Nikon D100

Nikon D100 front

Nikon D100 overview

Nikon D100 is Nikon's Advanced DSLR digital camera initially announced on July of 2002. It includes a 6 MegaPixel, CCD APS-C sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 3008 x 2000.

Nikon brought out the more recent Nikon D200 (Read Full Comparison) in order to improve this model.

The D100 places at #86 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras and all-around #759 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. Remember to check our Advanced camera filter to get camera results based on your personalized criteria.

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Here is a graph of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Nikon D100 history

The Nikon D100 comes with a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can view all previous and more recent models alongside important specifications.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-D7500 front thumbnailNikon D7500
D100 vs D7500
21MPAPS-C8.0 fps2017
Nikon-D500 front thumbnailNikon D500
D100 vs D500
21MPAPS-C10.0 fps2016
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Nikon-D7200 front thumbnailNikon D7200
D100 vs D7200
24MPAPS-C6.0 fps2015
Nikon-D610 front thumbnailNikon D610
D100 vs D610
24MPFull frame6.0 fps2013
Nikon-D7100 front thumbnailNikon D7100
D100 vs D7100
24MPAPS-C6.0 fps2013
Nikon-D600 front thumbnailNikon D600
D100 vs D600
24MPFull frame5.5 fps2012
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Nikon-D7000 front thumbnailNikon D7000
D100 vs D7000
16MPAPS-C6.0 fps2010
Nikon-D300S front thumbnailNikon D300S
D100 vs D300S
12MPAPS-C7.0 fps2009
Nikon-D90 front thumbnailNikon D90
D100 vs D90
12MPAPS-C4.5 fps2008
Nikon-D300 front thumbnailNikon D300
D100 vs D300
12MPAPS-C6.0 fps2008
Nikon-D80 front thumbnailNikon D80
D100 vs D80
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
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Nikon-D200 front thumbnailNikon D200
D100 vs D200
10MPAPS-C5.0 fps2006
Nikon-D50 front thumbnailNikon D50
D100 vs D50
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2005
Nikon-D70s front thumbnailNikon D70s
D100 vs D70s
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2005
Nikon-D70 front thumbnailNikon D70
D100 vs D70
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2004
Nikon-D100 front thumbnailNikon D1006MPAPS-C3.0 fps2002

Nikon D100 Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of advantages and disadvantages of the Nikon D100 based on things that are normally viewed as crucial in a digital camera.

built-in flash
does have Top screen
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
supports phase detect autofocus
swap lenses (Nikon F mount)
you can focus manually
can't shoot video
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
doesn't have external microphone socket
doesn't have HDMI socket
doesn't have headphone socket
doesn't have liveview
doesn't have Timelapse function
does not have image stabilization
low resolution screen (118 thousand dots)
no articulating screen
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
screen is small (1.8 inch)
sensor resolution low (6MP)
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Nikon D100 Sensor details

The spec of the sensor in the Nikon D100 is 23.7mm x 15.5mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor is able to resolve 3008 x 2000 pixels and aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CCD sensor boasts 6MP and features a standard ISO range of 200 - 1600. RAW format is supported therefore the user has wider margin for error.

The image below illustrates the D100's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The D100 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is pointed out in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon D100 dimensions

Nikon D100 weighs 1.72 lb (780 grams / 27.51 ounces) and the volume of the camera is 144mm x 116mm x 81mm (5.7" x 4.6" x 3.2"). The weight of normal Advanced DSLR camera is 776 grams so the Nikon D100 is on par in comparison with its competitors.

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Listed below is a photo of the Nikon D100 beside a soft drink so you can have a sense of its scale.

Nikon D100 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will show the button arrangement on the D100.

Nikon D100 topview buttons dials

Nikon D100 Lens specs

The D100 fits the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses available to buy. Below is some of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the D100.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Sigma-8-16mm-F4.5-5.6-DC-HSM-Nikon-F-DX lensSigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM8-16mmf/4.5-5.6 555g
Nikon-AF-Nikkor-35mm-f2D lensNikon AF Nikkor 35mm f2D35mmf/2.0 205g
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Carl-Zeiss-Distagon-T2.8-21-Nikon-F-FX lensCarl Zeiss Distagon T 2,82121mmf/2.8 600g
Tamron-SP-35mm-F1.8-Di-VC-USD-Nikon-F-FX lensTamron SP 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD35mmf/1.8 450g
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-70-200mm-f2.8G-ED-VR-II lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8G ED VR II70-200mmf/2.8 1540g
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-85mm-f1.8G lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f1.8G85mmf/1.8 350g
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Zeiss-Otus-100mm-F1.4-Nikon-F-FX lensZeiss Otus 100mm F1.4100mmf/1.41405g
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Nikon D100 Connectivity

The D100 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that contain NFC or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily send files and sometimes change settings without connecting physically to the camera.

