NX100 as the Samsung’s most powerful resource(2)

 

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SAMSUNG NX100                     Panasonic GF1                           Olympus E-P2

Compared to the GF1 from Panasonic and E-P2 from Olympus, the GF1 has a slightly blue color and the E-P2 has a strong color. The display of the E-P2 has high panel performance and great viewing angle, but there was a lot of noise in a low light condition. The NX100 was the best in the gradation of images played and the color balance was also stable. The display of the NX100 has a little stronger color than real (life), but it’s not a problem, because the image is also quite strong and colors and brightness can be adjusted. On the 3’ screen various information can be seen about the photos you are taking. Such as a histogram. The screen is impressive, it is 4:3 with 610k Pixels and it can be pretty much seen from any directions.

Smart Dial for convenient operation

The operation of Smart Dial is quite good. It adjusts not only just values, but also aperture in M mode, file search and menu selection. It’s also able to be used as a 4 way key to run the options.

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It could have been better if the circular buttons on the right side of the screen were protruded more for better operation. The green/delete button on the right bottom is for initialization, deleting, and playing movies. Display button is located on the left top and Smart Shoe for an external viewfinder is in the center of the screen. Be careful of the cover of the Smart Shoe from being detached.

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HDMI port and Depth preview button

Opening the port of the side, USB, A/V output, Shutter release, Power adapter, and HDMI connection ports are located. The depth preview button is located on the side, not on the front, and on this button, several functions such as one touch white balance, depth preview, and one touch RAW+ can be allocated. It also can turn on/off the continuous AF while recording a movie like the front depth preview button of the NX10.

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More battery life than the specification

The battery is the 7.4V 1300mAh BP1310 the same as the NX10. According to the specification, it can take 420 pictures and 130 minutes of movie recording on CIPA, but the actual battery life was better than that. With setting the camera to automatically switch off the screen and setting battery saving mode,this will save you battery life greatly. When shooting, I could record 30 movies for 10 sec and 430 shots in JPEG+RAW format. One spare battery would be good enough.

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The battery and memory are inserted into the cover on the bottom. The cover is open toward the inside, so it never opens mistakenly. Up to 32GB of SDHC memory is supported. A tripod mount is made of metal.

Lighter shooting

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NX100 vs Entry level DSLR

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NX100 vs E-P2

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NX100+20-50mm Lens   vs   E-P2+14-42mm Lens   vs   Canon450D+18-55mm Lens

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458g                               537g                               727g

(Battery and memory card included)

NX100+20-50mm Lens   vs   NX10+18-55mm OIS Lens

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Compared to other competitive cameras with the similar sensor size and mount the NX100 is much lighter. Of course, it’s a little heavier and larger than the NEX which was unbelievably small and light, but compared to normal entry level DSLRs, it’s much lighter and smaller. Compared with Micro Four Thirds body the GF1 or E-P2, it’s lighter and the size is similar. For those who consider an entry level DSLR, it has quite impressive mobility.

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Lens priority mode for easier Scene Mode

By adopting the i-Function lens, the Lens priority mode has newly been added and Scene mode can be selected by the mode dial more conveniently. Setting the mode dial to i-Function lens priority, with clicking the iFn button on the i-Function lens and rotating the focus ring, a scene can easily be set. The most frequently used scene mode is the Beauty Shot mode.

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Setting a Scene and shooting with the lens priority mode

More convenient Fn menu and Smart Dial

When shooting with the NX100, I felt different from the NX10, and it was because of the composition of the Fn menu. Because the NX10 doesn’t support the built-in flash, the flash setting is in the menu. Metering and Photo Style which were allocated to the Fn menu. The circular and large graphic displayed when setting options is cute and intuitive.

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Fn Menu

The operation of the wheel dial on the back is also impressive. It’s used to adjust options and values, and it also has the good response speed and it’s intuitive. Besides, it can be used to set the option with the iFn button instead of the focus ring.

