Samsung NX100

Released September, 2010
New: NX200 (Sep, 2011)
  • 14 MP
  • APS-C 23.4 x 15.6 mm CMOS
  • 3" OLED
The NX100 also has a fast contrast auto-focus system, wide range of manual controls, a Smart Auto function which automatically selects the best shooting mode, and a Smart Range feature that captures detail in both the bright and dark areas of the picture.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2010)
8.5 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Samsung NX100

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

NX100
8.1
NEX C3
9.2
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

NX100
6.6
NEX C3
6.6
Focus lag

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

NX100
8.4
NEX C3
8.3
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

NX100
9.0
NEX C3
9.6
Reviews from mirrorlessrumors.com, techradar.com, dpreview.com, photographyblog.com and 1 more

8.5

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

NX100
8.5
NEX C3
9.0

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Samsung NX100

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

NX100
563 ISO
NEX C3
1,083 ISO
D3100
919 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

NX100
2,200 LPH
NX200
2,900 LPH
NEX C3
2,800 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

NX100
431 ms
NEX-3
670 ms
PEN E-PM1
246 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

NX100
107 ms
PEN E-PM1
75 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

NX100
1,100 ms
NX200
3,600 ms
D3100
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

NX100
3 fps
NX1000
8 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Samsung NX100


7.7
Unusually for a kit zoom it covers only the 30-75mm equivalent range and offers no image stabilization - stabilization (either from the lens or camera body) is near universal in interchangeable lens camera kits, as are lenses that offer wide-angle capability equivalent to a 27 or 28mm lens on a film camera.

8.0
The large 14.6 megapixel APS-C CMOS megapixel sensor used in the NX100 produces noise-free JPEG images at ISO 100-400, with ISO 800 also looking good.

8.0

Overall

8.1 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

The company is planning to ship a 20mm f2.8 pancake soon and a 60mm macro and 18-200mm telephoto lenses in the first half of 2011, followed by 16mm and 85mm primes and a 16-80mm general-purpose lens later in 2011.
by c|net (Sep, 2010)
It may make for a nice three-prime kit in concert with the 30mm F2 and the upcoming 60mm macro - especially if the image quality is in the same ball park as the excellent 30mm pancake.
by DPReview (Sep, 2010)
The new kit lens introduces the novel i-Function and Lens Priority capabilities.
by c|net (Sep, 2010)

Sensor

As the NX100 shares exactly the same sensor as the NX10, it also offers all the advantages that a large APS-C DSLR sensor offers, namely better performance at higher ISOs than the smaller Micro Four Thirds format.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2010)
Depending on shooting mode iFn can be used to adjust shutter speed, aperture and exposure compensation with the option to add ISO and white balance, depending on how you plan to use the camera.
by DPReview (Sep, 2010)
Just like the NX10, the NX100 has the same 14.6 megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor, 720p movie mode, dust reduction system and fixed 3-inch AMOLED screen.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2010)

Size

The reduction in the size of the NX100 has come at the cost of the loss of a built-in electronic viewfinder and, more crucially for its target market of compact camera upgraders, a built-in flash.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2010)
The Samsung NX100 undercuts its main rivals by a considerable margin and also further blurs the boundaries between high-end compact cameras and Compact System Cameras.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2010)
Now its sister model, the NX100 takes a slightly different approach - it eschews the traditional styling of the NX10 and instead embraces the simpler silhouette of a compact camera.
by DPReview (Sep, 2010)

Size

Despite our slight misgivings about the NX100's size, lack of built-in flash and the new kit lens, it's still a very good camera with a high-quality APS-C sensor and Samsung's massive financial backing behind it, making it an easy recommendation if you want to test out the Compact System Camera waters without having to invest too much money.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2010)
It's a retractable zoom that is immediately reminiscent of the Olympus 14-42mm kit zoom for Micro Four Thirds.
by DPReview (Sep, 2010)
Samsung was the first company outside the Micro Four Thirds consortium to release a mirrorless interchangable lens camera.
by DPReview (Sep, 2010)

Image quality

The NX100 does apply quite a lot of noise reduction to the JPEGs, as demonstrated by the RAW files which have more noise at the comparable high ISO settings.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2010)
ISO 1600 only shows a little noise, while the fastest settings of ISO 3200 and 6400 are quite a lot noisier and suffer from softening of fine detail and a loss of saturation, but the images are still perfectly usable for small prints and resizing for web use.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2010)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 14 MP
Resolution 4592 x 3056
Size APS-C
Area 23.4 x 15.6 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 26.0 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 3,200 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Tested vertical resolution 2,200 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,200 LPH

focus system

Type Contrast detection

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder None

performance

Max continuous shooting 3 fps
Continuous shooting 3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 431 ms
Shutter lag 107 ms
Startup delay 1,100 ms

video

Video 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p No
Shoots high speed video No
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection

display

Type OLED
Size 3"
Resolution 614 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 120 x 71 x 35 mm
Thickness 35 mm
Weight 282 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None
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