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Menus

The D5000 inherits the menu system that appears on the D90 and all cameras above, including the extensive but carefully color-coded Custom Settings Menus. It's the eternal struggle between keeping the camera unintimidating and offering lots of customization. The Nikon system is one of the better examples we've seen.

Help pages

Like most recent Nikons, the D5000 has a '?' button that offers a snippet of advice about the action of each setting or parameter. Explanations are even offered for settings that are essentially self-explanatory but it does mean that you can learn the camera as you go, without having to carry the manual around.

Playback menu

Option Values / Actions Notes
Delete  • Selected
 • Select Date
 • All
- Thumbnail selection
Playback folder  • D5000
 • All
 • Current
 
Display mode  • Done
 • Highlights
 • RGB Histogram
 • Data
 
Image review  • Off
 • On
 
Rotate tall  • On
 • Off
When enabled portrait shots appear vertically orientated.
Slide show  • Start
 • Frame interval
2 sec
3 sec
5 sec
10 sec
 
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
Scene mode  • Night landscape
 • Party/indoor
 • Beach/snow
 • Sunset
 • Dusk/dawn
 • Pet portrait
 • Candlelight
 • Blossom
 • Autumn colors
 • Food
 • Silhouette
 • High key
 • Low key
Select which scene mode is used when the mode dial is set to SCENE (grayed-out at all other times)
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
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)
 • Portrait
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)
• Landscape
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)
 • [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
Image quality  • NEF (RAW) + JPEG Fine
 • NEF (RAW) + JPEG Normal
 • NEF (RAW) + JPEG Basic
 • NEF (RAW)
 • JPEG Fine
 • JPEG Normal ¹
 • JPEG Basic
Select image quality.
Image size  • Large ¹
 • Medium
 • Small
- 4288 x 2848 / 12.2 M
- 3216 x 2136 / 6.9 M
- 2144 x 1424 / 3.1 M
White balance  • Auto ¹
 • Incandescent
 • Fluorescent
1 Sodium-vapor lamps
2 Warm-white fluorescent
3 White fluorescent
4 Cool-white fluorescent
5 Day white fluorescent
6 Daylight fluorescent
7 High temp mercury-vapor
 • Direct Sunlight
 • Flash
 • Cloudy
 • Shade
 • Preset manual
- A-B, G-M grid to fine tune WB
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- Select / program preset WB
ISO sensitivity settings  • ISO sensitivity
Auto
LO 1
LO 0.7
LO 0.3
200 ¹
250
320
400
500
640
800
1000
1250
1600
2000
2500
3200
HI 0.3
HI 0.7
HI 1
 • ISO sensitivity auto control
On / Off ¹
Maximum sensitivity
400
800
1600
3200 ¹
HI 1
Minimum shutter speed
1/2000 - 1 sec
 
Active D-Lighting  • Auto ¹
 • Extra High
 • High
 • Normal
 • Low
 • Off
 
Auto distortion control  • Off  ¹
 • On
 
Color Space  • sRGB ¹
 • Adobe RGB
 
Long exp. NR  • On
 • Off ¹
Enables dark frame subtraction NR for exposures of 1/2 sec or longer.
High ISO NR  • High
 • Normal¹
 • Low
 • Off
 
Active folder  • Select Folder
 • New
 • Rename
 • Delete
 
Movie Settings • Quality
1280 x 720 (16:9)
640 x 424 (3:2)
320 x 216 (3:2)
 • Sound
On
Off
 
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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