Nikon Coolpix 995 permits you to focus manually from a list of 49 preset distances ranging from 0.02 meter (0.06 ft) to 10m (30 ft), plus infinity. To perform manual focus, you have to be in the M-REC mode. Then, follow the procedure below:
|The focus setting button||The Command Dial|
As the command dial is being turned, the current focus distance is shown on both control panel and the LCD monitor. The left image below indicates that the LCD monitor shows the current distance being 1.5m, while the right image below shows the information on the control panel. Note that there is no unit shown on the control panel; however, it does show M-FOCUS as a reminder. It is odd that Nikon did not show these information in a coherent way.
|LCD monitor display||Control panel display|
Note that the control panel displays the above distance information while you are manual focusing. If you stop manual focusing for a short period of time, the control panel switches back to the usual display. However, it does show M-FOCUS as shown below:
When the subject distance is 30ft or, equivalently, 10m, the next larger distance becomes INF. More precisely, if the subject distance is larger than 30ft or 10m, use infinity. The following shows the LCD monitor display when the subject distance is infinity.
When the distance is less than 0.3m (1 ft) when zooming, focus may not be possible in some focal lengths. In this case, the distance is shown in red on the LCD monitor as a warning.
After you stop turning the command dial and releasing the M-FOCUS button, the current subject distance will not disappear. This means manual focus is still in effect, and, to focus again, just press and hold the M-FOCUS button and turn the command dial. As long as the subject distance is shown on the LCD monitor and M-FOCUS appears on the control panel, the camera can only be manually focused, and pressing the shutter release button halfway will not activate autofocus. Press the M-FOCUS button only will cancel manual focus and return to autofocus.
The built-in flash can be used while in the manual focus mode. Therefore, you can use the built-in flash when the subject distance is infinity.
Note that the actual distance may be different from the chosen setting if a converter (i.e., wide angle or telephoto) is being used. In this case, you could use the LCD monitor to determine if the subjects are in focus.
Note also that, for some reason, if you want to use the self-timer and the manual focus mode at the same time, set the self-timer first, because once you enter the manual focus mode, you will have no chance to set self-timer.
In general, manual focus operation of this camera is very inconvenient and non-intuitive, and I bet you won't use it once you try it.
The distance shown on the LCD monitor has a unit. This unit is either ft for feet or m for meter. The above images show the unit in ft; but, you can change it to meter. Here is the procedure:
If you prefer to use meter, press the right arrow to select it. Otherwise, use the down arrow to highlight ft, followed by pressing the right arrow to select it.
Note that once this option is chosen, it will stay there even after turning off the camera. Therefore, you need to go through the above procedure again to reverse the setting..