Samsung NX100 "Mirror-lesSLR"


Samsung has joined the mirror-less digital camera parade with the introduction of the Samsung NX100, a compact digital camera that features a 14.6-megapixel APS-C format CMOS sensor and an interchangeable lens mount.

Available in a choice of black or brown, Samsung's NX100 incorporates a number of interesting technologies designed to enhance the user's picture-taking experience. And technology aside, it's also rather slick-looking.

Although the Samsung's NX100 shares the same 14.6-megapixel APS-C format CMOS sensor, lens interchangeability, and 3" (416,000-dot) VGA AMOLED display as the Samsung NX10, it lacks its predecessor's electronic viewfinder (EVF), making it even smaller than the already quite compact NX10. But the features designed into the new camera—and lenses—go beyond the EVF housing.

Samsung's NX100 is available in a choice of brown or black.

Samsung's NX100 captures stills in a choice of JPEG (Super Fine, Fine and Normal), RAW (SRW) or a combination of RAW+JPEG (Super Fine, Fine or Normal) in either sRGB or Adobe RGB. You can shoot up to three frames per second (RAW or JPEG) in continuous mode and burst shooting at 10, 15 or 30 frames per second per shutter press. In the motion-picture department, the NX100 captures HD 720p video (up to 25-minutes in length) and the camera's native ISO sensitivity of ISO 100 can be increased up to an equivalent of 6400 in 1/3-stop increments. And in addition to Exposure and White Balance bracketing (+/-3), the NX100 allows for micro adjustments of the Amber, Blue, Green and Magenta channels in seven-step increments.

Perhaps the most interesting new feature to be found on the Samsung NX100 isn't on the camera body, but on its new line of  "pro-active" i-Function optics, which work in concert with the camera body and allow you to set exposure settings that are lens specific. The idea behind this new approach to setting camera controls is based on the fact that shooters adjust exposure settings using dials that are traditionally located on the top-right side of the camera body, usually around the shutter button, making it awkward to adjust the settings while shooting.

To get around this, Samsung's engineers came up with an i-Function switch, that allows the user to adjust exposure settings from the base of the lens, which is typically where shooters brace the camera with their left hand. According to Samsung, the new lens system will allow shooters to adjust shutter speeds, f/stops, white balance and ISO sensitivity levels while bracing the lens with their left hand in its natural shooting position. The result is a smoother, uninterrupted shooting experience with fewer "missed moments."

To go along with the new camera, Samsung is also introducing a series optics, including a compact 20–50mm f/3.5-5.6 ED zoom (a 30.8 to 77mm equivalent), followed by a 20mm f/2.8 "pancake" lens (30.8mm equivalent). Two additional lenses—a 60mm Macro and an 18–200mm zoom, will be released in the near future, followed by a 16mm, 85mm and a 16–80mm zoom sometime in 2011 (which isn't that far off!).

Other upcoming accesories to complement Samsung's NX100 include an Electronic Viewfinder that slips onto the camera's hot shoe, a flash and a GPS tracker. 

Stay tuned for updates and a hands-on review of the new camera and lenses as they become available.

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Ok guys....enough fighting. I want to see results. where do I see pictures that are taken with this camera.  

 Based on the above comments all I can say is it's a good thing we don't allow sharp objects on this website...

What a bunch of senile old fools are hanging out here!!   Are you all suffering from incontinence?   That would perhaps explain why you all feel so compelled to piss on this fine camera.   For you all obviously cannot control the flow of your urine.

Why don't you dudes come into the 21st century with the rest of us?   The whole point of these mirrorless cameras is to get rid of the pentaprism viewfinder to make the camera more compact.   You want to add all of that bulk and weight back in?   Or do you want a standalone viewfinder like only a small handful of point and shoot cameras still have?   Those are so inaccurate that they are about useless.   Why would you want to use such a technically compromised tool?   Don't you care about the composition of your photos?   You obviously must not, to be wanting to use such an inaccurate tool for composing your photos.

So stop acting like a bunch of lily livered crybabies!!  Grow up!  You all sounds like a bunch of kindergarten students: all sniveling and whining to your Mommies on the first day of school!  Do you all want to remain bellyaching wimps the rest of your lives?  

This camera is capable of taking truly awesome quality photos.   It is a great compact tool, with many outstanding features.

If any of you were really photographers, that would be all that you cared about.  Try looking at how full the glass is next time, instead of moaning about it not being filled to the brim.  What dull and worthless lives you must all live, to waste your time  grumbling over meaningless issues like this.

IMHO, DSLR without viewfinder is not DSLR at all, but Point and Shoot enhanced with APS-C sensor and interchangeable lens mount. I would never consider this camera if I was looking for DSLR; I could consider it, though, if I wanted to buy Point and Shoot.

Hi, I agree with the comment "Absolutely agree with John.. viewfinder & articulating lcd." above. Are there any cameras like the Sigma dp2 together with these features at the $300 price point? The winner to this place gets my money. 

Is the mirrorless slr compatible with panasonic's and olympus' micro 4/3 standard?

Pity if not!

Zvi Harduf wrote:

Is the mirrorless slr compatible with panasonic's and olympus' micro 4/3 standard?

Pity if not!

No it is not. It is only compatible with NX mount and they currently have only two lenses available. That is the biggest problem with these mirrorless cameras in my opinion. They are trying to build yet another lens mount. Sony's mount is NEX, I don't know why are they using so similar names, I guess only to add to the confusion.

Absolutely agree with John.. viewfinder & articulating lcd.

This is an interesting class of interchangeable cameras. I appreciate the APS-C sensor used in many full size DSLR cameras. I also think the idea of the lens ring used for setting camera features is interesting. It seems suppliers of cameras are starting to do some interesting things to fill the void between point-and-shoot and full sized DSLR. This may bring me back into the world of interchangeable lenses after 30 years of stepping away from it.

However both the Sony NEX-5 and the Samsung NX100 have some gaping holes that will keep me away until this class of cameras spits out one with the features I want.

Both the NEX-5 and NX100 lack an optical view finder. I know they are focused on keeping these cameras small but there are just too many times when an optical viewfinder is better for me.

The NX100 has no OIS, and does not have an articulating LCD screen. The NEX-5 lacks a standard hot shoe and from many reviews has a cumbersome menu system.

I've had a Panasonic DMC-FZ30 "bridge" camera for a few years. It has an articulating LCD screen. I use that feature about 10% of the time. I will not consider purchasing a camera without one in the future.

I am looking for better photo quality and realize that I will have to step away from the single lens camera to obtain better photos. I don't want the bulk and weight of the full sized mirror prism cameras. It's about time a new class is invented that has near full sized DSLR capability and is small and light.

I'll just have to wait until this new class of cameras has more entries to choose from. Nice try Samsung. Now add IOS, a viewfinder, and an articulating 3" LCD and I'll come back for another look.