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Nikon D100 - 6 megapixel D-SLR

By dpreview staff on Feb 23, 2002 at 04:00 GMT

PMA 2002: 07:00 EST GMT: Nikon has today announced its first foray into the 'prosumer' digital SLR market. The new D100 digital SLR is based on the popular F80 film SLR. The D100 features a six megapixel sensor (1.5x field-of-view crop / focal length multiplier), ISO 200 - 1600 sensitivity, three colour modes (inc. sRGB & Adobe RGB), pop-up flash, five area AF, AF assist lamp, 3D Matrix Meteringplus full Nikon F mount lens support. There's also an optional add-on battery pack / portrait grip for extended battery life (which also adds a microphone). Nikon has not yet announced a price for the D100 but we expect it to be VERY competitive.Available this summer.

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Note: Images below are of a prototype camera, physical appearance of final camera may differ.

Press release (Nikon Europe):

Nikon D100

Compact and lightweight, high-performance digital SLR camera

Amsterdam - Nikon Corporation has today announced a new addition to its D-series Digital SLR camera range. Named the D100, the camera has been developed to meet the demand for a multi-purpose, high-quality compact and lightweight digital SLR of exceptional value bearing the Nikon name.

The camera's target users include dedicated amateurs, business users and professionals who seek an approachable digital SLR camera of superb image quality and exceptional performance.

The D100 strengthens Nikon's digital range at the key mid-price point position and now means that the company offers a full line up of digital cameras from the 2 MP Coolpix models to the industry-standard D1X and D1H.

The D100 is compatible with the range of more than 40 AF Nikkor lenses as well as numerous speedlights and other accessories. Nikon's software has also been given attention with a new version of Nikon View for image transfer and management and Nikon Capture for camera control and advanced image processing.

The new Nikon D100 boasts sophisticated digital imaging technology, derived from the detailed definition of the 6.1 effective megapixel sensor, supported by an improved image-processing algorithm, and fine-tuned by an enhanced Auto White Balance system. It inherits exclusive, high-performance Nikon features such as 3D Matrix Metering, Five-Area Autofocus and a built-in Speedlight with D-TTL flash control capability. Based on the world-class F-mount, the D100 ensures compatibility with more than 40 AF Nikkor lenses for professional optical quality, as well as numerous other accessories including a dedicated Multi Function Battery Pack. The camera is supported by a strong software package that includes Nikon View for fast image transfer and management, and Nikon Capture 3 software that opens the potential of the Nikon NEF format as well as offering the excitement of remote control of the camera body. All of these features are packed in a stylish, compact and lightweight body for optimum portability. Packed with innovations and executed in a rugged and practical design, the Nikon D100 is certain to attract countless new digital SLR users to the world of Nikon digital SLR photography.

Pricing has not yet announced. Availability is expected in Summer 2002.

Nikon D100 Feature Highlights

6-megapixel high-definition images

With the arrival of the D100, the benefits of choosing Nikon Digital - wide-ranging color, smooth tonal transitions, even gradation and breathtaking sharpness - are now within the reach of all photographers who seek the versatility of a Nikon digital SLR system.

This totally new Digital camera features a high-quality 6.1 million effective pixel sensor capturing ultra high-definition 3,008 x 2,000-pixel images that print at A3 format (297mm x 420mm) with rich colour and sharp detail. Housed within the rugged, purpose built body and complementing the high resolution CCD sensor is a new one-chip LSI for fast, power-efficient image processing.

Quality digital images - automatically

The Nikon D100 broadens the potential for Nikon digital SLR photography to encompass a wide range of business and personal photography needs. Its 3D Digital Matrix Image Control, features a newly developed image-processing algorithm to ensure faithful colour reproduction with smooth gradations that will reveal subtle details. The imaging system includes 3D Matrix Metering for precise exposure control, adaptive TTL White Balance for accurate color temperature determination and variable Tone Compensation for optimal tone and gradation . With a wide ISO range, low noise design and a built-in D-TTL Speedlight, the D100 will deliver Nikon total image quality from the widest range of shooting and lighting conditions : whether under total manual control or fully automatic operation.

