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You can see all of the critical exposure settings that you have up here on your status display, but there are a lot of other settings that you may have made that are buried down in menus, and to pick them apart and check out each one can take a while. If you press the Info button on the back of your D800, you get a really comprehensive status display of just about everything to do with the camera, all the same readouts that you get up there on the status display, plus all of these things down here. So what I'm seeing down here are Shooting bank, High ISO Noise Reduction, Color Space, lots of other things.
Not only do I get a readout of these things down here, they're actually editable. So if I press the Info button to bring up the display and then press it again, this now becomes editable, with these little tips here showing me what each item is. I navigate it using the multicontroller and if I want to change something--for example High ISO Noise Reduction--I just select it and that takes me directly to the High ISO Noise Reduction menu. And then after I make a change, it said okay and it brings me back here. So, this is a really nice way of controlling a lot of functions that are normally buried down in a bunch of menus.
More importantly, this is a great way of working, if you're on a tripod, particularly if you're working in low light. If you've got the camera mounted up high and it's difficult to see the status display, you can still see exactly how things are set up right here, how you're metering, where you're focused, and so on. Note that I can also change my focus point and see all that right out here. So, all the critical information that I would be getting from my viewfinder can be down here also. So this is a really handy way working for studio shooting, low-light shooting, or anytime you want easy access to a bunch of parameters that are normally buried deep within the menuing system.
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