Nikon Camera Button Basics

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Nikon DSLR D7200 Camera

When it comes to taking photos, knowing how to operate a camera is the first step. Although the example will be with a Nikon DSLR camera, most of the functions will be very similar to a Canon DSLR camera.

DSLR stands for Digital Single Lens Reflex camera.

The camera that is used in the examples is a Nikon D7200.

Nikon Buttons

On/Off: To turn on and off your camera.

Shutter Release Button: To take a photo, just press down on this button. If your camera is in automatic focus mode, holding down the button halfway will have the camera focus on the subject.

Record: When in video mode, pressing this button will start the recording.

Control Panel: This panel will show the shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and SD card information.

SD card information: This is a section on the Control Panel where it shows what SD card slot it is using, how many more photos it can take, and how many cards are in the camera.

View Finder: To take a photo, you will look through the view finder to see what image the camera will be capturing.

Mode Dial: The mode dial selects what settings your camera is in. There are 4 main setting programs that are on all camera. The symbols may very from different brands of cameras.

  1. M: Manual.
  2. A: Aperture Priority.
  3. S: Shutter Priority.
  4. P: Program.

Menu: By pressing this button, it brings up all of the in camera menu information. You would use this screen mostly to formate your memory card and change image quality.

Preview Screen: By pressing this button, there will be previews of the images that have been taken on the SD card.

Command Dial: This dial is one of two command dials. These dials are used to change setting on the camera, such as ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture.

Multi Selector and OK Button: These buttons are used to select things in the menu screen, the preview screen, and anything that comes up.

These are only some of the buttons on a Nikon camera. If you have any questions about other buttons or would like a further explanation on a button I already mentioned, please comment and I will try to get back to you as soon as I can.

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