In This Chapter
In addition to being a stellar still-photography camera, your D5300 enables you to record HD (high-definition) movies. This chapter tells you everything you need to know to take advantage of the movie-recording options.
Check that: This chapter tells you almost everything about movie recording. What's missing here is detailed information about focusing, which works the same way for movie shooting as it does when you use Live View to shoot a still photo. Rather than cover the subject twice, I detail your focusing options in Chapter 4 and provide just a basic recap in these pages.
Also be sure to visit the end of Chapter 1, which lists precautions to take while Live View is engaged whether you're shooting stills or movies. (To answer your question: No, you can't use the viewfinder for movie recording; Live View is your only option.)
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