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The Nikon Guide to Digital Photography
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DIGITAL CAMERA
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Summary of Contents

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    The Nikon Guide to Digital Photography with the DIGITAL CAMERA...

  • Page 2: Overview

    Quick-Start Guide The Quick-Start Guide takes you through the process of unpacking and setting up your Nikon digital camera, taking your first pictures, and transferring them to your computer. Guide to Digital Photography The Guide to Digital Photography (this manual) provides complete operating instructions for your camera.

  • Page 3: For Your Safety, For Your Safety, Notices, Notices

    For Your Safety To prevent damage to your Nikon product or injury to yourself or to others, read the following safety precautions in their entirety before using this equipment. Keep these safety instructions where all those who use the product will read them.

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    Iomega Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. All other trade names mentioned in this manual or the other documentation provided with your Nikon product are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. ATTENTION Cet appareil numérique de la classe B respecte toutes les exigences du Règlement sur le matériel brouilleur du...

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Overview ...3 For Your Safety ...4-5 Notices ...6-7 Introduction ...11-22 Parts of the COOLPIX4300...12-15 First Steps ...16-22 1. Attach the Camera Strap and Lens Cap...16 2. Insert the Battery...16-18 3. Insert the Memory Card...18-19 4. Choose a Language ...20 5.

  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    The Shooting Menu...96-116 Keeping Colors True: White-Balance...97-98 Measuring Light: Metering ...99 Taking Pictures in a Sequence: Continuous ...100-101 Getting Sharper Pictures: BSS (Best-Shot Selector)...102 Adjusting Contrast and Brightness: Image Adjustment...103 Making Edges More Distinct: Image Sharpening ...104 Setting for Optional Lens Converters: Lens...105-106 Modifying Sensitivity from a Menu: Sensitivity...106 Exposure Options ...106-110 Focus Options ...111-113...

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    Parts of the COOLPIX4300 The parts of the camera are identified below. For more information on the function of each part, refer to the page number that follows it. 1 Red-eye reduction/Self-timer lamp ...p. 48/42 2 Built-in Speedlight ...p. 48 3 Battery chamber cover ...p.

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    30 Number of exposures remaining/ Length of movie ...p. 25/50 *1 Blinks if date/time has not been set. *2 Not displayed when folder name is set to NIKON. *3 Only displayed when battery power drops below a certain level. The Mode dial...

  • Page 9: Attach The Camera Strap And Lens Cap, Insert The Battery, Insert The Battery

    Step 2—Insert the Battery Your camera is powered by a single rechargeable Nikon EN-EL1 lithium-ion battery or a non-rechargeable 2CR5 (DL245) lithium battery (available separately). Charge the battery •...

  • Page 10: Insert The Memory Card, Insert The Memory Card

    Step 3—Insert the Memory Card Your Nikon digital camera uses CompactFlash™ (CF) memory cards to store pictures (p. 133). Turn the camera off Insert the memory card...

  • Page 11: Choose A Language, Set The Date And Time, Set The Date And Time

    Step 5—Set the Date and Time Information on the time and date of recording is included with all pictures and movies taken with your Nikon digital camera. To set the camera’s internal clock to the correct time and date, display the set-up menu as described in steps 1-2 of “Choose a Language”...

  • Page 12: Getting Started, Getting Started, Focus And Shoot, Turn The Camera Off, Reviewing Your Pictures

    SET-UP2 Controls Shot Confirm Lamp Pic data/Transfer Date Interface Language Reset All PAGE1 SELECT Press to save changes to settings and return to SET-UP menu. Flashing Clock Icon Any pictures taken before the time and date have been set will have a time stamp of “0000.00.00 00:00.”...

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    Taking Pictures This section details the basic steps involved in taking pictures in (auto) mode. In this automatic, “point-and-shoot” mode, the majority of settings are controlled by the camera in response to lighting conditions and focus distance, producing the best possible results in most situations.

