This review is devoted to NX100 that Samsung has first introduced to the public in Sep 14, 2010. This model is a Entry-Level Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 15.0 MP and a APS-C (23.4 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
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In Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #116 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 46/100 and it takes a rank of #230 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Samsung NX100 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
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In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Samsung NX100. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras.
Samsung NX100 has the following external dimensions 120 x 120 x 35 mm (47.24 x 27.95 x 13.78″) with the weight of 282 g.
The typical weight for average Entry-Level Mirrorless type cameras is 319g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Samsung NX100, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Samsung NX100 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 35mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Samsung NX100 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Samsung NX100 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Samsung NX100 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Samsung NX100 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Samsung NX100 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Samsung NX100 comes with DRIMe Engine processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 15.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.4 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
The base of Samsung NX100 has the following ISO range 100 - 6400 .
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
Samsung NX100 features a 15.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Samsung NX100, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 62 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Samsung NX100’s sensor.
Samsung NX100 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Samsung NX100 with other standard sensor sizes.
Samsung NX100 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 614k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic (optional) ViewFinder.
Some of the other highlights of Samsung NX100 are its 3.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, NX100 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.
In addition, NX100 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Samsung NX100, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1280 x 720 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Samsung NX100 allows you to save files in H.264 formats.
Comparing the technical characteristics of this model with the modern standards, we have to admit that 1280 x 720 is a rather poor indicator of video resolution. However, if you are looking for a camera that has 4K video support, we recommend you to consider our Cheapest Camera with 4K video.
Samsung NX100 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
You can connect NX100 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Samsung NX100 provides a shooting life of 420, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 338 shots.
Compared to all models in the Entry-Level Mirrorless category, Samsung NX100 offers the highest battery life that reaches 420 shots.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Samsung NX100’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Samsung NX100’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the NX100 to the average MirrorLess camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX100 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 69. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX100 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX100 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 86. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX100 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX100 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 62. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX100 can be called a 62 model for this type of photography.
No Significant Advantages
After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX100 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 30. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX100 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX100 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 74. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX100 can be called a 74 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||Sep 14, 2010|
|Body Type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Lens Mount||Samsung NX|
|Number of Lenses||32|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||614k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||3.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||62|
|DxO Color Depth||22.6|
|DxO Dynamic Range||10.7|
|DxO Low Light ISO||563|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.4 x 15.6 mm|
|Sensor Area||365.04 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||15.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4592 x 3056|
|Max Native ISO||6,400|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||15|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1280 x 720|
|Physical Dimensions||120 x 71 x 35 mm|
|Battery Life||420 shots|
|Battery Type||420 shots|