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4

Samsung NX100


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£449.99

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

LCD, Viewfinder and Video

Samsung NX100As with all compact-style CSCs, the most significant issue here is the fact that the NX100 lacks a viewfinder. A 201,000-dot EVF is available as an additional extra, which has 98% coverage and 0.83x magnification, as well as -4 to +1 dioptre adjustment.

Samsung has kept the same 3in, 610,000-dot, AMOLED screen in the NX100 that is found in the NX10, and I found it to be bright and it feels durable. I used the NX100 in a variety of settings, including bright sunlight, for Live View composition. I also found that the LCD was clear when reviewing images. The screen gets dirty quite quickly, but it is still bright enough to be viewed in strong light through fingermarks.

Video users will find that the NX100’s video mode ticks all the right boxes, but without offering anything to place it a cut above the competition. The 720p HD video produces crisp images, although audio is restricted to built-in mono with no external microphone port. Some basic movie edits are available, such as being able to trim clips and the option to select a visual fade in and out for any scene.

  • 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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