Nikon Zf Default Settings

If you’ve changed settings on your Nikon Zf but want to roll them back for whatever, here’s a reference for the default settings so you can take a more targeted approach than the reset all function.

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Like most high-end digital cameras these days, the Nikon Zf has a lot of options crammed into its menu system. And it’s very easy to experiment with a setting and forget what you’ve changed.

If you want to reset all the Nikon Zf’s settings back to their defaults, there’s a simple menu item for that. You can find it under:

SETUP MENU > Reset all settings

But what if you want something more targeted?

Maybe you’ve been messing with specific settings but want to roll them back without having to go through and set everything up again. Or you’re trying to troubleshoot something specific. It’s very easy to go down a frustrating rabbit hole trying to remember which setting changes to undo. I find myself in that situation frequently when I start messing with the settings.

So that’s where this comes in. It shows the default selection for each setting. If you just want to roll back specific options rather than the nuclear option of a full reset, this should give you a good reference point. [1]

PHOTO SHOOTING MENU

The photo shooting menu is the one with the stills camera icon.

You can reset all of the photo shooting menu (but only this menu and leave other settings untouched) using the function:

PHOTO SHOOTING MENU > Reset photo shooting menu
SettingOptions
Reset photo shooting menuNo
Storage folderNCZ_F
100
File namingDSC
Primary slot selectionSD card slot
Secondary slot functionOverflow
Image areaFX (36×24)
– DX crop alert / OFF
Tone modeSDR
Image qualityJPEG/HEIF normal
Image size settingsLarge (6048×4032; 24.4 M)
RAW recordingHigh efficiency✭
ISO sensitivity settings100
– Auto ISO sensitivity control / OFF
– Maximum sensitivity / 64000
– Maximum sensitivity with flash / 64000
– Minimum shutter speed / 100
White balanceAuto / AUTO1 Keep overall atmosphere
Set Picture ControlAuto
Manage Picture Control[function]
Color spacesRGB
Active D-lightingOff
Long exposure NROff
High ISO NRNormal
Vignette controlNormal
Diffraction compensationOn
Auto distortion controlOn
Skin softeningOff
Portrait impression balanceOff
Photo flicker reductionOff
MeteringMatrix metering
Flash modeFill flash
Flash compensation0
Release modeSingle frame
Focus modeAF-S Single AF
AF-area modeSingle-point AF
AF/MF subject detection optionsAuto
MF subject detection areaMF subject detection off
Vibration reductionNormal
Link VR to focus pointOn
Auto bracketing– Auto bracketing on/off / Off
– Auto bracketing set / AE & flash bracketing
– Number of shots / 3F
– Increment / 1.0
Multiple exposure– Multiple exposure mode / Off
– Number of shots / 2
– Overlay mode / Average
– Save individual pictures (RAW) / On
– Overlay shooting / On
HDR Overlay– HDR Mode / Off
– HDR strength / Auto
– Save individual pictures (RAW) / Off
Interval timer shooting– Choose start day/time [user input]
– Interval / 00:01’00”
– Intervalsxshots/interval / 1×1
– Exposure smoothing / On
– Electronic shutter options / On / 0
– Interval priority / Off
– Focus before each shot / Off
– AE bracketing / 3F / 1.0
– Increment / 1.0
– Time-lapse video
– – H.265 8-bit (MOV)
– – 2160p30 3840×2160; 30p
– – SD card slot
– Starting storage folder / [both unchecked]
Time-lapse video– Interval / 00:00’05”
– Shooting time / 00:25’00”
– Exposure smoothing / On
– Electronic shutter options / On / 0
– Choose image area / FX
– – H.265 8-bit (MOV)
– – 2160p30 3840×2160; 30p
– Interval priority / Off
– Focus before each shot / Off
– Destination / SD card slot
Focus shift shooting– No. of shots / 100
– Focus step width / 5
– Interval until next shot / 0″
– First-frame exposure lock / On
– Electronic shutter options / Off / 0
– Focus position auto reset / Off
– Starting storage folder / [both unchecked]
Pixel shift shootingOff
– Number of shots / 8
– Delay / 2 s
– Interval until next shot / 0″

VIDEO RECORDING MENU

The video recording menu is the one with the movie camera icon.

