How to Set the Release Mode on Your Nikon D5300 - dummies

How to Set the Release Mode on Your Nikon D5300

By Julie Adair King

By using the Release mode setting, you tell your Nikon D5300 whether to capture a single image each time you press the shutter button; to record a burst of photos as long as you hold down the shutter button; or to use Self-Timer mode, which delays the image capture until a few seconds after you press the shutter button.

You also get two options related to wireless remote-control shooting and Quiet Shutter mode, which dampens the normal shutter-release sounds.

Why Release mode? It’s short for shutter-release mode. Pressing the shutter button tells the camera to release the shutter — an internal light-control mechanism — so that light can strike the image sensor and expose the image. Your choice of Release mode determines when and how that action occurs.

The current Release mode is indicated on the Information screen and Live View display. Note that the Live View screen shows the default data-display mode; if your screen shows a different assortment of data, press the Info button to cycle through the available display modes.


To adjust the Release mode setting, use these methods:

  • Release mode button: Press this button.


    It will display the selection screen. Use the Multi Selector to highlight the setting you want to use and then press OK.


  • Shooting menu: Scroll to the second page of the menu to find the setting.