Nikon D750 camera settings & custom settings
The Nikon D750 (B&H / Amazon), was one of Nikon’s most anticipated cameras, as so many photographers were waiting for an update to their beloved D700 cameras. And like you’d expect from a top-end camera, it has a huge range of customizable settings. These make the Nikon D750 a camera which can be configured in a highly personal way, depending on your shooting style and needs.
Going through the menu, the options might be overwhelming. Many of them can be left to the default. Some settings will clearly user preference. But with some settings, a change in the function of a button or dial can make a big difference in how the camera responds.
Here is an overview of my preferences for the D750, and the settings that I changed immediately upon getting the camera out of the box. This isn’t a thorough listing of every item in all the menus – that’s what you have a manual for. Instead, this is a quick overview of the settings I’d recommend. All of this of course only touches on the options available with this camera!
An interesting note is that there is a new addition to the menus. The Shooting Menu has now been split into two: Photo Shooting Menu, and the Movie Shooting Menu. This makes sense since it’s become quite prevalent that some photographers would use a DSLR as predominantly a video camera. So that menu needs to be directly accessible.
1. Playback Menu
I also like Image Review to be On. This depends on where you are shooting though. Photographers that work in low light and need to be surreptitious, might want to keep this to Off.
The rest of the options really are optional. Too many photographers keep everything checked, and then have to scroll through too many screens to get to the essential one – the high-lights.
2. Photo Shooting Menu
3. Movie Shooting Menu
30 fps is the standard frame rate for video broadcasting the USA and other region 1 countries.
25 fps is the standard for PAL / region 2.
24fps if you want a more cinematic feel.
For all of these, make sure you do some research on the 180 degree rule to understand which shutter speed settings are preferred.
4. Custom Setting Menu
5. Retouch Menu
There might be uses for this – adjusting Color Balance in-camera, or any of the options available with RAW processing.
The more interesting effect here is the Image Overlay. You can combine two images, and adjust their individual brightness levels, which affects the way the images are overlaid.
6. My Menu
Here are the ones I prefer having immediate access to, such as battery info and the virtual horizon.
Oh, I have the “Change Main/Sub” option available. I like the aperture dial to be on the back, and the shutter dial on the front. But when I hand my camera to another Nikon user, I can quickly switch it back to behave like a regular Nikon camera.
4. Custom Setting Menu in more detail
The Nikon D750 battery (EN-EL15) was designed to last longer than any Nikon battery before. Besides, you have s pare with you anyway. The LCD preview doesn’t eat as much power as Live View, so it can be set to display longer without affecting your camera’s power much.
The difference between the two settings should be marginal if I go by previous tests: Auto FP flash setting for Nikon D300s & D700.
And if you’re unhappy that the max flash sync speed on the D750 is 1/200 instead of the usual 1/250th, keep in mind that it isn’t as a big difference as it may seem: comparing max sync speed – 1/250 vs 1/200
So instead of progressively zooming in, you can now just tap the OK Button, and instantly have a 100% view of the image!
You can also change this button to change the White Balance.
When in Video mode, this button will act the record button that it is.
I suspect the original (+ zero -) display was done so that the dials had to be rotated in the direction shown in the metering display. Still, it was visually confusing, and I am glad they changed it.
These are my preferences and suggestions, not meant as autocratic must-do instructions.
Let us know how you prefer having your camera set up.
- Nikon D750 – high-ISO noise performance
- Comparing max sync speed – 1/250 vs 1/200
- Auto FP flash setting for Nikon D300s & D700
- review: high-ISO performance – Nikon D4S vs. D4 / D3s / D610 / D700
- Nikon focusing modes – Nikon D300 / D700 / D3
- camera settings: Nikon D700
- camera settings: Nikon D3
- Buy the Nikon D750 (B&H / Amazon)