Best cheap mirrorless camera, hands-down.

Started Jun 16, 2012 | User reviews
sensibill
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Best cheap mirrorless camera, hands-down.
Jun 16, 2012

The NX100 can be had for a song, and the tune it sings is all about exceptional IQ at a bargain price. Contrasty, popping colors in low ISO JPEG, a little sluggish processing RAW but not too bad with 14MP files. A grossly underrated and seriously overlooked camera with capabilities far beyond lackluster reviews and poor marketing efforts by Samsung would have you believe.

PROS:

- Above par image quality, solid DR range with flexible Smart settings, great RAW quality.
- NX glass is above average for mirrorless cams, and Samsung is doing pretty well issuing new stuff.
- Unbelievable cheap price for what you get.
- AMOLED screen allows manual focusing by checking the 'shimmer' area in some scenes, very clear and bright.
- The stock 20-50mm kit lens is a tad flimsy feeling but has killer sharpness for a kit.

CONS:

- RAW processing a bit slow with menu lockup.
- JPEG noise quality is poor at higher ISO.
- Available EVF is so-so.
- No popup flash, requires optional mini flash.
- Rather cheap feeling plastic and no grip means you need to get a Horusbennu leather half-case (a must have).

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