Samsung NX100 review

December 11, 2010

Overall Rating:


Samsung NX100

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Samsung’s NX100 is impressively compact and stylish, while maintaining the APS-C-size sensor found in the NX10

White balance and Colour

Image: AWB produces pleasing results and, at times, better than the preset WB settings, such as daylight WB. However, the results are a little warm in tungsten light

Given the target audience of first-time buyers, I would expect many photographers to stick primarily to auto white balance (AWB) and the standard colour mode. I found AWB to be generally reliable and in some cases it produces better results than the given white balance preset. In sunny daylight conditions, the AWB produces more accurate results, with the sunny WB producing yellowish images.

However, AWB in tungsten light is a little too warm, with the tungsten WB producing slightly cooler and more pleasing results. AWB can be fine-tuned easily via the white balance menu.

There are the usual white balance presets for a variety of lighting conditions, together with Kelvin WB, which I find particularly useful. In this setting, the colour temperature is controlled manually by scrolling around the white balance wheel and any adjustments are indicated through Live View on the screen. Custom WB can be easily and speedily achieved.

There are numerous colour presets and image effects that can be accessed through the function button on the body and then by selecting the Picture Wizard. These include portrait, landscape and some more specific ones such as forest. In the Picture Wizard, black & white is named classic. All such presets can be fine-tuned manually for colour, saturation, sharpness and contrast. I tended to apply most of these effects post-capture, although some presets, such as landscape, are not available.

Post-capture adjustments are made by pressing the function button when viewing an image, and any changes made are saved to a new file. There is a good balance between pleasing and reliable colour rendition in standard mode AWB and creative options in the colour presets.

  • Video: 1280x720, 640x480, 320x240 pixels (at 30fps)
  • White Balance: Auto, 7 presets, Kelvin, plus custom setting
  • External mic: No
  • Built-in Flash: No. Optional SEF20A and SEF15A available
  • White Balance Bracket: Yes
  • LCD: 3in AMOLED with 614,000 dots
  • Output Size: 4592x3056 pixels
  • Viewfinder Type: N/A. Optional EVF with 201,000 dots, approx 98% field of view and -4 to +1 dioptre adjustment
  • Memory Card: SD and SDHC
  • Shutter Type: Electronically controlled focal-plane shutter
  • Focal Length Mag: 1.5x
  • Sensor: 14.6-million-effective-pixel CMOS sensor
  • Exposure Modes: Program, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual, smart auto
  • Weight: 282g without battery or card
  • Power: Rechargeable BP1310 Li-Ion battery
  • File Format: Raw, JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/4000sec in 1⁄3EV steps plus bulb
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Drive Mode: 3fps in JPEG mode up to 10 shots and 3fps in raw mode
  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV in 1⁄3EV steps
  • Lens Mount: Samsung NX mount
  • RRP: £449.99 (with 20-50mm kit lens)
  • ISO: 100-3200
  • Focusing Modes: Manual, single-shot AF, continuous AF and face detection, AF points: 15 or up to 35 in close-up mode, auto or manual selection possible
  • DoF Preview: Yes
  • Dimensions: 120.5x71x34.5mm
  • Metering System: Multi-segment, centreweighted and spot
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Compression: 3-stage JPEG
  • Tested as: Compact System Camera

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