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Reset DSLR to factory settings

Resetting DSLR back to factory settings

July 17, 2015

Each subject and each photo-shoot demands different things. From the setup to the location, everything must be adjusted and made perfect to make sure time and effort is not wasted at the end of the day. On the same lines, the DSLR camera settings also undergo frequent modifications. The zoom, the flash, even the capture mode, over time you might make myriad changes to the original settings of your DSLR to adapt to different requirements. So much so, that after some time you might not even remember what changes you've made to the settings until they start becoming inconvenient or start to pose hindrance while you click. This situation might also arise if you lend your DSLR to a friend and discover some unwanted settings on getting it back.

At times like this instead of troubling your brain to remember the alterations and trying to reverse them one by one, a simple factory reset would seem like the best choice. But often, doing this becomes easier said than done. Modern cameras come equipped with quite confusing ways to perform the factory reset and if you've not done it before, you might feel lost. Hence, in this guide we've compiled step-wise instructions for resetting some of the most widely used DSLR cameras back to their original settings.

Important Note: Factory reset or "Hard Reset" settings differ for each individual DSLR camera model, so referring the camera's manual will lead you to the exact solution.

Hard Reset Nikon DSLR

For Nikon cameras, the two-button reset works for many models. The two buttons are marked with a green dot each for easy identification. Which two buttons need to be used and their location differs for each model. Now let's see the reset settings for some popular models. These models do not support the 2 button reset option so you will have to do it manually.

Resetting Nikon D3100 and D3200

  1. Press 'Menu' button on the back near the LCD display
  2. Select the Shooting Menu or Setup Menu
  3. Scroll through the options until 'Reset Shooting Options' is highlighted
  4. Press OK and then highlight 'Yes'
  5. Press Ok again

Resetting the Nikon D40

  1. Press the 'Menu' button on the back near the LCD display
  2. Scroll to the 'pencil' icon on the left side of the menu such that it is highlighted
  3. Press the right button near the 'OK' to highlight the right side
  4. Scroll till you have 'Reset' highlighted, then press 'OK'.
  5. Scroll down to ‘Yes', and press 'OK'

Resetting the Nikon D5300

The procedure for this model is perhaps the simplest out of all models. Hold down the "MENU" and "i" button together. This will cause the control panel to turn off and the camera will reset itself to the factory settings.

Hard Reset Canon DSLR

Resetting Canon cameras to factory setting involves pretty much the same steps for all major models. These models include the EOS 6D, EOS 60D, 400D and others. Here are the steps

  1. Put the Camera in Manual Mode and press the “Menu” button
  2. Use the Multi-controller or the Quick Control dial to scroll down to the Clear all Camera Settings option
  3. Click the Set button
  4. Scroll over to the OK button and click Set button again

Though the basic steps to factory reset a Canon DSLR remain the same (as shown above), the navigation to find the "Clear All Camera Settings" might differ from model to model.

Hard Reset Olympus DSLR

Resetting Olympus E-510 and E-520

  1. Select P on the mode dial. Then open the card door and turn the camera on.
  2. Hold down the Menu and the OK buttons at the same time for 5 seconds. The camera name will be displayed.
  3. Release and again hold down the Menu and the OK buttons at the same time for another 5 seconds
  4. Press the OK button when you see the message “Reset has been done”

Resetting Olympus E-500

  1. Turn on the camera
  2. Press the "Menu" button on the back of your camera and select the "Camera" icon
  3. Select the "Reset" option using the arrow buttons and press "OK"
  4. When prompted, select "Yes" using the down arrow button and press "OK" to restore the factory default settings

Resetting Olympus E-420

The E-420 can be reset to factory settings only in the P, A, S and M modes. Here are the steps:

  1. If the “Custom Reset” selection is greyed out, that means that the camera is in 'AUTO' or 'SCENE' mode; hence change the mode dial to P, A, S, or M.
  2. Press the right arrow button in the Custom Reset Setting option. Here you will find 3 reset choices, viz. Reset, Reset 1 and Reset 2.
  3. Reset 1 is the one for factory settings and this will be highlighted by default.
  4. Press ‘OK’ and then ‘Yes’ from the pop-up that appears.
  5. Press ‘OK’ again.

Concluding Lines

So there you go, hard reset or factory reset settings for some of the top DSLR camera models from Nikon, Canon and Olympus. If you didn't find the model you were looking for in this article, have a look at the camera's manual. You will surely find your solution there. For those who did find their model here, hope this guide will help you out in need.

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