Samsung NX100 review

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

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Samsung nx100 review

Of course, iFunction lenses and fancy rear LCDs won't be able to salvage the Samsung NX100's reputation if photo quality isn't up to scratch. Fortunately it delivers.

Straight from the box, the NX100 camera takes really punchy vibrant images, with bags of resolution and detail – a real testament to the quality of the APS-C size sensor. Colours are rich but natural looking, and noise is well controlled under ISO 1000.

We did notice a slight tendency to overexposure in Auto everything mode, but this can be adjusted easily enough with the handily placed exposure compensation button or via the iFunction control.

When it comes to AF, you need to remember that the NX100 camera uses contrast detection AF, so it's not as fast as a conventional DSLR in normal stills mode, rather than Live View mode. Lower light in particular challenges the AF, but it stills feels quicker off the mark than the AF on the Olympus PEN series.

It's a shame that Samsung NX100 iFunction lenses aren't stabilised (neither is the NX100 camera body) so a firm grip, and tripod, are essential. And unlike a typical DSLR kit lens, the 20-50mm Samsung NX100 lens is hamstrung at the wide-angle end (we're talking 30-75mm equivalent range).

The f/3.5-5.6 aperture mode is a bit restrictive, too; if you want a faster lens, go for the f/2.8 20mm pancake instead. Despite its drawbacks, the 20-50mm lens is a reasonable performer: nice and sharp, with acceptable distortion and chromatic aberration levels.

HD video recording is right up there, too. Full 1080p performance is a real bonus, and you can shoot in either Program or Aperture Priority mode.

As with stills performance, HD video shooting is rather limited by the limitations of the 20-50mm lens, but the Samsung NX100 still delivers a solid performance when it comes to movies. HD implementation isn't quite as slick or detailed as the similarly priced Panasonic Lumix GF-1, however.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution14.6 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
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
Image Sensor Size23.40 mm x 15.60 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4592 x 3056
Display Screen TypeOLED
Height71 mm
Width120.5 mm
Depth34.5 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
Product ModelNX100
Product NameNX100 Mirrorless Camera
Exposure Control
  • Program
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberEV-NX100ZBCBGB
Manufacturer Website Address
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.

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
Limited Warranty1 Year