Bottom & Front of Camera
On the bottom of your camera we have your serial number. You can record that for insurance purposes. It has a standard tripod socket right in the middle of the center of the lens for good support. Your tripods, monopods, and so forth can be hooked up there very easily. Of course this is where we have our battery compartment on the camera. It uses an EN-EL 14a, which is a fairly common battery these days with Nikon. It comes with the travel charger MH-24. When you plug that into the wall it'll blink when it's charging and then it will turn just steady when it is complete. Working our way over to the front side of the camera we have a big old light in the front that will light up for auto focus assistance. If it's low light and the camera's having a hard time focusing, it'll turn on this little flashlight, you might say. It's kind of irritating if it's pointing at your face. This is something that you can turn off. If you wanted to dive into the custom menu under c3 you can turn that off...
if you want to. It's just something that I kind of recommend. We'll get into that specifically in the menu section. Next up is our lens marks. When you are mounting the lenses on the camera and there's a lot of people when this is their first SLR camera, I've seen a lot of people very nervous about mounting lenses. You do want to do it right. Let me give you a little demonstration. When you get your camera, the lens is probably not attached. The key thing is that this has a very clear white dot on the lens right here and the dot on the camera body is right there. There's an additional dot on the lens over here. You just wanna align those and rotate it on until you hear that click. Listen to the click. (lens clicks) Right there, that means that you have done it properly. In general you don't wanna leave your camera with a lens not on it for any great length of time 'cause dust can get into the mirror box housing which means it can get into the sensor a little bit more easily. There's our lens release button and our lens lock pin. That's what's spring loaded and giving us the little click to let us know that we've mounted the lens on there and it has secured it on there, preventing it from coming off. Up on the top of the camera and on the back of the lens you'll see CPU Contacts. That's the way the information is passed back and forth for focusing and aperture information on the lenses. There's a little lever down here which is not mentioned anywhere in the instruction manual. I looked on every page for information. Nikon does not provide any information on this in the camera manual at all. What this allows is it allows for older Nikon lenses to still work on the camera, albeit with some limitations on there. It basically lets the camera know that the aperture is stopped down as far as it can go so it can set the exposure properly. This is as close as we're gonna get to the sensor on the camera. It's a 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor. It's an APS-C sensor with a 1.5 crop. That's simply comparing it to the full frame cameras that Nikon also has. That's a common standard in the industry.
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