There's a lot to like in the Samsung NX100 but there also a few things that seem a bit off. In terms of looks, speed and features, the NX100 is one of the best compact system cameras on the market; fun to shoot with and easy to use in a stylish camera package. While image quality in good light is among the best we've seen in a camera in this class, the NX100 is not the most versatile performer, stumbling in dim conditions at high ISOs.
High-quality APS-C sensor
The Samsung NX100 is a natural evolution of the expanding NX-series, providing a more compact and lighter overall package than the existing NX10 model which competes more clearly with the Panasonic GF, Olympus EP and Sony NEX cameras. The NX100 isn't quite as small or as well-realised as we'd have liked, but it's currently by far the cheapest way to buy into the Compact System Camera revolution.
high-tech rear screen
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.
We love the image quality from the Samsung NX100's 14-megapixel APS-C sensor, which captures very clear photos.
There's no doubt that the Samsung NX100 can take great pictures (and it's also a handy high-def video shooter) but we can't help but feel that it's a step back from the brilliant NX10. We miss the built-in EVF and flash and think these are key features that should be standard, rather than optional. On the bright side, the lack of these features means that the NX100 is smaller than the NX10. Even so, the camera is too big to be carried in a pocket.
Inspired by a dew drop on a leaf, the NX100 is Samsung's latest interchangeable lens camera, going head-to-head with the Olympus E-PL1 and the Panasonic G10. Inspired by a dew drop on a leaf, the NX100 is Samsung's latest interchangeable lens camera, going head-to-head with the Olympus E-PL1 and the Panasonic G10.Inspired by a dew drop on a leaf, the NX100 is Samsung's latest interchangeable lens camera, going head-to-head with the Olympus E-PL1 and the Panasonic G10.
We love the image quality from the NX100's 14-megapixel APS-C sensor, which captures very clear photos.
The Samsung NX100 digital camera takes clear and vibrant images, but it lacks a built-in EVF and a built-in flash. These are features which we miss dearly, especially considering the NX100 is more expensive than the NX10, which includes both of these features. Nevertheless, it's a still a great camera that's fun to use.
Nevertheless, my overall experience with the NX10 and opinion about the camera is a lot more positive than the individual ratings would indicate.
While there are enough drawbacks to keep the Samsung NX10 from being a no-brainer choice among interchangeable-lens cameras, it's still a well-designed model that's fun to shoot with and capable of producing very nice photos.
We like the ease-of-use and firm construction of Samsung's NX10 interchangeable-lens camera, but its video and image qualities pale in comparison with those of competitors. We like the ease-of-use and firm construction of Samsung's NX10 interchangeable-lens camera, but its video and image qualities pale in comparison with those of competitors.
Measuring 3.0-inches and made from AMOLED, the display is one of the brightest we have seen on a camera.
Samsung should be congratulated for finally shaking off its 'camera maker wannabe' reputation and bringing out its best ever model for serious amateurs and even semi-pros.
This is a sturdy, high resolution shooter with a great lens for the money and respectable HD movie mode. But it's such an SLR-a-like you're left wondering why you don't just buy a comparatively priced Japanese SLR, and benefit from the more competitive discounting deals and wider range of lenses and accessories.
Perhaps the best part of the Samsung NX10 is that it has both a built-in flash and a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF); this means it's ready to be used straight away in any type of conditions.
The Samsung NX10 left us with a very good overall first impression. It's very easy to use, it has plenty of features (so you won't have to fork out for more accessories straight away), and it takes clear and vibrant photos. We only noticed some slight issues with the colour balance when shooting in bright sunlight; a colour cast was sometimes introduced to our subject, despite shooting from the same angle.
Samsung's NX system is an interesting proposition for photographers looking for a step-up from the world of compact cameras
Samsung's NX system is an interesting proposition for photographers looking for a step-up from the world of compact cameras, even if the lack of accessories and lenses may affect the camera's uptake in the short term. There are other compromises to be made, such as overall performance and sacrificing little perks found on other interchangeable lens systems such as Micro Four Thirds.
Very good image quality
When comparing digital cameras, it's easy to end up focusing on all of the numbers in the list of specifications, inadvertently forgetting the key ingredient that makes a good digital camera: Great image quality. During my review of the Samsung NX10 camera, forgetting about image quality was impossible, because of the NX10's excellent results in this area. Sharp and bright images, coupled with great response times, make the NX10 a very good option in the "prosumer" market.
The Samsung NX10 produced accurate colors in our bright light testing, which was a pleasant surprise
The Samsung NX10 did do well in some of our video testing particularly in the area of color accuracy. Unfortunately, however, the video captured by the camera didn't look all that good compared to what a Full HD camcorder is capable of producing. The NX10 also had a stubborn rolling shutter issue that produced a wobble effect whenever the camera was used to pan from side-to-side.
most appealing camera
All in all, the Samsung NX10 is a very attractive little camera. Image quality is on a par with a typical midrange dSLR, and with the 30mm pancake lens attached the whole package is addictively compact.
It doesn't quite feel 100 percent finished -- there's no apparent option to magnify the live view image when a manual lens is attached via an adapter (so you can kiss goodbye to accurate focussing with anything other than Samsung's own NX-mount optics), and the unreliable focussing at...
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