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Samsung NX10 vs Sony S2100

Portability
80
Imaging
55
Features
50
Overall
53
Samsung NX10 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S2100 front
Portability
93
Imaging
35
Features
17
Overall
27

Samsung NX10 vs Sony S2100 Key Specs

Samsung NX10
(Full Review)
  • 15MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Samsung NX Mount
  • 499g - 123 x 87 x 40mm
  • Launched April 2010
  • Later Model is Samsung NX11
Sony S2100
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 33-105mm (F3.1-5.6) lens
  • 167g - 98 x 61 x 27mm
  • Released January 2010
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Samsung NX10 vs Sony S2100 Overview

Here, we will be matching up the Samsung NX10 vs Sony S2100, former is a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by brands Samsung and Sony. There is a sizable difference between the sensor resolutions of the NX10 (15MP) and S2100 (12MP) and the NX10 (APS-C) and S2100 (1/2.3") posses different sensor measurements.

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The NX10 was brought out 3 months after the S2100 so they are of a similar age. The two cameras feature different body design with the Samsung NX10 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Sony S2100 being a Compact camera.

Before going straight to a in-depth comparison, here is a quick summary of how the NX10 grades against the S2100 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Samsung NX10 over the Sony S2100

 NX10 S2100 
Focus manually More precise focusing
Screen resolution614k230kSharper screen (+384k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony S2100 over the Samsung NX10

 S2100 NX10 

Common features in the Samsung NX10 and Sony S2100

 NX10 S2100 
ReleasedApril 2010January 2010Similar age
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurements
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Absent Touch friendly screen

Samsung NX10 vs Sony S2100 Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to carry around your camera often, you should factor in its weight and dimensions. The Samsung NX10 comes with external dimensions of 123mm x 87mm x 40mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 1.6") having a weight of 499 grams (1.10 lbs) whilst the Sony S2100 has dimensions of 98mm x 61mm x 27mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1") and a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you use at the time. Below is a front view sizing comparison of the NX10 vs the S2100.

Samsung NX10 vs Sony S2100 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the NX10 and S2100 is 80 and 93 respectively.

Samsung NX10 vs Sony S2100 top view buttons comparison

Samsung NX10 vs Sony S2100 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it can be hard to visualize the contrast between sensor sizes merely by going over a spec sheet. The image here should offer you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the NX10 and S2100.

Clearly, each of these cameras come with different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The NX10 because of its bigger sensor is going to make achieving shallow DOF easier and the Samsung NX10 will offer you extra detail having its extra 3MP. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop pictures a good deal more aggressively.

Samsung NX10 vs Sony S2100 sensor size comparison

Samsung NX10 vs Sony S2100 Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung NX10 vs Sony S2100 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Samsung NX10 Portrait photography factors
Sony S2100 Portrait photography factors
73
manual focus
good MP (15 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
features face detection focusing
saves RAW formats
21
manual focus not available
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
low resolution sensor (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Samsung NX10 Street photography highlights
Sony S2100 Street photography highlights
60
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
no moving screen
no image stabilization
heavier than average in class (499g)
46
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Samsung NX10 Sports photography advice
Sony S2100 Sports photography advice
52
good MP (15 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
good battery (400 shots)
slow fps (3.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
lack of phase detect AF
17
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,200 seconds)
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
lack of image stabilization
low resolution sensor (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Samsung NX10 Travel photography info
Sony S2100 Travel photography info
63
good battery (400 per charge)
good MP (15MP)
flash built-in
missing Time Lapse mode
heavier than average in class (499 grams)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
50
has built in flash
lack of Time Lapse mode
low resolution sensor (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (33mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Samsung NX10 Landscape photography info
Sony S2100 Landscape photography info
68
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Samsung NX mount)
good sized screen (3 inches)
good MP (15 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
good battery (400 per charge)
no image stabilization
missing Time Lapse mode
27
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (33mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
lack of manual mode
lack of image stabilization
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
lack of Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Samsung NX10 Vlogging details
Sony S2100 Vlogging details
24
features face detection focusing
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing external mic socket
heavier than average in class (499 grams)
22
wide angle not great (33mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
low res video (640 x 480 resolution)
lack of mic port
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Samsung NX10 vs Sony S2100 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung NX10 and Sony S2100
 Samsung NX10Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S2100
General Information
Brand Samsung Sony
Model Samsung NX10 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S2100
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2010-04-07 2010-01-07
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Processor DRIM Engine Bionz
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size APS-C 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 23.4 x 15.6mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 365.0mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 15 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4592 x 3056 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 15 9
Lens
Lens mount Samsung NX fixed lens
Lens focal range - 33-105mm (3.2x)
Maximum aperture - f/3.1-5.6
Macro focus range - 5cm
Available lenses 32 -
Focal length multiplier 1.5 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 614k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology Active Matrix OLED screen -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 920k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.57x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30s 1s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/1200s
Continuous shooting speed 3.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 11.00 m 3.30 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual Auto, On, Off, Slow syncro
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/180s -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video file format H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 499g (1.10 lb) 167g (0.37 lb)
Physical dimensions 123 x 87 x 40mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 1.6") 98 x 61 x 27mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 63 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 22.8 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.8 not tested
DXO Low light score 572 not tested
Other
Battery life 400 photos -
Battery form Battery Pack -
Battery model BP1130 2 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 sec to 30 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo, optional SD, Internal
Storage slots One One
Launch price $626 $0