A quick look at the Samung NX100
A good friend @ Best Buy lend me Samsung's new interchangeable lens camera (ILC) over the weekend. Two quite opposite thoughts ran through my head when picking up the NX100 for the first time. Samsung's new small interchangeable lens camera mounted with 50-200mm telephoto lens and 20mm f2.8 pancake lens. The camera sports a 14MP APS-C size sensor. Exact same size as found in Canon's and Nikon's entry-level DSLRs.
Dang! this camera feels plasticky. As in more plasticky than you normally would expect from a camera in its price range. Tapping the front of the camera produces a hollow sound that doesn't immediately inspire confidence in the camera's longevity.
Wow! I cannot believe how my images look on that AMOLED screen. Your images automatically look twice as good on such a nice screen that renders crisp, contrasty details while giving the overall image a smooth silkiness.
Oh! and actually transferring the images to your computer, they still look good.
So, it turns out that once you throw on a lens and start taking pictures, you forget about the initial plasticky feel. The camera is quite comfortable to hold with both smaller (20mm f2.8 pancake) and larger (50-200mm telephoto) lenses mounted. And besides, who has time to tap the front of your camera when busy taking great photos.
Image quality is great. And the super-nice AMOLED screen sucks you right in so you just focus on photographing. I did have a bit trouble navigating the menu system that seems to overcomplicate matters, and autofocus didn't always behave. Though, this could be attributed to me not spending sufficient time with the camera.
Highly recommended for anyone looking for an entry-level DSLR or interchangeable lens camera (ILC).
- 85mm f1.4
- San Francisco
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