The Samsung NX100 is the latest NX-series Compact System Camera. But with no flash or viewfinder, is there the demand for such a camera? What Digital Camera reviews the Samsung NX100...

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Samsung NX100

Overall score:85%
Image Quality:80%


  • Affordable, stylish, good layout and UI, iFn lenses


  • No in-built flash, no viewfinder, poor battery life


Samsung NX100 Review


Price as reviewed:


Value & Verdict

Samsung NX100 review – Value

The NX100’s price is one of its key winning points. For around just £380 – and consider that’s less than some high-end creative compact cameras – there’s a whole lot here for the money and plenty of prospect for expansion too. The three ‘next nearest’ competitors come in the form of Panasonic’s forthcoming GF2, Olympus’s E-P2 and Sony’s NEX-5 – all of which will cost at least £100 more than the Samsung.

Samsung NX100 test sample image - web size

While the Micro Four Thirds market may offer more lenses, the road map for forthcoming NX-series glass looks promising and should provide considerable variety. However, the lack of flash and viewfinder options may prove too limiting for some to consider purchasing and, as both the optional accessories are hot-shoe based, they can’t be utilised at the same time.

Samsung NX100 review – Verdict

The NX100 certainly looks the part and it works a treat for what it provides too. It’s the lacking of a flash and viewfinder that will limit its prospective audience however and, although these can be purchased as accessories, this won’t be to everyone’s tastes. Although the body looks great and is well laid out, its generally large size is slightly confusing when considering that a more shrunken-down option with built in flash would be absolutely perfect to pop in a pocket or handbag.

When it gets things right they’re great however: the new iFn lens idea is simple yet effective, the promise of more lenses in the very near future will mark the NX as a strong contender to look out for and the autofocus improvements are much welcomed too.

A more specialist release than its previous NX10 counterpart, the NX100 has a lot to offer. It’s more of a ‘specialist’ release and will appeal to the style-conscious looking for good quality, but the absence of a viewfinder and flash that may still prove a sticking point for many.


AF Points:Selection: 1 point (Free selection) Multi: Normal 15 points, Close Up 35 points
Cable Release:Remote
PC Socket:No
Max Flash Sync:N/A
Built-in Flash:N/A
DoF Prview:Yes
Colour Temp Control:2500-10000K
Colour Space:sRGB, Adobe RGB
White Balance Bracket:Yes
Focusing Modes:SAF, CAF, MF
Exposure Comp:-3 to +3 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Other:i-Function lens compatible
Dust Reduction:Yes
Built-in Image Stabilisation:No, lens-based where applicable
Movie Mode:Yes, 720p HD (H.264)
Dimensions:120.5 x 71 x 34.5mm
Live Mode:Yes
Connectivity:HDMI-C out, DC-IN 9.0V, Remote, USB/AV out
Power:Rechargeable li-ion battery
White Balance:Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent White, Fluorescent NW, Fluorescent Daylight, Tungsten, Flash WB, Custom Set, Manual
Viewfinder Type:N/A
Field of View:100% (LCD)
Memory Card:SD / SDHC
Drive Mode:Single, Continuous, Burst, Timer, AE Bracket, WB Bracket, PWB
ISO:100-3200 (6400 extended)
Compression:Normal / Fine / Super Fine
Metering System:Metering: Multi, Centre-weighted, Spot Metering range: EV0 ~ 18 (ISO100•30mm F2.0)
Exposure Modes:PSAM, Smart Auto, Movie, Scene
File Format:JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG
Shutter Speeds:30-1/4000th
Lens Mount:Samsung NX
Focal Length Mag:1.5x
LCD:3in, 614k-dot AMOLED
Output Size:4592 x 3056
Sensor:14.6MP CMOS sensor
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  2. 2. Design
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. Image Quality
  5. 5. Movie/Video Mode & Quality
  6. 6. Value & Verdict
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