|Samsung NX100 system camera review : The Samsung NX100 is a newcomer in the popular segment of system cameras. This is a collective term for a group of cameras from different manufacturers but with a common denominator: the lack of a mirror. It is a so-called ‘mirror-less’ system, or as Samsung prefers, a compact system camera. The Samsung NX100 is a remarkably designed camera with relatively small dimensions and an average low weight. Although the true innovation is not found inside the camera, but rather in the lens. Samsung introduces the i-Fn lens with the Samsung NX100.
Samsung NX100 delivered with 20-50mm lens
At the time of writing, Samsung has two lenses with i-Functions. A 20mm f2.8 pancake lens and a 20-50mm lens in which the focus ring is used to select different camera settings and the i-Function button is used to activate them. According to the mode that the camera is in, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance and exposure compensation can be adjusted. The lack of a stabilizer in the 20-50mm lens is remarkable. The idea of the i-Function is very inventive. The Samsung NX100 has a notably compact and stylish design. The NX100 is one of the smallest system cameras and employs the strategy of focusing on the amateurs that want to switch from a compact camera to a system camera. This is a strategy that could guarantee success. Competitor Sony employs the same method and has become very successful in a short time with its NEX-series of cameras.
Samsung NX100 camera housing
The Samsung NX100 is available in different colors (varies per region). The body’s material feels a bit slippery, but due to the design it is fairly stable to handle. The top of the NX100 is sloped so that the hand grip is a bit thicker. The settings dial on top of the camera turns a bit stiffly so that it cannot go into another mode by accident. The Samsung NX100 does not have a built-in flash, but supports an optional external flash (GN15) via the hot shoe.
Samsung NX100 features an AMOLED screen
The fine AMOLED screen immediately distinguishes the Samsung NX100 from the competition. The screen produces a clear image and an exceptionally beautiful display. The buttons and the multi-control button next to the screen offer access to the menu and the camera’s different setting possibilities. In the bottom of the hand grip, the compartment for the Li-Ion battery and the memory card is found.
Samsung NX100 review
The Samsung NX100 is Samsung’s answer to the different models that some of the competition have recently introduced in a relatively short amount of time. The division of system camera market shares is still open and it can apparently still go in any direction. It is notable that Canon and Nikon, the two biggest DSLR manufacturers, do not seem to be waging the introduction of a system camera shortly. We tested the Samsung NX100 thoroughly in practice and in the DIWA Lab. The technical end results and the practical experience form a balanced conclusion. Our findings can be read in the following Samsung NX100 review.
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"The new Samsung NX100 is a 14.6 Megapixel compact system camera with an APS-C size sensor for quality pictures and a 3-inch AMOLED display for easy viewing. An entry-level camera system, but the Samsung NX100 camera is packed with very interesting new features and has a friendly price tag. That makes for a remarkable combination."
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