Nikon D100 6MP DX

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Nikon D100 DSLR Camera

Like every Nikon SLR camera, the Nikon D100 is fully compatible with more than 40 world class AF Nikkor lenses. And since the D100 uses ultra-advanced digital technology, film is not required, and processing is instantaneous! 1.8 TFT LCD monitor + optical viewfinder Compatible with Compact Flash Type I & II, including IBM MicroDrive Optional MB-D100 Multi-Function Battery pack enables remote control, voice memo & more Unit Weight - about 14.7 ounces w/out battery Lenses sold separately

As digital imaging continues to make inroads into the world of professional photography, Nikon's release of the D100 proves that far from being a flash in the pan, digital SLRs really can make a valuable contribution.

Styled around the more traditional N80, the D100 has a full-featured body, is nicely weighted and considerably lighter than you might expect, given the amount of technology that's packed into it. The controls are nicely situated, and navigating through the settings using the provided four-way movement pad becomes second nature very quickly. Picture preview comes courtesy of the built-in 1.8-inch LCD screen, which allows for a cursory check of any pictures taken. Unlike earlier Nikon products, it's not possible to use the screen on the D100 as an alternate viewfinder, restricting its use in tight situations, but the results through the "traditional" viewfinder are perfectly adequate.

As you would expect from a 6-megapixel camera, the image quality is superb at all levels, from the highest resolution (a mighty 3,008 x 2,000 pixels) down to a less intense 1,504 x 1,000 pixels. At any resolution, the output images are really very good, color saturation is well up to par, and overall the results stand up well. On the downside, perfectionists may well find there's a tiny amount less definition, but there's nothing here to raise anything approaching serious issues.

Power is provided from a supplied rechargeable battery pack, which is both light and long lasting--up to a maximum of two hours, depending on flash usage. To recharge from empty takes around two hours, so it would be worth investing in a second pack. The D100 takes Type I and II CompactFlash as well as Microdrive units, which are invaluable for users looking to take any more than a handful of pictures in a single session. Our tests showed a 256 MB CF card could handle around 40 high-resolution uncompressed TIFF images, suddenly making a 1 GB Microdrive look extremely attractive.

The built-in flash unit, which pops up above the lens, is powerful and efficient, proving effective in a variety of conditions. Unlike many digital cameras, it only fires a single flash, effectively reducing red-eye without sacrificing performance.

It's difficult not to be impressed by the D100. It's a stylish and good-looking camera that proves that beauty isn't just skin deep by providing results well above expectation. The inclusion of the fast-charge battery pack means downtime is kept to a minimum, and the software packages provided by Nikon (including NikonView 5) make it easy to manipulate your images and save them out to hard drive, CD, or DVD. This is not a cheap buy, especially when you consider the base price excludes any form of lens, but for those with deep pockets the D100 is a force to be reckoned with. --Elly Russell

    Superb image quality--up to 3,008 x 2,000 pixels

    Nicely weighted, full-featured body

    Compatible with Microdrives

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Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Sensor
Max resolution 3008 x 2000
Other resolutions 2240 x 1488, 1504 x 1000
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 6 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 6 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Sensor type CCD
Image
ISO Auto, 200 - 1600
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal, Basic
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Live View
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Lens mount Nikon F
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD No
Screen size 1.8
Screen dots 118,000
Touch screen No
Live view No
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 95%
Viewfinder magnification 0.8× (0.53× 35mm equiv.)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Built-in flash Yes (pop-up)
Flash range 11.00 m
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Continuous drive 3.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2, 5, 2 or 100 sec)
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Microphone None
Storage
Storage types Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Storage included None
Connectivity
USB USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
HDMI No
Remote control Yes (Via Optional vertical grip or software)
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Weight (inc. batteries) 780 g (1.72 lb / 27.51 oz)
Dimensions 144 x 116 x 81 mm (5.67 x 4.57 x 3.19)
Other features
Orientation sensor No
Timelapse recording No
GPS None


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