Using the Smart Dial

Using the Smart Dial instead of the focus ring on the i-Function lens

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More powerful supersonic dust elimination function

According to Samsung, the cleaning function has been improved, and from my experience, I couldn’t find dusts.

NX100 Sensor cleaning sound

NX10 Sensor cleaning sound

However, there was some dusts not eliminated with the cleaning function, and they were cleaned by using the blower. If you still find dusts, please go to the customer center. In my experience, the performance of the sensor cleaning was quite great as a camera showing the APS-C sensor when the lens is detached. The performance is better than the NEX, but worse than the ultrasonic filter of Micro Four thirds or the K-5 from Pentax. The cleaning function can be set to start when the power is on, and this makes the booting speed a little slower.

Frame mode to keep the brightness of the screen in M mode

The frame mode sets if the brightness is also changed or not in M mode.

M mode operation not in Frame mode – Changing brightness

M mode operation in Frame mode – Fixed brightness

In some ways, I think this function is necessary for an interchangeable lens camera, even though it’s a mirrorless camera. When it comes to the G series from Panasonic, the brightness is fixed in M mode and I assume this is because of the same reason. This mode came about because of the options of Samsung users. Also with firmware updates other NX will be updated to this level of precisions.

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More convenient manual operation

Ironically, it has the better manual operation than the NX10. It has 2 dials such as wheel dial and jog dial, and in M mode, the brightness can be fixed or not. The jog dial on the top adjusts the shutter speed in M (Manual) / S (Shutter speed priority) and the wheel dial on the back adjusts the aperture. In P (Program Auto) / A (Aperture Priority) / S (Shutter Speed priority) modes, the exposure is adjustable by using the exposure button on the back and the jog dial on the top. Of course, through the i-Function lens, the aperture and shutter speed in M mode are adjustable, but it’s a little inconvenient, because the exposure reference can’t be seen in real time.

Exposure Compensation ( P/A/S mode )

M mode operation through 2 dials

Various guidelines for the composition are prepared and the histogram can also be displayed. In M mode, the exposure reference is displayed in real time with a scale, so the manual shooting is very convenient. The NX100 has a great operation for the manual shooting. It supports 1/4000 to 30 sec shutter speed and the bulb can be exposed for up to 8 minutes.

Selection AF up to 195 areas

The AF can be set to multi, selection, and face recognition. The multi AF uses 15 points in the center area and in Macro mode in Scene mode, it uses 35 points. Face recognition can recognize up to 10 faces at the same time, and setting the selection AF, the AF size and location can be freely adjustable.

15 areas multi AF shooting

35 areas multi AF shooting in Macro mode (Larger AF area)

Up to 195 areas selection AF by the size of the AF

AF size can be set to 4 sizes by using the jog dial on the top from 15:13 195 areas to 11×9 99 areas. In order to move the AF to the center, push the green button. The advantage of the selection AF is the availability to set the AF on a certain subject without changing the composition, but in a low light condition, it’s easier to fail to set the AF than the multi AF.

Easier MF shooting by supporting FA

As MF assisting functions, magnifying and FA are supported. The zoom is to confirm the point of focus by magnifying the center part and the FA is to confirm the focus through the focus stick. That means when the green stick goes up closer to the red area, the focus is almost set. The FA function is very useful. It has high accuracy and compared with the zoom, it directly sees the composition and can check the focus at the same time.

MF shooting with magnifying Assist

MF shooting with FA assist

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Using the depth preview button

Optical preview function, one touch white balance, and one touch RAW+ setting can be allocated on the depth preview button on the side. Aside from this, it can also turn on or off the continuous AF while recording a movie.

Depth preview

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The best contrast AF performance among APS-C sensor models

The most impressive thing of this camera is that it has the best AF performance among the digital cameras with the APS-C sensor. The overall AF system is better than the NEX or Olympus, and a little worse than the recent GH2 from Panasonic. However, considering that the larger sensor compared to the Micro Four Thirds it’s really good. The AF speed is also fast. The shooting speed is much fast because of the Firmware updates. According to Samsung, it has less than 0.2 sec of AF speed at the fastest. Below is the AF speed with the 20-50mm lens according to the quantity of light.

