Nikon D100 Review
Rear of Camera Controls
The controls on the rear of the D100 can be split into two distinctive groups. Top (photographic) settings: Bracket mode, Flash compensation, Metering mode, AE-Lock & AF-Lock, Main command dial. Play / menu control (digital) buttons: Display, Menu, Thumbnail, Protect, Enter, Erase. In addition to these controls is the 4-way controller which performs functions in both shooting and playback / menu modes.
Photographic settings buttons
Auto Bracketing: Shots / EV
|Flash Output Compensation
-3.0 to +1.0 EV in 0.3 or 0.5 EV steps
3D Matrix Metering with 10-segment SPD
The camera uses the entire frame for light measurement but assigns a greater weight to an area in the center of the frame (indicated in the viewfinder by the circle).
Auto Exposure and Auto Focus Lock
In shooting mode where AF point selection is enabled the 4-way controller is used to choose AF points. In playback mode this control reverts to image navigation / menu movement. The 4-way controller can be locked by turning the small lever below the dial to the 'L' position. This only locks its AF point selection feature, not menu navigation or image browsing.
Play / menu control buttons
Display or cancel the camera menu (detailed later in this review).
|Thumbnail view /
In normal playback browsing mode hold this button and roll the main command dial to select between 2x2 or 3x3 thumbnail views. In 'magnify mode' (you have pressed ENTER) hold this button and roll the main command dial to magnify, roll the sub command dial (front) to switch between normal magnify and loupe magnify mode (example later in this review).
Protects or un-protects the current image. This places a read-only flag on the image file and stops it from being accidentally deleted or deleted using a 'delete all images' option. It does NOT protect the image from a card format.
|ENTER||Magnify mode / Confirm
With an image displayed in the LCD screen pressing the ENTER button switches to magnify mode, in this mode the thumbnail button is used to magnify the image, the 4-way controller scrolls around the magnified image. When using the camera menu the ENTER button is used to confirm settings.
When an image is displayed pressing delete will display a "Delete, No / Yes" prompt, unlike the D1, D1H or D1x (which simply use a double-press of the delete button) you must select the 'Yes' option and press ENTER to delete the image.
Front of camera controls
On the front of the camera are two controls, first on the right side (from the back) of the lens is the depth of field preview button, pressing this button stops the lens down to the selected (or metered) aperture allowing the photographer to preview the depth of field of the final shot (obviously the viewfinder view becomes dimmer when the lens is stopped down). On the left side of the lens mount is the focus mode selector (modes defined below).
|S||Single servo AF
If the subject is stationary, the camera focuses when the shutter release button is pressed halfway. Focus remains locked while the shutter release button is held in this position (focus lock). The shutter can only be released when the in-focus indicator is displayed.
Continuous servo AF (release priority)
The procedure for cleaning the CCD is summarized in the D100 manual. It requires the optional EH-5AC AC adapter and a blower. There is a dedicated menu option for locking up the mirror to expose the CCD (Low Pass Filter). Nikon do not recommend the use of wipes but do note that aerosol blowers can be used as long as they are not fired directly onto the CCD.
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