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Read this section for information on functions you may find useful when filming movies.

The Information Display

To hide or display indicators in the monitor, press the button.

Information Display




The indicators at right appear in the information display in movie mode (in live view and during recording).

  1. “No movie” indicator: Indicates that movies can not be recorded.
  2. Headphone volume: Volume of audio output to headphones. Displayed when third-party headphones are connected.
  3. Microphone sensitivity: Microphone sensitivity.
  4. Sound level: Sound level for audio recording. Displayed in red if level is too high; adjust microphone sensitivity accordingly.
  5. Frequency response: The current frequency response.
  6. Wind noise reduction: Displayed when wind noise reduction is on.
  7. Time remaining: The recording time available for movies.
  8. Movie frame size: The frame size for movie recording.
  9. Electronic VR indicator: Displayed when electronic vibration reduction is on.
  10. File name: The file name for the current movie (see this section).
  11. Highlight display indicator: Appears when the highlight display is on.
  12. “No power aperture” indicator: Indicates that power aperture is unavailable.

Custom Control Assignments

Use Custom Setting g1 (Custom control assignment) to choose the roles played by camera controls during movie recording.


To choose the roles played by the following controls, highlight an option and press the center of the multi selector:


The functions that can be assigned to these controls are:

Power aperture (open)
Power aperture (close)
Exposure compensation +
Exposure compensation −
Index marking
View photo shooting info
AE/AF lock
AE lock only
AE lock (Hold)
AF lock only
Take photos
Record movies

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Power Aperture

Power aperture is available only in exposure modes A and M and can not be used while photo shooting info is displayed (a icon indicates that power aperture can not be used). The display may flicker while aperture is adjusted.

Press +

To choose the roles played by the following controls in combination with the command dials, highlight an option and press the center of the multi selector:

Choose from Choose image area and None.

Silent Exposure Compensation

At default settings, exposure compensation can be adjusted by pressing the button and rotating the main command dial. The sound of the dial may however be audible in the audio recorded with movies. This can be prevented by using Custom Setting g1 (Custom control assignment) to assign Exposure compensation + to the Pv button and Exposure compensation - to the Fn1 button. Exposure compensation can then be adjusted by pressing and holding one or the other of these buttons instead of rotating the main command dial.

Exposure Lock

To lock exposure when filming in P, S, or A mode or when auto ISO sensitivity control is enabled, assign AE‑L lock (Hold) to the center of the sub-selector. Exposure will lock when the center of the sub-selector is pressed and remain locked until it is pressed again. Exposure lock will not be interrupted if the shutter-release button is pressed all the way down to take photographs during filming.

Center of sub-selector

Center of sub-selector

Starting Recording with the Shutter-Release Button

If Record movies is assigned to the shutter-release button and the live view selector is rotated to , you can start live view by pressing the shutter-release button halfway and start and end recording by pressing it all the way down. To prevent camera shake, you can mount the camera on a tripod and start and end recording using an optional remote cord (such as the MC-36A or MC-30A) or wireless remote controller (such as the WR-R10/WR-T10).

To prevent unintended operation of the button, select Disable for Custom Setting f8 (Live view button options).

Electronic Vibration Reduction

To enable electronic vibration reduction in movie mode, select On for Electronic VR in the movie shooting menu. Electronic vibration reduction is best with hand-held cinematography; select Off when the camera is on a tripod. Note that if electronic vibration reduction is on and DX is selected for Choose image area (see this section), the angle of view will be reduced and the edges of the frame cropped out.

Electronic vibration reduction is not available at a frame size of 3840 × 2160 (see this section). Regardless of the option chosen for ISO sensitivity settings > ISO sensitivity (mode M) in the movie shooting menu (see this section), the upper limit when electronic vibration reduction is on is ISO 51200.

The Movie -Button Menu

Pressing the button in movie mode displays the following options:

  • Choose image area: Choose an image area for movie recording (see this section).
  • Frame size/frame rate: Select a frame size and rate (see this section).
  • Active D‑Lighting: Adjust Active D‑Lighting for movies recorded at frame sizes other than 3840 × 2160 (see this section).
  • Movie quality: Choose movie quality.
  • Microphone sensitivity: Press or to adjust microphone sensitivity (see this section).
  • Frequency response: Control the frequency response of the built-in microphone (see this section).
  • Wind noise reduction: Enable or disable wind noise reduction using the built-in microphone's low-cut filter (see this section).
  • Destination: When two memory cards are inserted, you can choose the card to which movies are recorded.
  • Monitor brightness: Press or to adjust monitor brightness (note that this affects live view only and has no effect on photographs or movies or on the brightness of the monitor for menus or playback).
  • Multi-selector power aperture: Select Enable to enable power aperture. Press to widen the aperture, to narrow the aperture.
  • Highlight display: Choose whether the brightest areas of the frame (highlights) are shown by slanting lines in the display.
  • Headphone volume: Press or to adjust headphone volume.
  • Electronic VR:Enable or disable electronic vibration reduction in movie mode (see this section).