Certain applications even stream a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. Most cameras will allow you to recharge the battery using the USB port.

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Nikon D100 Video specs

Nikon D100 does not take video. In case you are searching for a digital camera to take only pictures, this might not be a concern.

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Nikon D100 Weather Sealing

Nikon D100 doesn't include weather sealing so rainy conditions can affect the camera.

Nikon D100 Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon D100 includes a 1.8 inch fixed screen supporting a resolution of 118 thousand dots.

Please be aware that the screen offers no touch support. The D100 also has a Top screen allowing you to quickly checkout camera settings.

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The View Finder specifications regarding Nikon D100 are below:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • Coverage 95%
  • Magnification 0.53x

Viewfinders can be really helpful for bright outdoor situations which can make the camera screen washed out and hard to view.

Nikon D100 Shutter specs

Nikon D100 continuous shooting speed is 3.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.

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Nikon D100 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Nikon D100 has got both built-in flash plus external flash ability. The highest flash sync speed is 1/180 sec.

Nikon D100 Autofocusing specs

Nikon D100 has got both Phase Detect AF along with Contrast Based AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker & accurate in comparison with Contrast Based focusing.

Nikon D100 has the ability to use manual focusing in case it is needed for low light occasions or you want to have more precise control on focusing.

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Nikon D100 Battery life

The general Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 offers the highest possible (2260) battery life for this category of cameras.

Here is a listing of Advanced DSLR cameras with the strongest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Nikon-D850 front thumbnailNikon D850
D100 vs D850
1840 yesyesyes
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Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
D100 vs Df
1400 yesnono
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D
D100 vs 90D
1300 yesnoyes
Nikon-D500 front thumbnailNikon D500
D100 vs D500
1240 yesyesyes

Nikon D100 for varying kinds of photography

The following bar chart indicates a summation of the Nikon D100 for varying kinds of photography. To look at more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Nikon D100 Portrait photography advice

The Nikon D100 has a score of 49 which is decent, meaning that it is fairly suitable to use for portrait images. Taking portrait images favors heavily to sensor size, support for RAW files & potential to use off-camera flash.

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focusing manually
decent sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
no liveview feature
sensor resolution not great (6MP)

Street photography with Nikon D100

Getting a average points total of 52, the Nikon D100 is somewhat appropriate to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera gives a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

Photography Glossary
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW files
screen is fixed
no image stabilization

Nikon D100 as a Sports photography camera

A subpar sports photography points total of 38 indicates the Nikon D100 is not really suitable for shooting sports. A camera needs great tracking and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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sensor size is decent (APS-C)
sensor has phase detect AF
no liveview feature
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (6MP)

Nikon D100 Travel photography info

Weight is very critical when selecting a travel camera. Overall, the Nikon D100 gets a subpar 41 as a travel camera which is not really suitable to take on your travels.

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has built in flash
no Time Lapse function
resolution not great (6 megapixels)
does not posses selfie friendly display

Nikon D100 Landscape photography details

For anybody planning to choose a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most critical factor will be image quality. The Nikon D100 with it's subpar grade of 45 for a landscape camera is not really suitable within the current marketplace.

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focusing manually
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW files
screen is small (1.8 inch)
no liveview
lack of image stabilization
low resolution sensor (6 megapixels)
lack of Timelapse function

Nikon D100 as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging preferably should have a articulating display screen, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Nikon D100 is not really suitable as a vlog camera as it receives a subpar score of 9.

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no video shooting

Nikon D100 Alternatives

If you are searching for replacements to the D100, here is a range of the highest scored cameras which fall into the class of Advanced DSLR.

The line chart listed below provides you a summary of the D100 vs it's highest ranking competitors shown previously.

There are a bunch of cameras you might have a look at as alternatives. To browse through a detailed comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Nikon D100
Advanced DSLR
Physical type
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
23.7 x 15.5mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Highest resolution
3008 x 2000
RAW data
Highest native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Lens mount type
Nikon F
Number of lenses
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
1.8 inch
Resolution of screen
118 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
Maximum shutter speed
Continuous shooting rate
3.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
11.00 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Highest video resolution
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
780 gr (1.72 pounds)
144 x 116 x 81mm (5.7" x 4.6" x 3.2")
Self timer
Yes (2, 5, 2 or 100 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Card slots
Launch cost