Nikon D5100 Live View problem

jtrainor56

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I went to use live view this morning to take some pictures indoors. In auto the picture is fine and live view displays correctly. When I switched to manual, live view is dark and I can barely see what the camera is seeing.

I went outside and tried the same thing. In auto, live view displayed correctly, but as soon as I switched to manual, live view displayed dark. In manual I made my settings to match what I shot in auto and the photo was over exposed but again live view was dark. When I use the display to adjust my settings, I can see the screen fine.

I did a reset of all menu settings thinking I may have made a change, but that didn't help. I tied both lenses that I have and it's the same result. Any ideas would be appreciated.
Thanks. Joe

Nikon D5100, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6
 

Meister

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Thru the viewfinder you see a direct mirror-reflektion.

In live view the mirror is flipped up and what you see is the digital image from the sensor.
If the picture is too dark, then you need to ajust the f-stop, shutter speed or aperture.
 

jtrainor56

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Thru the viewfinder you see a direct mirror-reflektion.

In live view the mirror is flipped up and what you see is the digital image from the sensor.
If the picture is too dark, then you need to ajust the f-stop, shutter speed or aperture.
If I make the settings the same as the auto settings it is still dark. If I make the settings to over expose the shot, the LCD still is dark. I also found that the brighter the light the darker the LCD displays the live view. I went outside in the sunlight and the LCD is almost black.
 

Meister

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If I make the settings the same as the auto settings it is still dark. If I make the settings to over expose the shot, the LCD still is dark. I also found that the brighter the light the darker the LCD displays the live view. I went outside in the sunlight and the LCD is almost black.
i know how frustrating it is when noone can give advice, but all i can come up with is:
- recheck all the settings, maybe do a reset
- take it to your local nikon support and have them take a look
 

jtrainor56

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Thank you Meister for the reply. I did the reset twice and no luck. I emailed Nikon Support and I'll see what they say. Unfortunately, the closest Nikon authorized camera store is almost 2 hours from me and I won't be able to get out there for a couple of weeks.

Again, thanks.
Joe
 

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Thank you Meister for the reply. I did the reset twice and no luck. I emailed Nikon Support and I'll see what they say. Unfortunately, the closest Nikon authorized camera store is almost 2 hours from me and I won't be able to get out there for a couple of weeks.

Again, thanks.
Joe
[doublepost=1551399453][/doublepost]You can fix the problem in aperture priority mode. 1- Turn the dial to P 2- Press the +- button on the right hand side, top part of the camera and hold it. 3- As you are holding that button turn the radio dial located on the back side of the camera on the right hand side to the left or right. This will open and close the aperture. You will notice that the screen becomes lighter or darker. 4- Now go back to Manual mode by turning the dial to M. That should take care of your problem
 

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[doublepost=1551399453][/doublepost]You can fix the problem in aperture priority mode. 1- Turn the dial to P 2- Press the +- button on the right hand side, top part of the camera and hold it. 3- As you are holding that button turn the radio dial located on the back side of the camera on the right hand side to the left or right. This will open and close the aperture. You will notice that the screen becomes lighter or darker. 4- Now go back to Manual mode by turning the dial to M. That should take care of your problem
After 5 years he’s probably sorted it!
 
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