14.6 megapixels; 3-inch AMOLED display; 720p HD video; NX-format lens mount; 3fps continuous shooting; RAW+JPEGCaptures to SD/SDHC media cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
The Samsung NX100 is a compact mirrorless shooter designed to compete with the likes of the Sony NEX-3 and NEX-5, Panasonic GF2, and Olympus PEN E-PL2. Its small, streamlined body is meant to appeal to casual photographers looking to step up to a more advanced camera without the intimidation factor of a dSLR. Image quality is very good thanks to the dSLR-sized 14.6 megapixel sensor, and the all-functions-in-one i.FN button on the lens is very handy for hands-on type shooters. iFunction features a combination of a handy button on the lens that allows quick access to white balance, ISO, aperture and shutter priorities, and a lens control ring that can make adjustments to those settings. The NX100 shoots video, too, at a standard 720p. Do note, however, that it is missing a built-in flash. The 20-50mm kit lens is a bit blasé as well and, in general, the lens selection for the NX format is pretty light. More lenses were recently announced but don’t expect them for at least another few months. The NX100 really has the trappings of a great camera, but there’s little here that would make us recommend it over the high-performing NEX series or the vibrant, versatile Micro Four Thirds system.