AF speed (Bright)

AF speed (Low light – using assist light)

AF speed (Extremely low light – using assist light)

Less light, the slower the AF speed is, but this is not bad at all. The quantity of the assist light is dispersed well without disturbing the 20-50mm lens, so it helps the AF much. If the selection AF doesn’t work well in a low light condition, set the AF with a brighter light source, or use the multi AF or MF. One thing I want for this camera is to add the unlimited focus mode for snap landscape shooting.

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Beauty Shot for cleaner skin and details

This is what I was really satisfied with from the NX100 beauty shot. Because it has great details, the compensated results have clean and vivid quality. It eliminates the noise in a low light condition, and compensates the dark area for outdoor shooting with a strong daylight.

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Program Auto (ISO800)                            Beauty shot (ISO800)

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Program Auto (ISO800)                            Beauty shot (ISO800)

Beauty Shot can be set through the lens priority mode or scene mode, and face recognition is basically set. Like compact digital cameras, the brightness and intensity of compensation can be set to 3 different levels, and I recommend 1 level for the intensity of compensation. When shooting in Beauty Shot, it takes a longer time to save the images, so retouching after shooting is also recommend.

A-mode                Beauty shot (Level+1)        Beauty shot (Level+2)

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The thing I don’t like in Beauty Shot is that it can’t set ISO, although it can set exposure compensation. In Beauty Shot, ISO can’t be over ISO 800. The below picture was taken in ISO 800 in a low light condition. (30mm F2.0 Lens)

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ISO 6400

The quality in high ISO is important, but the maximum ISO is also quite important. Recently, people compare this first like the sensor and pixels. Especially, because it’s really difficult to take clear shots with a standard zoom lens in a low light condition, high ISO is necessary. The NX100 supports ISO 6400. ISO 6400 can cover indoor shots with a standard zoom lens. However, more than ISO 3200, the saturation becomes dramatically lower, so the quality in high ISO has to be improved.

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1280x720p H.264 format HD movie recording

It can record a movie with a 1280x720p 30fps H.264 format MP4 file. Of course, it can record 640×480 or 320×240 and compression rate can also be set to high and standard. It can record a movie for up to 25 minutes and the file size is limited to 4GB for a movie. With the 8GB of memory, it can record for up to 2 hours in 1280x720p resolution.

1280×720, 18-55mm OIS Lens

1280×720, 20-50mm Lens

Indoor – HD, 20-50mm Lens

Indoor – 30mm Lens

The quality is better than any Samsung compact digital cameras, so there is no color noise in a low light condition. It’s good enough for a snap shots. In order to use the continuous AF by changing the subjects while recording, users need to push the depth preview button on the side. The performance of the continuous AF is not that good. In the actual test with the 20-50mm lens, it slowly set the focus by repeating the AF twice according to the change of the focal length. Using the MF is better.

Continuous AF by the depth preview button (20-50mm Lens, 50mm Telephoto)

In a movie mode, program auto mode and aperture priority mode can be set. Through the aperture priority mode, users can control the background blurring, and if it’s too tight, it might cause noise to secure the light, so it’d better not to be over F8.0.

A-mode F5.6 (30mm F2.0 Lens, MF)

A-mode F2.0 (30mm F2.0 Lens, MF)

Various photo styles can also be applied and fader function can be added in the beginning and end of the movie.

Photo styles – Classic (30mm F2.0 Lens, MF)

Fader (20-50mm Lens)

Photo styles – Calm (30mm F2.0 Lens, MF)

Operation sound, Moire, jello effect, and continuous AF by the depth preview have to be improved.