You can reset all of the video shooting menu (but only this menu and leave other settings untouched) using the function:

VIDEO RECORDING MENU > Reset video recording menu
SettingOptions
Reset video recording menuNo
Storage folderNCZ_F / 100
File namingDSC
DestinationSD card slot
Video file typeH.265 8-bit (MOV)
Frame size/frame rate2160p30 3840×2160; 30p
Image areaFX (36×24)
– DX crop alert / Off
ISO sensitivity settings– Maximum sensitivity / 51200
– Auto ISO control (mode M) / On
– ISO sensitivity (mode M) / 100
White balanceSame as photo settings
Set Picture ControlSame as photo settings
Manage Picture Control[function]
Active D-LightingOff
High ISO NRNormal
Vignette controlNormal
Diffraction compensationOn
Auto distortion controlOn
Skin softeningOff
Portrait impression balanceOff
Photo flicker reductionOff
MeteringMatrix metering
Focus modeAF-F Full-time AF
AF-area modeSingle-point AF
AF/MF subject detection optionsAuto / On
MF subject detect areaOff
Vibration reductionSame as photo settings
Electronic VROff
Microphone sensitivityAuto
AttenuatorOff
Frequency responseWide range
Wind noise reductionOff
Mic jack plug-in powerOn
Headphone volume15
TimecodeOff
– Count-up method / Record run
– Timecode origin / Current time
– Drop frame / On
External rec. cntrl (HDMI)Off

CUSTOM SETTINGS MENU

The custom settings menu is the one with the pencil icon.

The custom settings menu is organized slightly differently, with categories denoted by a letter. I’ve broken them out here into individual sections.

You can reset all of the custom settings (but only the custom settings) with the function:

CUSTOM SETTINGS MENU > Reset custom settings

Some of these settings are best explained with screenshots. I’ve included those at the bottom of this section.

a Focus

SettingOptions
a1 AF-C priority selectionRelease
a2 AF-S priority selectionFocus
a3 Focus tracking with lock-on3
a4 Focus point usedAll points
a5 Store points by orientationOff
a6 AF activationShutter/AF-ON
a7 Focus point persistenceAuto
a8 Limit AF-area mode selection[all checked]
a9 Focus point wrap-aroundOff
a10 Focus point display– Manual focus mode / On
– Dynamic-area AF assist / On
– AF-C in-focus display / Off
– 3D-tracking focus point color / White
a11 Built-in AF-assist illuminatorOn
a12 Focus peakingFocus peak / Off
Focus peaking sensitivity / 2 (standard)
Focus peaking highlight color / Red
a13 Focus point selection speedFocus point selection speed / Normal

b Metering/exposure

SettingOptions
b1 ISO sensitivity step value1/3 step
b2 Easy exposure compensationOn
b3 Matrix metering face detectionOn
b4 Center-weighted areaStandard
b5 Fine-tune optimal exposure[function]

c Timers/AE Lock

SettingOptions
c1 Shutter-release button AE-LOff
c2 Self-timer– Self-timer delay / 10 s
– Number of shots / 1
– Interval between shots / 0.5 s
c3 Power off delay– Playback / 10 s
– Menus / 1 min
– Picture Review / 4 s
– Standby timer / 30 s

d Shooting/display

SettingOptions
d1 CL mode shooting speed5 fps
d2 Maximum shots per burst200
d3 Pre-Release Capture options– Pre-release burst / None
– Post-release burst / Max.
d4 Sync. release mode optionsSync
d5 Shutter typeAuto
d6 Extended shutter speeds (M)Off
d7 Limit selectable image area[all checked]
d8 File number sequenceOn
d9 View mode (photo Lv)Show effects of settings
d10 Starlight view (photo Lv)Off
d11 Warm display colorsOff / 0
d12 View all in continuous modeOn
d13 Release timing indicatorType B
d14 Image frameOn
d15 Grid type3×3
d16 Virtual horizon typeType B
d17 Custom monitor shooting display[see screenshot below]
d18 Custom viewfinder shooting display[see screenshot below]

e Bracketing/flash

SettingOptions
e1 Flash sync speed1/200 s
e2 Flash shutter speed1/60 s
e3 Exposure comp. for flashEntire frame
e4 Auto Flash ISO sensitivity controlSubject and background
e5 Modeling flashOn
e6 Auto bracketing (mode M)Flash/speed
e7 Bracketing orderMTR > under > over
e8 Flash burst priorityPrioritize precise flash control

f Controls

SettingOptions
f1 Customize i menu[see screenshot below]
f2 Custom controls (shooting)[see screenshot below]
f3 Custom controls (playback)[see screenshot below]
f4 Touch FnOff
– Assign touch Fn / Move focus point
– Touch Fn area / Top right quadrant / Same as wide orientation
f5 Focus-point lockOff
f6 Reverse dial rotation[both unchecked]
f7 Release button to use dialOff
f8 Reverse indicators-0+
f9 Reverse ring for focusOff
f10 Focus ring rotation range
f11 Control ring responseHigh
f12 Switch focus/control ring rolesOff
f13 Power zoom (PZ) button optionOff
– Power zoom speed / +3
f14 Full-frame playback flicks– Flick up / None
– Flick down / None

g Video

SettingOptions
g1 Customize i menu[see screenshot below]
g2 Custom controls[see screenshot below]
g3 Focus-point lockOff
g4 Limit AF-area mode selection[all checked]
g5 AF speed0
g6 AF tracking sensitivity4
g7 Power zoom (PZ) button optionOff
– Power zoom speed / +3 / 0
g8 Fine ISO control (mode M)Off
g9 Extended shutter speeds (S/M)Off
g10 View assistOff
g11 Zebra patternZebra pattern off
– Pattern / Pattern 1
– Highlight threshold / 250
– Mid-tone range / 160
g12 Limit zebra pattern tone rangeZebra pattern off
g13 Grid type3×3
g14 Brightness information displayHIST
g15 Custom monitor shooting display[see screenshot below]
g16 Custom viewfinder shooting[see screenshot below]
g17 Red REC frame indicatorOn

Screenshots of Custom Controls & Menus

Some of the custom menu and custom controls settings are hard to put in text form. So here are screenshots from the menu system.