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    Step 2— Compose the Picture Ready the camera. Frame your subject. Zoom out Zoom in 2272 2272 2272 1/250 1/250 1/250 F4.9 F4.9 F4.9 16 16 16 • Frame your subject using the zoom button. Press the W to zoom out from your subject.

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    Step 3—Focus and Shoot The COOLPIX4300 has a two-stage shutter release button. Focus • Press the shutter release button halfway to set focus and exposure. on the subject in the center of the frame. Check the indicator lamps (see table below). Lamp Flash will fire when picture is taken.

  • Page 16: Quick Review, Full-screen Review

    Reviewing Your Pictures With a digital camera, you can view pictures immediately after they are taken. You can view the results of earlier attempts while setting up your next shot and use what you see to change camera settings or choose a better angle.

  • Page 17: Thumbnail Review

    For more information on Playback: P. 55-64 Thumbnail Review 2002.09.15 2002.09.15 2002.09.15 100NIKON 100 100NI NIKON Pressing the 15:40 15:40 15:40 0001. JPG 000 0001. JPG displays a menu of nine thumbnail images. The following operations can be performed while...

  • Page 18: Getting Creative: Select Scene Mode, Getting Creative: Select Scene Mode

    Getting Creative: Select Scene Mode The COOLPIX4300 offers a choice of twelve “scene” modes for common subjects and shooting situations. To choose a scene: Press the MENU button to display Set mode dial to SCENE and turn the SCENE mode menu camera on SCENE 1 SCENE 2...

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    Scene Description Use for portraits. Main subject stands out clearly while background details are softened, lending the composition a sense of depth. Portrait • Degree to which background details are softened depends on the amount of light available • Focus area can be selected manually using multi selector (p.

  • Page 20: Making Movies

    Scene Description Use to obtain clear pictures of text or drawings on a white board, business card, or in printed matter. To shoot a close subject, set the camera to Macro close-up mode (p. 42). • In autofocus mode, minimum shooting distance becomes approximately 70cm Copy (2.3 ft.) from the lens.

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    Shooting-Mode Selection This section describes when to use each of the shooting modes. To choose a shooting mode, turn the mode dial to the appropriate position. The table below illustrates when to use each of the shooting modes. Mode When to Use It An automatic mode for simple, “point-and-shoot”...

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    Macro Close-Up At widest zoom position where is displayed in yellow, you can focus as close as 4cm (1.6 in.) from the lens. • We recommend that you frame pictures in the monitor when using macro close-up. • While the flash can be used in macro close-up mode, it may sometimes be unable to light the entire subject.

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    Autofocus mode (Continuous AF/Single AF) The autofocus system operates in one of two modes, depending on whether the monitor is on or off. In mode, scene mode or Movie mode, the camera adjusts focus continuously while the monitor is on (continuous autofocus;...

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    Digital Zoom Your Nikon digital camera offers two kinds of zoom: optical zoom, in which the camera’s telescoping lens can be used to magnify the subject up to 3X, and digital zoom, in which digital processing is used to further magnify the image up to 4X for a total magnification of up to 12X.

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    Flash Mode The flash mode can be chosen from the following five options. Setting Description No icon Flash fires when lighting is poor. Best choice in most Auto circumstances. Flash will not fire even when lighting is poor. Flash Cancel Flash fires after a short delay.

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    Making Movies (movie) mode, the COOLPIX4300 can record silent movies up to forty seconds in length at a rate of about fifteen frames per second. Set the mode dial to (movie). 320 320 320 1/125 1/125 1/125 F2.8 F2.8 F2.8 40"...

  • Page 27: Keep Or Delete: Picture Review

    Keep or Delete: Picture Review After each shot, the picture you have just taken will be displayed briefly in the monitor until being recorded to the memory card. The following operations can be performed while the picture is displayed: Press Description A confirmation dialog will be displayed.

  • Page 28: Thumbnail Playback, Taking A Closer Look: Playback Zoom

    Manual Focus mode, manual focus can be used in place of autofocus for situations in which you are unable to achieve the desired results using autofocus. Press the zoom button while holding down the • Manual focus display shows approximate focus distance from lens between angle) and Using this display as your guide, continue to press the zoom...

