Nikon DSLR cameras can be fantastic cameras for HD video shooting, especially when you are on the go and want to take photos in addition to video. However, most of Nikon’s DSLRs lack the brightness, contrast and saturation detail and precision control of cinema cameras.
By learning how to effectively use the Nikon camera’s Picture Control settings you can manipulate the look and feel of your Nikon DSLR video, similar to the detail, chroma level and color temperature controls found on most cinema cameras.
I performed the following test of three settings on the Nikon D5100: Standard, Neutral and Vivid. See my Picture Control settings below the video.
Depending the shooting conditions, I found standard and neutral to be the best picture control settings. The neutral setting provided the most detail. Blacks were not lost and whites weren’t blown out. Neutral also gave me options to work with in Final Cut Pro X when it came to adjustments to hue, saturation, brightness and contrast. Let me know if the comments what settings you find best for shooting HD video.