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Issue with night photography

edited February 2017 Posted in » Nikon D5200 Forum
It seems my D5200 no longer wants to take night photos. I had it set to 30" exposure, 1.8 aperture, and max ISO, but it still said it was too dark.

Meanwhile the subject I was taking a photo of was decently lit at night, and my iPhone had zero problem taking the photo without even needing flash.

Any thoughts?


  • Did it refuse to take the picture, or just give you the "too dark" message? The camera does not know if you're on a tripod, or if you're shooting manually, and will warn you of things you don't need to be warned about.

    If it refused to take the picture, it probably could not lock focus. You may have to switch to manual focus. You might also try switching to Live View. I don't know if this is true on the D5200, but on the D3200, focus priority is modified, and if AF fails, it will still fire after a short delay.
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