The D100 is the latest digital SLR camera from Nikon. It’s designed to follow in the footsteps of the D1 range, but offers higher resolution capture and a lighter and smaller body. The camera will ship in the summer for an as yet unannounced price.
Central to the D100 is a new CCD, as large as that of the D1 series but offering a higher resolution of 6.1 million pixels. This captures images at 3,008-x-2,000. The CCD is serviced by any of Nikon’s standard AF Nikkor lenses through an interchangeable lens bracket.
The D100 offers a number of technologies to boost image definition and colour quality. Nikon cites the camera’s 3D digital matrix image control, an image-processing algorithm that company claims provides faithful colour reproduction with exceptionally smooth gradations. The camera also features a 3D matrix metering function for precise exposure control, TTL white balance for determining colour temperature, and tone compression to obtain the best contrast. The D100 features built-in D-TTL Flash operation for advanced control of optional Speedlights such as the SB-80DX.
The camera also includes many features that will be familiar to users of other Nikon SLRs. These include a five-area autofocus system, a ten-segment matrix metering sensor, and a TTL multi-sensor. The camera has a sensitivity equivalent of ISO 200-1600. It connects to user’s PCs using USB, storing images on a CompactFlash card as 12-bit uncompressed RAW file or EXIF fields (uncompressed TIFF or compressed JPEG).