TEXT AND IMAGES BY HELENE DELILLO
Having shot with many of Nikon's digital cameras over the years, I really enjoyed testing the D100 and I am very excited to test the new D2H when it's ready. The design is really compact and light; it features a 6.1 megapixels sensor with a 3D Digital Matrix Image Control that lends itself to getting great exposures in the automatic modes. The new CCD sensor is the same size as that of D1 series SLRs. The lens image coverage factor is x1.5.
COLOR AND SPEED
The color accuracy was great; Nikon has done a lot in adding new color spaces, workflow and automated features to their Capture software. I was very surprised at the speed at which I could shoot. The new LSI chip really adds processing ability in this camera. The D100 is compatible with any capacity CompactFlash Type I or II solid state card and is also fully IBM Microdrive compatible. I recommend having a few 512MB CF cards and shooting in the RAW NEF (Nikon Electronic image File) format, which takes up 9.5 megabytes a pop. Shooting in raw mode is always my personal recommendation because, as technology develops, so does the software.
VIEWFINDER & LCD
The viewfinder of the camera displays about 95% of the captured frame. This display includes a center-weighted metering circle, 5 focus zones and the settings are read through the viewfinder along the bottom of the screen. The LCD is 1.8-inch color for previewing your images. It comes with a clear plastic cover which I remove while shooting and put back on when done shooting to protect the glass from scratching. Accessing the menus is similar to other Nikon digital models and more streamlined.
STUDIO FLASH TIP
Make sure you purchase the Nikon AS-15 Sync Terminal Adapter to sync with your studio strobes. This slides onto the flash hot shoe and gives you a standard PC sync connector. This was a little surprising considering many consumer point and shoot cameras have the sync connection built-in. There is also a built-in manual pop-up type flash. The sync modes include: 1) Front-Curtain Sync, 2) Red-Eye Reduction, 3) Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync, 4) Slow Sync or 5) Rear-Curtain Sync. The automatic fill flash results were great!
You can have a shutter speed of 1/4,000 sec. and flash sync speed up to 1/180 sec.
The D100 uses the 7.4V 1400mAh EN-EL3 lithium rechargeable battery pack and comes with the MH-18
There are three I/O ports including an optional AC Adapter, V-OUT port for a TV or video monitor, and a USB 1.1 port for transferring image data to the host computer.
GOTTA LOVE IT!
What I loved most about the D100 is the 6.1 Megapixels Sensor, that it was easy to carry, and that the images processed quickly while I was shooting.
D2H Pro Nikon Digital SLR
The new D2H Pro Nikon Digital SLR has a continuous shooting mode, which allows you to capture 8 pictures-per-second (up to 40 consecutive JPEG or 25 RAW (NEF) full-resolution - 2,464 x 1,632 pixels - images). The new JFET Imaging Sensor LBCAST 4.1 effective megapixels is exclusive to Nikon. The camera is designed for professionals who need to shoot quickly and it has a new feature for shooting and transmitting images via 802.11b (FireWire to Mac Pros) technology. This looks like the ultimate system for photojournalists and sports/action shooters. Look for a Pro Drive review of this new offering from one of DI's Creative Minds in an upcoming issue.