The latest release from NH includes some pretty happy news for Nikon D5100 users – the ability to shoot manual while in live view mode. NH tells that the feature was there all along, only it was disabled in software and needed a small technical tap to be unlocked.
Here is a short explanation coming from coderat, a member of NH forums, suggesting that mode D7000 features can be brought into the D5100 (bold by me):
“I guess the reason is pretty obvious: D5100 and D7000 firmwares are built from same source code. So most things from D7000 are inside D5100, perhaps all (I expect also DOF-preview function be there, but no button to activate). Because we see for example everywhere in a cycle work with SDHC Channel 0 and Channel 1 in D5100, but only channel 0 is enabled. Same sensor, same TX chip, and it is much easier to keep firmware almost same because you save a lot of time for development and testing.“
This makes the D5100 the most patched camera from NH with features including:
- Remove Time Based Video Restrictions
- NEF Compression Off
- NEF Compression Lossless
- Remove NEF Nikon Star Eater, for Astro folks
- Jpeg Compression – Quality (vs. Space)
- Non-brand Battery
- Live View Manual Control ISO/Shutter
Of course, Nikon does not officially support those hacks and you run them at your own risk.