View Full Version : Nikon P100

The Bigfella
05-07-2010, 10:52 PM
Anyone got / used one?

I was planning on taking my old Nikon D100 SLR with a couple of zoom lenses on an extended trip... which will involve some backpacking and transport weight limits. All up, this setup weighs about 3kg and covers film-equivalent zoom lengths from 27mm-600mm. Its going to be a hard carry on a motorbike.

The little P100, on the other hand, covers a similar range (26mm - 678mm 35mm format equivalent) - but weighs in at under 1/6th my DSLR gear. Less than half a kilogram.

Its probably a better setup for happy snaps.... and a hell of a lot more travel friendly. Its 10+ MP (against 6 for my old D100)... and only around US$400

Any thoughts?


Captain Intrepid
05-07-2010, 11:12 PM
It was my choice of the superzooms I was looking at, I particularly liked the burst shot options from it's cmos image sensor. 10 fps continuous, 60 fps on a 2 mpixel setting, or 120fps on a 1mpixel setting. Could be a lot of fun to play with.

The Bigfella
05-18-2010, 01:17 AM
I decided not to buy one. I'm taking my Nikon D100 on the trip. I was talking to a mate who is a commercial photographer and he said it was a no-brainer. Deal with the weight, says he.

Whilst the P100 is 10 megapixels, vs 6 in the D100.... the size of the sensor in the P is much smaller... and the lenses are slow.

I've just got the D100 back from having it serviced and the sensor cleaned. $385.... ouch. That includes having the aperture and speed electronics replaced.

edit.... just weighed the camera. Its 1.25k with the 18-35mm lens attached. I've removed the tripod ring from the 80-400mm and it's now 1.345kg. So... 2.6kg plus packaging.

05-18-2010, 09:22 AM
I have a D70 & I would much rather lug a big camera around unless I don't really care what my picture quality is like. You can always shrink the pictures, but you can never recover the quality of a bad camera! :)

Wayne Jeffers
05-18-2010, 12:35 PM
For a lightweight yet capable camera, the Nikon D40 is worth considering. (http://kenrockwell.com/nikon/d40.htm) It is no longer being made, but you can easily find gently used ones.


05-18-2010, 08:38 PM
I haven't had my camera out in several months....got the big lenses, and the monster memory cards and everything is in a pouch the size of my binoculars.