|1. Hot-Shoe: There’s no internal flash, but the hot-shoe is compatible with accessories and more powerful external flashes like the Samsung SEF-42A, SEF-20A and SEF-15A. 2. AMOLED Screen: The fixed, 3.0-inch, high-res AMOLED screen features a contrast ratio of 10,000:1 for previewing live-view images and changing settings even in direct sunlight. 3. Stylish Body: Available in black, brown or white, the design of the NX100 is curved, lightweight and stylish, with a classic aesthetic that sports a modern feel and advanced digital features.
LIST PRICE: $599 (with 20-50mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 ED zoom)
The first camera from Samsung to offer the innovative i-Function mode, and the second model from the company to incorporate mirrorless design technology, the NX100 combines the size advantages of a compact camera with the more extensive capabilities of a DSLR, including interchangeable lenses, manual functions and heightened image quality, thanks to a large APS-C-sized imaging sensor—a larger sensor than what you’ll find in typical compact cameras, and even those used in most mirrorless cameras.
|SMART SHOE: The NX100 includes a “Smart Shoe” hot-shoe for attaching optional Samsung flashes, an available EVF10 electronic viewfinder and other accessories, like the Samsung GPS10 GPS system for tagging and categorizing photos by location.
LENS OPTIONS: Interchangeable lenses provide far greater imaging potential than the fixed zooms of compact cameras can provide, and a K-Mount Adapter also is available using K-mount lenses with the NX100, which adds compatibility with nearly 40 years of Pentax glass.
HD VIDEO: 720p HD recording is captured at a frame rate of 30 fps in the common MPEG4 (H.264) format for easy viewing and editing. Mono sound is recorded through an internal mic, and a Wind Cut mode reduces ambient noise from the wind when shooting video outside.
i-SCENE: The i-Scene Lens Priority mode dial simplifies the best mode for each lens to choose scene presets that are based on the characteristics of the lens.
Offered at $100 less than the somewhat larger Samsung NX10, the NX100 makes a few small sacrifices in order to retain its efficient design by removing the electronic viewfinder and the onboard flash. Otherwise, both cameras are almost identical in capabilities and feature set.
The advantage of the new breed of mirrorless cameras like the NX100 is that the body is much smaller than that of a DSLR because digital technology allows companies to remove the bulky mirror box and viewfinder setup, resulting in camera bodies that are more or less pocket-sized without a lens attached. With 14.6-megapixel resolution, the 23.4x15.6mm CMOS APS-C-sized sensor of the NX100 is larger than the sensor in competitive mirrorless models from Olympus and Panasonic, which use the Micro Four Thirds system. The sensor is roughly the same size as the Sony NEX mirrorless models, Samsung’s other major competition. Other companies are rumored to be offering mirrorless models soon.
Because of the smaller design, the lens mount is also much closer to the sensor, which means that these new mirrorless mounts require a brand-new set of lenses, like the NX series of lenses in the case of the NX100. The NX10 was the first Samsung camera to offer i-Function capabilities, and the NX100 includes a 20-50mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 i-Function lens. Two new i-Function lenses, the 20mm pancake and the 20-50mm zoom lens, have been released, and Samsung also has announced the details for five more NX lenses that will be i-Function-compatible, including three prime lenses and two movie-optimized zooms that will offer quieter operation. This brings a grand total of 10 NX system lenses, which may not seem like a lot when compared to established lens systems, but the range exceeds other mirrorless systems.