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Samsung NX100 review

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

Samsung nx100 review

There's a lot to like about the Samsung NX100 camera, from its curvy rangefinder looks to innovative iFunction lenses. The NX100 is not quite the revolution that Samsung is promising, but it will further bolster the company's reputation as a serious player in the photography market.

This is a tough, sturdy camera, and the Samsung NX100 lens is quality. What's more, being able to control camera functions via the zoom ring on iFunction lenses is a genuine innovation. The rear screen is simply great too.

That said, the 20-50mm NX100 lens isn't particularly fast, and is limited for wide-angle work. There's no image stabilisation and the lack of flash as standard is off-putting on a £500 camera.

With the NX100 selling for just under £500 at the time of writing, it's no impulse buy. While it's innovative in many ways, you have to ask yourself whether the limited lenses (both in terms of focal length and choice) make it a wiser buy than a similarly priced DSLR like the Nikon D3100 – or a top Micro Four Thirds hybrid like the Panasonic Lumix GF1. We'd still go for the latter.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution14.6 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
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
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
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