Some of these, such as the viewfinder and monitor displays, have further sub-displays that can be further customized. I haven’t included all of those but rather included just the initial top-level display to give an overview of the standard display.

d17 Custom monitor shooting menu

Nikon Zf Settings Screenshot - d17 Custom monitor shooting display

d18 Custom viewfinder shooting display

Nikon Zf Settings Screenshot - d18 Custom videfinder shooting display

f1 Customize i menu

Nikon Zf Settings Screenshot - f1 Customize i menu

f2 Custom controls (shooting)

Nikon Zf Settings Screenshot - f2 Custom controls (shooting)

f3 Custom controls (playback)

Nikon Zf Settings Screenshot - f3 Custom controls (playback)

g1 Customize i menu

Nikon Zf Settings Screenshot - g1 Customize i menu

g15 Custom monitor shooting display

Nikon Zf Settings Screenshot - g15 Custom monitor shooting display

g16 Custom viewfinder shooting display

Nikon Zf Settings Screenshot - g16 Custom viewfinder shooting display

PLAYBACK MENU

The playback menu is the one with the play button icon.

SettingsOption
Playback folderAll
Playback display options[user selection]
Delete pictures from both slotsYes (confirmation required)
Dual-format recording PB slotSD card slot
Filtered playback criteria[none selected]
Series playback– Auto series playback / Off
– List series as single thumbnails / Off
Picture reviewOff
After deleteShow next
After burst, showLast picture in burst
Auto-rotate picturesOn

SETUP MENU

The Setup Menu is the one with the wrench / spanner icon.

Format memory card[user selection]
Language[user selection]
Time zone and date[user selection]
Monitor brightness0
Monitor color balance[centered]
Viewfinder brightnessAuto
Viewfinder color balance[user selection]
Finder display size (photo Lv)Standard
Limit monitor mode selection[all selected]
Auto rotate info displayOn
Off
AF fine-tuning optionsAF fine-tune / Off
– Fine-tune and save lens / [function]
– Default / 0
Non-CPU lens dataNo.1
Save focus positionOff
Save zoom position (PZ lenses)Off
Auto temperature cutoutStandard
Clean image sensorAutomatic cleaning / Clean at shutdown
Image Dust Off ref photo[function]
Pixel mapping[function]
Image commentAttach comment / Off
Input comment / [user selection]
Copyright information– Attach copyright information / Off
– Artist / [user selection]
– Copyright / [user selection]
IPTCAuto embed during shooting / Off
Voice memo options– Voice memo control / Press and hold
– Audio output (playback) / 10
Camera soundsBeep on/off / Off
– Volume / 2
– Pitch / L
Silent modeOff
Touch controlsEnable/disable touch controls / Enable
Glove modeOff
Self-portrait mode[informational]
HDMI– Output resolution / Auto
– Output range / Auto
– Output shooting info / On
– Mirror camera info display / On
USB connection priorityUpload
Conformity marking[informational]
Battery info[informational]
USB power deliveryOn
Energy saving (photo mode)Off
Slot empty release lockEnable release
Save/load menu settings[informational]
Reset all settings[informational]
Firmware version[informational]

NETWORK MENU

The Network Menu uses the globe icon.

Most of these are functions rather than settings, and many sub-settings aren’t available or selectable unless a specific type of connection is established. Several of these rely on network profiles (eg. wifi passwords and IP address) that are entered. There are no default network profiles—they should all be blank.

SettingsOption
Connect to smart device– Pairing (Bluetooth) / Off
– Wi-Fi connection / [function]
Wireless remote (ML-L7) options– Wireless remote connection (ML-L7) / Off
– Save wireless remote control / [function]
– Assign Fn1 button / Play
– Assign Fn2 button / Menu
Connect to computer– Network settings / [user input]
– Connection type / Picture transfer
Connect to FTP server[user selection]
Connect to other cameras– Synchronized release / On
ATOMOS AirGlu BT options– Connect to ATOMOS AIrGlu BT / Off
USBMTP/PTP
Router frequency band2.4 GHz/5 GHz
MAC address[informational]
  1. I’m using firmware 1.10 in compiling this list. It’s possible for some of these settings to change in future firmware updates.[]
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