One of the menus (see Phil's hands-on preview on dpreview.com) shows mirror lock-up function. It looks like D100 combines best of F100 and F80 (grids on-demand, screw-in socket for cable release, mirror lock-up). Phil also mentioned that d100 feels better than d60 (no doubt!) Hopefully Sony chip deserves to be in this beautiful body..
I believe this is more likely to be the equivalent of the D1 series function to allow cleaning of the CCD than a true mirror lockup, especially since the D100 features the "anti mirror shock" mode - just like the D1.
>I believe this is more likely to be the equivalent of the D1 >series function to allow cleaning of the CCD than a true >mirror lockup, especially since the D100 features the "anti >mirror shock" mode - just like the D1.
Correct and incorrect. It appears to be the same as in the D1 series but it's not for cleaning CCD. When the Anti-Mirror-Shock mode is used the shutter doesn't open right after the mirror flips up, instead there is a slight delay to allow the vibration of the mirror flipping up settle. IMHO, this is better than the mechanical MLU as it maintains metering and it's almost transparent to the user.
The only catch is it renders continuous shooting almost useless. I found it out when trying the D1H with AMS turned on and I was getting only one frame per second instead of five.
I didn't word that very well, did I. Well, it was getting late.
Looking at the preview on DPReview you'll see there are two different custom functions mentioned: "anti mirror shock mode" which, as you describe, introduces a delay before the shutter is released to allow vibration from the mirror to subside, and "mirror lock-up" which I presume is the same as the D1 series function to allow cleaning of the CCD / AA filter (it's mentioned this function requires the AC adapter, just like the D1) rather than a genuine mirror lock-up as on the F5, for example.
Vic, FYI, neither the F100 or the N80 had mirror lockup. You might be thinking of the F5. As for combining the best of both the F100 and N80, I hope the D100, using the N80 body, has a faster shutter lag than the N80 has, because the N80 has a very slow shutter lag for an 35mm SLR. Being that it is now digital might make it really slow, which would make it virtually useless as a good people, sports or street photography camera (that is one reason why I dumped my CP 5000). The high end Canon digital cameras have seem to overcome the shutter lag problem, hope that is the case with this new Nikon.
Kent, I own F80 and know that it lacks MLU, but I was thinking that F100 has it. Alan is most likely right and option #24 is for cleaning CCD only. Shutter lag is not an issue for me at all (no people or sports ever), more concern about Sony CCD/processing (color rendering-noise-sharpness). Waiting for image samples...
While Nikon have never confirmed it, it's always been supposed that the CCDs for the D1/D1h/D1x were made by Sony - and they have very good performance in the areas you mention, producing some of the smoothest, most accurately coloured pictures of any digital camera.
But as you say, we have to wait for some sample images....
I own a F100 and it definitely does not have mirror lock-up
Ohwell - can't have everything though. Have had success and failures due to this lacking feature. No excuse for not including it on this body. I have mirror lockup on my old Nikomat FTN!! - So The F100 stays home on certain occassions.
If the D100 has mirror lock-up at least they are thinking of the consumers. But I bet it is electrical which would drain the batteries
Also I'm not sure if anyone noticed on the www.canogacamera.com web page they have updated the pre-order price for the D100 to the same price as the Canon D60 and Sigma SD-9 of $2999.94. The D100 was previously listed at $2199.99 for pre-order.
What I would like to see is the picture output for all 3 cameras when they come out. From initial reports it will be difficult to beat the Sigma SD-9 with the Foveon x3 CMOS chip especially at high ISO settings.