The latest mirrorless, removable lens camera from Samsung offers a slimmed down version of the Samsung NX10, with a 14MP sensor and 3″ AMOLED screen. Much like Panasonic offer the GH1 and GF1, the Samsung NX100 is a rangefinder-style model that is more compact than it’s DSLR-style sibling.
The design of the Samsung NX100 isn’t the most significant element relating to the NX100, as one of the more innovative additions is the i-function lens. This adds a function button to the lens, meaning the likes of shutter speed and ISO can be altered without touching the camera body.
A 720p movie mode is also present, insuring some impressive video quality, as well as full manual controls. The ISO can be pushed up to 6400, and there’s a number of Smart Filters to create post-shooting effects such as soft focus.
The design is the most striking element of the Samsung NX100, which is slim and slender compared to the NX10. The body is devoid of the majority of controls, and the compact frame is small enough to stow in a small camera bag. Although there isn’t a viewfinder to speak of there is a 3″ AMOLED screen, insuring the preview is both sharp and well lit.
A few lenses are expected in the new range, including a 20mm pancake, offering the i-Function. Although an RRP has yet to be announced we expect the price of the Samsung NX100 to be at the lower end of the Hybrid range. For more information go to www.samsung.co.uk
Samsung NX100 – announcement from Samsung
Samsung Sets Sights on Industry Leadership with pioneering new Samsung NX100 camera
New mirrorless camera incorporates unique new i-Function lens to give beginner and expert photographers seamless control and creativity
LONDON, UK – September 14, 2010 – Samsung Electronics (UK) Ltd today announces the launch of the unique Samsung NX100 – an innovative mirrorless camera equipped with the world’s first i-Function lens, putting the perfect picture at the fingertips of all photographers through a completely new way of controlling your camera.
The Samsung NX100 is set to dominate the new mirrorless camera category. This innovative new camera benefits from Samsung’s expertise across multiple areas of technology, meaning that all its key components are 100% produced by Samsung. This unique process has been combined with Samsung’s detailed and extensive program of consumer research, which provided valuable insights to incorporate into the Samsung NX100. The Samsung NX100 is also complemented by an extensive line up of lenses and accessories, giving photographers a full package of options with which to explore their creativity.
The launch of the Samsung NX100 follows the success of the NX10, Samsung’s first mirrorless camera and the first in the world to feature an APS-C size sensor, which has already changed the way millions of photographers across the globe take pictures, and raised the bar for the industry as a whole. The Samsung NX100 shares the industry leading technology of the NX10, such as an APS-C size sensor for quality images and a 3-inch AMOLED screen for clear and easy viewing. However, Samsung takes the mirrorless camera to the next level with the NX100, by incorporating the innovations of the NX10 and improving other areas of the camera’s performance and design. The body of the camera is slim, sleek and stylish, and it also features the intuitive i-Function lens which allows users to control their camera through the lens for the first time. The Samsung NX100 also boasts one of the fastest AF on the market today, which ensures that users never miss a moment, as well as an ISO that is raised to a maximum of 6400 for action shots.
The Samsung NX100’s shutter button and curved body have been inspired to an attractive natural shape. The lightweight, compact and modern design makes the camera extremely portable, allowing users with a creative flair to carry the Samsung NX100 with them anywhere and for any occasion. The Samsung NX100 is more than just a camera; it is both a creative tool and an artistic object that makes a bold style statement everywhere it goes.
Mr. SangJin Park, President of Samsung Digital Imaging Division, Samsung Electronics, commented: “Our aim is to lead the mirrorless camera market in the same way we do the DualView category, and the new Samsung NX100 is the embodiment of that goal. Samsung has brought together this high quality of imaging technology with intuitive consumer insights based on our in-depth consumer research, which is why we believe that, alongside the NX10, the NX100 will enhance our position in this growing field. Our unique and pioneering i-Function Lens stands out from the competition as an example of our unparalleled innovation which will appeal to every photographer.”
While conventional lenses are passive in controlling camera settings, the unique i-Function Lens is a proactive lens that communicates with the camera body. It delivers total image control with fast manual settings to ensure quick and easy image capture, and also provides customized settings optimized for the lens being used. The lens incorporates an i-Function button which allows users to scroll through manual settings, and a focus ring which is used to easily change parameters for each setting. Users can toggle between shutter speed, aperture, EV, WB, and ISO quickly and easily by simply using the i-Function button and ring on the lens, meaning easier and quicker configuration while shooting.