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    Full-Screen Playback When the mode dial is turned to , the camera enters playback mode with the most recent picture displayed in the monitor. 2002.09.15 2002.09.15 2002.09.15 100 100NI NIKON 100NIKON 15:40 15:40 15:40 000 0001.JPG 0001. JPG 2272 2272...

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    Thumbnail Playback Pressing the button in full-screen playback displays a menu of nine thumbnail images. Press Press Highlight images highlight a thumbnail. Press the View highlighted of four thumbnail images. Press again to image at a larger view highlighted thumbnail full screen. size Small pictures are displayed with a grey frame.

  • Page 31: Creating A Small Copy Of Picture: Small Picture

    • Copies created with the small picture function may not display correctly when 2002.09.15 2002.09.15 2002.09.15 100NIKON 100 100NI NIKON viewed on other models of Nikon digital camera. You may also not be able to 15:40 15:40 15:40 0007. JPG 000 0007.JPG transfer copies from other models of Nikon digital camera to a computer.

  • Page 32: Movie Playback, Photo Information, Photo Information

    While movie is paused: advance movie one frame. Photo Information Photo information superimposed on pictures displayed in full-screen 2002.09.15 2002.09.15 2002.09.15 100NIKON 100 100NI NIKON playback or full screen review. There is a total of five pages of 15:55 15:55 15:55 0001.MOV 000 0001.MOV information for each photo.

  • Page 33: Connecting To A Television Or Vcr

    Page 4 (histogram) Page 5 (focus confirmation) 1 Thumbnail preview (flashing border 1 File number and type marks image highlights, or brightest 2 Focal length areas of image) 3 Shutter speed 2 Histogram (shows distribution of tones 4 Aperture in image: horizontal axis gives pixel 5 Focus mode brightness, with dark tones to left and 6 Noise reduction...

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    Connecting to a Computer Before copying pictures to your computer, you will need to install Nikon View, an application that allows you to transfer pictures from the camera memory card to a computer hard disk and view them on the computer monitor.

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    Connecting to a Television or VCR Using the video cable provided with your camera, you can connect the COOLPIX4300 to a television or VCR. Connect the video cable to the camera • Insert the black plug on the video cable into the camera’s video output connector. Connect the video cable to the video device •...

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    Reset SELECT CF Card Format CF CARD FORMAT Format memory cards for use WARNING! WARNING ! All images will in the COOLPIX 4300 (p. 90) All images will be deleted ! be deleted! Format SELECT SET-UP2 Controls Shot Confirm Lamp...

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    (p. 116) SELECT CF Card Format CF CARD FORMAT Format memory cards for use WARNING! in the COOLPIX 4300 (p. 90) All images will be deleted! Format SELECT HI/FINE/NORMAL/ BASIC 2272/2048/1600/...

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    Options Select folder for storage. Options All Folders Create, rename, and delete All Folders folders (p. 121) NIKON N I K O N T O K Y O O S A K A (Folder name) SELECT SLIDE SHOW Slide Show...

  • Page 39: Viewing The Menus, Making A Selection

    Using Camera Menus Changes to some settings can be made with the help of menus that appear in the monitor. The options available depend on the operating mode. No menu is available in and movie mode. Mode Menu Description Basic camera setup (image quality and size setting, formatting CF SETUP SET-UP...

  • Page 40: Accessing Multi-page Menus, The Set-up Menu, The Set-up Menu, To View The Set-up Menu

    Accessing Multi-Page Menus To move between pages in a multi-page menu: WHITE BALANCE PAGE2 SELECT Position cursor in main menu Highlight page tab SHOOTING MENU2 SELECT Highlight page number Display selected page • You can also jump from the first page to the second page of a multi-page menu by pressing the MENU button once.

  • Page 41: Making Effective Use Of Memory: The Image Size And Quality Menu

    Making Effective Use of Memory: The Image Size & Quality Menu Together, image quality and size determine how much space each picture occupies on the memory card. This in turn determines the total number of pictures that can be stored. To get an idea of how different settings for image size and quality affect the number of images that can be stored on a memory card, view the following table, which shows the approximate number of pictures that can be stored on 16...

