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Menus

The D80's menus follow a similar layout to previous Nikon digital SLR's but now have the same updated, sophisticated appearance we first saw on the D200. Navigation remains the same, the four-way controller and OK button. Another new feature is the 'shadow' left behind when you move from the current setting to a new one, it's a useful reminder.

Help pages

The D80 gets the same in-camera help facility we first saw on the D2X and then the D200. In menus the question mark icon (?) indicates that help is available for the currently selected item, just press the help button beside the LCD monitor to see a context sensitive help page. In addition the D80 also provides a help page in shooting mode for Auto and Vari-program exposure modes (as shown below).

Shooting Menu

The shooting menu defines most of the important / high-level parameters for the camera, these include image processing, image size, quality and noise reduction as well as white balance and ISO sensitivity. It's worth noting that image size/quality, white balance and ISO sensitivity can be set using the shortcut buttons beside the LCD monitor, without entering the menu.

Option Values / Actions Notes / Sub options
Optimize image  • Normal
 • Softer
 • Vivid
 • More vivid
 • Portrait
 • Custom
Done
Image sharpening
Auto
Normal (0)
Low (-2)
Medium low (-1)
Medium high (+1)
High (+2)
None
Tone compensation
Auto 
Normal (0)
Less contrast (-2)
Medium low (-1)
Medium high (+1)
More contrast (+2)
Custom
Color mode
Ia (sRGB)  
II (Adobe RGB)
IIIa (sRGB)
Saturation
Auto
Normal (0) 
Moderate (-)
Enhanced (+)
Hue adjustment
-9° to +9°
 • Black and white
Standard
Custom
Done
Image sharpening
Tone compensation
Filter effects
Off
Yellow
Orange
Red
Green
Select image parameters from one of the six presets or define your own custom set [clip]
Image quality  • NEF (RAW)
 • JPEG fine
 • JPEG normal  
 • JPEG basic
 • NEF (RAW) + JPEG fine
 • NEF (RAW) + JPEG normal
 • NEF (RAW) + JPEG basic
Select image quality. [clip]
Image size  • Large 
 • Medium
 • Small
- 3872 x 2592 / 10.0M [clip]
- 2896 x 1944 / 5.6M
- 1936 x 1296 / 2.5M
White balance  • Auto 
 • Incandescent
 • Fluorescent
 • Direct sunlight
 • Flash
 • Cloudy
 • Shade
 • Choose color temp.
 • White bal. preset
- Menu to fine tune WB (-3 to +3)
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- 2500 K - 9900 K
- Select / program preset WB
ISO  • Auto
 • 100
 • 125
 • 160
 • 200
 • 250
 • 320
 • 400
 • 500
 • 640
 • 800
 • 1000
 • 1250
 • 1600
 • HI 0.3 (~ISO 2000)
 • HI 0.7 (~ISO 2500)
 • HI 1.0 (~ISO 3200)
- Auto / Vari-program modes only

(Auto ISO is available in P, A, S and M modes but only through CSM 07)
Long exposure NR  • Off 
 • On
Enables dark frame subtraction NR for exposures of 1/2 sec or longer.
High ISO NR  • Normal  
 • Low
 • High
 • Off
- NR at ISO 400 or above [clip]
- "
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- NR at HI ISO's only (minimal)
Multiple exposure  • Done
 • Number of shots
2 - 3
 • Auto gain
On
Off
Create a new image from between two and ten exposures.
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