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Nikon D100 DSLR Camera (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Built around a 23.7 x 15.6mm RGB CCD, the D100 captures images with an incredible, film-rivaling 6.1
- Pictures are amazingly detailed and color-rich, with resolutions up to 3008 x 2000 pixels
- 3D Matrix Metering
- 5 Area Dynamic Autofocus with Focus Tracking and Lock-on
- Built-in Speedlight featuring D-TTL flash control capability + standard ISO-type hot shoe
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||3 fps|
|Display Resolution Maximum||118,000|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||1,600|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||200|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||Compact Flash (Type I or II)|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/60_sec|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash, Hot-shoe, Wireless|
|Focus Description||Nikon Multi-CAM900|
|Focus Type||Automatic with Manual|
|Form Factor||Mid-size SLR|
|ISO Range||Auto, 200 - 1600|
|Image Aspect Ratio||3:2|
|Item Dimensions||4.57 x 3.19 x 5.67 inches|
|Item Weight||1.72 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||3,008|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||3,008 Pixels|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||6.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Remote Control Description||Optional vertical grip or software|
|Removable Memory||CompactFlash Type I or II|
|Resolution modes||3008 x 2000|
|Shipping Weight||4.05 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium Ion Rechargeable|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical (pentaprism)|
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
- Noticed a bit less definition to images
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Top Customer Reviews
I now have the Nikon D100 with a variety of lenses and I can enthusiastically say that it is the best camera I have ever used -- digital or film. In program mode, it is nearly impossible to take a bad photo with it. It does an amazing job of focusing - fast and accurately. (In order to get full autofocus capabilities, you can use any Nikon "D" or "G" type lenses) And it feels and works just like a film SLR camera. No shutter lag at all.
Also, the user interface is sensible and easy to use. This is especially important for this camera since there are so many customizable features.
My only disappointment with this camera is that in order to get the 10-pin connector (which allows the use of remote controls, for example), you have to pay (Money) for the battery pack. That is a lot of money to spend and a lot of size and weight to add to the camera in order to get access to a tiny but useful connector.
This camera and the Canon D60 seem to be the begining of a whole wave of amazing digital SLRs, as I see that Kodak, Canon and others have new ones coming out with even higher resolutions. But I think that my D100 will keep me happy for several years.
The D100 can use Nikon's entire line of autofocus lenses and many of the older manual focus lenses, allowing the photographer to easily migrate from film to digital. The camera has spot, matrix, and center-weighted exposure options, a programmed mode, apature priority or speed priority, as well as all of the manual options. Autofocus is crisp, fast, and works very well in low light. This camera is nearly as powerful in terms of its focusing and exposure options as the Nikon F5, which is the film camera I used for years before replacing my F5 with the D100.
Perhaps the greatest testimonial for the D100 is that it is notorious that the vast majority of photographers who I know who have bought a D100 never (or at least rarely) shoot film ever again.
The D100 takes OK shots right out of the camera, but to get best results most photographers will want to "process" the pictures through either Nikon's own program "Capture 3" or an aftermarket program like Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A lot of reviews I'm seeing of this are seller complaints and not actual product reviews. This is a solid camera built over a decade ago and still has the nuts to hold up with a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Eddie Lopez
The camera was in a very good condition. Just I didn't get then what "body only" mean, and buying a lense now is another $150 and also an SD card. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rachel Hecht
This was a very dissapointing purchase for me.
It is very well constructed and I did take a few photographs with it - I had intended it for IR photography though. Read more
The description showed nothing about not having a lens and did not come with itPublished 9 months ago by Phoebe
The body of the camera and the flash works perfectly. But not recognize the lens. I'm upset.Published 9 months ago by Cinthia M. Polanco C.