  • Page 42: Organizing Your Pictures: The Folders Menu, Organizing Your Pictures: The Folders Menu, Monitor Options

    300 dpi (dots per inch). Organizing Your Pictures: The Folders Menu By default, pictures are stored on the memory IMAGE SIZE Image Quality card in a folder labeled NIKON. To make it easier Image Size 2272 Folders 2048...

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    3-5 of “Creating New Folders” on preceding page. — Deleting Folders — RENAME TOKYO OSAKA KOBE • Folder NIKON is not available for deletion. SELECT to display list of folders RENAME Hidden and Protected Images O S A K A If the selected folder contains hidden (p.

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    SELECT Press • Folder name is shown in monitor. (No folder name is displayed when NIKON is selected.) Ultra HS With each sequence of pictures taken at Ultra HS (p. 100), the camera creates a new folder in which all pictures in the sequence are stored. Each folder will have a name consisting of “N_”...

  • Page 45: Conserving Battery Power: Auto Off, File Numbering: Seq. Number, Cf Card Format

    Conserving Battery Power: Auto Off When operated on battery power, the camera will enter sleep mode if no operations are performed for thirty seconds. The time limit for sleep mode can be chosen from thirty seconds, one minute, five minutes, and thirty minutes using the Auto Off menu.

  • Page 46: Storing Camera Settings: Controls, Confirming Shutter Release: Shot Confirm Lamp

    CF Card Format The memory card provided with your camera is formatted at shipment. If you purchase additional memory cards for added storage, you will however need to format the cards before first use to ensure that they work properly in your camera. Formatting memory cards is also an effective way of deleting all pictures on the card.

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    Transferring More than 999 pictures No more than 999 pictures can be transferred at one time using the TRANSFER button. To copy more pictures, use Nikon View. See the Nikon View Reference Manual (on CD) for details. Date The Date option is used to set the camera to the current date and time.

  • Page 48: Restoring Default Settings: Reset All, The Shooting Menu, The Shooting Menu

    Mac OS 9 A dialog will be displayed stating that the computer is unable to use the driver needed for the Nikon Digital Camera E4300_PTP USB device. Click Cancel to close the dialog, and then disconnect the camera. Language...

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    The Shooting Menu The shooting menu is available only in camera is in shooting mode. The Shooting menu contains two pages of advanced shooting options: SHOOTING MENU 1 WHITE BALANCE METERING WHITE BALANCE CONTINUOUS BEST SHOT SELECTOR IMAGE ADJUSTMENT IMAGE SHARPENING PAGE2 SELECT LENS...

  • Page 50: Measuring Light: Metering

    — Preset White Balance — Preset white balance is used to adjust white balance when shooting under mixed lighting or to compensate for light sources with a strong color cast (for example, to make pictures taken under a lamp with a red shade look as though they had been taken under white light).

  • Page 51: Taking Pictures In A Sequence: Continuous, Taking Pictures In A Sequence: Continuous

    Taking Pictures in a Sequence: Continuous The “Continuous” menu determines whether the camera takes one picture each time the shutter release button is pressed, or records a continuous sequence of pictures while the shutter release button is held down. Option Description Camera records one picture each time the shutter release button is pressed all the way down.

  • Page 52: Getting Sharper Pictures: Bss (best-shot Selector), Adjusting Contrast And Brightness: Image Adjustment

    Getting Sharper Pictures: BSS (Best-Shot Selector) The “Best Shot Selector” (BSS) is recommended for situations in which inadvertent camera movement can produce blurred pictures, for example when: • the camera is zoomed in or a teleconverter is used for telephoto photography •...

  • Page 53: Making Edges More Distinct: Image Sharpening, Setting For Optional Lens Converters: Lens

    Making Edges More Distinct: Image Sharpening This option controls whether pictures are processed for increased sharpness, and to what degree. Because this processing takes place only as the pictures are being saved to the memory card, the effects of sharpening can not be previewed in the monitor before shooting.