High-performance Nikon SLR features

Confirmed Nikon SLR users will that find the D100's controls fall comfortably into place - those new to Nikon will discover the same ease of use that makes Nikon the choice of the world's most demanding professionals. The D100 employs ergonomics and advanced features inherited from Nikon Pro SLRs - including the acclaimed Five-Area Autofocus system, 10-segment Matrix Metering sensor and TTL Multi-Sensor. Based on the world-class F-mount, the camera accepts the full range of AF Nikkor lenses, as well as a variety of Speedlights including the latest SB-80DX for excellent D-TTL performance. Nikon digital SLRs set the world standard, and the D100 advances the application and potential of the Nikon system.

Digital photography that completes your vision

To fully explore the advantages of Nikon digital SLR photography with the Nikon D100, Nikon View 5 (supplied) enables easy transfer, preview and management of your images. Explore the potential of the Nikon Electronic File (NEF) raw file format, and discover making exposure control and white balance adjustments after, as well as before taking your picture. The new optional Nikon Capture 3 software takes productivity a stage further - photographic-specific image editing plus ability to create multiple edits without altering the original image data allow the full creative benefits of the NEF format to be realized.

Add to this the possibility to control the camera remotely from your computer, and the F-mount based Nikon D100 system - lenses, speedlights and software - combine to offer a Nikon Total Imaging System for all your photography needs. The Nikon D100 : digital performance redefined.

Nikon D100 Major Features

  • 6.1 effective megapixels rendering 3,008 x 2,000-pixel images
  • Compact and lightweight (weighs approx. 700g/24.7 oz.)
  • Low-noise CCD sensor
  • 3D Digital Matrix Image Control for precise exposure control, adaptive auto white balance and optimal color accuracy
  • High-performance built-in Speedlight with D-TTL flash control
  • Three color modes offered for different workflow environments
  • Five-Area Autofocus with Dynamic AF operation
  • High-speed image processing provided by new one-chip system LSI
  • Top shutter speed of 1/4,000 sec. and flash sync speed up to 1/180 sec.
  • Plug-and-play USB 1.1 interface for quick computer connection
  • On-Demand Grid Lines can be displayable in viewfinder
  • Custom Settings can be selectable in the LCD monitor
  • Compatible with CompactFlash� cards Type I and Type II including 512MB/1GB IBM MicroDrive�
  • Nikon View 5 software (supplied) enables easy transfer and viewing of images on your computer
  • Optional Nikon Capture 3 software for excellent image management and remote operation
  • Optional Multi Function Battery Pack MB-D100 accepts six 1.5V LR6 (AA-size alkaline) batteries or one or two Li-ion batteries for extended shooting capability. Features voice memo recording/playback function, vertical shutter release button, Command and Sub Command Dials, AF start button and a 10-pin remote terminal

