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Samsung NX100 Digital Camera

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A Closer Look

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Now we can get a good look at the camera itself. Here we the front and back of the camera with and without the lens installed. One thing that Samsung did with the NX100 is reduce the bulkiness of the camera by giving the body the slender standard digital camera shape. While this does reduce overall size, it also reduces grip, made even worse by the smooth untextured surface. This proved to not a major issue.

The button scheme is intuitive and very easy to use. When shooting in full manual mode, every setting is easily adjustable on the fly. The AMOLED screen is extremely crisp and bright, better than any camera I have ever used.

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Here we see the top and bottom of the camera and also get an idea of the size of the lens compared to the body. While Samsung has shaved a significant amount of weight and size from a full size DSLR, this isn’t a tiny camera. But it will fit easily in a purse or small bag and maybe even a baggy pocket, though that may not be too comfortable.

In the rightmost picture we see the mode selector wheel as well as the jog wheel under the shutter button that controls shutter speed in manual mode. Next to the is a small speaker for playing back videos and on the left of the selector wheel is the microphone.

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When the camera is in use, the lens is in the position seen in the left picture. But when you are done shooting, you can lock the lens back to both protect it from damage and make the camera slightly more portable.

As far as weight distribution, I found the NX100 to be fairly balanced. It is slightly front heavy compared to a full DSLR with a comparable lens, but when holding it in shooting position, I had no problems with balance.

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The battery and memory card are located in a small compartment on the bottom of the camera. The lens included with the kit we received is a 20-50mm with a 3.5-5.6 f-stop. One of the key features of this camera is its iFunction (iFn) lens. iFunction gives you instant access to all important settings such as shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and white balance and allows you to adjust them with the focus ring.

I personally found this feature fairly useless, finding it easier to adjust all of those functions with the different wheels and buttons on the rear. However, if you were to use the view finder attachment, I could see the iFn being very useful.
Under the iFn button we have the locking lever for the lens, allowing you to bring the lens to its smaller form factor.

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4 Comments... What's your say?

  1. Would like to have seen this compared more to the Canon G12 or G1 X. This is informative to see how it compares to an older DSLR, but the D80 has been discontinued since 2008. You’re also comparing a 10.2MP DSLR, to a 14.6MP point and shoot. The overall look at the camera is good, however the comparison seems a bit useless

    • The focus was not really on NX100 vs D80 but more on mirrorless vs DSLR. Because this camera is aimed at someone looking to upgrade from a standard point and shoot they can get an idea of how this less-expensive option stacks up to the full DSLR. Besides, the D80 can still take excellent pictures.
      As far as 10.2 vs 14.6MP, we are talking massive vs more massive. The only benefit is that you can crop the NX100 further while maintaining clarity. Once you resize down to a usable level the MP difference is negligible.
      I would have loved to compare to a more modern DSLR, high-end point and shoot, or another mirrorless but resources are limited.

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