Samsung NX100

Samsung NX100 20-50mm Zoom


Just over a year ago I bought a Samsung NX10 and some of the lenses. I liked the image quality very much but the kit lenses 18-55mm and 50-20mm were very large, thus making that system very DSLR like. Since then Samsung have introduced the NX100 with its 20-50mm zoom, which makes a very small, light, much more portable package. With Samsungs very competitive pricing this outfit is now available for £299 in the UK, so I bought one.


Samsung NX100 20-50mm Zoom


So what do you get for £299. Well you don't get a viewfinder, either optical or EVF, thats extra. You also don't get any kind of image stabilisation, on either the lens or body. As can be seen from the picture above I can use my Voigtlander 15-35 Zoom finder for the wide end but for everything else I have to use the screen. I've managed to live without image stabilisation for most of my photographic life so thats not too much of an issue, though it would be useful.


Samsung NX100 20-50mm Zoom 


What you do get is a nicely designed, well-made somewhat unfussy little camera, that takes excellent pictures, just like the NX10. 


Samsung NX100 20-50mm Zoom


You also get the Samsung vivid colour, particularly reds and greens. Not to everybody's taste but I like it a lot.


Using it briefly yesterday I enjoyed working with it and it seems well laid out and easy to get around. Its an often neglected camera and Samsung always seem to be the poor relation in the mirrorless debates, certainly here in the UK. I thought they did a good job with the NX10, but haven't really got the lens size right. This little zoom, though with a plastic mount, is a nice size and has a retractable design. Its a decent performer, not quite up to the standard of the 18-55mm which was a really good lens, but its sharp and the AF is quick and accurate. I'll use it more and give more impressions in the days to come.


Samsung NX100 20-50mm Zoom


Samsung NX100 20-50mm Zoom