Various Smart Filters

Smart Filter is a compensation function to apply taken pictures such as vignetting, miniature, fish eye, sketch, defog, dot, and soft focus. Due to the saving time, it can only be applied after shooting. Probably, it’s easier to compensate it after selecting an image. When applying Smart Filter, the size of the picture gets smaller.

Miniature

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Normal                                Photo style selector – Gloomy

Backlight

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Normal                                        Backlight

Other

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Normal                                             Fish-Eye

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Normal                                  Photo style selector – Misty

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Normal                                      Soft + Face Retouch

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Normal                                      Sketch + Vignetting

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Normal                                          Halftone Dots

In addition to the Smart Filter, other effects such as skin compensation, backlight compensation, and Photo Style can be applied together.

Continuous 3 shots per 1 sec

and high speed shooting up to 30fps

The speed of continuous shot at the highest quality is 3 shots per 1 sec up to 7 shots in JPEG. Setting the high ISO noise reduction, from ISO 3200, it’s not possible to keep the speed up, and in AF-C mode, the speed gets dramatically lower.

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Normal Continuous shot 3fps

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High speed shooting 30fps (1472×976)

The high speed shooting can be set to 10, 15, and 30 shots per 1 sec, and in 30 shots, the size is dramatically reduced to 1.4M pixels. The maximum number of shots is also 30 shots. Even though it’s an entry level camera, I wasn’t satisfied with the performance of continuous shots. As a mirrorless camera, there was a little shutter lag, but not much.

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Various Bracketing functions

The NX10 supports various bracketing functions such AEB, WBB, and PWB. Through the bracketing setting menu, the exposure interval, WB color, and Photo style can be selected. The shots are limited to 3 shots and WB and Photo Style bracketing stores results in various colors by using RAW files.

AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing)

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WBB (White Balance Bracketing)

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PWB (Picture Wizard Bracketing)

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Sound Picture

Sound Picture is a newly added function in the NX100. In this mode, the camera has started recording, and the voice of 5 sec before shooting and after shooting is saved as a WAV file. Letting you deliver messages in your photos, or just keep some notes as I do.

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Manual Shooting

Full manual shooting is necessary as an interchangeable lens camera. The NX10 pancake lens used on the NX100 in full manual mode let me have a lot of range. I was able to take some great shots of moving water with a slow shutter speed. And because the aperture is adjustable I was able to set the brightness correctly.

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S-mode 1/125s                                     S-mode 1/4s

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A-mode F8.0                                   A-mode F2.0

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M-mode F22, 10sec.                            M-mode F2.8, 0.33sec.

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Metering – Multi                                Metering – Spot

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Metering – Multi                                Metering – Spot

Smart Range

Smart Range can be applied from the ISO 200 and it keeps the details of bright areas when shooting landscape with high contrast. When shooting, it’s not easy to find the differences, but when watching them on a PC monitor, users will see the dramatic change of details in the bright spaces.

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Smart Auto automatically setting Scene mode

Smart Auto automatically recognizes the scene and optimizes the camera settings such as exposure and colors. While shooting, according to the scene, the below icons automatically change and are set to the optimized values. I think the performance of the recognition gets better than the NX10. It recognized background portrait and dawn at once.

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Program mode                  Smart Auto – Backlight, Portrait

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Program mode                    Smart Auto – Portrait, Face Recognition

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Program mode                  Smart Auto – Sunset

In Smart Auto, Face Recognition function is automatically applied, so it prevents dark faces in a backlight portrait and when recognizing the backlight, it keeps the bright area appropriately. Therefore, when the backlight portrait is recognized, it expresses quite different images from the program auto mode.

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Samsung 14.6 APS-C large sensor

The pixel of the sensor is the same, but the sensor is different from the NX10. The sensor cleaning system and image sharpness are also different. The color expression is almost the same. Compared to Micro Four Thirds (18.2×13.5), it has a quite larger sensor size (25.4×15.6mm), so the basic quality is differentiated, because it has the large size of receiving light by a pixel. The high ISO quality and color feeling depend on the performance of image processing, but the gradation of bright area is definitely better than Micro Four Thirds. Compared with the NX10, I felt the vividness of details got better, and I didn’t know if it was because of the lens or image processing, but the quality of the 20-50mm lens was really delicate. The resolution value through the analyzing software became quite better.

