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.

  • 1
    Does it happen in P-Mode? I have mine set that way.
    – Unapiedra
    Jun 27, 2013 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, 2013 at 3:16
  • 6
    For future reference, your manual is available for free download at Nikon's web site even when traveling.
    – mattdm
    Aug 1, 2014 at 15:14

4 Answers 4


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.


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.


If you only switch between P, A, S and M, the drive mode should stay unchanged. Practically everything can be achieved in these modes (hence you may not need the auto modes), it just may need a bit more time for setting up for some scenes.


Usually, when you change that in the "<-i->" menu, it stays in that mode... Maybe the auto program is changing the shooting mode? That would be the only thing that explains that for me.


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.