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

Dynamic range

Image: Bringing back the Levels of this image shows there is plenty of detail present in shadow areas

Shooting in a variety of daylight and low-light conditions, and even scenes of high contrast, there were no noticeable issues with the NX100’s dynamic range. The camera produces images with a good dynamic range and strong midtones. At its lowest sensitivity setting, the NX100 has a range of around 11EV, which is very good for its class.

Smart range is the name for Samsung’s dynamic range optimiser, which is particularly useful in scenes of high contrast. When activated, lost details in the shadow areas and more limited highlight detail in the image are recovered. I have found that dynamic range optimisers tend to leave images a little flat.

Generally, I opted not to use the smart range, because when editing some of my images I found that I could bring back a lot of detail from dark shadow areas during post-processing. This demonstrates that the NX100 is capable of retaining a lot of detail and only in the case of severely burnt-out highlights is the information not recoverable.

 

  • 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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