White Balance

In movie mode, white balance can be set by pressing the WB button and rotating a command dial.

The Main Command Dial

Choose a white balance option. The effect can be previewed in the monitor.

The Sub-command Dial

Fine-tune white balance on the amber (A)–blue (B) axis in increments of 0.5.

If (Choose color temp.) is selected for white balance, you can choose a color temperature by pressing the WB button and rotating the subcommand dial (adjustments are made in mireds), or enter a color temperature by pressing and holding the WB button and using and to highlight digits and and to edit.

If Preset manual is selected for white balance, you can use the WB button and sub-command dial to choose a preset.

Choosing a Picture Control in Live View

To choose a Picture Control in live view, press the ( / ) button. The effect of the selected control can be previewed in the monitor.

To modify the selected control, press .

Taking Photos

In movie mode, photos can be taken by keeping the shutter-release button pressed all the way down (note that photos will not be taken if the camera is unable to focus). If filming is in progress, recording will end and any footage shot to that point will be saved. The photos will have an aspect ratio of 16∶9; size varies with the option selected for movie frame size and, in the case of photos taken at frame sizes of 1920 × 1080 and 1280 × 720, with the image area and the option selected for Image size > JPEG/TIFF in the photo shooting menu.

Frame size Image area Image size Photo size (pixels)
3840 × 2160 3840 × 2160
1920 × 1080
1280 × 720
DX Large 5568 × 3128
Medium 4176 × 2344
Small 2784 × 1560
1.3× Large 4272 × 2400
Medium 3200 × 1800
Small 2128 × 1192

Creating Stills from 4K UHD Movies

During movie playback, you can use Save selected frame to save selected frames of 4K UHD movies as JPEG images.

1 Pause playback on the desired frame.

Press to pause playback.

2 Choose Save selected frame.

Press or , then highlight Save selected frame and press .

3 Create a still copy.

Press to create a fine★-quality JPEG copy of the current frame. A confirmation dialog will be displayed; highlight Yes and press .

Save Selected Frame

Movie stills lack some photo information and can not be retouched.

HDMI Output

The camera can be connected to HDMI devices for high-definition movie playback and recording.

Connecting to an HDMI Device

The camera can be connected to high-definition video devices using an optional High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) cable or a third-party type C HDMI cable. Always turn the camera off before connecting or disconnecting the cable.

Tune the device to the HDMI input channel, then turn the camera on and press the button. During playback, images will be displayed on the television screen. Volume can be adjusted using television controls; the camera controls can not be used.

If the camera is connected to a third-party HDMI video recorder, you can film movies and save them directly to the device even if no memory card is inserted in the camera.

The HDMI Cable Clip

When using the optional Nikon HDMI cable, attach the supplied clip as shown to prevent accidental disconnection. Do not use cable clips with non-Nikon cables.

HDMI Options

The HDMI option in the setup menu controls output resolution and offers a variety of advanced HDMI options.

Output Resolution

Choose the format for images output to the HDMI device. If Auto is selected, the camera will automatically select the appropriate format.


Selecting Advanced displays the following options:

  • Output range: Auto is recommended in most situations. If the camera is unable to determine the correct setting, you can choose an option based on the device’s video signal input color range. If the input range is 16 to 235 or contrast is so high that highlights are “washed out” (too bright) and shadows too dark, choose Limited range. Choose Full range if the input range is 0 to 255 or if contrast is so low that shadows are “washed out”.
  • Output display size: Horizontal and vertical frame coverage for HDMI output can be set to 95% or 100%. Choose 100% when recording video to an external device.
  • Live view on-screen display: If Off is selected, the external device will not display shooting information during live view photography.
  • Dual monitor: Choose On to mirror the HDMI display on the camera monitor, Off to turn the camera monitor off to save power. Dual monitor turns on automatically when Live view onscreen display is Off.