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Nikon D5000 User's Guide:
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How to Get Here

Press MENU, click to the left and then up to select the top "[ > ] " (play) icon. You'll then see PLAYBACK MENU on the top of the rear LCD.


What it Does

It sets various playback options, including what data you see on playback.


What I Change

I activate the color histograms and the data to show on playback.



Delete       top

This is helpful if you want to delete all images while saving those for which you pressed the "? / Key" button to lock. I don't use this. I do all my editing and selection in my computer and I do my in-camera deletions one-by-one with the trash can key.



Playback Folder       top

The camera can record and play to and from from different folders.



"Current" ignores photos in folders other than the one to which you're recording. If you create new folders for different scenes as you shoot, you won't see the other shots on the card!



"All" shows you everything on the card. I leave my D5000 set to ALL.



Display Mode       top

This lets you select which data screens come up in rotation when you look at each image. By default, these are all OFF. You can choose or refuse:



This blinks parts of the image on playback which might be too light.

I don't use this.


RGB histogram

Yes, use this! See my Color Histogram page.



This enables three pages of f/stop, white balance, etc. data on playback.

I also set this.



Image Review       top

This sets the LCD to show each image after you shot it.

I leave mine ON; the whole point of having a digital camera.

The only reason to use OFF is if you're shooting numerous long bursts and don't want the screen popping on after each.



Rotate Tall       top

Who translates these? I leave this off.

If you set it ON, your vertical shots, if shot with Auto Rotate ON, will playback as tiny little vertical images. Luckily the D5000 is smart enough to magnify using the whole screen if you choose this mode.

The D5000 is not smart enough to use the rotation sensor during playback. Canon's point-and-shoots are. Many Canon point-and-shoots expand these images to full screen if you rotate the camera during playback! The D5000 doesn't.

I don't use Rotate Tall.



Slide Show        top

This plays the images one after the other automatically.

I don't bother with this.

The best use of this is with an HDTV and the HDMI outputs. You could plug the D5000 into a TV, HDTV or video projector with the conventional video output, but the conventional video resolution output is so bad everything will look awful.



Print Set (DPOF)        top

I never use this.

This lets you mark images for printing if you sorted and then printed directly from your D5000, and had a lab which could read this data.

I guess it's popular in Japan.



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          c Timers/AE Lock

          d Shooting/display

          e Bracketing/flash

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