Adjusting Settings on Your Nikon D3400 via the Control Strip

By Julie Adair King

Found on the lower-left corner of the Nikon D3400 camera back, the i button activates a control strip that gives you quick access to some critical shooting settings. Here’s how to use the control strip for viewfinder photography:

  1. Make sure that the camera is in any shooting mode except Guide.
  2. Display the Information screen.
    If the camera is in playback mode or you’re viewing a menu screen, press and release the shutter button halfway to display the Information screen. You also may need to take this step if the camera has “gone to sleep,” turning off the monitor automatically to save battery power. You also can press the Info button on top of the camera to turn the screen on and off.
  3. Press the i button.
    The top part of the display dims, and you see the control strip — the two rows of settings at the bottom of the screen — as shown on the left in the figure. The currently selected setting appears highlighted, and its name is displayed above the control strip. For example, in the left screen, the Image Size option is selected. Options that are dimmed in the control strip aren’t available in the current exposure mode (Auto, P, Effects, and so on).
  4. Use the Multi Selector to highlight the setting you want to change.
  5. Press OK.
    A screen displays the available settings for the option, as shown on the right side.
  6. Use the Multi Selector to highlight the desired option, and press OK.
    You’re returned to the control strip. You can then adjust another setting, if needed.
  7. To exit the control strip, press the i button again.
    Or just give the shutter button a quick half-press and release it. The Information display returns to its normal appearance.
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Press the i button to activate the control strip (left); highlight the option you want to adjust and press OK to display the available settings (right).

In Live View mode, the control strip looks and works the same as just described except that the strip overlays the live preview.