Nikon D100 Specifications


Sensor 6.31 megapixel (total) CCD, 23.7 x 15.6 mm
Sensor CFA Primary (GRGB)
Analog to digital converter 12-bit
Sensitivity  • Auto (200 - 800) - enabled via custom func.
 • ISO 200 - 1600
 • Boosted ISO
Image sizes  • 3008 x 2000 (L)
 • 2240 x 1488 (M)
 • 1504 x 1000 (S)
Image formats  • JPEG (EXIF)
 • TIFF (EXIF)
 • Uncompressed RAW (12-bit per pixel)
Color mode  • I (sRGB)
 • II (Adobe RGB)
 • III (sRGB - more green for colourful landscapes)
Lens mount Nikon F mount (with AF coupling & AF contacts)
Lens compatibility  • D-type/G-type AF Nikkor: All functions possible
 • D-type Manual-Focus Nikkor: All functions except autofocus possible
 • AF Nikkor other than D-type/G-type: All functions possible except 3D Matrix Metering
 • AI-P Nikkor: All functions except 3D Matrix Metering and
autofocus possible
 • Non-CPU: Usable in [M] mode (camera's built-in exposure meter does not work)
Electronic Rangefinder usable with lens with maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster; IX-Nikkors cannot be used.
Field of view crop 1.5x (also known as focal length multiplier)
Autofocus TTL phase detection, Nikon Multi-CAM900 autofocus module; Detection range: EV -1 to EV 19 (ISO 100 equivalent, at normal temperature: 20°C/68°F)
AF Area mode  • Single Area AF
 • Dynamic AF (Closest Subject Priority is available)
Focus area One of five areas can be selected
Lens servo  • Single Servo AF (S)
 • Continuous Servo AF (C)
 • Manual focus (M)
Focus lock Focus is locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button or lightly pressing shutter release button in (S) AF
Metering  • 3D Matrix Metering with 10-segment SPD
 • Center-Weighted Average
 • Spot
Metering range  • Matrix: 0 - 21 EV
 • Center-Weighted Average: 0 - 21 EV
 • Spot: 3 - 21 EV
(Normal temperature with F1.4 lens)
Exposure mode  • [P] Auto-Multi Program (Flexible Program possible)
 • [S] Shutter-Priority Auto
 • [A] Aperture-Priority Auto
 • [M] Manual; shutter speed/aperture adjustable in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
ISO Automatic Control Mode (Custom setting) is available in any exposure mode (P, S, A, M)
Exposure compensation +/-5 EV in 0.3 or 0.5 EV steps
AE Lock Detected exposure value locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
AE Bracketing  • Number of shots: two or three
 • Compensation steps: 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 step
Shutter speed Bulb, 30 sec - 1/4000 sec (1/3 EV steps)
Depth-of-field preview Button, stops-down lens aperture
X-Sync shutter speed Up to 1/180 sec
Shooting modes  • Single frame (S)
 • Continuous shooting (C)
 • Self-timer mode
Self-timer  • 2 sec
 • 5 sec
 • 10 sec (default)
 • 20 sec
White balance  • Auto
 • Incandescent *
 • Fluorescent *
 • Sunlight *
 • Flash *
 • Cloudy *
 • Shade *
 • Preset
* Can be fine tuned +/-3 levels
Sync contact X-contact only
Flash control  • D-TTL (Automatic Balanced Fill-Flash controlled by five-segment TTL Multi Sensor ) with built-in Speedlight and external Speedllight such as SB-80DX/28DX/50DX: three modes available
 • Non-TTL Auto Flash with an external Speedlight
Flash sync mode  • Front-Curtain Sync (normal sync)
 • Red-Eye Reduction
 • Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync
 • Slow Sync
 • Rear-Curtain Sync
Built-in Speedlight  • Manual pop-up type, GN: 11/36 (ISO 100, m/ft.)
 • Sensitivity range: ISO 200 - 800 equivalent
 • Sync flash system with external Speedlight: Not available
 • Ready light indicator inside viewfinder
Viewfinder Optical-type fixed-eye level pentaprism; built-in diopter adjustment (-2 to +1 m-1)
Viewfinder eyepoint 20mm (at -1.0 m-1)
Viewfinder frame coverage Approx 95%
Viewfinder magnification Approx. 0.8x with 50mm lens set to infinity and -1.0 m-1
Viewfinder information Focus indications, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure indicator, Exposure compensation, Flash output level compensation, Frame count, etc.
Focusing screen B-type Bright View Clear Matte screen II
Focusing screen information  • Focus frame
 • Grid lines
 • Center-weighted metering area
Image sharpening  • Auto
 • Normal
 • Low
 • High
 • None
Tone compensation  • Auto
 • Normal
 • Less contrast
 • More contrast
 • Custom
Hue adjustment  • -3 to +3 in 1 increments
Settings memory banks Two: A & B
Storage CompactFlash Type I/II
Microdrive compatible Yes
LCD monitor 1.8" 118,000 pixel TFT
Playback functions  • Single image
 • 4 or 9 thumbnails
 • Magnified playback
 • Slide show
 • Histogram indication
 • Highlight point display
Video output NTSC or PAL selectable
Connectivity USB 1.1
Voice memo Only with optional multi-function battery pack
Remote control Only with optional multi-function battery pack
Power  • Lithium-Ion battery pack EN-EL3
 • AC Adapter EH-5
 • Multi-function battery pack MB-D100
Dimensions 144 x 116 x 80.5 mm (5.7 x 4.6 x 3.2 in)
Weight (no battery) 700 g (1.5 lb)
Optional accessories Multi Function Battery Pack MB-D100, Li-ion Battery Pack EN-EL3, Charger, MH-18/19, AC Adapter EH-5, CompactFlash™ Cards, Speedlight SB-80DX/SB-28DX/SB-50DX, "Nikon Capture3" Control Software, Semi-Soft Case CF-D100
Nikon View 5 Included

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