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Menus

The D5100 uses a similar, but not identical menu system that we've seen on most recent Nikon DSLRs. There are a lot of functions and options to choose from but despite the comprehensiveness the menus are reasonably comprehensible and navigable, thanks to Nikon's sensible categorization and color-coding.

Playback Menu

Option Values / Actions Notes
Delete  • Selected
 • Select date
 • All
- Thumbnail selection
- Select images by date
Playback folder  • D5100
 • All
 • Current
 
Playback Display Options  • None (image only)
 • Highlights
 • RGB histogram
 • Shooting data
 • Overview
Allows you to toggle different items of information shown in either basic or detailed photo display modes.
Image review  • On
 • Off
 
Rotate tall  • On
 • Off
When enabled portrait shots appear vertically orientated.
Slide show  • Start
 • Frame interval
2 sec
3 sec
5 sec
10 sec
 
DPOF Print  • Select / set
 • Deselect all
- Thumbnail selection

Shooting Menu

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

Option Values / Actions Notes / Sub options
Reset shooting menu  • Yes
 • No
 
Storage folder  • Select folder by number
 • Select folder from list
- Create new folder.
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
- 4928 x 3264 / 16.1 M
- 3696 x 2448 / 9.0 M
- 2464 x 1632 / 4.0 M
White balance  • Auto ¹
Normal
Keep warm light colors
 • 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
 • Choose color temp.
 • Preset manual (d0-4)
- 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)
 • 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)
- 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
Auto Distortion Control  • On
 • Off ¹
 
Color Space  • sRGB ¹
 • Adobe RGB
 
Active D-Lighting  • Auto
 • Extra High
 • High
 • Normal
 • Low
 • Off ¹
 
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
6400
HI 0.3
HI 0.7
HI 1
HI 2
 • ISO sensitivity auto control
On / Off ¹
Maximum sensitivity
200
400
800
1600
3200
6400
HI 1
HI 2
Minimum shutter speed
1/4000 - 1 sec
Available sensitivities depend on ISO step custom setting (CSM b1).
Release Mode • Single frame
• Continuous
• 2 seconds self-timer
• 2 seconds delayed remote
• Quick-response remote
• Quiet shutter release
 
Multiple exposure • Done
• Number of shots
2 – 3
• Auto gain
On
Off
Create a new image from two or three exposures
Movie settings  • Quality
1920x1080, 30fps, high
1920x1080, 30fps, normal
1920x1080, 24fps, high
1920x1080, 24fps, normal
1280x720, 30fps, high
1280x720, 30fps, normal
1280x720, 24fps, high
1280x720, 24fps, normal
640x424, 30fps, high
640x424, 30fps, normal
 • Microphone
Auto sensitivity (A)
High sensitivity (3)
Normal sensitivity (2)
Low sensitivity (1)
Microphone 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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