  • Page 54: Modifying Sensitivity From A Menu: Sensitivity, Exposure Options, Exposure Options

    Lens converter icon appears in the monitor at settings other than Normal. 2272 2272 2272 1/250 1/250 1/250 F2.8 F2.8 F2.8 0.7 0.7 0.7 16 16 16 Modifying Sensitivity from a Menu: Sensitivity The sensitivity menu mirrors the sensitivity (ISO equivalency) value set with the button in combination with the zoom button (p.

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    Choosing a Shutter Speed In manual exposure mode, shutter speed is chosen by pressing selector while holding down the button. Options range from 8 sec. to 1/1000 sec. in increments equivalent to 1 EV (one step). In addition, a shutter speed of “BULB”...

  • Page 56: Focus Options, Focus Options

    — Taking Multiple Pictures with the Same Exposure: AE Lock — This option is used to take a series of photographs with the same exposure and white balance. Option Description Restores normal exposure, sensitivity and white balance. First picture taken after On is selected sets exposure for all subsequent pictures.

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    Manual Focus-Area Selection At SCENE-mode settings of Portrait and Close Up (p. 36, 37), or when Manual is selected in the AF Area Mode sub-menu for target can be chosen from one of five focus areas. This makes it possible to focus on an off-center subject without using focus lock.

  • Page 58: Auto Bracketing, Auto Bracketing

    Auto Bracketing In situations where it might be difficult to obtain a proper exposure, auto bracketing lets you shoot the same subject at three or five different exposures. In WB Bracketing, the white balance is bracketed in three shots. Option Description Bracketing is off and normal exposure control is used.

  • Page 59: The Playback Menu, The Playback Menu

    Avoiding “Grainy” Photographs: Noise Reduction At shutter speeds slower than 1/4 sec., “noise” in the form of randomly-space, brightly-colored pixels may appear in pictures, particularly in shadows. To reduce noise at slow shutter speeds, select On from the noise reduction menu. Option Description The effect of noise on the recorded image is minimized.

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    Deleting Pictures and Print Orders: Delete The Delete menu contains the following options: Option Description Selected Images Delete selected photographs and movies. All Images Delete all pictures. Print Set Cancel the current print order. — Deleting Selected pictures and Movies: Selected Images — To delete selected pictures and movies: DELETE Selected Images...

  • Page 61: Selecting A Folder For Playback: Folders

    N I K O N T O K Y O O S A K A SELECT The most recent picture in the selected 2002.09.15 2002.09.15 2002.09.15 100NIKON 100 100NI NIKON 15:40 15:40 15:40 0001. JPG 000 0001.JPG folder is displayed. 2272 2272...

  • Page 62: Automated Playback: Slide Show, Automated Playback: Slide Show

    SELECT settings shown at right will be displayed; highlight the desired setting and press Frame Interval 2002.09.15 2002.09.15 2002.09.15 100 100NI NIKON 100NIKON 15:40 15:40 15:40 000 0001.JPG 0001. JPG Owing to differences in the file size of the pictures in the slide show and the speed at which they can be read from the memory card, the actual interval may differ from the value shown in the menu.

  • Page 63: Safeguarding Valuable Images: Protect, Hiding Images During Playback: Hide Image

    Safeguarding Valuable Images: Protect Selecting “Protect” from the playback menu displays the menu shown at right, where you can select pictures to protect from accidental deletion. Protected files can not be deleted in review, full- screen playback, or from the delete sub-menu. Note, however, that protected pictures will be deleted when a memory card is formatted.

  • Page 64: Ordering Prints: Print-set, Ordering Prints: Print-set

    Ordering Prints: Print-Set Selecting Print Set from the playback menu displays the menu shown at right. Here you can specify pictures to be printed, the number of prints, and the information to be included on each print. This information is stored on the memory card in Digital Print Order Format (DPOF).

