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Samsung NX100 review

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

Our Verdict

For

  • Sturdy build quality
  • Good lens
  • iFunction controls
  • Excellent AMOLED screen

Against

  • Lens is not particularly fast
  • Limited for wide-angle work
  • No image stabilisation

The latest in Samsung's NX series of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, the NX100 boasts a 14-megapixel APS-C-format sensor, full HD video, a 3-inch AMOLED screen and a 20-50mm f/3.5-5.6 lens with focusing ring and Samsung's innovative new i-Function button, which allows users to choose from a series of manual settings.

Now interchangeable lens compacts are so well established that the challenge is to appeal to specific market segments – or just to stand out by doing something different. Samsung's response to this challenge is the NX100, the sister camera to the Samsung NX10.

The Samsung NX100 has a new feature called iFunction, which enables you to make camera adjustments via a new button on compatible lenses. Basically, iFunction sets up an extra layer of communication between camera and lens – so you get to use the Samsung NX100 lens' focusing ring to adjust aperture, exposure compensation, and other key settings.

Samsung claims this makes life easier for beginners, while at the same time making it faster for more experienced users to adjust exposure settings without moving their hands from the shooting position.

We wouldn't describe iFunction as a massive leap forward in camera usability that will change the market overnight, but still, Samsung deserves plaudits for trying something new.

As well as iFunction, other key selling Samsung NX100 specs include a 14.6-megapixel, APS-C-size sensor, high-tech rear screen and full 1080p HD video.

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