Brett ‘the video guy’ Simmons has noticed an issue with shooting low light video with The D5100. No matter what you do, the camera seems to be ‘Auto-ISO’ing your footage and it looks like po… erm, garbage. There is a work around!
Nikon D5100 manual video settings example
Shutter Speed 1/50
How to do it:
Here is the explanation how to do it in FULL MANUAL with the Nikon D5100, give it a try and you’ll have a fantastic results for such a cheap but powerful little camera.
This is THE HOW-TO manually control ISO and Shutter speed on Nikon D5100
1. CHOOSE AUTO ISO MODE
2, PUT THE CAMERA IN “A” MODE
3. IN AUTOMATIC ISO MODE SELECT MAXIMUM ISO VALUE (3200 WILL DO THE JOB) AND THE MINIMUM SHUTTER SPEED (1/50 FOR EXAMPLE), BE SURE THAT YOU ALSO SET THE CURRENT ISO VALUE AT 100!
4.ENTER LIVE VIEW WHEN IN “A” MODE AND YOU WILL BE CLEARLY ABLE TO SEE CURRENT ISO VALUE FOR ANY SCENE YOU POINT YOUR CAMERA AT, IT WILL GO UP AND DOWN AND THIS IS THE ONLY – O N L Y! WAY TO SEE THE EXACT ISO VALUE ON D5100
5. TO CONTROL THE ISO MANUALLY, FRAME THE SCENE AND THEN, WITH THE EXPOSURE COMPENSATION BUTTON, DRIVE THE ISO UP OR DOWN, EVERY TIME YOU PRESS THE EXP COMP, ISO WILL CHANGE UP OR DOWN, SHUTTER SPEED IS SOMEWHAT LOCKED WITH THE HIGHEST ISO SETTINGS SO WHEN YOU REACH THE HIGHEST ISO VALUE IT WILL CHANGE THE SHUTTER SPEEDS AS WELL
6. TO STAY WITH THE WANTED ISO/SHUTTER SPEEDS PRESS AE LOCK
Sorry for the yelling. Buddy that figured this out wasn’t smart enough to know his caps lock was on 🙂 If someone with a D5100 home this weekend wants to try this out and leave a comment that would be great! If not, I’ll try this on Monday.
Thanks for the headsup Brett!