  • Page 65: Marking All Images For Transfer: Transfer, Selecting Small Picture Size: Small Pic

    Up to 999 images on a memory card can be marked for transfer. Image files of any file number can be transferred. To transfer 1000 or more images, use the Nikon View, not the TRANSFER button. See the Nikon View Reference Manual (on CD) for details.

  • Page 66: Web Resources, Troubleshooting, Troubleshooting, Specifications, Specifications

    Technical Notes This section provides information on: Optional Accessories Learn what optional accessories are available for the COOLPIX4300. Caring for the Camera and Battery Read this section for tips on cleaning and storing your camera. Web Resources Where to get help on line. Troubleshooting Read this section for help when your camera does not function as expected.

  • Page 67

    Only Nikon brand electronic accessories (including battery chargers, batteries, and AC adapters) certified by Nikon specifically for use with your Nikon digital camera are engineered and proven to operate within the operational and safety requirements of this electronic circuitry.

  • Page 68

    Caring for the Camera and Battery To ensure continued enjoyment of your Nikon Product, observe the following precautions when using or storing the device: Keep dry This product is not waterproof, and may malfunction if immersed in water or exposed to high levels of humidity. Rusting of the internal mechanism can cause irreparable damage.

  • Page 69

    • For users in the USA: http://www.nikonusa.com/ • For users in the Europe: http://www.nikon-euro.com/ • For users in the Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, and Africa: http://www.nikon-asia.com/ For Contact Information Contact information for the Nikon representative in your area may be found at: http://www.nikon-image.com/eng/...

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    Troubleshooting If your camera fails to function as expected, check the list of common problems below before consulting your retailer or Nikon representative. Refer to the page numbers listed in the rightmost column for information on solving the problems listed here.

  • Page 71

    See Nikon View Reference Manual for further information on troubleshooting Nikon View. Error Messages Page The following table lists the error messages and other warnings that appear in the monitor and how to deal with them.

  • Page 72

    USB cable If error message displayed disconnected or in computer monitor, click memory card removed OK to exit Nikon View. while pictures are being Turn camera off, reconnect transferred to cable or replace memory computer. card, then turn camera on.

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    Sensor flash system User can choose from NTSC and PAL • DC input • Data output (USB) • Rechargeable Nikon EN-EL1 lithium-ion battery (supplied) or six-volt 2CR5 (DL245) lithium battery (available separately) • EH-21 AC adapter/battery charger (available separately) • EH-53 AC adapter (available separately) Approximately 90 minutes (as measured at room temperature [20°C/68°F] under standard Nikon test...

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    Tripod socket 1/4 (ISO1222) Dimensions 95 x 69 x 52 mm (3.7 x 2.7 x 2.0 in.) (W x H x D) Weight Approximately 230 g (8.1 oz.) without battery and memory card Operating environment Temperature 0 - 40°C (32 – 104°F) Humidity Under 85% (no condensation)

  • Page 75: Index, Index, Built-in Speedlight, Autofocus Lamp (green)

    Index AE Lock...P. 110 AF Area mode ...P. 111 Anytime Flash ...P. 48 Auto (White Balance) ...P. 97 Auto Bracketing...P. 114 Auto (Flash mode) ...P. 48 Autofocus lamp (green)...P. 13, 28 Autofocus mode ...P. 44 Auto-Focus Mode...P. 113 Auto mode ...P. 24-33 Auto Off ...P.

  • Page 76

    Macro Close-up mode...P. 41 Manual Exposure mode ...P. 107-109 Manual Focus ...P. 54 Manual mode ...P. 40 Manual shooting menu ...P. 96-116 Mass Storage ...P. 93 Matrix Metering...P. 99 Metering method ...P. 99 Multi-shot 16 (Continuous)...P. 100 Movie ...P. 50, 62 Museum mode (SCENE)...P.

  • Page 77

    No reproduction in any form of this manual, in whole or in part (except for brief quotation in critical articles or reviews), may be made without written authorisation from NIKON CORPORATION. NIKON CORPORATION FUJI BLDG., 2-3, MARUNOUCHI 3-CHOME, CHIYODA-KU, TOKYO 100-8331, JAPAN...

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