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APS-C (23.4×15.6mm)                  Micro Four Thirds (18.2×13.5mm)

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20-50mm F3.5-F5.6 Lens

Center and corner resolution of 20mm maximum wide angle

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20-50mm F3.5-F5.6 Lens

Center and corner resolution of 50mm maximum telephoto angle

and maximum opening in F5.6

A                                           B

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The quality of the 20-50mm lens was really awesome. It has a small lens barrel and compact size, but the performance is totally different from what it looks like it should be.

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20-50mm Lens – Maximum wide angle, F3.5 resolution (2673 LW/PH)

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20-50mm Lens – Maximum wide angle, The best resolution (2864 LW/PH)

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20-50mm Lens – Maximum telephoto angle, F5.6 resolution (2578 LW/PH)

The resolution value in the 20mm in the maximum opening by Blade Pro software was 2673 LW/PH and the best resolution was 2864 LW/PH. In F5.6 the maximum telephoto angle of 50mm, the resolution was 2578 LW/PH. Given that the NX10 was not able to have over 2500 LW/PH, it’s amazing. Of course, this value changes depending on the software, so the feeling is more important, but after seeing the image, the feeling was not different at all, and I was especially surprised at the clean quality of the edges.

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Smooth tone and strong vivid

Looking at the pictures of Samsung, they were calm and the red color was so strong. The blue was appropriate and yellow/green is soft. It’s the same for the NX100. It keeps the warm landscape, vivid and deep skin tone, but if you want rather stronger colors than soft feeling, try to use Vivid mode. The exposure was a little bright in daylight, while it was a little dark in a low light condition. If you’re taking a picture where there are a lot of green tones, it takes a bright image, so you’d better keep the exposure around -0.7. Setting the exposure to -1.0~-0.7 is the way to take dark shots for night scenery shots. The image details become more delicate. The outline of images become kind of sharper.

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Photo Style for various color expression

It supports 9 kinds of Photo styles such as Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Forest, Retro, Cool, Calm, and Classic. 3 custom settings can be stored and from each Picture Wizard, color, saturation, sharpness, and contrast are adjustable to 9 levels.

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Standard                                         Saturation+2

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Saturation+3 Contrast+3                        Saturation-4 Contrast-4

The natural color feeling of Standard is appropriate. If you want strong landscape, vivid is recommended. Landscape mode has a little weaker color feeling, but a little better gradation. For portraits, standard and portrait look proper, and the portrait mode keeps the most appropriate skin tone. For more emotional portraits, Retro or Calm is recommendable.

Picture Wizard

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Warm and balanced white balance

There were a lot of complains about the yellow color of the NX10 for indoor shooting, but after the new firmware upgrade for the NX100 and NX10, that symptom has disappeared. Of course, it’s true that there’s a lot of yellow and green, but less. When actually shooting portraits in a low light café, there was not much red. This color feeling depends on the color of light, so in family restaurants having dark and red lights, pictures become quite red.

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9 kinds of white balance modes including custom are supported and color temperature is supported from 2500 to 10000K with 100K of increments. Let’s use the color temperature if it’s too red or cool. If the light is insufficient, less than 3000K might be appropriate. Custom white balance can also be set by using the depth preview button or from the white balance setting.

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In each white balance, by using A, G, M, and B channels, more detailed white balance compensation is available. In order to reduce the red and yellow pattern in a low light conditions, it needs to be moved to the blue side a little, and when the flash is activated, it sometimes becomes a little cold. At this time, moving it to A (Amber) or M (Magenta) its much better.