The Samsung NX100 also has a lens priority mode which makes switching between lenses easier than ever. Firstly, each lens is clearly marked with icons that illustrate their main use to help users quickly learn which lens they need to select for any given scene. The lens priority mode provides scene options optimized for the lens being used – for example when a landscape lens is attached the camera will immediately display the landscape mode. Also, when users change to a specialized lens, the camera would recognize the lens type and automatically configure the settings that would best match with the attached lens. Note this latter feature is supported fully on future specialised Samsung lenses.
The Samsung NX100’s innovations aren’t confined to the lens – the camera also provides a very creative feature called ‘Smart Filter’. In playback mode, users can apply seven different effects to the picture, such as the vignette, soft focus, fish-eye or miniature effects. The ‘Smart Filter’ provides not just high quality images, but also features that are fun to use.
The fun doesn’t stop with still images. The Samsung NX100 supports HD movie recording at 720P, to capture the finest details of your memories. It also contains a ‘Sound Picture’ mode that can record audio whilst a photo is taken. To ensure each image is perfect quality, even when lenses are being changed regularly, the NX100 also features a supersonic dust reduction feature to remove any foreign particles from the lens before shooting.
At launch the NX100 will be equipped with a range of innovative lenses and accessories including a compact zoom 20-50mm lens, a small and light 20mm wide angle Pancake lens (to be introduced shortly after launch). Two additional specialized lenses will be made available in the first half of 2011 – a 60mm Macro lens and 18-200mm Super Zoom lens. To expand the lens line-up even further, three more lenses will be introduced by the second half of 2011. The NX system will be further enhanced with more accessories, including an Electronic Viewfinder, Flash and GPS tracker to capture your exact geographical location.
Image sensor: 14.6 Mega-pixels APS-C size CMOS sensor
Useable lens: Samsung Lenses
Display: 3.0″ VGA AMOLED Display
ISO Equivalent: Auto, 100 – 3200, Extension settable : ISO 6400
Shooting modes: SmartAuto, Lens Priority, Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, Scene, Movie, Scene mode, Beauty shot, Children, Close Up, Text, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Night, Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Sound Picture
Movie recording: 720P HD Movie Recording (H.264)
Storage media: SD, SDHC (Up to 32GB)
GPS: Geo-tagging w/ Optional GPS Module (GPS10)
Battery life: Still : 420shot , 210min (CIPA Standard) Movie : 130min
Dimensions (WxHxD): 120.5 x 71 x 34.5mm (excluding the projection part)
Weight: 282g (without battery and Memory card)
SAMSUNG Standard Zoom Lens (20-50mm F3.5-5.6 ED)
Focal Length: 20 – 50mm (equivalent to 30.8-77mm in 35mm format)
Elements in Groups: 9 elements in 8 groups (1 Aspherical lens, 1 Extra-low Dispersion lens)
Aperture: F3.5 – 5.6 (Min. F22), (Circular Aperture Diaphragm)
Minimum Focus Distance: 0.28m
Filter Size: 40.5mm
Dimensions: 64 x 39.8mm
Weight: Approx. 119g
SAMSUNG Pancake Lens (20mm F2.8)
Focal Length: 20mm (equivalent to 30.8mm in 35mm format)
Elements in Groups: 6 elements in 4 groups (1 Aspherical lens)
Aperture: F2.8 (Min. F22), (Circular Aperture Diaphragm)
Minimum Focus Distance: 0.17m
Filter Size: 43mm
Dimensions: 62.2 x 24.5mm
Weight: Approx. 89g
Dimensions (WxHxD): 53 x 66 x 31.8mm
Weight: Approx. 61.7g
Battery: 2 AAA batteries
Battery duration: Approx. 13 hours
Internal memory: 128MB
SAMSUNG Electronic Viewfinder
Dimensions (WxHxD): 49.7 x 29.7 x 38.5mm
Weight: Approx. 23g
Resolution: QVGA (300×224), 201k
Magnification: Approx. 0.83x (APS-C, 50mm, -1m-1)
Coverage: Approx. 98%
Eye relief: 17mm
Diopter: Approx. -4.0 ~ +1.0m-1
SAMSUNG Flash (SEF15A)
Dimensions (WxHxD): 55 x 45.5 x 73.6mm
Weight: Approx. 80.4g
Guide Number: 15
Covered focal length: 18mm (APS-C) / 28mm (35mm)
Flash mode: A-TTL / Manual
Battery: 2 AAA battery : Alkaline, Ni-MH