I recently had a query that came about from a faulty Mode-Dial... You know that 360 Circular 4-mode dial that is put to 1/4 of its' potential as a functioning switch???
Yeah that one.
Well my query was... considering the camera would flick out of modes and stop filming on me. Even with a touch to the F-Function or up-down-toggle/zoom buttons above it.
Why? Well I had a bump and mine was apparently broken.
I went in search of a firmware hack, to virtually (actually virtually) disable the mode dial all together. And at the same time reassign the F-Function button to changing modes (I then thought about wow an ISO quick menu would be nice!) Or lock it into filming mode.
But after looking at the Nikon1.bin firmware in HEX editor, my brain exploded and I died.
Luckily I reincarnated to reconsider the Hardware option again. Because I am a full manual photographer/videographer... the Nikon1 J1s I use are useless, if they won't stay in filming or manual-photo mode, or if I cannot access these modes.
I need to trust my gear, so instead I pulled it apart:
As you might be able to tell from my annotated images, some interesting points.
1. obviously how this switch works. As it re-circuits completely. This makes sense with all of the menu systems changing with the mode dial over-ride system.
2. that smart photo selector is the default mode.
3. that there is an obvious hardwire option to simply link the outer mode selector contact plates, directly to the inner plate, then engaging this mode permanently, or semi-permanently if you figure out a way.
Hope this helps you to understand why the thing is so finicky and why they cannot make a firmware lock-to-mode easily. Although you'd think they could make it change modes only once you STOP FILMING. As a failsafe. But I guess with it re-circuited, this makes sense too.