How to reset a Nikon DSLR to factory default settings

D7000 camera back - location of second reset button D7000 Top plate - location of first reset button
Nikon D70 reset Nikon-D50-camera-reset
D3000-D80-D40-D40X-D60  Nikon-D100-reset

Two Button reset

It is possible to quickly reset many of the shooting settings to their default values by simply holding two buttons simultaneously for two seconds (both buttons are marked with a green dot for reference). The buttons used for this reset differ depending on the camera model. The chart below shows the various different positions of the two reset buttons depending on the camera model.


Button 1

Button 2


Shooting information button

Playback zoom/Setting button


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


Flash mode button

BKT Button

D810(A), D800(E), D700, D200, D300, D300S & D7000, D7100, D7200

QUAL (image quality/Size)

+/- Exposure Compensation button


Information button

Information edit button

D5100, D5200, D5300

Menu button

Information button

D1 series

FUNC (function) button

Thumbnail button


Playback zoom in button

Active D-Lighting button

D2 & D3 Series, D4(S)

ISO button

White Balance button

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).

Resetting the D3100
The D3200 and D3100 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.

Full reset
The D3000, D100, D40, D40X, D50, D60, D70 or D80 can be returned to the Factory default settings by pressing the button outlined in the illustrations 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. It is advised to only perform the full reset on the direct instruction of Nikon support staff.

Source: Nikon support

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