All D5100 settings for menus and shooting information. The menus have a few tricks of the trade to make best use of them; Shooting information lets you view selected camera settings on the monitor and change them without going through menus.
The MENU button is the obvious way to open the camera menus, at the D5100 the only one. Use the arrow keys and OK button to select menu items.
The zoom out button with a question mark displays help texts for menus when a question mark is visible at the bottom left of the monitor.
There are two options, but you can have only one of them at a time:
No matter what you choose, the lowest menu item is always
I prefer My Menu. Once you get to know the camera, there will only be a small number of menus that you use regularly. It can save a lot of searching and clicking to arrange them here once.
Filling My Menu happens as follows:
The Shooting menu and the custom settings menu have a Reset item at the top. This resets only the respective menu to Nikon's default values. There is no factory reset for all menus on the D5100.
What | Shooting information are
How | There are three ways to show and hide the shooting information:
The i button on the back | It is the best choice because a second press opens the shooting information for changes and because it works also in live view mode.
The info button on the top | This button switches the shooting information on and off – unless you have your D5100 in live view mode. Then it will change the additional information on the camera monitor.
The setup menu
What | You can display the shooting information with a graphic illustration of exposure time, aperture and ISO or with plain figures. The information content is identical.
Where | In the setup menu
What | The settings displayed at the bottom of the monitor can be changed directly, provided the camera mode allows it. Only in P, S, A, M you can change all of them.
One of the settings appears highlighted in yellow.
If any of the shooting information is marked yellow, there is a question mark at the bottom left and you can call up a help text by pressing the zoom out button. Some are useful, some only repeat only what you already see.