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How to get to the PLAYBACK Menu

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


What it Does

It sets a few playback options.


What I Change

I use this menu to activate the RGB histogram.



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This is helpful if you want to delete all images, while saving those you locked with the Key / AE-L AF-L button.

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 to and play back from different folders.

ALL shows you everything on the card. I leave my D7000 set to ALL. It tends to reset itself to Current, meaning it won't play images made on a different camera if they are on your card.

CURRENT ignores photos in folders other than the one to which you're recording. This means it won't see images recorded on different cameras, and if you're a smarty-pants who makes new folders in your D7000, it will only play from the current folder.


Hide image        top

This makes an image disappear from the usual playback mode.

If you select an image here, it also is protected from deletion so long as you don't FORMAT.

These images are of course on your card when you download, and you can see them from inside this menu.

This is used for hiding sensitive images that, in case your camera falls into enemy hands, will not be seen when playing back on the camera.

For instance, if captured, you can DELETE ALL in front of your captors to satisfy them, and when you escape with your camera, you still have your most sensitive images.


Display Mode       top

This lets you activate certain playback information screens.

They are all off by default. To set any of them to display, press:

MENU > PLAYBACK > Display mode (go down and check any you want) > Done > OK.

If you forget to go back up to select Done and then to hit OK, the D7000 ignores you! I'm serious; if you think this isn't working on your camera, you forgot both to select DONE and then to select OK.

Once activated, you move through these screens by pressing the up or down buttons while playing an image.


Your choices are:

Focus Point

The active focus points are shown in red over your playback image. (The images on the card aren't affected).



An annoying display where overly bright parts of the image blink.


RGB HIstogram

I use this. It's the only useful form of histogram. More at RGB histograms.



Adds three pages of playback data.

If you want to know minor details like how much sharpening you used, this is how you get it all to display.


Copy image(s)       top

Only if you have two cards in the D7000, this option will let you copy back and forth.


Image Review       top

ON makes the picture appear right after you take it.

OFF makes the screen stay blank unless you press PLAY.


After Delete       top

This selects what image you see after you've deleted something.

Do you prefer to see the image before or after the one you just deleted? I leave mine at Show Next.


Rotate Tall        top

This is Japanese for rotating the vertical shots on playback.

It doesn't affect your images or files; it only changes how they are displayed on the D7000.


Slide Show        top

This lets you amaze your friends with an exciting slide show on the tiny screen.

I don't bother with this. I guess it's popular in Japan. Whoo hoo! Let's all watch a show on a 3" screen!

You can plug your D7000 directly into a TV, HDTV or video projector. If you do, use the HDMI output.

Using the A/V output will look bad because video resolution is so bad that everything will look awful. Use the HDMI output and you'll look like a hero, use the composite analog A/V output and you'll look like a zero.


Print set (DPOF)        top

I never use this. I guess it's popular in Japan.

This lets you mark images for printing if you sorted and then printed directly from your D7000, and had a lab which could read this data.


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