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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 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.

Here are its settings:



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

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

CURRENT ignores photos in folders other than the one to which you're recording.

ALL shows you everything on the card. I leave my D3000 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.


Display Mode

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 (check any you want) > Done > OK.

If you forget to select Done and hit OK, the D3000 ignores you.


Your choices are:

Highlights: An annoying display where overly bright parts of the image link at you.

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

Data: Adds three pages of playback data.


Once activated, you see these screens by pressing the up or down buttons while playing images.


Image Review

ON makes the picture appear right after you take it.

OFF means the screen stays blank unless you press PLAY.


Rotate Tall

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 D3000.


Slide Show

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 could plug the D3000 into a TV or video projector, but video resolution is so bad everything will look awful.


Print Set (DPOF)

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 D3000, and had a lab which could read this data.


Stop-Motion Movie

If you created any silly movie files from sets of images using the Retouch menu, this lets you play them back.

If y9u have no silly movies on your card, this option is grayed-out.


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