Right now, every picture I take are named like this DSC_0237.JPG As a result, When I try to put the pictures in the same folders as other Nikon pictures, the filenames overlap. How to add the date and time in this naming format automatically? Something like: DSC_0237_20180302_131525

  • \$\begingroup\$ Possible duplicate of How do I prevent a Nikon D3100 from resetting the file image numbering each time? which will stop the counter resetting. You then only have to change DSC to DSD, DSE etc every 10, 000 shots. I know of no way to make it add a date. \$\endgroup\$
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Sep 2, 2019 at 6:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ No, I know of this feature but I want to put the date/time or even a short random string. The goal is to differentiate the file to other Nikon filename \$\endgroup\$
    – TSR
    Commented Sep 2, 2019 at 9:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ That method will differentiate your first ten thousand images. Further differentiation is done by changing the prefix to something other than DSC - nikonusa.com/en/learn-and-explore/a/tips-and-techniques/… \$\endgroup\$
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Sep 2, 2019 at 9:35
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    \$\begingroup\$ If you want the naming to be done in camera, you can't. \$\endgroup\$
    – xiota
    Commented Sep 3, 2019 at 3:04
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    \$\begingroup\$ You'll have to use a helper app/tool to rename the files. I'd recommend exiftool. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 3, 2019 at 19:44

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There is no option to change the file name in camera. Users can only change the file number sequence method, as @Tetsujin noted. For the record:

In Setup Menu, change File Number Sequence to On. The camera will continuously number images and give them all a unique filename. After 999 images, use the Reset option in File Number Sequence to go back to 001. See the D3100 manual for more details.

Changing the name for each shoot has to be done outside of the camera. The import tool in your digital asset management program will have an option for that. Alternately, use a free-standing app for bulk file renaming.


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