Samsung NX100

Samsung NX100 front

Samsung NX100 summary

Samsung NX100 is Samsung's Entry-Level Mirrorless digital camera first introduced on September of 2010. It uses a 15 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a max resolution of 4592 x 3056.

Samsung launched the fresher Samsung NX200 (Read Full Comparison) in order to update this model.

The NX100 ranks at #84 out of 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and over all #380 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. You should test our Smart camera search to get camera listings based on your customized requirements.

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The following is a diagram of multiple factors used in the rating system.

Samsung NX100 history

The Samsung NX100 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Here, you can discover all older and latest models along with important specs.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Samsung-NX500 front thumbnailSamsung NX500
NX100 vs NX500
28MPAPS-C9.0 fps2015
Samsung-NX3000 front thumbnailSamsung NX3000
NX100 vs NX3000
20MPAPS-C5.0 fps2014
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Samsung-NX2000 front thumbnailSamsung NX2000
NX100 vs NX2000
20MPAPS-C8.0 fps2013
Samsung-NX300 front thumbnailSamsung NX300
NX100 vs NX300
20MPAPS-C9.0 fps2013
Samsung-NX1100 front thumbnailSamsung NX1100
NX100 vs NX1100
20MPAPS-C8.0 fps2013
Samsung-NX300M front thumbnailSamsung NX300M
NX100 vs NX300M
20MPAPS-C9.0 fps2013
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Samsung-NX210 front thumbnailSamsung NX210
NX100 vs NX210
20MPAPS-C8.0 fps2012
Samsung-NX1000 front thumbnailSamsung NX1000
NX100 vs NX1000
20MPAPS-C8.0 fps2012
Samsung-NX200 front thumbnailSamsung NX200
NX100 vs NX200
20MPAPS-C7.0 fps2012
Samsung-NX11 front thumbnailSamsung NX11
NX100 vs NX11
15MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
Samsung-NX100 front thumbnailSamsung NX10015MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
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Samsung-NX5 front thumbnailSamsung NX5
NX100 vs NX5
15MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
Samsung-NX10 front thumbnailSamsung NX10
NX100 vs NX10
15MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010

Samsung NX100 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of benefits and drawbacks of the Samsung NX100 based on aspects that are typically considered necessary in a digital camera.

change lenses (Samsung NX mount)
features face detect autofocus
good battery pack (420 shots)
good minimum ISO (100)
has manual focus
image stabilization
includes HDMI support
MP count decent (15MP)
OLED technology
screen size is good (3 inches)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
doesn't have headphone jack
doesn't have microphone jack
doesn't have Timelapse recording
does not contain selfie friendly screen
fixed screen
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
no phase detect autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
screen has low resolution (614 thousand dot)
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Samsung NX100 Sensor features

The Samsung NX100 houses the DRIMe Engine chip. The measurement of the sensor in the Samsung NX100 is 23.4mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 365 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4592 x 3056 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization. In body stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter may produce cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 15MP and supports a standard ISO range of 100 - 6400. RAW format is saved so you have more margin for error.

The image below shows the NX100's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The NX100 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is pointed out in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung NX100 dimensions

Samsung NX100 has a weight of 0.62 lb (282g / 9.95 ounces) and features external size of 120mm x 71mm x 35mm (4.7" x 2.8" x 1.4"). The weight of typical Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 329g so the Samsung NX100 is less heavy compared to various competitors.

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The following is a photo of the Samsung NX100 with a soda to help you have a feel for its size.

Samsung NX100 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will show you the button layout on the NX100.

Samsung NX100 topview buttons dials

Samsung NX100 Lens features

The NX100 uses the Samsung NX mount and has 34 lenses to select from. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the NX100.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Rokinon-85mm-F1.4-Samsung-NX lensRokinon 85mm F1.485mmf/1.4 539g
Samsung-NX-16mm-F2.4-Pancake lensSamsung NX 16mm F2.4 Pancake16mmf/2.4 90g
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Samyang-24mm-f1.4-ED-AS-UMC-Samsung-NX lensSamyang 24mm f1.4 ED AS UMC24mmf/1.4 580g
Samsung-NX-45mm-F1.8 lensSamsung NX 45mm F1.845mmf/1.8 115g
Samsung-NX-12-24mm-F4-5.6-ED lensSamsung NX 12-24mm F4-5.6 ED19-37mmf/4.0-5.6 208g
Rokinon-35mm-f1.4-Samsung-NX lensRokinon 35mm f1.435mmf/1.4 660g
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Samyang-8mm-F3.5-Aspherical-IF-MC-Fisheye-Samsung-NX lensSamyang 8mm F3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fisheye8mmf/3.5 443g
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Samsung NX100 Connectivity

The NX100 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras that have NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to send images and at times change camera settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.

