The Nikon D7100 Won’t Let You Change Your Aperture in Video Mode

Chris Gampat Digital Camera Review Nikon D7100 product photos (1 of 7)ISO 5001-200 sec at f - 5.0

Editor’s Note: This is NOT an April Fool’s Joke!!!

We’ve been playing with the Nikon D7100 for a couple of weeks now and we’ve been loving it ever since. But today, we encountered quite an annoying problem. When you switch the camera into video mode and then set it to Live View, you cannot change the aperture. As you’ll see in the video below, we set the camera to manual and we were able to change the shutter speed and ISO with no issues at all. But when it came to the f-stop–we were fresh out of luck.

Granted, if you’re going to shoot seriously, we’d recommend something else like Zeiss cinema primes or Rokinon cinema glass with T-stops instead. But many people will probably also try to use their Nikon G glass. And in a case like that, you can’t change the aperture at all. Hopefully the company will offer a firmware update of some sort to fix the issue.

Take a look at the video after the jump. But if you want to catch up on our Nikon D7100 coverage, check out our first impressions, high iso test, and images we shot during the golden hour.


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Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.