Nikon D100 SLR Review
By Movable Type Admin
Features & Controls (cont.)
The Main Command Dial is easily activated with your thumb
and works in conjunction with many of the other control buttons to quickly
change camera options. The AE-L / AF-L button lock the exposure and focus
settings when desired. Around it is the metering selection dial with positions
for center-weighted (meters entire frame but assigns greatest weight to the center
8mm), 3D matrix (ten-segment matrix sensor sets exposure based on all areas of the
frame) and spot (only the center 4mm of the frame is metered.)
Located on the front below the shutter release is the sub command dial, it's used to
select various camera options. Around the shutter release is the power on/off switch.
Behind are the flash mode and exposure compensation
Note in the previous picture that the shutter release button is tapped for a standard
cable release. There's no better cable release then the one that's attached to the
classic Nikon Pistol Grip for the old model "F" 35mm SLR. This answers the needs of
those who have emailed me asking if there was any camera that could be used by
"lefties." The pistol grip makes this a very ambidextrous camera.
The rear controls and color LCD display.
The D100 is equipped with a CompactFlash Type II slot and is compatible with any capacity CompactFlash Type I or II solid state card or IBM/Hitachi Microdrive. With the v2.0 firmware upgrade the D100 is compatible with FAT16 and FAT32 file systems with capacities over 2GB.
The D100's 6-megapixel images
consume a lot of memory space. Large/Fine JPEG images average between 2.5-3.2
megabytes, uncompressed NEF files are 9.5 megabytes and TIFF images are a
whopping 17.5 megabytes each!
Behind a large rubber cover are the I/O ports. On top is the
DC-IN port for the optional AC Adapter EH-5 (100-240V AC). The V-OUT port has a
user-selectable video (NTSC or PAL) signal for a TV or video monitor. On the bottom
is a USB 1.1 port for transferring image data to the host computer.
The D100 uses a Nikon 7.4V 1400mAh EN-EL3 lithium rechargeable battery pack and comes with the MH-18 Quick Charger. This battery pack is almost identical to the Canon BP511 and the one that Panasonic uses in the LC5 and LC40. This is a very powerful battery pack and it's no wonder so many different manufacturers are making use of it. Note that although similar, none of these battery packs are interchangeable.
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