How To Back Up Nikon Camera Settings

Stuff happens.

You send your camera in for repair and it comes back reset to factory defaults. You mess around in the menus, things get out of hand, and you can’t get back to the way things were. You get a second identical body and want a quick way to get your settings from one camera to another.

Well, if you’re using a mid-range or pro-level Nikon body (sorry, this doesn’t work for the D3xxx and D5xxx series), then you’re in luck. You can save and backup your camera settings and easily get things back to normal when “stuff” happens – or when you want to copy the settings to another identical body.

Check out the video for everything you need to know – from backing up to saving the data somewhere safe – it’s all covered.

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Please note that in addition to the items mentioned in the video, the user settings (U1 and U2) are also not saved with this procedure (no other way to do it either, as far as I know).

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Noel O'Keeffe

Hi Steve, Do you have a list of personal settings that you use on your camera. I have a D810 & D610 and not sure which settings are best.

CHRISTIAN SOMMEILLIER
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CHRISTIAN SOMMEILLIER

Thank you Steve for sharing your precious knowledge; I saved all my settings on my D500 (most of them where issued from your past recommandations); the only thing to do after that was to reset my 300mm PF AF fine tuning value.

Robert Stone
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Just a thought … With your preferred settings in place, save them to the card as you describe. After a day’s shooting, with many possible changes to these settings, do the following: Off-loading your images, and make necessary back-ups. Then, before re-formatting the card, restore your camera settings from the card. Format the card, and immediately save the setting back to the card.

Of course , a backup copy of the settings on a computer will be valuable if you forget the steps!

Hervé
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Done! So easy, so usefull. Many thanks for all the sharings. Have a great day.

Ralph Durham
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Ralph Durham

Thanks, Steve- Great Video. I had been doing this for my D850 and it’s saved me a couple of times already. I’m considering purchasing a D5 or D6 in the near future and the one thing that is keeping me from buying the dual XQD model is this situation. XQD cards are already pricey and you can’t get a small/cheap card for this. I currently use a 1G SD card to keep my D850 firmware and settings with me at all times. Can you comment on this or offer a possible solution to units with dual XQD cards? Thanks

Jim Descher
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Jim Descher

Steve…I really enjoy your videos and this was no different. Thank you from an avid amateur! I shoot with a Nikon D7500. I was wondering if you would ever consider giving some hints on which settings we should adjust and which to leave alone. There are so many possible settings but I have to think some should stay at factory levels and some might be better to be set in a way that helps most of us in most situations. Any chance of that? Thx!

Michael
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Michael

thanks Steve. Great Information

Robert D. DeCuir
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Robert D. DeCuir

As always, great useful information well presented and on point. Does it matter if you save your camera settings to you primary or secondary card slot? I noticed that in your recent video, “HOW TO UPDATE NIKON FIRMWARE” you mentioned that the firmware upgrade should be made in the primary card slot. On my D850s, I would rather use my old inexpensive small SD cards for the camera setting backups than my more valuable XQD cards. Thanks again for the video and the wonderful Costa Rican Workshop.

Joe Hudspeth
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Excellent. Thank you.

Mark
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Mark

can you save the u1 u2 settings as well? would you set the camera to u1 and save settings and then put that file into a folder for u1 and go to u2 etc…..?

Joe
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Joe

Thanks Steve! Great info.

Shutterbug Sue
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Shutterbug Sue

Genius! Thanks a million, Steve!