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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, the data, and set the image to show after every shot.

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.

NCD90 plays all the shots made on the D90, but ignores shots made on other cameras. You shouldn't be using cards with data from other cameras since that might lead to errors. Always format a card anytime it's put into a camera.

All shows you everything on the card. I leave my D90 set to ALL.

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!

Hide Image       top

This is used to hide embarrassing photos of your friends from playing back before you get to download them. The images are on the D90, however when marked this way they will be skipped on playback just as if you deleted them.

Move the cursor left and right to select images, press the center to mark as Hide or Unhide, and press ENTER to save. Now the camera won't play these images, even though it still tallies them in it's counter on the top right that reads "34/284." You can detect a hidden image because this counter will skip.

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:

Highlights: Relatively useless, this only reads one channel at a time. Unfortunately the "RGB" selection is defective because it's reading only the luma channel, a single channel which is a mixture of some red, a lot of green and almost no blue. It's not reading what it should, which is any peak in any of these three channels independently. That would take more computing power than Nikon chose to devote to it, or possibly Nikon's engineers haven't figured this out yet (I used to earn my living 15 years ago teaching digital imaging gear makers these finer points). You can blow out your reds, blues or anything other than gray or green and never notice. You can select which channel to read while in the RGB histogram page. If you work at Nikon I'd love to help you get this right: just ask me.

RGB histogram: Yes, use this! See my Color Histogram page.

Data: this is three pages of f/stop, white balance, etc. 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 D90 is smart enough to magnify using the whole screen if you choose this mode.

The D90 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 D90 doesn't.

I don't use Rotate Tall.

Picmotion        top

This must be popular in Japan. It lets you you amaze your friends with an exciting slideshow complete with goofy music and effects, to play in-camera.

I don't bother with this, but it might be funny to do with a bunch of photos made while out with friends for sushi.

Slide Show        top

This also must be hot in Japan. It's the same as Picmotion, without the annoying music and effects.

I don't bother with this either.

The best use of this is with an HDTV and the HDMI outputs. You could plug the D90 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 D90, and had a lab which could read this data.

I guess it's popular in Japan.


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          c Timers/AE&AF Lock

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          e Bracketing/Flash

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