Samsung Launches NX100 Digital Camera in Hong Kong


First Impressions of the Samsung NX100

First Impressions of the NX100

What strikes me first about holding the NX100 is its compact size. The NX10 really set the bar as the first ever compact camera with an APS-C sized sensor, but the NX100 takes it even further with its slim body. It's even more amazing when you consider how impossible such a camera seemed just two years ago, when the Micro Four Thirds cameras were announced.

Back then, it looked like the larger-than-compact but smaller-than-DSLR sensors were all we could expect from the new mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, but the NX100 (and cameras like the Sony NEX) shows just how possible the impossible dream is today: a large DSLR-sized sensor in a compact body with lenses you can switch around according to the occasion. And it's even more exciting when you consider how the NX100 is going to push the bar even further for its competitors.

Giving the NX100 a quick go at the launch event, the i-Function feature will feel similar to anyone who's ever used a Canon S90 or S95, which have a control ring around the lens that also gives you control over shooting settings. It takes a while to get used to for anyone who has gotten used to handling a DSLR - for short moments you think you're manually focusing when you're really changing settings like aperture and shutter speed.

Still, it's an intriguing new feature that demands a closer review (watch for it!).

New NX Lenses & Accessories

New NX lenses announced include the compact zoom 20-50mm f/4-5.6 OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) lens (with the 1.54x crop of the NX series, that's an approx. 30-77mm 35mm equivalent lens) which will be available at launch. A 20mm f/2.8 (approx. 30mm) pancake lens will be launched shortly after.

Two additional lenses will be launched in the first half of 2011, a 60mm f/2.8 OIS (approx. 92mm) macro lens and a 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OIS (approx. 27-308mm) telephoto. Three more lenses will be introduced by the second half of 2011, a 16mm f/2.8 (approx. 24mm), 85mm f/1.4 (approx. 130mm) and a 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 OIS (approx. 24-123mm) lens. In case you're wondering, we didn't forget to type in OIS for some of these lenses, they really don't come with any optical stabilization built-in.

More accessories will be launched, including an electronic viewfinder, flash, GPS tracker, and even Samsung NX camera bags.

NX100 Pricing & Availability

The Samsung NX100 is expected to be available in October, with its price to be confirmed (but expected to be slightly less than the NX10).