Overall Rating:

4

Samsung NX100


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Price as Reviewed:

£449.99

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

Metering

Image: In this tricky high-contrast scene, the evaluative metering produces pleasing results similar to those of spot metering

I found the evaluative metering to be an intelligent system. There is a gradual change in metering to suit sky and land priority in landscapes, and it was only when I was facing more tricky lighting scenes, or when I wanted to ensure the mood of a scene was captured, that I opted for spot metering. Metering is accessed through the function menu on the camera body or via the main menu, which is quite a slow way to access it, but exposure compensation is placed next to the thumb to the right of the AMOLED screen, which can act as a quicker option to spot metering.

Spot metering is of the fixed centre type, although the exposure lock (AEL) is conveniently next to the right thumb so the scene can be composed again by depressing the AEL button. I find fixed centre spot metering a little restrictive, particularly when shooting a landscape on a tripod, as the tripod and camera have to be moved and the scene composed again. Generally, the metering works well and is reliable in a variety of settings.

  • 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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