• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 14.6 megapixels
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  • APS-C 372.1mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Samsung NX100 advantages over Pentax K-5

  • Thinner
    34 mm vs 73 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    463g vs 1003g
    Lighter weight

Pentax K-5 advantages over Samsung NX100

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Fast startup
    ~0.60 vs 1.1 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,162 vs 563 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    14.1 vs 10.7 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 740 vs 420 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 614k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.10 vs 0.43 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Wider angle kit lens
    27 mm vs 31 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    6.5 fps vs 2.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    31 vs 8 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent high ISO performance, one of the best APS-C sensors yet; 6.5 fps burst mode has very good buffer depths; Weather, dust, and cold resistant; In-body Shake Reduction corrects not only horizontal / vertical, but also rotational motion.

  • Default saturation and contrast a bit high; Auto white balance too warm in tungsten light; Fewer AF points than main competitors; Only a single card slot, and no UHS-I card support (slow buffer clearing).

The Competition

Compared to Sony NEX-5

Samsung NX100
Sony NEX-5
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-camera panoramas
Pentax K-5
Sony NEX-5
  • $774
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Nikon D7000

Samsung NX100
Nikon D7000
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Pentax K-5
Nikon D7000
  • $774
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Less shutter lag
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Canon T3i

Samsung NX100
Canon T3i
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Lens selection
Pentax K-5
Canon T3i
  • $774
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Sony NEX-C3

Samsung NX100
Sony NEX-C3
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-camera panoramas
Pentax K-5
Sony NEX-C3
  • $774
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Sony NEX-5N

Samsung NX100
Sony NEX-5N
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-camera panoramas
Pentax K-5
Sony NEX-5N
  • $774
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
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