Detailed adjustment of White balance

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Normal, Flash                     A+3,M+3                            A+2

High ISO quality and ISO 6400

The maximum ISO is ISO 6400. In ISO 200, the quality was clean, but from ISO 400, it started to have a little green in a bright area. From ISO 800, by starting eliminating noise, it eliminated the overall green tone, but green noise started to show up in some area. It kept the detail quite well up to ISO 1600. While processing high ISO, the color noise should be smoothly removed and it should keep the details, but unfortunately, it expressed them as rough pixels.

Looking at the 100% quality, image, the pattern was quite peculiar. There was no red or blue color noise, but from ISO 800, the same pattern noise started showing up. Besides, from ISO 3200, although there was no big noise, it couldn’t express images as they were, because the color wasn’t fully expressed and the saturation was missed in some area. I think ISO 1600 is the highest practical ISO, and in ISO 3200, it’s not appropriate for printing, but for blog or web sites (it’s fine). High ISO noise reduction can be turned on or off, but the noise reduction works from ISO 3200 or higher. That’s why from ISO 3200 it’s not possible to have 3 fps of continuous shot speed. The results of the noise reduction were good as I expected, because it reduced the color noise without marring details or changing colors much.

RAW

Using RAW, the compensation range of bright and dark area and color expression become wider. The size is about 25MB, so when shooting in RAW, it might affect the operation of the camera. Samsung RAW converter 4.0 is included and it’s based on Silky pix that is usually included in recent digital cameras.

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Samsung RAW Converter 4

The reason to use RAW is that it makes it possible to control details of bright areas, white balance, and noise. The ability to revive the bright part is not that great, but like the standard of the APS-C sensor.

RAW+JPEG – JPEG Original       RAW changed JPEG

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Dynamic Range & Tone compensation

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Dynamic Range & Color adjustment

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Tone & Color compensation, Noise Reduction

Images with more than ISO 1600 can have the color noise reduced and have deeper colors. Color noise and details can be controlled together, but it’s not possible to have good value for both at the same time. Strong noise reduction might cause degrade to the details, but for resized pictures, it’s much better.

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Powerful quality compact standard zoom lens

The 20-50mm lens released together with the NX100 is light, but takes sharp images in all areas. The converted focal length with the NX body is 30.8-77mm which is multiplied by 1.54. The AOV is 70.2~31.4 degree. It seems a little vague. That’s why I didn’t like this at first. Besides, it doesn’t have OIS, so (it was) more unstable than the 18-55 F3.5-5.6 OIS lens.

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However, the funny thing is it has the best quality among all the standard zoom lens I’ve ever seen. Everything was great such as distortion, chromatic aberration, sharpness, and so on. I had been surprised by the 30mm pancake lens of the NX10, I was surprised again by at the 20-50mm lens.

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With the i-Function, it allows users easily operate the camera’s functions and by including ED lens, it concentrates on the image quality. The lens can take picture as close as 28cm, and with the maximum zoom 0.22x, in telephoto angle, it allows quite god macro shots. The mount is made of plastic, but as it is 119g, it’s better in weight.

20mm Wide angle F3.5 50mm Max. telephoto angle F5.6

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The lens storage is the retractable design (Resilient material) which was adopted for the Olympus 14-42 lens, so it can minimize the thickness. However, there was a little range different in AOV, but it’s much shorter than the Olympus 14-42 lens when shooting. That’s why it has a good appearance while shooting.

NX 20-50mm F3.5-F5.6     vs     Olympus 14-42mm F3.5-F5.6 ED

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Shooting

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It looks a little cheap with a light blue grey plastic mount, but the quality is the best.

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20mm Wide angle                         50mm Max. telephoto angle

In 50mm telephoto angle, users can blur out the background and take medium shots. In night scenery shooting, it makes 14 sunstars with 7 blades in more than F11. I’m going to take a look at the 20-50mm lens again with a separate review more closely.

