I'm getting ready to purchace a D100, but I have one question that has plagued me since my initials investagations into this Camera. In all of the litrature that I have seen on the D100, it doenst say how fast it is in "continous mode" the Dx1 and Dh1 both say 5Fps (for so many frames) but the D100 doesnt say any thing. Does anyone know what the approximate speed is?
Foodle is exactly right in his reply. Something that was not asked though, and I think might be important, is buffer size. In jpg file format, for the D1H it's 40 frames, I THINK the D1X is 9, for the D100 it's 6. All are proportionally less in raw mode.
Pardon my ignorance, but is the 6 fps for the D100 why it's not recommended for shooting sports? I shoot running and hockey, mainly, and my F100 or older Nikons do the job really well. Am I correct in understanding that in a mode good enough for magazine reproduction, the D100 won't cut it?
Do you mean "3 fps" for the D100? The D100 tops out at 3. And no matter what mode or file size or jpg compression, the D100 maxes out at 3 fps. If frames per second are a big selection criteria, the D100 is not the very best choice.
Also, the AF on the D100 is not as good as that of the D1/X/H. I have a D1 and D100 and can say that from first-hand experience. Not that the AF response of the D100 is bad, by any means, it's just not like its bigger brothers.
But for most action, I dont think fps is as important as being able to time the shots well.
In raw mode, the D-100 will shoot 4 frames at 3 fps. After that, takes 5-20 seconds per frame (depending on the speed of your CF card) to clear the buffer. This means that you can shoot one more frame after something between 5 and 20 seconds or another set of 4 frames at 3 fps after 20-80 seconds.
Don't ever use TIFF mode or compressed NEF mode when shooting continuously. These take much longer to clear the buffer (about one minute per frame for compressed NEF, and a similar time for large TIFF). Even small TIFF frame takes longer to write to disk than a full NEF frame, but you can fit 6 TIFFs into the buffer as opposed to 4 NEFs. Large TIFFs are also much larger (about 1.5x) on the disk than NEFs, so there's no advantage except for being able to read them without special software.
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