 1.3 times larger than 12-bit NEF.
White balance  • Auto ¹
 • Incandescent
 • Fluorescent
 • Direct Sunlight
 • Flash
 • Cloudy
 • Shade
 • Choose color temp.
 • Preset manual
- A-B, G-M grid to fine tune WB
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- "
- "
- "
- "
- "
- 2500 K - 10000 K
- Select / program preset WB
Set Picture Control  • Standard
Quick adjust (-2 to +2)
Sharpening (A, 0 to 9)
Contrast (A, -3 to +3)
Brightness (-1 to +1)
Saturation (A, -3 to +3)
Hue (-3 to +3)
 • Neutral
Quick adjust (-2 to +2)
Sharpening (A, 0 to 9)
Contrast (A, -3 to +3)
Brightness (-1 to +1)
Saturation (A, -3 to +3)
Hue (-3 to +3)
 • Vivid
Quick adjust (-2 to +2)
Sharpening (A, 0 to 9)
Contrast (A, -3 to +3)
Brightness (-1 to +1)
Saturation (A, -3 to +3)
Hue (-3 to +3)
 • Monochrome
Sharpening (A, 0 to 9)
Contrast (A, -3 to +3)
Brightness (-1 to +1)
Filter (Off, Y, O, R, G)
Toning (10 options)
 • [custom]
- Default (3, 0, 0, 0, 0)






- Default (2, 0, 0, 0, 0)






- Default (4, 0, 0, 0, 0)






- Default (3, 0, 0, 0, 0)
Manage Picture Control  • Save/edit
 • Rename
 • Delete
 • Load/save

- Create custom Picture Control sets


- Load / save from card

Color Space  • sRGB ¹
 • Adobe RGB
 
Active D-Lighting  •Auto
 • Extra High
 • High
 • Normal
 • Low
 • Off ¹
 
Vignette Control *  • High
 • Normal¹
 • Low
 • Off
New feature applies in-camera masking to reduce corner shading (also tags NEF files for CaptureNX's new vignette correction controls)
Long exp. NR  • On
 • Off ¹
Enables dark frame subtraction NR for exposures of 1/2 sec or longer.
High ISO NR  • High
 • Normal
 • Low
 • Off ¹
 
ISO sensitivity settings  • ISO
LO 1
LO 0.7
LO 0.3
200 ¹
250
320
400
500
640
800
1000
1250
1600
2000
2500
3200
4000
5000
6400
8000
10000
12800
HI 0.3
HI 0.7
HI 1
HI 2
HI 3
 • ISO sensitivity auto control
On / Off ¹
Maximum sensitivity
400
500
640
800
1000
1250
1600
2000
2500
3200
4000
5000
6400
8000
10000
12800 ¹
Hi 0.3
Hi 0.7
Hi 1
Hi 2
HI 3
Minimum shutter speed
1/4000 - 1 sec

Available sensitivities depend on ISO step custom setting (CSM b2).

Full range: LO 1 = ISO 100 to HI 3 = ISO 102400

Live view  • Live view mode
Hand-held
Tripod
 • Release mode
Single frame
Continuous low-speed
Continuous high-speed

- Phase detect AF
- Contrast detect AF
Multiple exposure  • Multiple exposure mode
Off
On (series)
On (single photo)
 • Number of shots
2 - 10
 • Auto gain
On
Off
Create a new image from between two and ten exposures.
Movie Settings  • Quality
1280x720(16:9)
640x424 (4:3)
320x216 (3:2)
 • Microphone
Auto sensitivity
High sensitivity
Medium sensitivity
Low sensitivity
Off
 • Destination
Slot 1
Slot 2
 •High sensitivity movie mode
Off
On
 
Interval timer shooting  • Start
Now
Start time
 • Interval
[hh:mm:ss]
 • Select Intvl*Shots
[000] x [0] = 0001
 • Start
Off
On
Time lapse / interval shooting.

 

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