Many apps also give a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external monitor. A lot of cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Samsung NX100 Video features

The max video resolution in the Samsung NX100 is 1280 x 720 and it can save in H.264 file format. 720p is low by today's standards. You should aim for at least FUll HD resolution for video. The body does not have a mic and / or headphone jack so you get zero control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to get an alternative camera if you require good sound in your videos.

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Samsung NX100 Weather Sealing

Samsung NX100 does not have environment proofing so damp conditions could affect the camera.

Samsung NX100 Screen and Viewfinder

The Samsung NX100 houses a 3 inch fixed display with a resolution of 614 thousand dots.

Please be aware that the display screen offers no touch support.

Samsung NX100 screen and viewfinder Photography Glossary

The View Finder specs regarding Samsung NX100 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Electronic (optional)

Viewfinders can be pretty beneficial during bright outdoor situations which can easily make the camera screen washed out and difficult to view.

Samsung NX100 Shutter features

Samsung NX100 continuous shooting speed is 3.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.

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Samsung NX100 Flash and Hot shoe features

Samsung NX100 includes external flash support but with no built in flash. The highest flash sync speed is 1/180 sec.

Samsung NX100 Autofocus features

Samsung NX100 includes only Contrast Based AF and lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker & precise compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera boasts Face detection which can be valuable for people photography.

It boasts 15 focus points to select from. Samsung NX100 has got manual focusing if needed during low light occasions or you require more accurate control on focusing.

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Samsung NX100 Battery life

The battery pack (BP1130) on the Samsung NX100 is fashioned to last for 420 pictures with respect to the CIPA measurements which is above average for its category. The usual Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 343. Fujifilm X-S20 features the maximum (750) battery life within this class of cameras.

Underneath is a collection of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras which have the highest battery life:

Samsung NX100 for specific styles of photography

The following chart shows a outline of the Samsung NX100 for specific styles of photography. To find out more, have a look at the specific section below.

Samsung NX100 Portrait photography info

The Samsung NX100 gets a rating of 73 which is very good, and means the camera is a respectable fit to use for portraits. Taking portraits leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW photos and capability to use off-camera lighting.

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you can focus manually
good resolution (15MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
includes face detect autofocus
supports RAW formats

Samsung NX100 Street photography information

Having a superb score of 76, the Samsung NX100 is a awesome fit to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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built in image stabilization
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
screen does not articulate

Samsung NX100 Sports photography info

A modest sports photography points tally of 60 suggests the Samsung NX100 is relatively acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have excellent autofocus and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization
megapixel count decent (15 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
better than average battery pack (420 per charge)
slow frames per second (3.0 fps)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus

Samsung NX100 Travel photography features

Weight is super critical in buying a camera for travel. Overall, the Samsung NX100 gets a nice 66 for a travel camera which makes it a fine choice for your trips.

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great battery life (420 per charge)
sensor resolution is decent (15MP)
lack of Time Lapse mode
does not feature selfie friendly screen

Samsung NX100 Landscape photography highlights

When you're looking to choose a digital camera for landscape photography, the most critical factor will be image quality. The Samsung NX100 at it's very good score of 75 as a landscape camera is a respectable pick among it's competitors.

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focusing manually
change lenses (Samsung NX mount)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
built in image stabilization
decent MP (15MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
better than average battery pack (420 CIPA)
does not have Time Lapse mode

Vlogging with Samsung NX100

A camera for vlogging ought to offer a articulating display, microphone input and if possible image stabilization. Considering all things, the Samsung NX100 is not suitable as a vlog camera as it gets a dreadful score of 31.

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built in image stabilization
supports face detection focusing
display is not selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of external mic socket

Samsung NX100 Alternatives

If you want replacements to the NX100, below is a number of the highest ranked cameras that fall in to the class of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The line graph followed below provides you a bird's eye view of the NX100 versus it's top ranking rivals shown above.

These are various other cameras you may view as alternative options. To look at a complete comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Samsung NX100
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Body design
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
DRIMe Engine
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
15 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4592 x 3056
RAW files
Highest native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points
Lens support
Samsung NX
Total lenses
Focal length multiplier
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3 inches
Resolution of screen
614 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Screen tech
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Electronic (optional)
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Min shutter speed
30 secs
Max shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash sync
1/180 secs
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video format
Microphone input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
282g (0.62 lbs)
120 x 71 x 35mm (4.7" x 2.8" x 1.4")
Battery life
420 shots
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 sec to 30 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media
Storage slots
Price at release