How to Navigate the Nikon D7200 Menu System

By Julie Adair King

The Nikon D7200 has several menus from which you can access various settings. Here’s what you need to know to navigate the menu system on your new Nikon D7200:

  • Display the main menus: Press the Menu button, labeled here.

    Press the Multi Selector left to activate the menu-icon strip; press right to activate the menu its

    Press the Multi Selector left to activate the menu-icon strip; press right to activate the menu itself.
  • Select a menu: If the menu you want to see isn’t visible, press the Multi Selector left to highlight the strip of menu icons. Press up or down to highlight a menu icon and then press the Multi Selector right or press the OK button to exit the icon strip and activate the menu itself.

  • Adjust a menu option: Press the Multi Selector up or down to highlight the option you want to change and then press OK to display the settings available for that option. For example, if you select the Image Size option from the Photo Shooting menu, as shown on the left in the following figure, you see the settings shown on the right in the figure. Press the Multi Selector up or down to highlight your choice and then press OK to return to the main menu screen.

    Use the Multi Selector to highlight a menu option (left) and then press OK to display the available

    Use the Multi Selector to highlight a menu option (left) and then press OK to display the available settings (right).

    In some cases, a right-pointing triangle appears next to an option on the settings screen. That’s your cue to press the Multi Selector right to display a submenu (although in many cases, you can press OK instead).

    Items that are dimmed on a menu or settings screen aren’t available in the current exposure mode. For access to all settings, set the Mode dial on top of the camera to P, S, A, or M.

  • Select items from the Custom Setting menu: The Custom Setting menu, represented by the Pencil icon, contains submenus that carry the labels A through G, as shown on the left in the following figure. Each submenu holds clusters of options related to a specific aspect of the camera’s operation. To get to those options, use the Multi Selector to highlight the submenu and then press OK. For example, if you choose the A (Autofocus) submenu, you see the options shown on the right.

    The Custom Setting menu contains submenus of advanced options.

    The Custom Setting menu contains submenus of advanced options.

    In the Nikon manual, instructions reference the Custom Setting menu items by a menu letter and number. For example, “Custom Setting a1” refers to the first option on the a (Autofocus) submenu.

    After you jump to the first submenu, you can simply scroll up and down the list to view options from other submenus. You don’t have to keep going back to the initial menu screen and selecting a submenu.

  • Taking advantage of the My Menu and Recent Settings menus: These two menus, both shown here, share the bottom slot in the strip of menu icons. You can display only one of the two at a time, however. Each menu contains a Choose Tab option as the last item on the menu; select this option to shift between the two menus.

    The Recent Settings menu offers quick access to the last 20 menu options you selected; the My Menu

    The Recent Settings menu offers quick access to the last 20 menu options you selected; the My Menu feature enables you to design a custom menu.

    Here’s what the two menus offer:

    • Recent Settings: This screen lists the 20 menu items you ordered most recently. To adjust those settings, you don’t have to wade through all the other menus to look for them — head to the Recent Settings menu instead.

      To remove an item from the Recent Settings menu, use the Multi Selector to highlight the item and press the Delete button. Press Delete again to confirm your decision.

    • My Menu: From this screen, you can create a custom menu that contains up to 20 of your favorite menu items.

  • Saving time with the i button menus: You can press the i button to display a menu screen that enables you to quickly access certain shooting or playback settings.

During shooting, which options the menu contains depends on your exposure mode and whether Live View is enabled. The screen shown appears when you shoot in one of the advanced exposure modes (P, S, A, and M). Dimmed items can’t be adjusted in your current exposure mode.

Things work a little differently in Live View mode: For still photography, pressing the i button displays a column of options along the right side of the monitor, as shown on the left in the following figure. When the Live View switch is set to the movie setting, options on the i button menu relate to movie-recording options. Either way, use the Multi Selector to highlight an option and press OK to display the available settings for that option, as shown on the right in the figure. After you make your selection, press OK to return to the menu. To exit the menu, press the i button or press the shutter button halfway and release it.

During playback, the i button menu offers items related to after-the-shot functions such as applying Retouch menu tools.