Play Mode & Menus

Scrolling through images in play mode is relatively quick, the use of a "rough thumbnail" before the display of a cleaner image (and/or histogram) means you can move from one image to another and interrupt the loading of the full image data. It's not as fast as Kodak's DCS cameras, but about as fast as you could press the 4-way controller. Which brings me to another suggestion, wouldn't it have been logical to use the main command dial as device for scrolling through images, it's a far more natural (and quicker) way to browse through a large number of images.

Record review display

Above are examples of two different review displays, through custom setting 27 you can choose four different review display modes, though most users will probably choose option 3 which displays a quarter size image review, capture information, histogram and blinking overexposed areas. While the review image is displayed it's possible to press the DEL button to delete the image before it's saved. Note that review display is only active in Single-frame servo mode (S).

Through custom setting 1 you can if you wish have the camera prompt you to save after each image (not something your average D1 shooter would, but it may be useful when setting up a shot).

Play review display

Again, depending on a setting, this time an option in the play menu, you can choose between a full screen review display or review display including histogram and capture information. As the above animation's indicate the D1 uses a "rough thumbnail" to quickly display a preview of the image along with the egg timer to indicate the camera is loading the full resolution image. The actual load time depends on image size and thus quality/format (JPEG / TIFF / RAW).

When using detailed review mode you can press the left / right arrows on the 4-way controller to scroll through three pages of capture information:

• Camera • Firmware
• Metering • Shutter Speed
• Aperture • Exposure Mode
• Exposure Compensation • ISO Sensitivity
• White Balance • WB Fine Tune
• Tone • Sharpening
• Focal Length  

Delete (single image)

Pressing the DEL button will display a "Erasing Images, YES" alert box, press DEL once more to delete the image.

Thumbnail Index

Pressing the thumbnail index button switches to this 3 x 3 view of images on the storage card, you can still navigate using the 4-way controller, the main command dial can be used to page through 9 images at a time. Press ENTER to return to a full size review.

Have you spotted what's missing? There's no magnify (zoom) mode, it's a shame that this basic piece of functionality isn't available, in Nikon's defence other professional digital SLR's don't offer this feature either (no, I've no idea why either).

Play Menu

This is the play menu, from here you can access functions associated directly with the manipulation of images on the storage card. Navigation of all menus is executed using the 4-way controller (AKA. AF area controller) and the ENTER/ Cancel (AF-ON) buttons.

Each of the sub-menus are described in more detail below.


This option allows you to delete:

• Selected images*
• All images (requires confirmation)
• Print Set (Print order files)

The selection is carried out using a thumbnail view, the 4-way controller and the select button. ENTER to confirm. Note, this selection method is also used in Protect, Hide and Print Set sub-menus.

Slide Show

Start a slide show of images on the storage card:

• Start (begins the slide show)
• Frame Interval (set the interval between images; 2, 3, 5 or 10 seconds)


Protect images from accidental deletion using the DEL button or Delete menu option. (The actual mode of protection is simply to set the file to read-only on the storage cards filesystem). Note, this does not protect against loss due to card formatting.

Selection process is as described for Delete (above).


Hide images from being displayed in thumbnail (normal and delete, protect, print set) or image review modes, this also automatically protects the image. This does not protect against loss due to card formatting.

Selection process is as described for Delete (above).

Print Set

Mark images for printing by creating a DPOF compatible print file, storage card can then be placed in a compatible print device and printing will take place automatically. Once images are selected you can choose to have a date stamp printed and also the number of copies of the selected images.

Selection process is as described for Delete (above).

Setup Menu

This is the setup menu, from here you can set various camera controls associated with the "digital imaging" side of the camera. Navigation of all menus is carried out using the 4-way controller (AF area controller) and the ENTER/ Cancel (AF-ON) buttons.

Each sub-menu is described in more detail below.


Folders allows you to:

• Select the current folder for image storage
• Create new folders


Two check boxes which control the review mode image style:

• Histogram on/off
• Highlight overexposed areas on/off

Auto Off

Set the camera auto power off time:

• 20 seconds
• 1 minute
• 5 minutes
• 10 minutes


Select menu language:

• Deutsch (German)
• English
• Francais (French)
• Japanese

Video Output

Select the video output standard:


Card Format

Formats the storage card, this will erase all content (image and non-image including protected images):

• No (cancel)
• Format

Wouldn't it have been nice to have a textual version of the custom settings menu here under the setup menu? Instead of the obscure custom setting numbers and settings (eg. 12-1, 24-3).