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Samsung NX100 ‘mirrorless’ digital camera debuts

Mirrorless NX100 camera gets outed by Samsung

Samsung has revealed the NX100 digital camera, a mirrorless compact that Samsung claims is smaller and lighter than a conventional digital SLR but with interchangeable lenses.

Samsung NX100

The Samsung NX100 – new mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses

The launch of the NX100 follows the Samsung’s debut mirrorless camera, the NX10 which was also the first to feature an APS-C size sensor. Samsung says that the NX100 has a 3-inch AMOLED screen and new control system – dubbed i-Function – for controlling the camera using controls on the lens. 

The company says the NX100 has one of the quickest autofocus systems available, as well as an ISO rating of 6400 for action shots. Samsung says that the lightweight design (282g) aids portability. 

Unique i-Function lens

The i-Function lens communicates with the camera body, claims Samsung, making it easier to change manual settings. Individual lenses will include customized settings optimized for the lens being used. 

The lens incorporates an i-Function button that 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 using the i-Function button and ring on the lens.

Switching lenses on the NX100

The NX100 has a lens priority mode that Samsung claims simplifies lens swapping, with lenses tagged with icons to show the suitability of a lens for a particular shot.

The lens priority mode provides scene options optimized for the lens being used – for example when a landscape lens is attached the camera will switch to landscape mode. Samsung says that when a specialized lens is used, the camera will recognize the lens type and automatically configure the settings that would best match with the attached lens. 

Smart Filter and HD movies

The NX100’s has a creative feature called ‘Smart Filter’. In playback mode, different effects can be added to the picture, such as the vignette, soft focus, fish-eye or miniature effects. 

It supports HD movie recording at 720p and contains a ‘Sound Picture’ mode that can record audio while a photo is taken. The supersonic dust reduction feature aims to remove any foreign particles from the lens before shooting.

Lens options

At launch the NX100 will be equipped with a range of lenses and accessories including a compact zoom 20-50mm lens. A small and light 20mm wide-angle pancake lens will be introduced shortly afterwards. Two additional specialized lenses will be made available in the first half of 2011 according to the company – a 60mm Macro lens and 18-200mm Super Zoom lens. 

To expand the lens line-up 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 geographical location.

Which? at Photokina

Which? is visiting Photokina next week, the world’s leading photography exhibition, from where we’ll be posting a first look review of the Samsung NX100 and many other new models. These will give our initial impressions of new cameras online with full test results available at www.which.co.uk as soon as our lab have conducted their extensive tests. 

Samsung NX100 specifications

Image sensor: 14.6 megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor

Display: 3.0-inch VGA AMOLED display

ISO equivalent: Auto: 100 – 3200; extension settable: 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 with optional GPS module (GPS10)

Battery life: Still: 420 shot, 210 minutes (CIPA Standard); Movie: 130 minutes

Dimensions (WxHxD): 120.5 x 71 x 34.5mm

Weight: 282g (without battery and memory card)

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