Auto Menu

The only menu options available in Auto exposure mode are Set-Up and User setting. Selecting the User setting option allows you to change to Scene or one of the Custom modes.

Scene Menu

Pressing the MENU button with the Scene user setting selected displays the scene mode selection menu. Each scene mode is represented by an icon, use the multi selector to select the required scene mode then press the SET button to select that mode. A shortcut to selecting Scene mode is to hold the FUNC button and turn the command dial. The current scene mode is indicated by SCE1 - SCEc on the Control Panel display.

Each scene mode is described below.

Scene modes

Scene exposure mode offers the same number of menu options (camera control) as Auto, that is: Image Quality, Image Size and Exposure Compensation. Other notes are:

  • White balance is set to AUTO or a pre-programmed preset
  • Flash mode can be changed (depends on scene mode, see table below)
  • Some scene modes use an image adjustment (S-curve / tone) to enhance the image
  • AF assist lamp is enabled in all modes
Scene Mode Flash mode Focus mode / note Notes
(from Coolpix 8700 manual)

• Red-eye reduction
+ Any
• Any Use for portraits. Main subject stands out clearly while background details are softened, lending composition sense of depth.

• Red-eye reduction
+ Any
• Any Use for shots that include details of the background, or to capture the effects of candlelight and other indoor background lighting. *

Night Portrait
• Red-eye reduction • Auto
• Self-timer
Use for shots that provide natural balance between main subject and background when shooting portraits under low light. NR. **

• Auto
+ Any
• Any Captures the brightness of such subjects as snowfields, beaches, or sunlit expanses of water.

• Flash cancel • Landscape (infinity)
• Self-timer
Use for vivid landscape shots that enhance outlines, colors, and contrast in such subjects as skyscapes and forests.

• Flash cancel
+ Any
• Auto
• Self-timer
Preserves the deep hues seen in sunsets and sunrises. *

Night Landscape
• Flash Cancel • Landscape (infinity)
• Self-timer
Use when taking landscape shots a night. NR. **

Fireworks Show
• Flash Cancel • Landscape (infinity)

A slow shutter speed is used to produce stunning night landscapes. NR. **

Close up
• Flash cancel
+ Any
• Macro
• Self-timer
Use for close-up shots of flowers, insects, and other small objects. Focus area can be selected. *

• Flash cancel
+ Any
• Any Provides clear pictures of text or drawings on a white board or in printed matter such as a business card.

Back Light
• Flash Fill • Auto
• Macro + Self-timer
Use when light is coming from behind a portrait subject, throwing their features into shadow, or when the subject is in the shade but the background is brightly lit. The flash will fire automatically to �fill in� (illuminate) shadows.

Panorama Assist
• Flash cancel
+ Any
• Any Use when taking a series of pictures that will later be joined to form a single scene (for example, a panorama or 360 � virtual-reality image).

* Support camera with both hands, brace elbows against your torso.
** Use a tripod or place the camera on a level surface such as a wall or table.

Custom mode: My Menu (default)

Pressing the MENU button in one of the manual record modes (P, S, A or M) displays the "My Menu" over the current live view. This menu has five options which can be customized by the user to best fit their shooting style or situation. By default this menu has the options seen on the left.

Select the 'Show all menus' option to revert to the full Shooting menu (described below).

Custom mode: Full Menu

The full record menu is split across three pages, use the multi selector to move up and down options, certain options can be changed by rolling the main dial, otherwise press the right arrow to enter a sub-menu and change a setting.

Full Custom Menu

Custom Menu Options Notes
White Balance  • Auto
 • White Balance Preset
 • Fine *
 • Incandescent *
 • Fluorescent *
 • Cloudy *
 � Speedlight (Flash) *
 � Shade *

Choose the current white balance mode, those white balance settings marked with a * can be fine tuned +/-3 levels.

Metering  • Matrix
 • Spot
 • Center-Weighted Average
 • Spot AF Area
- 256-segment matrix metering
- Meters only a small central portion
- 80% to the central quarter
- Spot meter only selected AF area
Continuous Mode

 • Single
 • Continuous H
 • Continuous L
 • Multi-Shot 16
 • Ultra HS
 • 5 shot buffer
 • Time lapse
 • Movie

- Approx. 2.5 fps
- Approx. 1.2 fps
- 16 816x612 frames on an image
- TV (640x480), 30 fps, 100 images
- 1 fps, stores last 5 images in a burst
- Records a frame at set intervals
- Movie clips (up to 3 mins)
Best Shot Selector  • Off
 • On
 • Exposure BSS
Highlight BSS
Shadow BSS
Histogram BSS

(Five frames)
- Smallest overexposure select
- Smallest underexposure select
- Smallest over/underexposure select
Image Adjustment

 • Auto
 • Normal
 • More Contrast
 • Less Contrast
Sets tone parameters for cameras internal image processing algorithm. Note the removal of the brightness settings.
Saturation Control
 • +2 Maximum
 • +1 Enhanced
 • 0 Normal
 • -1 Moderate
 • -2 Minimum
 • Black & White
Sets colour saturation parameters for cameras internal image processing algorithm
User Setting  • Auto
 • Scene
 • Custom 1
 • Custom 2
User memories
Image Sharpening
 • Auto
 • High
 • Normal
 • Low
 • Off
Controls the camera's internal sharpening algorithm

 • Normal
 • Wide Adapter
 • Telephoto
 • Fisheye

- WC-E80 (0.8x)
- TC-E15ED (1.5x)
- FC-E9 (0.2x)
Exposure Options  • AE Lock - Off, On, Reset
 • Bulb/Time
Bulb release
Timed release
30 sec
1 min
3 min
5 min
10 min

- Maximum 10 minutes
- Define the length of next exposure
Focus Options  • AF Area Mode
 • Auto-focus Mode
Continuous AF
Single AF
 • Focus Confirmation
Manual Focus
This menu provides you with control over the way the camera selects the AF area mode, whether it evaluates auto focus all the time (continuous) or just when you half-press the shutter release and when focus confirmation (LCD image sharpening effect) is used.
Zoom Options  • Digital Tele
 • Fixed Aperture
 • Zoom Speed
- Enable or disable digital zoom

- Maintain fixed aperture in A / M mode

- Control zoom speed
- Starts fast
- Starts slow gets faster while held
Speedlight Options  • Pop Up
 • Flash Exp. Compensation
+/-2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps
 • Speedlight Control
Internal & External Active
Internal Off

- Flash pop-up when needed
- Pop-up when flash button pressed

- External or Internal flash fired
- Both fired at same time
- Internal flash turned off
Auto Bracketing
 • Off
 • Auto Bracketing
3, +/-0.3
3, +/-0.7
3, +/-1.0
5, +/-0.3
5, +/-0.7
5, +/-1.0
 • WB Bracketing
Noise Reduction  • Off
 • On
When set to 'On' the camera will use dark frame subtraction to remove noise from exposures of 1/4 sec or longer.
Reset  • No
 • Reset
Resets current User setting to defaults
My Menu  • White balance >
 • Image quality/size >
 • Continuous >
 • Sensitivity>
 • Metering >
Each 'My Menu' position can be re-programmed to any one of the main menu options
CF card format  • No
 • Format
Set-Up Enters the Set-Up menu