WORKS LIKE A FILM SLR?
FILM VS. MEMORY CARDS: With 35mm film, you get a definite 24 or 36 exposures. With digital memory cards, you can erase images you don't want and take others to replace them. Or you can stretch out the number of pictures recorded by lowering quality of shots not yet taken.
The D100 is a sophisticated, pro camera that from the get-go became the hottest selling digital SLR on the market. All the other current digital SLRs are also pro-oriented. Their basic optical design and overall shape-plus the outer lever and knob controls-work like film SLR controls. Digital image quality levels, however, are determined with exquisite fineness and precision through menus on the rear LCD screen. Using these takes some getting used to. And you'd better know your pixels.
Most pros and many advanced amateurs determined to master these digital SLRs will be able to thread their way through the morass of pixel technology required. But what of average amateurs? For them, digital SLR designers can surely come up with less complex quality settings that can be reached by knobs and levers and don't require deciphering of charts and tables.
Until then, you'll probably find me at the D100's default setting. That's a JPEG 1:8 compression. Maybe I can venture one step higher to a 1:4 compression ratio and make some 11x17-inch enlargements after all.
Or maybe I'll use film.