Nikon P100 Quick Guide: Tips & Resources for Beginners

Nikon P100 Quick Guide: Tips & Resources for Beginners

Manual: Download the official Nikon P100 PDF manual (provided by Nikon).


Approved Memory Cards & Capacity: The Nikon P100 is compatible with SD and SDHC memory cards.

Card Size No. of Images (Fine) Min. of Video (480p)
8GB 3,100 68 min
16GB 6,200 136 min
32GB 12,400 272 min

Battery Life & Charger Info:

Compatible Charger Compatible Battery Battery Life
Nikon MH-61 Nikon EN-EL5 250 shots

Recommended Bags & Cases: The Nikon P100 is 4.49″ long by 3.27″ tall by 3.9″ wide. Here are the best cases and bags that fit the P100 like a glove.

All Purpose Compact Stylish Rugged
Lowepro
Munich 100
Lowepro
Quick Case 100
Domke
F-5XA Shoulder Bag
Caselogic
SLRC-200

Filter Size & Adapters: The Nikon P100 can accept 67mm filters with the help of the Polaroid 67mm (PL-ATNP100) aluminum filter adapter. Here are my recommended filters.

67mm UV 67mm Polarizer 67mm ND 3 Stop 67mm ND 10 Stop
B+W, Hoya, Tiffen B+W, Hoya, Tiffen B+W, Hoya, Tiffen B+W, Hoya

Compatible External Speedlights (Flashes): The Nikon P100 doesn’t come with a hot-shoe for mounting an external speedlight. If you wish to use off-camera flash, you’ll need the SB-700 or SB-910 which come equipped with SU-4 mode. This allows the speedlight to be optically triggered by the built-in flash on the P100. *Tip: Set your flash exposure compensation on the P100 to -2.0 so that the built-in flash doesn’t illuminate the subject/scene too much.

Powerful Professional
Nikon SB-700 Nikon SB-910

Initial Setup:

Setting Selection Manual
Highest Image Size & Quality Select FINE Pg. 74
ISO (Outdoors/Bright Light) Select an ISO of 160 Pg. 84
ISO (Indoors/Low Light) Select Auto or Manually Set between 400 to 1600 Pg. 84
White Balance Select Daylight, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash or Preset Manual Pg. 82

Cool Effects:

Effect Selection Manual
Shoot in Black and White Rotate dial to P, S, A or M → MENU button → Shooting Menu Tab → Optimize Image → Black and White Pg. 81
Increase Color Saturation Rotate dial to P, S, A or M → Select MENU button → Shooting Menu Tab → Optimize Image → Vivid Pg. 79
Automatic HDR Shooting Rotate dial to SCENE → MENU button → Backlit Scene HDR Pg. 52
Panoramic Shots Rotate dial to SCENE → Select MENU button → Panorama Assist Pg. 52

Better Control & Performance:

Setting Selection Manual
Close-ups Select Macro Mode (down arrow) Pg. 39
Quick burst of shots Rotate dial to P, S, A or M → MENU button → Shooting Menu tab → Continuous H Pg. 86
Imprint the Time & Date MENU → Setup Menu tab (icon : wrench) → Date Imprint Pg. 159
Include Yourself in the Photo Select the Self-Timer (left arrow) Pg. 37

Sample Photos & Videos: You can check out my sample shots here and my HD video sample here.