Follow the seven steps below to ready the camera for use.
1. Attach the strap.
Attach the strap as shown. Repeat for the second eyelet.
2. Charge the battery.
Insert the battery and plug the charger in (depending on the country or region, the charger comes with either an AC wall adapter or a power cable). An exhausted battery will fully charge in about two hours and 35 minutes.
3. Insert the battery and a memory card.
Before inserting or removing the battery or memory cards, confirm that power switch is in the OFF position. Insert the battery in the orientation shown, using the battery to keep the orange battery latch pressed to one side. The latch locks the battery in place when the battery is fully inserted.
4. Attach a lens.
Be careful to prevent dust from entering the camera when the lens or body cap is removed. The lens generally used in this manual for illustrative purposes is an AF-S NIKKOR 24 – 120mm f/4G ED VR.
5. Turn the camera on.
Turn the camera on. The control panel will light.
6. Focus the viewfinder.
Lift the diopter adjustment control and rotate it until the viewfinder display, focus points, and AF area brackets are in sharp focus. When operating the control with your eye to the viewfinder, be careful not to put your fingers or fingernails in your eye. Push the diopter adjustment control back in once you have adjusted focus to your satisfaction.
7. Choose a language and set the camera clock.
Use the Language and Time zone and date options in the setup menu to choose a language and set the camera clock (Language is automatically shown highlighted the first time the menus are displayed).
Time zone and date is used to choose a time zone (Time zone), choose a date format (Date format), turn daylight saving time on and off (Daylight saving time), and set the camera clock to the current date and time (Date and time; note that the camera uses a 24-hour clock).