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I'm traveling and I don't have access to my manual, so I'm sorry if it's in there. I flip between modes a lot and tend to use full auto (when family doesn't have patience for me to set something up). I've noticed, however, that the camera reverts back to single shot from continuous. Is there a way to force it to always stay on continuous mode? All google searches just had how I've been setting it through the shooting menu.

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Does it happen in P-Mode? I have mine set that way. –  Unapiedra Jun 27 '13 at 23:14
    
Now that I look at it, it seems to be only in the fully automatic modes (which makes sense). –  zje Jun 28 '13 at 3:16
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For future reference, your manual is available for free download at Nikon's web site even when traveling. –  mattdm Aug 1 at 15:14

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As you seem to already have figured out in the comments, Full auto forces a number of settings on you. Many cameras allow you to create your own programs, so if the D5100 has that feature, you could create a Full auto program but with continous shooting.

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I don't use Nikon, I have Canon, but this tip may help. On Canon, the camera switches to Continuous shooting automatically when you use Scene/Portrait mode.

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