50mm Telephoto, Background blurring

20-50mm Lens, Sunstar F22.0

Simple wide angle pancake lens

The 20mm F2.8 lens is the second pancake lens from Samsung and it’s for those who enjoy snap shots and landscape shots with a portable single lens. It’s only 24.5mm and the AF speed is quite fast almost the same as the 20-50mm lens. The mount is made of metal and the focus ring operation is smooth. This 20mm pancake lens looks to be higher grade product.

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The equivalent 30.8mm focal length is not good enough. It’s actually share the angle with the 20-55mm, and the 20-50mm is not that big and the quality is wonderful in 20mm. The F2.8 is useful, but I wish it had wider angle to be more characteristic. It has the 7 blades the same as the 20-50mm lens, so it makes 14 sunstarts when tightening the aperture. The size is a little bigger than the 30mm pancake lens and compared with the Sony 16mm pancake, it’s 20g heavier.

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20mm Lens, Sunstar F16.0

The corner and center quality is very good as a pancake lens. Compared to the 30mm F2.0 lens or 20-50mm lens, the sharpness is a little low, but compared to other lenses, it has a quite great performance as a wide angle single lens. This pancake lens will also be reviewed later. The below large samples were taken by the 20mm pancake lens.

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3 accessories for the NX100

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External Viewfinder EVF10

Accessories coming with the NX100 are an external viewfinder EVF10 (200K pixels 98% visibility), flash SEF-15A (Guide Number 15), and GPS receiver GPS10. The EVF10 is similar to high end cameras in quality, but the size of the viewfinder is quite big. 98% of visibility and no tilt a little annoying, but it can be useful under the strong daylight and convenient to use the i-Function, because the i-Function lens operation screen is reflected in real time. Through the On/Off button on the side, users can change between the AMOLED screen and the Viewfinder, and the eyesight adjustment dial is located on the other side.

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External flash SEF-15A

The SEF-15A supporting TTL with guide number 15 is useful for the NX100 which has no internal flash. It’s quite useful, but it could have been better if the flash wasn’t a fixed type.

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In A mode, the automatic light adjustment performance by the focal length is good enough and through the Mode button, it can be selected to manual or A-TTL. AAA type 2 batteries are used and the color feel of automatic white balance is quite cold, but by using white balance adjustments, it gives an appropriate colors to the shots.

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(Left) Shooting without a flash

(Right) TTL Shooting with the external flash SEF-15A in A mode

GPS10 automatically recording the geometric information

People talked a lot about the GPS receiver GPS10, because of the size. However, the performance and success rate are much better than a built-in type digital camera. It has much higher performance than the WB650, ZS7, and HX5v. (When operating outdoors, it recognizes the location within 30 sec most of the time.) It uses 2 AAA batteries like the flash.

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It’s activated by pushing the power button on the back, and when a green location mark is displayed up to ‘9’ and records the location information in the photo. Using Intelli Studio, the recorded picture can be used by google maps. Now people can see where you take your photos.

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By using Intelli-Studio, mark the position of the picture in Google Map

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Great Basic and operation compact interchangeable lens camera

There was one more firmware (update) when I wrote this. It updated AF accuracy and operation noise reduction for a movie recordingThis makes Samsung users happy. The i-Function lens has a faster AF performance. The more and more I use the NX100, I could see what Samsung has thought a lot about camera.

The weakness is low quality in High ISO more than ISO 3200, movie performance, mediocre accessories, simple body style, slow AF-C continuous shooting, and panorama.

Starting a new wear with the NX

Samsung tries to have DSLR users use the NX series. Looking at the lenses which will be released, I could see what Samsung is thinking of them. The 60mm OIS macro lens, 18-200mm super zoom lens, and 80mm portrait lens will be released. Samsung never stops. The NX100 is also a basic model of the NX series. There will be a new NX series next year, I’m so anticipating it. By listening to customers’ various options, they will truly make user friendly cameras.

@ Sample images are linked to the original pictures

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Sample : 20mm Lens

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