Resetting your Nikon digital single lens reflex (SLR) camera

The chart below shows the various different positions of the two reset buttons depending on the camera model.

Camera Button 1 Button 2  
D40/D40X Shooting information button Playback zoom/Setting button  
D50 Shooting Mode button Self timer button  
D70 & D70s BKT Button Metering mode button  
D90 & D80 +/- Exposure Compensation button AF Mode button  
D600, D610 +/- Exposure Compensation button Thumbnail button  
D100 Flash mode button BKT Button  
D800(E), D810 (A), D700, D200, D300, D300S, D7000, D7100, D7200 QUAL (image quality/Size) +/- Exposure Compensation button  
D5000 Information button Information edit button  
D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D5600 Menu button Information button  
D1 series FUNC (function) button Thumbnail button  
D60 Playback zoom in button Active D-Lighting button  
D2 & D3 Series, D4 (S) ISO button IWhite Balance button  
D5 Release Mode button White Balance button  
D500, D850 QUAL button +/- Exposure Compensation  
D750 ISO button +/- Exposure Compensation  
D6 Go to Setup Menu, scroll down and reset all settings  
Z-Series Go to Setup Menu, scroll down and reset all settings  

Please refer to the user manual for more information on which settings are restored to factory default as a result of the two button reset. Settings in the Custom menu are not affected by the two button method.

To perform a full reset of the Custom menus, select the reset option in the custom menu (users of the D7000, D200, D300, D300S, D700, D2 series , D3 series, and D4 may also need to perform a reset in the Shooting menu to reset all functions).

The D3200, D3100, D3300, D3400 and D3500 do not have a 2 button reset option. To perform a reset you need to manually choose the reset option in the Shooting Menu and the Setup menu. To do this press 'Menu', select the Shooting Menu and scroll through the options until 'Reset Shooting Options' is highlighted, press ok, highlight 'Yes' and press ok again. Repeat this for the Setup menu.

The D300, D80, D40, D40X and D60 can be returned to the Factory default settings by pressing the little button outlined in the illustration below, the cameras will be reset to "out of the box" condition.

Note that this will reset the time and date stored in the camera and the correct time and date will need to be setting, any custom curves that have been loaded to the camera will also be erased.

The D100 can be reset by pressing a little button behind the upper rubber cover at the left side of the camera body. The D50 and D70 have a small button on the bottom of the body.


It is advised to only perform the full reset on the direct instruction of Nikon support staff.