On all of my past Digital cameras, I could use the lcd monitor to view my shots... with the D100, the monitor seems to only be used for viewing shots AFTER the photo has been taken. I wish there was a way to use the monitor as a view finder before taking a picture. Am I missing something?
#1. "RE: Monitor on D100" | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberFri 30-Aug-02 01:30 AM
It might be better to post the question on the D1/D100 Forum
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#2. "RE: Monitor on D100" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberFri 30-Aug-02 02:36 AM
I'm not seeing this question repeated in the D100 forum. I'll assume you're new to the site and still figuring out the layout of the site.
Any digital SLR camera with a pentaprism viefinder will not provide a live LCD image. This is because there is a mirror in front of the CCD imaging chip to provide light to the optical viewfinder. During exposure, the mirror flips up, the shutter opens, and the exposure is made by the CCD. You can only review exposures once they have been made.
A "normal" digital camera has a completely separate optical viewfinder and the imaging chip can display a live image through the lens because the viewfinder system isn't in the way. There are cameras that provide an electronic viewfinder - it's essentially a little LCD video display with an eyepiece, not a virtual optical image like that of your D100.
As convenient as it is to have an LCD view, an SLR optical viewfinder works under all lighting conditions and shows a lot more image detail. That's the tradeoff you've made.
#3. "In addition..." | In response to Reply # 2RRowlett Charter MemberSat 31-Aug-02 08:06 PM
The reflex mirror viewing system does not consume power, which is why you can shoot and leisurely compose with your D100 all day long, whereas your compact digicam will go through a set of batteries for every 2 hours the LCD is on.
#4. "RE: Monitor on D100" | In response to Reply # 2w4npx Registered since 10th Aug 2002Sun 01-Sep-02 03:51 AM
True, but the Olympus E 10/20 is a true SLR camera and you can use the LCD for viewing and taking the picture on that camera. I believe that they use a prism splits and diverts part of the light to the LCD. In otherwords, you are viewing through the lens but not with the same light that the CCD is seeing, but the other half of that light. The down side of this system is that part of your light is lost to the LCD and the ISO speeds of that camera are only 80 - 360 (less than even the cheaper digicams).
Personally, I have shot with digital cameras for three years and do not miss the LCD for viewing at all, and now I get 500 + pix on a battery recharge instead of 40 I used to get.
#5. "RE: Monitor on D100" | In response to Reply # 4lordnikon Registered since 17th Feb 2002Sun 01-Sep-02 10:01 AM
Hmm, I sold the E10 at Xmas time at my old part time camera salesmen job, and was unaware that it had a parabolic mirror on it!
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