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NikonHacker Unlocks Full Manual Video Recording on D5100

By Anthony Thurston on December 1st 2013


NikonHacker, the Nikon firmware hack similar to Magic Lantern for Canon cameras, has just released an updated firmware hack that unlocks full manual video recording on the Nikon D5100.

According to the video announcement below the features were available all along but were just blocked by Nikon’s default 5100 firmware. All they had to do was unlock the features and now full manual control in live view is possible. The proof is in the pudding, check out the video below.

Obviously this firmware is still a ways behind its bigger brother, Magic Lantern, but slowly and surely strides are being made. This latest release is just the most recent proof that a “Magic Lantern” like hack for Nikon is possible, it just needs to get some traction.

You can learn more about this hack from the NikonHacker website here.

What are your thoughts about this? Do you think this NikonHacker firmware can someday get to Magic Lantern status or will Nikon hacks always be few and far between? Share your thoughts in a comment below!

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Ian Sanderson

    I’ll wait till my warranty expires, I’m not that brave :)

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  2. mugur ic

    Nice, but for D7000 we can change de recording time ?

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  3. Nick

    Full manual video control blocked by Nikon – why would they do that?
    To boost sales of higher models with “more” features, presumably? Doesn’t seem to be working all too well;

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  4. Joe

    The D4 can..

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  5. Chuck Navarro

    Awesome but no aperture yet or maybe they didn’t show it. Either way I may keep my D5100 after all instead of selling it.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      No Nikon DSLR (D4 only exception I am aware of) can do aperture in Live view, its a mechanical limitation not software.

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