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Cheat Sheet

Nikon D600 For Dummies

From Nikon D600 For Dummies by Julie Adair King

With the D600 digital camera, Nikon proves once again that you don't have to give an arm and a leg — or strain your back and neck — to enjoy dSLR photography. The D600 addition to the Nikon family of dSLR cameras doesn't skimp on power or performance, offering a great set of features to help you take your photography to the next level. To help you get started using your D600 camera, here's a handy reference to your camera's buttons and dials and automatic and advanced exposure modes.

Controls on Your Nikon D600 Digital Camera

If you're not familiar with the Nikon D600 digital camera, here's a quick guide to its buttons, dials, and other external controls. The lens featured here is the AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm VR (Vibration Reduction) model. Other lenses may not have the same controls.

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View from the top:

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One side of the front controls:

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More controls located on the front:

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Jacks and ports on the side:

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Automatic Exposure Modes on Your Nikon D600 Camera

For people new to digital SLR cameras, the Nikon D600 offers automatic settings that enable point-and-shoot photography. To access modes other than Auto and Auto Flash Off, set the Mode dial to Scene. Then rotate the Main command dial (back of the camera) to select from 19 available Scene modes; the ones listed here represent those you'll find handy on the most regular basis.

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Advanced Exposure Modes for Your Nikon D600 Digital Camera

To really take creative control with your Nikon D600, step up to one of these exposure modes, which enable you to adjust aperture (f-stop) to manipulate depth of field (the distance over which focus appears sharp) and to adjust shutter speed to determine whether moving objects appear sharply focused or blurry. You also gain access to many features not available in the fully automatic modes, including the option to adjust flash power and tweak photo colors.

Symbol Exposure Mode Description
P Programmed Autoexposure The camera selects both the f-stop and shutter speed to ensure proper exposure, but you can choose from multiple combinations of the two settings by rotating the Main command dial.
A Aperture-priority Autoexposure You set aperture by rotating the Sub-command dial; the camera selects the shutter speed needed to produce a good exposure at that aperture.
S Shutter-priority Autoexposure You set shutter speed by rotating the Main command dial; the camera selects the f-stop that will produce a good exposure at your chosen shutter speed.
M Manual Exposure You control both the shutter speed and f-stop; rotate the Main command dial to set shutter speed, and use the Sub-command dial to set the f-stop.
U1 and U2 User Modes Create custom exposure modes through the Setup menu.
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