Self-Timer Shooting with Your Nikon D5200 - dummies

Self-Timer Shooting with Your Nikon D5200

By Julie Adair King

You’re no doubt familiar with the Self-Timer Release mode, 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 D5200: After you press the shutter button, the AF-assist lamp on the front of the camera starts to blink, and the camera emits a series of beeps (assuming that you didn’t disable its voice via the Beep option on the Custom Setting menu). 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 self-timer preferences through the Self-Timer option found in the Timers/AE Lock section of the Custom Setting menu, as shown in the figure.


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

  • Self-Timer Delay: Choose a delay time of 2, 5, 10, or 20 seconds. The selected delay time appears with the Self-Timer symbol in the Information display.

  • Number of Shots: Specify how many frames you want to capture with each press of the shutter button; the maximum is nine frames. When you opt for recording multiple frames, shots are taken at 4-second intervals.

Three more points to note about self-timer shooting:

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

  • After the specified number of shots are captured, the camera resets the Release mode to Single Frame, Quiet, or Continuous Low or High. Turning off the camera also resets the release mode. Either way, the camera selects the Release mode you used before Self-Timer mode.

  • Cover the viewfinder if possible during self-timer shooting. 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. Remove the rubber cover that surrounds the viewfinder and then insert the cover in its place. (Orient the cover with the word Nikon facing the camera.)