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Samsung NX100 review

Is the new Samsung NX100 a breakthrough in compact camera design?

Samsung nx100

Despite being closely related to the NX10, the Samsung NX100 camera looks quite different. Rather than trying to look like a mini SLR, the Samsung NX100 camera's styling recalls the rangefinder looks of the Olympus Pen EP2 (although the dial and button layout is simpler).

The top of the NX100 camera is refreshingly uncluttered, with just a PASM dial, discreet thumbwheel, shutter button and hot shoe for a range of accessories (as with the Olympus PEN EP-2, you don't get flash as standard). The NX100 camera feels comparatively heavy with the 20-50mm kit lens attached, and while it can be retracted, it only retracts to 40mm.

So the NX100 is hardly a pocket or handbag camera. Still, the Samsung NX100 handles well and its relative bulk makes it easier to hold firmly and avoid camera shake.

Controls and features

Samsung nx100 review

Now, let's look in more detail at the iFunction feature. Does it make the NX100 camera easier to use?

Yes and no. It's certainly true that using the focus ring to adjust exposure settings does become second nature after a while, and you do wonder why, apart from on a couple of compact cameras, nobody's introduced a similar feature before. So somebody coming straight to the NX100 from a point and click compact will probably get used to iFunction as quickly as they would to a more conventional camera system.

But unlike the Nikon D3000 or D3100 SLR, the Samsung NX100 doesn't go the extra mile for beginners by explaining what aperture or exposure compensation adjustment, for example, actually DO.

iFunction lenses arguably come in more handy when you've figured out the basics; once your fingers learn where the button and focusing ring are, you can quickly adjust the aperture, for example, without moving your hands from the 'shoot' position.

What is really impressive, however, is how great the iFunction menus look on the high-quality rear-LCD. This is a three-inch AMOLED screen that borrows technology from Samsung's lusted-after LCD TVs, and it just looks fantastic. The screen is bright and pin-sharp without constantly draining the battery, and it puts most current Micro Four Thirds camera screens to shame.

The function menu is very well designed too. Hit the Fn button on the back of the Samsung NX100 camera and you can quickly tweak AF, metering and picture size. You can also access a handy Picture Wizard for adjusting colour, saturation, sharpness and contrast.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution14.6 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
ColourBlack
Brand NameSamsung
FeaturesExternal Flash Shoe, Aperture Priority, Manual White Balance, Smart Capture, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMP4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)282 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Minimum Focus Distance170 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4592 x 3056
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeOLED
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution15.1 Megapixel
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
Height71 mm
Width120.5 mm
Depth34.5 mm
Autofocus Points35
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsAAC
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelNX100
Product NameNX100 Mirrorless Camera
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberEV-NX100ZBCBGB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Achieve professional-quality images even if you're a beginner. The NX100's easy-to-use, intuitive i-Function Lens brings all the professional settings and parameter controls of a DSLR and intuitively integrates them onto the i-Function Lens, so everything is readily accessible. Values and parameter settings like ISO, shutter speed, and aperture, are easy to control. So easy, that you can access them without putting the camera down and still keep your eye on the subject. The user interface makes it all easy to understand, whether you're a novice or a professional. And fast speed AF (Auto Focus) lets you photograph that perfect shot in breathtaking detail.

Battery Life420 Shot/2.17 Hour Video
Package Contents
  • NX100 Mirrorless Camera
  • 20mm F2.8 Fixed Focus Lens
  • USB Cable
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Battery Cradle
  • AC Power Cable
  • CD-ROM
  • User Manual Basic Operation
  • Strap
Display Resolution641000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone