How to Use Self-Timer Mode on Your Nikon D7100 - dummies

How to Use Self-Timer Mode on Your Nikon D7100

By Julie Adair King

You’re no doubt familiar with Self-Timer mode on your Nikon D7100, which delays the shutter release for a few seconds after you press the shutter button, giving you time to dash into the picture. Here’s how it works on the D7100:

After you press the shutter button, the autofocus-assist illuminator on the front of the camera starts to blink. If you enabled the camera’s voice via the Beep option on the Custom Setting menu, you also hear a series of beeps. A few seconds later, the camera captures the image.

By default, the camera waits 10 seconds after you press the shutter button and then records a single image. But you can tweak the delay time and capture as many as nine shots at a time. Set your preferences through the Self-Timer option on the Custom Setting menu.


Here’s what you need to know about the three settings:

  • Self-Timer Delay: Choose a delay time of 2, 5, 10, or 20 seconds.

  • Number of Shots: Specify how many frames you want to capture with each press of the shutter button; the maximum is nine frames.

  • Interval between Shots: If you choose to record multiple shots, this setting determines how long the camera waits between each one. You can set the delay to a half second (the default setting), 1 second, 2 seconds, or 3 seconds.

Two more points to note about self-timer shooting:

  • Using flash disables the multiple frames recording option. The camera records just a single image, regardless of the Number of Shots setting.

  • Cover the viewfinder if possible. Otherwise, light may seep into the camera through the viewfinder and affect exposure. Your camera comes with a viewfinder cover made just for this purpose.