There is a bracketing feature on Nikon D5100 but it does not seem to work as it does on other cameras such as D90.

There is also a separate feature called HDR on D51000 and I am guessing Bracketing is being confused with it. HDR is totally different and should not be called bracketing, should it? Can someone clarify this to me you can take 3 multiple shots with different exposure on Nikon D5100 and view them seperately?


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The D5100 can bracket for exposure, which is what I suppose you call true bracketing. Technically this is AEB which stands for Auto-Exposure Bracketing.

It can also bracket for WB or Adaptive D-Lighting which is what people refer to as a virtual bracket because the camera takes ONE shot and saves it 3 times, with different WB or Adaptive D-Lighting setting.

There is ALSO a separate HDR feature which takes 3 shots of bracketed for exposure (AEB) but blends them together into one tone-mapped shot right in the camera. In this case only one image is saved onto the memory card. Technically this is closer to Exposure-Fusion but HDR is a better known acronym so most products say HDR instead.

  • So I should be able to use Bracketing and have 3 images for one shot. I like that better than 3 separate shots.
    – photo101
    Nov 30, 2011 at 23:48
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    Be aware that the one shot shown three different ways is not "true bracketing". It is developing the same internal RAW file in three different ways automatically as a convenience.
    – mattdm
    Dec 1, 2011 at 8:47
  • On Nikon D5100, you have to to take 3 different pics for each bracketed pic. This can create alignment issue and takes 3x time than just one pic. No sure if other cameras does the same thing.
    – photo101
    Sep 14, 2012 at 1:53

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