I have a new Nikon D5100 camera. I find it difficult to take shots by looking to the scene using the viewfinder eyepiece.

Is it possible to take a picture or to film a video by watching the scene on the display (also known as monitor) of the camera instead of looking through viewfinder eyepiece?


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In your D5100, "Live View" mode is activated by trigerring the 'Lv' switch next to the Mode selection dial (right under the 'Info' button).

Nikon D5100 top view

However, this information is covered in the manual of your camera. There you have it in page 99, section 'Live View'. If you are new to the camera, you should definitely go through it, it'll help you a lot.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks a lot. You are right, I am totally new to this camera and to photography in general. Actually, my girlfriend is the one with the question and I just wanted to find it out for her. We'll start reading the manual right away. Thanks again. \$\endgroup\$ Commented May 29, 2018 at 15:24
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    \$\begingroup\$ Isn't video always Live View, after all, the mirror is up for video. \$\endgroup\$
    – Robin
    Commented May 29, 2018 at 18:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Robin I'm not sure what you mean. Is that a question? Mirror locks up in both cases so the camera can show you in the screen what the sensor is seeing. But Live View shows a real-time view and takes a photo, while Video mode, well... records video \$\endgroup\$
    – pgg66
    Commented May 30, 2018 at 14:48

The feature you are looking for is called "Live View". On this camera (and similar ones from Nikon), this is activated by a switch next to the mode dial on top of the camera.


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