Engadget took the Samsung NX100 for a spin. Here are some choice findings in simple terms.
- Rigid and solid.
- Easy to use button placements.
- Fits well in your hand.
- i-Function NX lens.
- AMOLED display.
- Price, just US$599 with a 20-50mm lens.
- Heavy, so not as portable as you’d like.
- No optical viewfinder.
- No SDXC support.
- Poor low-light capability, especially in automatic mode.
- Jelly-vision in 720p HD video capture.
If video is important the jelly-vision 720p on the NX100 isn’t going to work for you. The 3.0-inch AMOLED with a 640×480 pixel format is as good as they come and it certainly is important when using the display as a viewfinder as is the case with the NX100: the better the display, the better the pictures look, and the better you feel.
The i-Function on the new NX lenses looks to be a unique solution to allow more control of camera settings, but as I have said before, I feel it relies too much on the left hand.
What really topples the NX100 from being a top contender in this highly competitive mirrorless interchangeable lens compact digital camera market is the poor low-light performance especially in automatic mode. Here’s hoping a future firmware update will fix that.